Oct. 11, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UP NEXT: San Diego (5-5-1, 2-1-1 WCC) vs. San Francisco (5-4-2, 3-0-1 WCC)
Friday, October 14th, 7:00 pm
San Diego, Calif. - Torero Stadium
San Diego (5-5-1, 2-1-1 WCC) vs. Santa Clara (6-3-3, 2-2-0 WCC)
Sunday, October 16th, 2:00 pm
San Diego, Calif. - Torero Stadium
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros (5-5-1, 2-1-1 WCC) split their two West Coast Conference matches over this past weekend with a 1-0 victory at Portland on Friday and a 3-2 double overtime loss at Gonzaga on Sunday. Patrick Wallen scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute in the victory over Portland, which was broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel as the NSCAA College Game of the Week. Against the Bulldogs, USD had a 2-0 advantage, behind goals from Joey Dei Rossi and Sean Klauer, until the 77th minute. Gonzaga went on to score two goals in the final 13 minutes of regulation to force overtime and eventually got a game-winner in the 101st minute from Nathanael Pacheco.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco (5-4-2, 3-0-1 WCC) enters the week atop the WCC standings and unbeaten in conference play so far following a 2-0 win at Santa Clara this past Wednesday and a 0-0 tie at home against Saint Mary's this past Sunday. The Dons are unbeaten in their last six matches overall, while junior keeper Brenden Roslund was named this past week's WCC Player of the Week and has recorded four consecutive shutouts. Miguel Aguilar and Mauricio Diaz De Leon are tied for the team lead with four goals apiece, while Vinny Coloiaro has pitched in with a team-best three assists this season. As a team, USF is being outshot 144-129 on the year and trails opponents 54-47 in corner kicks. Head coach Erik Visser is in his 11th year at the helm.
ON THE RECORD WITH SAN FRANCISCO: The Toreros are 17-14-2 all-time against the Dons and winners of four straight. Last season USD earned a 3-1 win at San Francisco and a 2-1 overtime victory at home. USF's last win over the Toreros came in 2008 with a 2-1 victory at USD.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS:
Santa Clara (6-3-3, 2-2-0 WCC), currently in fourth place in the WCC, had their seven match unbeaten streak snapped this past weekend with back-to-back WCC losses at home against San Francisco 2-0 and at Saint Mary's 2-0. Erik Hurtado leads the WCC in goals (5), shots (51), and points (14) and is tied for the WCC lead in assists (4). Glenn Vass has three goals to his credit, while Connor Mitchell has three assists, second-most on the team. Keeper Kevin Klasila has recorded 46 saves on the year to go along with five shutouts. Santa Clara holds a strong edge over their opponents in shots this season with a 185-113 margin and has a 71-35 advantage in corner kicks. The Broncos also lead the WCC in shots (185), corner kicks (71), goals (17), and points (45). The Broncos are coached by Cameron Rast, who is in his 10th year at Santa Clara.
ON THE RECORD WITH SANTA CLARA: The Toreros are 10-27-3 all-time against Santa Clara. Last season's two matchups resulted in a 2-2 tie at Santa Clara and a 2-1 Bronco victory in San Diego. USD last defeated Santa Clara in 2009 with a 3-2 home win.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: The Toreros are leading the conference in assists this season with 15. USD recorded five assists in their two matches over the weekend- one in a 1-0 victory at Portland and four in a 3-2 loss at Gonzaga.
HOOKING IT UP: Junior midfielder Dan Delgado has four assists in USD's first four WCC matches this season, which leads the conference. Delgado tallied two assists in a 2-0 win against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 28th and two more in a 3-2 loss at Gonzaga this past Sunday.
LEADING THE OFFENSE: Senior forward Stephen Posa leads the Toreros in shots this season and is fifth in the WCC with 28 on the year. Meanwhile, junior forward Patrick Wallen's 25 shots are good for eighth in the conference. Posa and Wallen have each scored two goals apiece this year.
STINGY DEFENSE: Senior keeper Adam Campbell is second in the WCC with a 0.68 goals against average this season. Campbell has allowed six goals in nine appearances on the year and his four shutouts are tied for third-most in the conference overall. He has recorded shutouts in all three conference games he has started this year as well.
HELLO, WCC PLAY: Through their first four WCC matches this season, the Toreros are leading the conference in points (18) and assists (8), while being tied for second in goals (5) and third in shots (58).
