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Senior Night Against San Francisco
Nov. 1, 2017

San Diego Men's Soccer
Friday vs. San Francisco 7 p.m. Tickets TheW.tv Live Stats

SAN DIEGO – San Diego will honor its seniors in its final-regular season home match against San Francisco on Friday at 7 p.m. (PT).

The Toreros (8-4-3, 2-1-2 WCC) will honor its senior class of Merlin Baus, Leon Mueller-Wiesen, Djordje Babic, Patrick McGrath and Thomas Olsen, during a pregame ceremony.

USD is unbeaten in eight of its past nine games and continues its pursuit of a fourth WCC championship in the past six years.

Friday’s match will be streamed live on TheW.tv and live statistics will be available via USDToreros.com.

LAST TIME OUT

• USD is coming off a challenging weekend in which it went 0-1-1 at Pacific and Saint Mary’s.

The Toreros seven-game unbeaten streak came to an end Friday when it dropped a 3-1 decision at Pacific. The Tigers struck twice in the first seven minutes to take command of the game. Freddy Polzer got one back in the 11th minute to close the gap to, 2-1, but USD was unable to complete the comeback.

Aaron Frey and Reuben Dass scored a goal apiece in the second half to help the Toreros salvage a 2-2 draw at Saint Mary’s. Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen made a career-high eight saves to help preserve the tie.

SAN FRANCISCO SERIES HISTORY

USD is 21-19-3 all-time against the Dons and is 1-1-1 in the past three meetings. The teams have gone to overtime in each of the past two contests.

LEADING THE ATTACK

Miguel Berry leads the team with 15 points. He leads the team in goals (5) and assists (5). He returns for his sophomore season after leading the team with eight goals as a freshman last year. Among WCC players, Berry is tied for the most game-winning goals (3), is fourth in points (15) and is fifth in points per game (1.00).

Freddy Polzer has established himself as one of the team’s best creators, regularly setting up teammates in the final third. He is second on the team with 10 points on three goals and four assists.

Djordje Babic returned from an early-season injury to establish his role in the lineup and provide a boost to the Toreros attack. He is third on the team in points (7), goals (2) and assists (3).

IN THE BOX

Thomas Olsen is having an excellent final season. He has played every minute for the Toreros and holds a 1.00 goals-against average and .781 save percentage.

Olsen leads the WCC in goals-against average (1.00), save percentage (.781), shutouts (5) and is second in saves (57).

Olsen made a career-high eight saves at Saint Mary’s (Oct. 29) to help San Diego preserve a 2-2 draw.

STRONG PLAY BY THE BACKLINE

• USD leads the WCC in goals-against average (1.00) and shutouts (5), and is second in fewest goals allowed (16), fewest fouls (161) and saves (58).

SAN DIEGO VS. THE COUNTRY

• The Toreros rank in the top 50 nationally in save percentage (36th, .784) and won-lost-tied percentage (44th, .633).

Thomas Olsen ranks in the top 50 nationally in save percentage (44th, .781), while Miguel Berry ranks 36th in the country with three game-winning goals.

COACH MCFADDEN’S FINAL SEASON

Head coach Seamus McFadden returns for his 39th and final season at the helm. McFadden will continue to help with the team in future seasons but associate head coach, Brian Quinn, will take the lead at the end of the year.

McFadden holds a career record of 385-283-70. Entering the 2017 season, McFadden had 377 career wins, which ranked eighth among active NCAA D-I coaches and 22nd overall for career wins all-time.

EXCELLING IN THE CLASSROOM

San Diego was named a United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award Winner earlier this season. The Toreros earned a team GPA of 3.14 during the 2016-17 academic year. It is the second time the team has been recognized after earning honors in 2014.

TOREROS EARN WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Miguel Berry was named the WCC Player of the Week for his standout play in games against Portland (Oct. 13) and Gonzaga (Oct. 15). He assisted the equalizing goal against the Pilots and scored the game-winner in overtime against the Bulldogs.

Thomas Olsen was named the WCC Player of the Week after helping lead the Toreros to a 2-0 record at Sacramento State and UC Davis (Sept. 8-10). He earned his second shutout of the season at Sacramento State and registered a career-high seven saves at UC Davis to preserve a 2-1 victory.

COPA DE CAUSEWAY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen, striker Miguel Berry, and defenders Henry Lander and Josiah Benjamin were named to the Copa de Causeway All-Tournament Team for their standout play during the games at Sacramento State and UC Davis (Sept. 8-10).

BALANCE IN THE LINEUP

USD boasts a quality mix of experienced returners and a talented freshman class. The Toreros return 14 letterwinners, eight starters and nine freshmen.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

USD has won three of the past five WCC Championships and nine all-time in program history.


 

 

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