Sept. 21, 2010
San Diego, Calif.- It will have been 19 days since the University of San Diego men's soccer team (1-3-1) last played at home when they take the pitch at Torero Stadium on Friday evening against University at Albany. The Friday match will be the first of two for the Toreros this weekend, with the second competition scheduled for Sunday against Houston Baptist.
In the almost three full weeks since their last home match against cross-town rivals San Diego State, a game that was decided by a penalty kick in the waning moments, the Toreros have been sent down a path of results decided by the slimmest of margins. All three of the Toreros' losses this season have been by one goal, including two losses decided by the golden goal in sudden-death overtime.
In their last match at then #17 UCLA, the Toreros climbed back to tie it at two behind Marcelo Carminatti's second goal of the game, and team-high third of the season, before the Bruins tallied the game-winning goal in the 95th minute. The contest was the Toreros' third straight game that needed overtime to help determine a winner. USD is 0-2-1 in the last three matches.
For their return to San Diego, the Toreros will face-off against the University at Albany and Houston Baptist, two teams in which USD has a combined 4-1 all-time record against and out-scored the two opponents 14-6 in those five matches.
Albany, who defeated the Toreros 3-0 in the last contest between the two programs in 2008, has won their last two matches by scores of 1-0 against Siena and at Hartwick. For the season, the Great Danes are 4-2, including a 2-0 record on the road.
Houston Baptist will pay its first ever visit to the USD campus on Sunday as the two teams last competed against one another way back in 1986. The Toreros dealt the Huskies a 5-2 loss 24 years ago, a win that was one of 19 for USD in the '86 season and helped head coach Seamus McFadden capture his first winning season as the Toreros' top coach.
The Huskies are winners in their last two matches, improving their 2010 record to 2-2-1. With back-to-back shutout wins, Houston Baptist is ranked ninth in North Atlantic Region poll, which is one of the eight regional polls released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
This weekend's pair of matches will also conclude USD's non-conference slate for the 2010 season. The Toreros, who finished atop the West Coast Conference last year, will open up WCC play on the road in Moraga, CA against Saint Mary's on October 1st. Moraga is the site in which the Toreros clinched the 2009 WCC title.
Friday's match against Albany is set for a 7 p.m. start while Sunday's fixture against Houston Baptist is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.