USD Right In the Mix for Final Two Matches of Regular Season

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Conor McFadden
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Nov. 8, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif.- UP NEXT: San Diego (8-8-1, 5-4-1 WCC) at Loyola Marymount (7-10-1, 5-4-1 WCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2:00 pm
Los Angeles, Calif.- Sullivan Field

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San Diego (8-8-1, 5-4-1 WCC) at Saint Mary's (6-6-5, 5-3-2 WCC)
Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2:00 pm
Moraga, Calif. - Saint Mary's Stadium

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LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros (8-8-1, 5-4-1 WCC) split their final two home matches of the season this past weekend with a 2-0 win over Gonzaga on Friday and a 2-1 loss to Portland on Sunday. Conor McFadden registered the game-winner against the Bulldogs with his goal in the first minute of play. Dan Delgado followed that with a goal in the 72nd minute that sealed the victory. Against Portland, Delgado struck again in the 21st minute by converting a penalty kick, but the Pilots were able to notch goals in the 33rd and 47th minutes to come from behind for the win.

SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount (7-10-1, 5-4-1 WCC) enters the week one of four teams tied for second place in the WCC standings. The Lions had their five-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to Portland this past Friday before bouncing back to defeat Gonzaga 4-1, both at home. Artur Jozkowicz leads the Lion offense with five goals and three assists on the year for a team-best 13 points. Phil DaSilva and Logan McDaniel have each dished out a team-high five assists this season. Jack McCormack has received the bulk of the time in goal, posting a 4-7-0 record with 53 saves and two shutouts. LMU is coached by Paul Krumpe who is in his 14th season with a career record of 126-118-30.

 

 

ON THE RECORD WITH LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Toreros are 25-11-3 against LMU all-time. Earlier this season the Toreros defeated LMU at home 2-0 in their WCC opener.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's (6-6-5, 5-3-2 WCC) comes in to the week atop the WCC standings with a one-point lead. The Gaels split their matches this past weekend with a 2-1 double overtime home win against San Francisco on Friday and a 2-1 loss at Santa Clara on Sunday. Three different Gaels are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece, while Julian Godinez leads the team with five assists on the year and a team-best 11 points. Keeper Doug Herrick, SMC's all-time wins leader in goal, has a 6-6-5 record this season to go along with a WCC-best seven shutouts and 60 saves. As a team the Gaels have allowed the fewest goals in the conference this season with 17. Head coach Adam Cooper is in his sixth year at the helm.

ON THE RECORD WITH SAINT MARY'S: The Toreros are 24-8-5 all-time against the Gaels after the teams tied 0-0 in their first meeting this season.

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: Coming into the final week of WCC play, the Toreros are one of four teams currently in a tie for second place in the conference standings. Saint Mary's holds a one-point lead, while USD, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and Portland are all tied for second with identical 5-4-1 WCC records. San Francisco (13 points; 4-5-1) and Gonzaga (7 points; 2-7-1) round out the bottom of the conference standings.

HOOKING IT UP: Junior midfielder Dan Delgado is tied for third overall and first in WCC matches with five assists this season. He has two matches this year where he has recorded two assists, while adding an assist in USD's 2-0 win over Santa Clara on Oct. 16th.

STINGY DEFENSE: Senior keeper Adam Campbell is second in the conference with six shutouts this season. Campbell had a stretch of five-straight conference shutouts snapped on Oct. 28th with a loss at San Francisco. His five shutouts in WCC play top the conference. As a team, USD is tied with Saint Mary's for the conference lead with eight shutouts on the year.

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.

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). In 2011, Wallen is second on the team with three goals and has added two assists for a total of eight points, which is second on the team.

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.

2011 WCC Men's Soccer Standings
Team WCC PTS Overall
Saint Mary's 5-3-2 17 6-6-5
Santa Clara 5-4-1 16 9-5-4
Portland 5-4-1 16 10-6-2
San Diego 5-4-1 16 8-8-1
LMU 5-4-1 16 7-10-1
San Francisco 4-5-1 13 6-9-2
Gonzaga 2-7-1 7 4-11-2