Nov. 20, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Coming up...
USD @ No. 20 Tulsa(11)
NCAA Tournament - 3rd Round
Sunday, Nov. 25 | 3:00 pm PT | Hurricane Stadium
Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Coverage: Gametracker and Live Video video available at www.usdtoreros.com
Winner of USD/Tulsa will play the winner of Georgetown(3)/Syracuse in the quarterfinals on either Nov. 30th or Dec. 1st or 2nd.
The last time the Toreros advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament came in 1992, the year USD played in the finals against Virginia. Including their run this season, the Toreros have advanced out of the first round a total of seven times.
So. M Connor Brandt was named TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Soccer Player of the Week on Monday, while senior midfielder Dan Delgado was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week. Delgado was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
USD is making their 13th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009. USD is now 11-11-1 all-time in the tournament.
The Toreros won their first WCC title since 2009 with a 2-0 shutout at home over Saint Mary's in their second-to-last regular season game on Nov. 9.
Head coach Seamus McFadden was named WCC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career. USD also had10 players selected to the All-WCC teams- three first-teamers, three second-teamers, three honorable mentions and one All-Freshman selection.
Sr. F Patrick Wallen was named West Coast Conference Player of the Month for the month of October. He scored five goals in USD's six wins during the month and added an assist.
Wallen moved into third place among USD's all-time goal scorers when he scored his 29th and 30th career goals in USD's 5-2 win over UCLA this past Sunday. Wallen trails Ryan Coiner (1999-02), who had 49 career goals. Wallen also moved into a tie for seventh place all-time in career points (70) where he is tied with Doug Barry (1991-94).
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-5-1, 5-2-1 C-USA)
Top Scorers: Cristian Mata (13G/6A/32 Pts.), Akeil Barrett (7G/4A/18 Pts.), Bryce Follensbee (9G/3A/21 Pts.), Omar Mata (7G/5A/19 Pts.)
In Goal: Mark Pais (20 GP/21 GA/1.03 GAA/72 SV/14-5-1/8.0 SHO)
Notables: Tulsa won the Conference USA championship this season with a 5-0 win over SMU on Nov. 11... The Golden Hurricane had a first-round bye before defeating South Florida 1-0 to advance to the Sweet 16... Tulsa has played in the NCAA Tournament eight times with their most recent appearance coming last season... Tulsa is the No. 11 seed in the tournament this year and is ranked 20th in the NSCAA Top-25... Tulsa is fifth in the nation in scoring offense this season (2.35 GPG) and sixth in total goals (47).
UPSET SPECIAL: The Toreros' 5-2 road upset over No. 4 UCLA in the second round was their first victory over the Bruins, who were the No. 6 seed, since 2005. The Toreros exploded offensively with goals from Connor Brandt (30'), Sergio Lopez (51'), James Cohn (77') and two from Patrick Wallen (65', 66'). The last time USD scored at least five goals in a game was in 2003 when they topped Hofstra 6-1. No. 4 UCLA was also the fourth-highest ranked opponent the Toreros have ever defeated.
ON THE NATIONAL SCENE: So. M Connor Brandt was named TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Soccer Player of the Week on Monday after scoring the game-winner in USD's 2-1 double overtime first-round victory over No. 25 Cal State Northridge and notching a goal and two assists in the Toreros' 5-2 win over No. 4 UCLA. Sr. M Dan Delgado was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week and also named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week with a goal and four assists. Delgado made USD's victory over Northridge possible by bending a free kick into the back of the net in the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime and later assisted on Brandt's game-winner in the 103rd minute.
USD IN THE DANCE: The Toreros are now 11-11-1 all-time in 12 previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Their most recent appearance came in 2009 with a 1-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara in the second round (USD had a first-round bye). USD's best finish in team history came in 1992 when the Toreros lost to Virginia 2-0 in the NCAA title game. USD has advanced past the first round on seven occasions, including this year.
NAIL IN THE COFFIN: The Toreros won their seventh WCC title with a 2-0 victory over Saint Mary's at home on Nov. 9, clinching the championship in their second-to-last regular season game. Sr. M Dan Delgado scored the game-winner in that contest, while Fr. M Torrey DeArmas added the insurance goal.
HONOR ROLL: Head coach Seamus McFadden was named WCC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, while 10 Toreros were selected to the All-WCC teams. Sr. M Dan Delgado, Sr. F Patrick Wallen and Sr. M James Cohn each earned first-team honors. Sr. M Christian Duke, Jr. M Elijah Galbraith-Knapp and RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof were named to the second team, while Sr. M Conor McFadden, RS-So. GK Drew Ilijevski and Sr. D Matt Chavez were honorable mention selections. Fr. M Torrey DeArmas was named to the All-Freshman team. USD's six first- and second-team selections were tied for the second-most in team history.
SENIOR SEND OFF: This year's nine-member senior class were freshmen the last time the Toreros advanced to the postseason. in 2009.
OCTOBER'S BEST: Sr. F Patrick Wallen was named WCC Player of the Month for the month of October. His five goals during the month helped USD go 6-0-0 in October. Wallen scored in three straight games at one point and notched two game winners.
STEPPING ON THE GAS: The Toreros outscored their opponents 22-14 in WCC play. That is a stark contrast to their non-conference slate in which USD was outscored 14-6. USD's 22 goals in WCC play led the conference.
CARPE DIEM: RS-So. GK Drew Ilijevski, RS-So. F Sergio Lopez and Fr. M Torrey DeArmas have made the most out of their opportunities to climb into the starting lineup. Ilijevski took over as the starter in goal on Sept. 30 and proceeded to collect wins in his first eight starts, while going on to be an All-WCC honorable mention selection. Lopez has started every game since Sept. 30 after opening the season on the bench and was named WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 8. Meanwhile, DeArmas joined the starting lineup at the beginning of WCC play and has two goals and an assist as a WCC All-Freshman team honoree.