Oct. 25, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- UP NEXT: (RV) San Diego (7-5-1, 4-1-1 WCC) at San Francisco (5-6-2, 3-2-1 WCC)
Friday, October 28th, 7:00 pm
San Francisco, Calif. - Negoesco Stadium
(RV) San Diego (7-5-1, 4-1-1 WCC) at Santa Clara (6-5-3, 2-4-0 WCC)
Sunday, October 30th, 2:00 pm
Santa Clara, Calif. - Buck Shaw Stadium
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros (7-5-1, 4-1-1 WCC) won back-to-back WCC matches at home with a 1-0 win over San Francisco on Oct. 14th, followed by a 2-0 shutout of Santa Clara on Oct. 16th. Sophomore Elijah Galbraith-Knapp scored goals in both matches. Galbraith-Knapp notched the game-winner in the 62nd minute against San Francisco and followed that up with another goal in the 62nd minute against Santa Clara that put USD up 2-0 en route to the win. Junior Patrick Wallen scored the game-winner against the Broncos with his goal in the 19th minute of action.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco (5-6-2, 3-2-1 WCC) enters the week in third place in the WCC standings and is coming off a 2-1 loss at Loyola Marymount on Oct. 16th. Miguel Aguilar leads the Dons' offense with four goals and two assists, while Mauricio Diaz De Leon has also tallied four goals and an assists of his own. Keeper Brendan Roslund is 5-4-2 in goal this season, having recorded 50 saves and a 0.86 goals against average. Head coach Erik Visser is in his 11th year at USF.
ON THE RECORD WITH SAN FRANCISCO: The Toreros are 18-14-2 all-time against the Dons and winners of five straight, including their first matchup this season, a 1-0 USD win at Torero Stadium on Oct. 14th.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara (6-5-3, 2-4-0 WCC), currently in sixth place in the WCC, is coming off a 2-0 loss at USD on Oct. 16th. Erik Hurtado leads the team with five goals and four assists and tops the conference with 14 points overall, while Glenn Vass has chipped in with three goals this season. The Broncos have lost four straight matches after winning their first two WCC contests. Keeper Kevin Klasila has seen the bulk of the time in net for the Broncos, posting a 6-4-3 record that includes five shutouts and 47 saves on the year. As a team, they hold a huge edge over their opponents in shots (209-131) and corner kicks (78-41). Head coach Cameron Rast is in his 10th season at the helm at Santa Clara.
ON THE RECORD WITH SANTA CLARA:
The Toreros are 11-27-3 all-time against Santa Clara. The Toreros' 2-0 win in their last match against the Broncos on Oct. 16th at home was just their second win over Santa Clara in the last 14 meetings.
SECOND BEST: USD is second in the WCC in a variety of offensive and defensive statistics categories, including goals (T-17), assists (17), fewest goals allowed (13), and shutouts (7).
TRYING TO BREAK IN: The Toreros are receiving votes in this week's NCSAA Division I men's rankings. USD took in nine votes this week.
HOOKING IT UP: Junior midfielder Dan Delgado is tied for the WCC lead in assists this season with five. He has two matches this year where he has recorded two assists, while adding an assist in USD's 2-0 win over Santa Clara.
STINGY DEFENSE: Senior keeper Adam Campbell leads the WCC with a 0.55 goals against average this season. Campbell has allowed six goals in 11 appearances on the year and his six shutouts are second-most in the conference overall. He has recorded shutouts in all five conference games he has started this year as well, which leads the WCC.
HELLO, WCC PLAY: Through their first six WCC matches this season, the Toreros are leading the conference in points (26), goals (8), and assists (10). Junior Patrick Wallen has also recorded two game-winning goals in conference play, which tops the WCC.
CENTER STAGE: The Toreros' 3-0 loss at then No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 23rd was played in front of 13,772 fans, which was the fifth-highest attendance in NCAA regular season men's soccer history and the second-highest attendance for a regular season match at a campus venue.
BOMBS AWAY: USD's 23 shots in their 4-0 win over Manhattan on Sept. 11th are tied for the most a WCC team has had in a match so far this season. Overall, the Toreros are fourth in the conference in shots (140) this season.
