Oct. 20, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team wrapped up an impressive weekend with two key West Coast Conference victories at home defeating Saint Mary's College 2-0 on Friday evening and Santa Clara University 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Toreros control the WCC standings with 15 points and an undefeated conference mark of 5-0-0. The two wins lift their overall record to 9-3-0. It's the first time since 2006 that the Toreros have been on a five match win streak. This also marks the first time they have been undefeated five matches into conference since the 2000 season.
The Toreros opened the weekend against Saint Mary's in a battle for first place. Saint Mary's was in second place and looking to give USD their first conference loss. The Toreros set the tone when Patrick Wallen scored with in the first minute of the match. USD put away another goal in the 68th minute for the 2-0 win. Sunday, USD faced off against Santa Clara and jumped out to a 3-0 lead at half with goals from Charles Blase (13th minute), Andrew Feld (19th minute), and Marcelo Carminatti (36th minute). The Broncos give a solid second half effort scoring two goals, however the Torero defense held strong as USD won 3-2.
The two wins over the weekend earned freshman midfielder James Cohn player of the week honors for his tenacious defense against Saint Mary's on Friday evening and his goal to help the Toreros to victory on Sunday afternoon against Santa Clara.
The Toreros have finally broken into the polls this week with the highest ranking at 19th. The Toreros are fifth overall in the NSCAA west region poll; UCLA is first in the region and second nationally, UC Santa Barbara is second in the region and sixth nationally, UC Irvine is third in the region and 22nd nationally, and New Mexico is fourth in the region and 29th nationally. San Diego however did not receive enough votes to enter the NSCAA national top-25 poll but received the highest number of `teams with other votes' earning 47. The Toreros are 19th in the SoccerAmerica.com poll. USD is ranked 23rd in the Soccertimes.com Top-25 poll. In the College Soccer News Top-30 poll, San Diego is ranked 24th overall.
The Lions split over the weekend finishing 0-1-1 and are currently in sixth place in the WCC Standings with a conference mark of 1-3-1 and an overall record of 6-6-1. Junior forward Rafael Baca leads the lions with eight goals, one assist and 17 shots on goal. He has two game-winning goals and is 2-for-2 on penalty kicks.
This week marks the halfway point in the double-round-robin format of conference play. The Toreros will face LMU on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Torero Stadium then travel to Los Angeles to play the Lions at Sullivan Field at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.