Nov. 2, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team kept rolling in West Coast Conference play with a 1-0 victory at Gonzaga on Friday afternoon. A 72nd minute goal from Connor Brandt lifted the Toreros (10-6-0, 8-1-0 WCC) to their eighth straight victory.
For the game-winner, Brandt took a cross from Dan Delgado and punched a shot past Gonzaga keeper Ryan Caballero to break the scoreless stalemate and give Brandt his first goal as a Torero.
USD was able to take advantage of Gonzaga (4-12-0, 0-9-0 WCC) having to play a man down after James Partee was issued two yellow cards, resulting in a red card and ejection from the game in the 66th minute.
Both teams just missed out on a couple of close shots that could have changed the game's landscape. The Zags' Nick Hamer just missed wide left with a sliding shot 28 seconds into the contest. In the 58th minute Connor Bevans had a shot sail wide left as well.
USD thought they had a goal in the 79th minute when Julian Ringhof's shot appeared to find the inside of the net, but actually bounced off the post where Gonzaga was able to clear it.
The Toreros were without leading scorer Patrick Wallen, who missed the game due to injury. USD keeper Drew Ilijevski (8-1-0) helped pick up the slack on the defensive end by making three saves to win his eighth consecutive game in goal. Meanwhile, Caballero (9-9-0) recorded three saves of his own while taking the loss.
USD held a 12-11 edge in shots on the day and an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks, seven of which came in the second half, that helped them keep the pressure on the Bulldog defense.
The Toreros look to keep their momentum going as they travel to Portland for a 2 pm contest on Sunday, Nov. 4.