Nov. 15, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Connor Brandt's goal in the 103rd minute of action lifted the University of San Diego men's soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory over No. 25 Cal State Northridge Thursday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I was trying to find Julian (Ringhof) or Thomas (Fiskerstrand) or anyone that was in there," said senior midfielder Dan Delgado after assisting on the game-winner. "But I just figured if I put it on low, I mean, coach is always saying just put it on frame and it just needs a little touch and I was just hoping someone was going to touch it. I think it shows that our team is really working hard and wants to go far. We have UCLA on Sunday and hopefully we'll get another win."
With the win, the Toreros improve to 12-8-0 overall and advance on to face No. 4 UCLA on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium. With the loss, the Matadors end the season with a 15-7-0 overall record.
After battling through 103 minutes of tough soccer, Delgado sent a cross to Brandt, who in turn hit a low line drive to the corner of the goal to notch the game-winner, his second of the season.
After the Toreros dominated the first half of play with a 9-3 shot advantage, a 4-0 edge in corner kicks, and dominated the time of possession, it was Northridge who struck first. The Matadors scored the first goal of the match in the 73rd minute of action when the Northridge goalkeeper Michael Abalos kicked the ball the length of the field, then the Torero `keeper misplayed the ball, leaving a wide open net where Sagi Lev-Ari was able to score the goal.
A controversial moment then happened in the 80th minute of action as a Torero was tackled inside the goal box where he flipped over two Matador defenders, yet no foul was called, much to the dismay of the Torero bench. With the no-call, play continued.
Then with time running out in the 89th minute of action, the Toreros received a free kick. Dan Delgado
took the free kick and bowed the ball to the lower left corner of the post and the ball ricocheted off the post and into the goal to force the overtime period and give Delgado his team-leading ninth goal of the year.
USD established a season high as they outshot the Matadors 26-11 and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Drew Ilijevski picked up the win in goal for the Toreros, as he allowed one goal and recorded three saves. His counterpart, Michael Abalos, was saddled with the loss as he allowed two goals and recorded three saves.
This is the first time USD has advanced past the first round in their last three tournament appearances. In 2001, USD hosted UCLA in the second round but lost 4-0. Altogether the Toreros have faced the Bruins three times previously in the second round of the Tournament and won one of those contests.
The Bruins (13-2-3) had a first-round bye. The winner of the USD/UCLA game will play the winner of South Florida and Tulsa in the third round on Nov. 25.