Nov. 9, 2010
San Diego, Calif. - The 2010 season for the University of San Diego men's soccer will come to an end this weekend as the Toreros wrap up their campaign with a pair of West Coast Conference matches at Torero Stadium on Friday and Sunday. With the conclusion of the season on Sunday, three seniors, Marcelo Carminatti, Nolan Chandler, and Cory Norris, will participate in their final game in a USD uniform.
Norris has appeared in 56 of a possible 57 matches during his USD career, including 53 starts, after transferring from Paradise Valley Community College prior to his sophomore year. The Scottsdale, Arizona native scored his first career goal this season against then-#24 Loyola Marymount, helping the Toreros upset the Lions 2-1 on October 27th.
Carminatti has started 14 of the 16 games he has appeared in this season, scoring four goals and recording one assist. The forward made an impact during his first season with the Toreros last year, scoring three goals and tallying two assists, including a game-winner against #16 Portland. Prior to attending the University of San Diego, the Londrina, Brazil native was enrolled at Barton Community College, where he was named First Team NJCAA All-American.
Chandler has spent the last two seasons with the Toreros after transferring from the University of Louisville, playing in 31 games. Chandler has two points with the Toreros in the 31 matches.
The trio of Torero seniors will join the rest of the San Diego men's soccer team (7-7-3, 4-4-2 WCC) as they take on the University of San Francisco (3-11-3, 1-7-2 WCC) on November 12th. The two teams met previously on October 3rd of this season with the Toreros chalking up a 3-1 victory over the Dons. Carminatti was one of three different Toreros that recorded a goal in the West Coast Conference match.
USD is 4-1-1 against San Francisco since 2007, including wins in each of the last three matchups. The Toreros also hold the advantage in the all-time standings between the two programs as USD is 16-14-2 against San Francisco since the two sides first met in 1984.
The final match of the 2010 season will be against St. Mary's (10-6-1, 6-4-0 WCC) on Sunday, November 14th. The first meeting of the season between the two teams was on the first of October when the Gaels managed to eke out a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Toreros in the WCC opener for both sides. The beyond-regulation match was one of seven overtime matches for San Diego this season.
Friday's match against San Francisco is set for a 1 p.m. start while the Sunday match against St. Mary's will begin at 2 p.m.
The Toreros are 2-1-2 in their last five games, as they have been led by sophomore Patrick Wallen and his four goals in the last five games. Wallen leads all West Coast Conference players this season with nine goals and 19 points.
With a pair of wins, San Diego can also ensure themselves of their fourth-straight season with a winning record in WCC play.