PILING IT ON: The Toreros' four goals scored in their 4-0 shutout of Manhattan on Sept. 11th were the most they have scored in a single match since winning 4-1 over Loyola Marymount on Oct. 25th, 2009. It is tied for the most a WCC team has scored in a single match this season.
STAR WATCH: The Torero offense returns 2010 West Coast Conference Player of the Year Patrick Wallen. The junior from Vasteras, Sweden led the conference in goals last season with 12, while also pacing the conference in points (25) and game-winning goals (5). His 12 goals and 25 points last year were each the second-most in a single season in WCC matches in conference history. Wallen was the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2009 after leading the team in goals (7) and points (19). So far in 2011, Wallen is tied for the team lead with three goals and has added one assist for a total of seven points, tying him for the team lead.
RECAPPING 2010: The Toreros wrapped up the 2010 campaign with a record of 9-7-3 (6-4-2 WCC), good for fourth place in the WCC. Sophomore forward Patrick Wallen and senior defender Cory Norris earned first-team All-WCC honors, while junior forward Stephen Posa took home second-team honors after scoring two goals and adding four assists. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named to the WCC All-Freshman team after starting 18 of the team's 19 matches.
TOREROS TABBED SECOND IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego men's soccer team was picked second in the 2011 West Coast Conference preseason coaches poll. The Toreros garnered 27 total points, trailing only Loyola Marymount, who was voted first with 36 total points and six first place votes. In third was Santa Clara with 26 points, followed by Portland with 21 points, and Saint Mary's in fifth place with 19 points and one first place vote. Rounding out the poll with a tie for sixth were Gonzaga and San Francisco, each with nine points.
WALLEN AND POSA EARN PRESEASON ALL-WCC HONORS: The Toreros placed two players on the preseason All-WCC team with junior forward Patrick Wallen and senior forward Stephen Posa. Wallen (Vasteras, Sweden) was last season's WCC Player of the Year and a first-team All-WCC selection after leading the conference in goals scored (12), points (25), and game-winning goals (5). Posa (San Diego, CA) was a second-team All-WCC selection last season after tallying a pair of goals and four assists.
FRESH FACES IN 2011: The Toreros add nine newcomers to this year's roster, including seven freshmen and two transfers to go along with the 17 letterwinners returning. This year's freshman crop consists of defenders Austin Dunn (Auburn, CA), Thomas Fiskerstrand (Aalesund, Norway), and Callum Whittaker (London, England), forwards Joey Dei Rossi (Campbell, CA), Sean Klauer (Sammamish, WA), and Alex Gallagher (Billings, MT), and midfielder Shane Thompson (Las Vegas, NV). Redshirt sophomore forward Blake Milton (Spring, TX) transfers to USD this season from SMU, while junior defender Ernesto Jimenez (Santo Domingo, D.R.) joins the Toreros by way of Western Michigan University.
HEAD COACH Seamus McFadden: Entering his 33rd year at the helm, Seamus McFadden holds a career record of 321-239-56 at USD. McFadden joined the 300-win club in 2008 and has earned seven West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors (`00, `99, '98, '95, '94, '92, '86) during his tenure at USD. He has guided the Toreros to six WCC championships and 12 NCAA tournament appearances after taking over in 1979 at the origin of the USD men's soccer program. As the all-time WCC wins leader, McFadden has coached eight NSCAA All-Americans, 141 All-WCC honorees, and 16 WCC Players of the Year. In 1992, McFadden led the Toreros to a 19-5 record and an NCAA Championship final appearance against Virginia. McFadden, a native of Donegal, Ireland, played soccer at San Diego State, graduating in 1976 with a degree in History.
CATCH THE ACTION: Fans can follow all the Torero soccer action all season long by clicking on the Gametracker link or the "Watch Live" link on the team's schedule at www.usdtoreros.com.
Team WCC PTS Overall
San Diego 4-1-1 13 7-5-1
Saint Mary's 3-1-2 11 4-4-5
San Francisco 3-2-1 10 5-6-2
LMU 3-3-0 9 5-9-0
Gonzaga 2-3-1 7 4-7-2
Santa Clara 2-4-0 6 6-5-3
Portland 1-4-1 4 6-6-2