Oct. 22, 2013
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
USD at #1 California
Friday, Oct. 25 | 3:30 pm
Coverage: Live Stats
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Toreros (3-6-4, 0-3-3) take a brief break from WCC play to travel to Berkeley, Calif. for a contest with No. 1 California on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 pm. This will be USD's final nonconference game of the season before returning to WCC competition next weekend. Live stats will be available for USD's game at Cal with links on the men's soccer schedule page at www.usdtoreros.com.
The Cal Golden Bears (10-0-2, 4-0-2 Pac-12) come into the week ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA national rankings for the fourth straight week. Cal was a unanimous choice this week, receiving all 23 first-place votes in the poll. The Golden Bears are coming off a 1-0 home victory over Stanford this past Sunday. So far this season, Cal has knocked off three top-10 teams; 2-0 over then-No. 3 Georgetown (Aug. 30), 3-2 over then-No. 3 Maryland (Sept. 1), and 3-2 at then-No. 6 UCLA (Oct. 13). Steve Bimbaum leads the Golden Bears with 8 goals (20th in NCAA) this season and 17 points overall, while Stefano Bonomo has added 5 goals and 2 assists, and Seth Casiple and Ryan Neil each have 4 assists apiece. Justin Taillole has logged the majority of the minutes in goal this season, posting four shutouts and a 0.65 goals against average (16th in NCAA) with 34 saves. As a team, Cal is outscoring opponents 24-9 on the year and ranks 15th in the NCAA by averaging 2.0 goals per game.
The Toreros hold an 8-6-1 edge in the all-time series with Cal, but the Golden Bears have won the past three contests. The last meeting occured in 2007 when then-No. 11 Cal topped USD 2-0 in San Diego.
LAST TIME OUT...
USD lost at home to San Francisco 2-0 this past Friday before battling Saint Mary's to a 0-0 draw at home on Sunday. USF scored in the 43rd and 63rd minutes and held onto the lead, while the Toreros actually ended up outshooting the Dons 14-12 overall and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks, but were unable to convert the opportunities. USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo registered a few great one-on-one saves en route to a five-save performance on the night. Against Saint Mary's, Connor Brandt had a career-high six shots on the day as the Toreros outshot the Gaels 20-9, tying their season high for shots in a game. USD also held a 12-3 edge in corner kicks against SMC.
The Toreros have two wins in program history over No. 1-ranked teams. Their most recent was a 2-1 overtime road victory over then-No. 1 Santa Clara on Oct. 15, 1999. USD also topped then-No. 1 Portland 3-0 at home on Nov. 6, 1992, the year USD played in the NCAA championship game.
USD has already played seven overtime contests this season, the most since having eight in 2010.
Sr. GK Michael D'Arrigo set a new career high with 10 saves at Gonzaga on Oct. 13. His previous career high was nine saves vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 14, 2012. The last time a USD keeper recorded double-digit saves was on Oct. 15, 2000 when Justin Neerhof had 10 saves in a 2-2 double overtime draw at LMU.
USD ranks 30th in the NCAA in saves per game (5.15) this season, and Michael D'Arrigo ranks 31st in the NCAA with 57 saves.
USD and Gonzaga combined for 40 shots on Oct. 13, marking a combined season-high for USD this season. The Toreros also tied their single game high with 20 shots vs. Saint Mary's at home on Oct. 20.
All of Jr. MF Connor Brandt's three goals this season have come on penalty kicks after Brandt tallied two PK scores at Gonzaga on Oct. 13 and one at UCLA on Sept. 15.
USD was without five starters in their 3-2 loss at UCLA on Sept. 15, which allowed Rom Appel and Dannny McDermott to earn their first-career starts, while Shane Thompson, Alex Stimpfl, Lundon Attisha, and Niccolo Piacentini each saw their first action of the fall.
West Coast Conference 2013 Standings (as of 10/22/13)
WCC Pts. Overall
LMU 4-1-1 13 8-3-2
Gonzaga 2-1-3 9 7-3-3
Portland 3-3-0 9 8-6-0
Santa Clara 3-3-0 9 6-8-0
Saint Mary's 2-2-2 8 4-6-4
San Francisco 2-2-1 7 5-5-2
SAN DIEGO 0-3-3 3 3-6-4