Oct. 6, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After opening WCC play with a 1-0 victory over the University of San Francisco Dons, the Toreros prepare to hit the road for the Pacific Northwest as they face the Portland Pilots and the Gonzaga Bulldogs this weekend.
San Diego freshman Patrick Wallen has been all but unstoppable as he leads the team in goals scored. Wallen tallied his fourth goal of the season this weekend, that combined with his one assist gives him nine points. Wallen scored his fourth goal on a blind header with his back to the goal redirecting a cross from teammate Ryan Peterman into the upper ninety. The Toreros are now 5-3-0 overall and 1-0-0 in West Coast Conference play.
For the third consecutive week, San Diego has received votes in the NSCAA Far West Regional Rankings. It was only two weeks ago following the Nike Invitational that USD was tabbed eighth in the regional rankings. Though no longer in the top 10, USD still received votes. Portland is currently fourth in the Far West Regional Rankings and No. 18 in the National Rankings.
With the start of conference, the standings have Portland and Saint Mary's tied for first place at 1-0-1 for four points. Portland is in first place however with the better overall record of 6-1-2 and Saint Mary's at 5-1-3. No. 20 ranked Loyola Marymount is 1-0-0 with three points for third place with an overall record of 6-3-0 while Santa Clara is 1-1-0 in Conference with three points and a 3-5-2 mark. San Diego is in fifth place after the first weekend with a 1-0-0 mark for three points and a 5-3-0 overall record. Gonzaga and San Francisco round out the standings both with 0-2-0 WCC records. Gonzaga has a 3-3-3 overall record while the Dons are 3-5-1.
The Toreros will travel to Portland, Oregon to face the first place Pilots. The Pilots opened up conference play with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara and a 1-1 double overtime tie against Saint Mary's. Portland was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll. In 2008, USD lost 2-3 at Portland and won 3-2 at home against Portland. All-time, USD is 15-13-3 when facing the Pilots. Collen Warner is the leading goal scorer for the Pilots with three goals and three assists for nine points. Warner has nine shots on goal, one game-winning goal, and is 2-2 in penalty kicks. The Toreros and Pilots kickoff at 7:00 p.m. from the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.
Wrapping up the weekend, the Toreros travel to Spokane, Washington to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are currently on a three-match losing streak. They opened up Conference play with a 2-0 loss to Saint Mary's followed by a 1-0 loss to Santa Clara. Gonzaga was tabbed third in the preseason poll. Last season, San Diego split with the Bulldogs with a 3-0 shutout at home and a 1-4 loss on the road. USD is 16-5-1 all-time against the Zags. Tye Perdido leads Gonzaga with three goals and one assist for seven points with 12 shots on goal. The Toreros and Bulldogs kickoff at 1:00 p.m. from the Gonzaga Soccer Field.