CENTER STAGE: The Toreros' 3-0 loss at then No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 23rd was played in front of 13,772 fans, which was the fifth-highest attendance in NCAA regular season men's soccer history and the second-highest attendance for a regular season match at a campus venue.
BOMBS AWAY: USD's 23 shots in their 4-0 win over Manhattan on Sept. 11th are tied for the most a WCC team has had in a match so far this season. Overall, the Toreros are fourth in the conference in shots (140) this season.
PILING IT ON: The Toreros' four goals scored in their 4-0 shutout of Manhattan on Sept. 11th were the most they have scored in a single match since winning 4-1 over Loyola Marymount on Oct. 25th, 2009. It is tied for the most a WCC team has scored in a single match this season.
STAR WATCH: The Torero offense returns 2010 West Coast Conference Player of the Year Patrick Wallen. The junior from Vasteras, Sweden led the conference in goals last season with 12, while also pacing the conference in points (25) and game-winning goals (5). His 12 goals and 25 points last year were each the second-most in a single season in WCC matches in conference history. Wallen was the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2009 after leading the team in goals (7) and points (19). So far in 2011, Wallen is tied for the team lead with two goals and has added one assist for a total of five points. He is also second on the team in shots with 25.
RECAPPING 2010: The Toreros wrapped up the 2010 campaign with a record of 9-7-3 (6-4-2 WCC), good for fourth place in the WCC. Sophomore forward Patrick Wallen and senior defender Cory Norris earned first-team All-WCC honors, while junior forward Stephen Posa took home second-team honors after scoring two goals and adding four assists. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named to the WCC All-Freshman team after starting 18 of the team's 19 matches.
TOREROS TABBED SECOND IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego men's soccer team was picked second in the 2011 West Coast Conference preseason coaches poll. The Toreros garnered 27 total points, trailing only Loyola Marymount, who was voted first with 36 total points and six first place votes. In third was Santa Clara with 26 points, followed by Portland with 21 points, and Saint Mary's in fifth place with 19 points and one first place vote. Rounding out the poll with a tie for sixth were Gonzaga and San Francisco, each with nine points.
WALLEN AND POSA EARN PRESEASON ALL-WCC HONORS: The Toreros placed two players on the preseason All-WCC team with junior forward Patrick Wallen and senior forward Stephen Posa. Wallen (Vasteras, Sweden) was last season's WCC Player of the Year and a first-team All-WCC selection after leading the conference in goals scored (12), points (25), and game-winning goals (5). Posa (San Diego, CA) was a second-team All-WCC selection last season after tallying a pair of goals and four assists.
FRESH FACES IN 2011: The Toreros add nine newcomers to this year's roster, including seven freshmen and two transfers to go along with the 17 letterwinners returning. This year's freshman crop consists of defenders Austin Dunn (Auburn, CA), Thomas Fiskerstrand (Aalesund, Norway), and Callum Whittaker (London, England), forwards Joey Dei Rossi (Campbell, CA), Sean Klauer (Sammamish, WA), and Alex Gallagher (Billings, MT), and midfielder Shane Thompson (Las Vegas, NV). Redshirt sophomore forward Blake Milton (Spring, TX) transfers to USD this season from SMU, while junior defender Ernesto Jimenez (Santo Domingo, D.R.) joins the Toreros by way of Western Michigan University.
HEAD COACH Seamus McFadden: Entering his 33rd year at the helm, Seamus McFadden holds a career record of 321-239-56 at USD. McFadden joined the 300-win club in 2008 and has earned seven West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors (`00, `99, '98, '95, '94, '92, '86) during his tenure at USD. He has guided the Toreros to six WCC championships and 12 NCAA tournament appearances after taking over in 1979 at the origin of the USD men's soccer program. As the all-time WCC wins leader, McFadden has coached eight NSCAA All-Americans, 141 All-WCC honorees, and 16 WCC Players of the Year. In 1992, McFadden led the Toreros to a 19-5 record and an NCAA Championship final appearance against Virginia. McFadden, a native of Donegal, Ireland, played soccer at San Diego State, graduating in 1976 with a degree in History.
CATCH THE ACTION: Fans can follow all the Torero soccer action all season long by clicking on the Gametracker link or the "Watch Live" link on the team's schedule at www.usdtoreros.com.