Oct. 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Coming up...
USD vs. Loyola Marymount
Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 7:00 pm | Torero Stadium
Series Record: USD leads, 27-11-3
Last Meeting: USD won, 2-1 (OT) (@LMU-10/10/12)
Coverage: Gametracker & Live Video available at www.usdtoreros.com
Friday, Oct. 26 | 7:00 pm | Torero Stadium
Series Record: USD leads, 19-15-2
Last Meeting: USD won, 2-0 (@USF-10/14/12)
Coverage: Gametracker & Live Video available at www.usdtoreros.com
RS-So. F Sergio Lopez was named WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 8. He became the second Torero to earn the honor this season after Elijah Galbraith-Knapp won on Sept. 10.
The Toreros have scored 13 goals in their past four contests (all wins), more than in their first eight games combined.
RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof tallied his first goal as a Torero in USD's victory at LMU on Oct. 10. Fr. F Torrey DeArmas tallied his first career goal and assist in USD's win over Portland on Oct. 5, while RS-Jr. F Blake Milton scored his first goal as a Torero in a victory at Saint Mary's on Sept. 30.
Sr. MF Dan Delgado scored two goals in USD's 3-2 win at Saint Mary's on Sept. 30. He became the first Torero to score multiple goals in a game since Patrick Wallen scored twice in a 3-2 victory over SMC on Nov. 14, 2010.
RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo set a career high with nine saves vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 14. That total is also the highest single-game total in the WCC this season.
USD won the 5th Annual Courtyard Marriott SD Central Aztec Soccer Tournament on Sept. 9 after going 2-0-0. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while RS Sr. D Matt Chavez, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo, Sr. MF Christian Duke and RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof were each named to the All-Tournament team.
Loyola Marymount Lions (3-9-2, 1-4-1 WCC)
Top Scorers: John McFarlin (1G/3A/5 Pts.); Pedro Velazquez (3G/6 Pts.); Craig Nitti (2G/1A/5 Pts.)
In Goal: Paul Blanchette (11 GP/16 GA/1.49 GAA/51 SV/2-7-1)
Notables: LMU is coming off a 2-0 loss to San Francisco... USD won both contests between the two teams last season and the first meeting this year on Oct. 10 (2-1 OT)...The Lions are being outscored 21-11 this season... They lead the WCC in saves (66) this season... LMU has scored the fewest goals (11) in the WCC this year.
San Francisco Dons (5-5-2, 3-3-0 WCC)
Top Scorers: Mauricio De Leon (4G/2A/10 Pts.); David Romney (2G/1A/5 Pts.); Michael Shaddock (2G/4 Pts.)
In Goal: Brendan Roslund (12 GP/13 GA/1.02 GAA/42 SV/5-5-2/3 SHO)
Notables: USF is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Toreros on Oct. 14... The Toreros and Dons split the season series in 2011... USF's WCC victories have come against Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and LMU... The Dons hold a slight edge in goals this season with a 14-13 advantage over their opponents... USF is tied with USD in shots (80) in WCC play.
ONE AFTER ANOTHER: The Toreros have now won five games in a row, their longest winning streak since a five game stretch in 2009, the last year the Toreros made it to the NCAA Tournament. That season USD started WCC play 5-1 in their first six WCC contests- the same record USD has this year through six WCC games.
WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER: RS-So. Sergio Lopez won his first career WCC Player of the Week honor on Oct. 8 after notching goals in each of USD's victories. He scored his first goal of the season in a 4-3 home win over Portland on Oct. 5 before adding a game-winner in a 2-0 victory over Gonzaga on Oct. 7. Lopez was the second Torero to earn WCC player of the week recognition after Ellijah Galbraith-Knapp won the honor on Sept. 10.
RISING TO THE TOP: After the first three weeks of WCC play, the Toreros are in a tie with Santa Clara for first place. Both USD and SCU are 5-1-0 in WCC play, but SCU holds the head-to-head so far after a win over USD in both teams' WCC opener on Sept. 28. Behind USD and SCU are Saint Mary's and San Francisco with three WCC wins apiece.
STEPPING ON THE GAS: The Toreros have scored 13 goals in their past four games, surpassing their scoring toal in their first eight games combined. Their 13 goals in WCC play leads the conference. In their 4-3 win over Portland on Oct. 5, USD established a season high in goals (4) and points (12) and tied their season high with 19 shots in the contest.
CARPE DIEM: F Sergio Lopez and F Torrey DeArmas have quickly made the most out of their brief time in the starting lineup. Lopez has started the last five games after opening the season on the bench and has scored goals in three of his past four contests. Meanwhile, DeArmas joined the starting lineup at the beginning of WCC play and notched a goal and an assist in USD's win over Portland on Oct. 5.
JUST COMING UP SHORT: While the scores haven't seemed to do the games justice, USD has been very competitive with the two Top-25 opponents they have faced so far this season. In both games the Toreros have held their opponents in check defensively by not allowing a goal in the first half in either matchup. Against No. 13 UCI (8/24), the Toreros held a 7-6 first half advantage in shots, while against No. 6 UCSB (9/14), USD got a number of outstanding first half saves from GK Michael D'Arrigo. With the exception of a nine minute span where the Gauchos scored three goals, the Toreros were right in the mix.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: MF Dan Delgado became the third consecutive Torero to win WCC Player of the Year honors after taking home the recognition last season. He followed current teammate Patrick Wallen (2010) and Ryan Peterman (2009). Delgado tallied a total of nine points in 2011 (2g/5a) while ranking second in the WCC in assists during WCC play (5). He has led the team in assists the past two seasons.
LEAVING HIS MARK: Sr. F Patrick Wallen enters the 2012 campaign tied for seventh in USD history in career goals scored (22). Wallen had a career-high 12 goals in 2010 and scored three goals in 2011. USD's all-time leader in goals scored is Guillermo Jara, who scored 51 goals from 1992-95.
BREAKING IN: Despite missing time in 2011 due to injury, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo entered the 2012 season in the top-10 in three categories in the USD record book: 8th in career saves (57), 8th in both career games started in goal and games played in goal (21/23) and 9th in career shutouts (6).
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE: All USD home games will feature live Gametracker as well as a live video feed that can be seen by clicking on the "Live Sports" tab at www.usdtoreros.com.
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