Oct. 19, 2007
San Diego, CA - In the first game of a two-game Southern California road-trip, the Saint Mary's men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the San Diego Toreros on Friday evening from Toreros Stadium. San Diego scored one goal in each half, to hand the Gaels their third loss in four West Coast Conference games. Saint Mary's is now 4-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in WCC play. The Toreros improved to 6-6-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play.
In the 19th minute of action, USD got a free kick from 22 yards out following a Saint Mary's foul. San Diego midfield Fabrice Gautrat's shot deflected off a SMC defender and into the goal. The deflection off the head of the SMC defender kept the ball out of the reach of Gael goalkeeper Keenan Flynn.
San Diego held its one-goal lead well into the second half, and extended its lead to 2-0 in the 78th minute following a Chase Tangney goal. Tangney took a pass from Eddie Ahman just outside the penalty box. What appeared to be a cross from Tangney, ended up inside the far post for the second and final Toreros goal of the game.
San Diego held the shot advantage, taking nine shots compared to seven by the Gaels, but the Gaels recorded a 6-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Flynn made a total of three saves in the game, and SMC forward Justin Kim was the only Gael to record more than one shot, finishing the game with two shots.
San Diego goalkeeper Kelin Briones made five saves en route to the shutout victory. Briones made a number of key stops, including a point blank save on a shot by Bryan VanDoornick in the 11th minute.
Saint Mary's will look for its first WCC win of the year on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Loyola Marymount's Sullivan Field.