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Men's Soccer Snaps Losing Streak With 2-1 Victory Over Portland

Oct. 12, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego Toreros (4-6-0, 1-1-0 WCC) scored two first half goals to hold off the Portland Pilots (4-4-3, 1-1-2 WCC)2-1 in a West Coast Conference men's soccer game Friday night at Merlo Field.

The Toreros scored their first goal in three matches with a strike in the 22nd minute. Portland was able to clear a cross from the left side, but the ball ended up at the feet of Brett Hiroto, 25 yards out. On a volley, Hiroto sent a cleanly kicked ball inside the left post and just out of the reach of Portland keeper Austin Guerrero.

USD struck again in the 28th minute. The first touch from the San Diego midfield trailed into Pilot territory. J.T. Howlan gathered up possession inside Portland's 18-yard box, forcing Guerrero off his line to challenge. Howlan then fed an unmarked Colin Jennings, who easily finished from point-blank range.

Down 2-0 in the second half, Portland outshot USD 11-2 after the break. The Pilots finally capitalized on a corner kick in the 74th minute. Junior Alex Elliott served up a perfect ball right in front of the San Diego net to Eric Fredback who knocked a header past Torero goalie Kelin Briones low and to the right.

Portland keeper Austin Guerrero finished with two stops for the game, including a save on a shot from his older brother, senior midfielder Dustin. USD's Kelin Briones totaled five saves on the night.

Portland finished with a 15-6 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Toreros move on to Spokane, Washington to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs Sunday, October 14 to finishing off their first WCC road trip.