Oct. 3, 2012
MSOC Game Notes #7: Portland/Gonzaga
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Coming up...
USD vs. Portland
Friday, Oct. 5 | 7:00 pm | Torero Stadium
Series Record: USD leads, 17-15-5
Last Meeting: POR won, 2-1 (@USD-11/6/11)
Coverage: Gametracker | Live Video
USD vs. Gonzaga
The Last Meeting
November 6, 2011
San Diego, CA
The Last Meeting
November 4, 2011
San Diego, CA
USD Wins Soggy 2-0 Contest Over Gonzaga
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- The University of San Diego men's soccer team battled rain showers and a soggy field en route to their 2-0 shutout of Gonzaga on Friday afternoon from Torero Stadium.
Sunday, Oct. 7 | 1:00 pm | Torero Stadium
Series Record: USD leads, 21-6-1
Last Meeting: USD won, 2-0 (@USD-11/4/11)
| Live Video
Sr. MF Dan Delgado scored two goals in USD's 3-2 win at Saint Mary's on Sept. 30. He became the first Torero to score multiple goals in a game since Patrick Wallen scored twice in a 3-2 victory over SMC on Nov. 14, 2010.
RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo set a career high with nine saves vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 14.
Jr. MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named WCC Player of the Week for the week of 9/3-9/9 after scoring goals in two USD wins. He was the first Torero to earn POTW honors since Sam Reeder in 2009.
USD won the 5th Annual Courtyard Marriott SD Central Aztec Soccer Tournament on Sept. 9 after going 2-0-0. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while RS Sr. D Matt Chavez, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo, Sr. MF Christian Duke and RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof were each named to the All-Tournament team.
Sr. MF Dan Delgado returns after being named 2011 WCC Player of the Year. Delgado was the third consecutive Torero to earn conference POTY honors (Patrick Wallen, 2010; Ryan Peterman, 2009).
USD returns seven starters from last year's squad that finished 9-9-1 overall.
Head coach Seamus McFadden is the WCC's winningest coach in conference matches with a 111-74-18 (.591) career record in WCC contests.
USD returns four All-WCC selections from 2011- MF Dan Delgado (1st Team/Player of the Year), MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp (1st Team), MF Conor McFadden (Hon. Men.), D Thomas Fiskerstrand (All-Freshman Team)
USD was picked to win the WCC in this year's preseason coaches poll.
The Toreros garnered four first-place votes.
Portland Pilots (4-4-1, 2-0 WCC)
Top Scorers: Steven Evans (8G/1A/17 PTS); Ricardo Carrillo (3G/3A/9 PTS); Jaime Velasco (1G/3A/5 PTS)
In Goal: Justin Baarts (9 GP/18 GA/1.98 GAA/38 SV/4-4-1/2 SHO)
Notables: USD and Portland split last year's two meetings... Portland has won their past two games, snapping a three game losing streak... The Pilots lead the WCC in points (46) and goals (16) and assists (14)... Steven Evans leads the conference in points (18) and goals (8).
Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-5-0, 0-2 WCC)
Top Scorers: Clark Phillips (3G/2A/8 PTS); Lars Ludwigs (2G/1A/5 PTS); Conner Bevans (2G/4 PTS)
In Goal: Chris Lowrimore (5 GP/9 GA/2.08 GAA/12 SV/2-2-0)
Notables: USD and Gonzaga split last year's series... The Bulldogs have lost their last two matches... Gonzaga is being outscored by their opponents 18-13 this season but is outshooting opponents by a 136-122 margin... The Zags leads the WCC in shots (136)... Eight different players have scored goals for the Bulldogs this season.
JUST COMING UP SHORT: While the scores haven't seemed to do the games justice, USD has been very competitive with the two Top-25 opponents they have faced so far this season. In both games the Toreros have held their opponents in check defensively by not allowing a goal in the first half in either matchup. Against No. 13 UCI (8/24), the Toreros held a 7-6 first half advantage in shots, while against No. 6 UCSB (9/14), USD got a number of outstanding first half saves from GK Michael D'Arrigo. With the exception of a nine minute span where the Gauchos scored three goals, the Toreros were right in the mix.
WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER: Jr. MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp won his first career WCC Player of the Week honor on Sept. 10 after notching goals in each of USD's victories. He scored his first goal of the season, a game winner, in a 2-0 victory over Ohio State this on Sept. 7 before following it up with an insurance goal against Houston Baptist in another 2-0 win on Sept. 9. Galbraith-Knapp is the first Torero to take home player of the week honors since Sam Reeder in 2009.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: MF Dan Delgado became the third consecutive Torero to win WCC Player of the Year honors after taking home the recognition last season. He followed current teammate Patrick Wallen (2010) and Ryan Peterman (2009). Delgado tallied a total of nine points in 2011 (2g/5a) while ranking second in the WCC in assists during WCC play (5). He has led the team in assists the past two seasons.
LEAVING HIS MARK: Sr. F Patrick Wallen enters the 2012 campaign tied for seventh in USD history in career goals scored (22). Wallen had a career-high 12 goals in 2010 and scored three goals in 2011. USD's all-time leader in goals scored is Guillermo Jara, who scored 51 goals from 1992-95.
BREAKING IN: Despite missing time in 2011 due to injury, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo entered the 2012 season in the top-10 in three categories in the USD record book: 8th in career saves (57), 8th in both career games started in goal and games played in goal (21/23) and 9th in career shutouts (6).
LOOKING FOR AN OPENING: The 2012 Toreros are a team deep with experience as they return a total of 20 letterwinners from a year ago, including seven starters. Overall, USD returns 12 players who played in at least half of the team's 19 games in 2011. Trying to break in will be a crop of four true freshmen and four transfers, all of whom already have NCAA soccer experience under their belts. RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof was an all-conference and all-region selection at Cal State Los Angeles, while So. MF Connor Brandt tallied four goals last season at Cal State Dominguez Hills. So. F Keegan Smith played in 16 games at Cal Poly SLO in 2011.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE: All USD home games will feature live Gametracker as well as a live video feed that can be seen by clicking on the "Live Sports" tab at www.usdtoreros.com.