Sept. 22, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A good old fashioned shootout took place in the USD men's soccer team's 2-1 victory over Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium. Both teams combined for 30 shots on the day, the most combined shots this season for the Toreros. USD (3-3-1) held a slight 16-14 edge in that category, but it was two of those shots that proved the difference as Elijah Galbraith-Knapp (19') and Torrey DeArmas (73') netted goals for the Toreros.
"Sunday games are always a challenge," said Galbraith-Knapp. "We've got to come out here and get our legs back from Friday night. It was a team effort all around, all the boys worked hard and we got the `W'."
In the 19th minute, DeArmas dribbled down the left wing where he delivered a low cross into Galbraith-Knapp, who fired off a straight-on shot from about 10 yards out to record his first goal of the season and put the Toreros up 1-0.
Sacramento State (1-3-3) evened things up in the 32nd minute when Edwin Luna took a long pass from Chimdum Mez down the middle of the pitch, dribbled around a USD defender, and found the far corner of the net on a one-on-one with Torero keeper Michael D'Arrigo.
After delivering the assist in the first goal of the contest, DeArmas was on the receiving end when he tallied the game-winner in the 73rd minute. DeArmas took a pass from Michael Turner and dribbled through the Sacramento State defense before taking a low shot that rolled into the empty net in the far corner from about 15 yards out, putting USD up 2-1.
"(Michael) Turner played a great ball," said DeArmas. "Turner's been playing great for us. He's contributed a lot this year to our season already and he's going to do well for us later on. He just played a great ball into the top of the 18 and the keeper comes out and slid right a little bit and I just placed it into the back post."
Less than 10 minutes prior to his game-winner, DeArmas just missed wide right by mere inches after weaving around three defenders and firing for the far post.
Both teams applied equal pressure to one another all afternoon long. Sacramento State just about took an early lead when Mez found himself one-on-one with D'Arrigo in the 24th minute from about 10 yards out, but D'Arrigo was able to deflect the shot with a sliding save, one of five on the day for him.
USD had numerous chances to add to their scoring total, but Sacramento State keeper Cesar Castillo, who had nine saves, was able to stop them on a couple occasions. In the 44th minute, Connor Brandt sent a cross into Turner in the box, who had his open shot stabbed by Castillo. Likewise, Keegan Smith received a pass right in front of the net in the 54th minute but was stuffed.
Nonetheless, USD got the offense they would need to earn their second consecutive victory and help them build some momentum heading into WCC play. The Toreros host Loyola Marymount on October 2 at 7 pm in their WCC opener. That game will also be featured as the WCC Game of the Week on the new WCC digital network, TheW.tv.