|San Diego Men's Soccer|
|Saturday||at Santa Clara||7 p.m.||TheW.tv||Live Stats|
SAN DIEGO – San Diego concludes its regular season and makes its final push for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT) when it travels to Santa Clara.
The Toreros (8-5-3, 2-2-2 WCC) have run into a bit of adversity after reeling off a seven-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 17-Oct. 22, going 0-2-1 in its past three matches.
USD is at No. 40 in the RPI rankings and has multiple quality victories on its resume but need a win against the Broncos (2-13-1, 2-3-1 WCC) to remain in the mix for a spot among the 48-team postseason tournament field.
Saturday’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 disappointing 1-0 home defeat on its Senior Night against San Francisco. A goal by the Dons’ Sean Bowman in the 66th minute was the difference.
• USD had its chances throughout the match but could not find the finishing touch. The Toreros outshot the Dons 14-10 – including a 12-6 margin in the second half – and held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
• Miguel Berry was the most dangerous target up top for USD, generating a team-high five shots with four on goal. He was robbed twice by a USF defender on the goal line, first in the 4th minute when his shot off his own rebound was cleared away, then again in the 65th minute when a header destined for goal was turned away at the last moment.
SANTA CLARA SERIES HISTORY
• USD is 14-33-3 all-time against the Broncos and is 3-3 in the past three meetings. The Toreros claimed a 3-2 overtime victory in the most recent meeting with Michael Turner netting the game-winner in the 92nd minute.
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 fifth in points (15), points per game (0.94) and assists (5), and sixth in goals (5).
• 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 .776 save percentage.
• Olsen leads the WCC in save percentage (.776), is second in goals-against average (1.00), saves (59) and saves per game (3.69), is third in shutouts (5), and fourth in shutouts per game (0.31).
• 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 is second in fewest goals allowed (17), goals-against average (1.00), fewest fouls (168) and saves (60), and is fourth in shutouts (5).
SAN DIEGO VS. THE COUNTRY
• The Toreros rank in the top 50 nationally in save percentage (41st, .779).
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 385-284-70. 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.
• USD has won three of the past five WCC Championships and nine all-time in program history.
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