Nov. 1, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- UP NEXT: San Diego (7-7-1, 4-3-1 WCC) vs. Gonzaga (4-9-2, 2-5-1 WCC)
Friday, Nov. 4th, 2:00 pm
San Diego, Calif. - Torero Stadium
San Diego (7-7-1, 4-3-1 WCC) vs. Portland (8-6-2, 3-4-1 WCC)
Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2:00 pm
San Diego, Calif. - Torero Stadium
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros (7-7-1, 4-3-1 WCC) suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since their first two matches of the season with a 4-0 loss at San Francisco this past Friday and a 4-1 loss at Santa Clara this past Sunday. The Toreros' 4-0 shutout defeat at USF was their worst loss since falling 4-0 at No. 4 UCLA in 2004. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp scored the lone USD goal of the weekend when he connected in the 19th minute against Santa Clara for his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Thomas Fiskerstrand and Patrick Wallen were credited with assists on the play.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Gonzaga (4-9-2, 2-5-1 WCC) enters the week in seventh place in the WCC standings and is coming off a 2-0 loss at Portland and a 3-2 loss at home to Saint Mary's this past week. Clark Phillips and Colin Flynn lead the Bulldog offense with three goals apiece, while Phillips has added three assists for a total of nine points, which leads the conference in WCC matches. Keeper Ryan Caballero leads the conference in saves with 79 and is 3-8-2 in goal with three shutouts this season. As a team, the Bulldogs are being outshot 289-153 on the year and trail their opponents in corner kicks 90-51. Head coach Einar Thorarinsson is in his 16th year at the helm.
ON THE RECORD WITH GONZAGA: The Toreros are 18-15-2 all-time against the Bulldogs, having lost this season's first matchup 3-2 in double overtime in Spokane, Wash. In that contest, USD had a 2-0 lead heading into the 77th minute before the Bulldogs mounted a comeback to force overtime and eventually earn the win on a game-winner from Nathanael Pacheco in the 101st minute. The loss snapped a four-match winning streak over Gonzaga.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS:
Portland (8-6-2, 3-4-1 WCC) comes in to the week in fifth place in the WCC, having posted a 2-0 win over Portland and a 4-0 shutout over Saint Mary's, both at home, this past week. The Pilots have now won three matches in a row. Michael Nielsen leads the conference in goals this season with six, while Steven Evans (four goals, four assists) is tied for second in the WCC in points with 12. Keeper Justin Baarts has played every minute in goal this season and has recorded 53 saves with three shutouts. The Pilots are coached by Bill Irwin, who is in his eighth year as Portland's Director of Soccer and boasted a career record of 66-58-20 (.528) coming into the season.
ON THE RECORD WITH PORTLAND: The Toreros are 17-14-5 all-time against the Pilots, including a 1-0 win at Portland earlier this season in the NCSAA College Game of the Week which was broadcast live on the Fox Soccer Channel. Patrick Wallen scored the game-winner in that match in the 52nd minute.
SECOND BEST: USD is tied for second in the WCC in assists this season with 20 overall and has posted seven shutouts this year, also good for second-most in the conference.
HOOKING IT UP: Junior midfielder Dan Delgado is tied for second in the WCC 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 on Oct. 16th.
STINGY DEFENSE: Senior keeper Adam Campbell is second in the conference with six shutouts this season. Campbell had a stretch of five-straight conference shutouts snapped this past weekend with a loss at San Francisco. His five shutouts in WCC play top the conference.
HELLO, WCC PLAY: Through eight WCC matches this season, the Toreros are leading the conference in assists (15), second in shots (111) and tied for third in points (31) in conference action.
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.
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 second on the team with three goals and has added two assists for a total of eight points, which is second on the team.
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.
2011 WCC Men's Soccer Standings
Team WCC PTS Overall
Saint Mary's 4-2-2 14 5-5-5
San Diego 4-3-1 13 7-7-1
San Francisco 4-3-1 13 6-7-2
LMU 4-3-1 13 6-9-1
Portland 3-4-1 10 8-6-2
Santa Clara 3-4-1 10 7-5-4
Gonzaga 2-5-1 7 4-9-2