Oct. 5, 2010
San Diego, Calif.- A week after opening their 2010 West Coast Conference schedule, the University of San Diego men's soccer team will begin their 2010 WCC home slate with a pair of matches against the University of Portland (4-1-4, 1-0-1 WCC) on Friday evening (7 p.m.) and against Gonzaga (3-6-0, 0-2-0 WCC) on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m.).
Hard-luck losses once again plagued San Diego (4-4-1) in their WCC opener against St. Mary's when they were forced to compete in overtime for the fourth time this season. The loss to the Gaels was the Toreros' third in overtime, dropping their record to 0-3-1 when they play beyond regulation. In fact, all four USD losses this season have occurred due to a goal scored by their opponents scored after the 83rd minute. The Toreros are 0-4-1 when the match result is decided by one goal or less.
Despite the tough losses, USD continues to have the top offense in the WCC, leading all teams in the conference with 15 goals and an average of 1.67 goals per game. Of the 15 goals, nine are provided by a trio of Toreros: Marcelo Carminatti (4), Patrick Wallen (3), and Sergio Carranza (2). All three just so happened to have been responsible for the goals in the 3-1 USD win over the University of San Francisco last Sunday.
With USD standing alone at the top of the conference's goal count, Portland sits in a tie for second with 14 and is unbeaten in their last four matches, including a win against Gonzaga in their WCC opener last week followed by a 1-1 tie against Santa Clara this past Sunday. The Pilots are powered by the WCC's top-goal scorer Ryan Luke. Luke has tallied five goals in his nine games this season, helping him also register a conference-best 11 points.
Similar to the Toreros, Portland has seen a number of their nine games require extra time to help decide a winner. The similarities with USD end there, however, as the Pilots are unbeaten in overtime with a 1-0-4 in the five matches.
While Portland is one of the WCC's top-scoring squads, Gonzaga is one of the teams that rank near the bottom. The Bulldogs were outscored 5-1 in their first two WCC matches in 2010 and have scored only seven goals in their first nine matches while allowing 17. Six different Gonzaga players have recorded a goal this season with Stefan Eysteinsson being the only Bulldog who has scored more than one.
The Toreros have not lost to Gonzaga at home since 2005, posting an overall record of 8-2-0 against the Bulldogs since the 2005 season.
Against Portland, the Toreros are 16-13-4 all-time.