Oct. 22, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (9-5-1, 4-4-1 WCC) picked up their second straight victory, 3-2 Sunday afternoon over the University of Portland Pilots (6-7-2, 3-6-0 WCC) as the Toreros record a sweep on their Pacific Northwest road trip.
Both teams got off to a slow start as the Pilots recorded the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. Matthew Dallman sent a ball forward to Alex Elliott who took a shot past Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz from 10 yards out finding the left corner of the net and taking a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, San Diego came out on all cylinders when in the 53rd minute the Toreros found themselves in Pilot territory. Forward Michael Caso sent a ball forward from midfield to forward JT Howlan. Howlan found himself onsides and one-on-one against Pilot goalkeeper Luis Robles taking the shot from six yards out to tie the match 1-1.
San Diego capitalized on the tie in the 70th minute by scoring another goal when midfielder Tannen Wels found forward Ryan Guy up field. Guy fired off a shot from 18 yards out past Robles and into the left corner of the net to take a 2-1 lead.
Less than a minute later, Caso centered a pass to midfielder Mike Barbeito who took a copule of touches in the box and fired off a shot from seven yards out past Robles for a 3-1 lead.
In the 89th minute, San Diego committed a foul inside their own penalty box allowing a penalty kick opportunity for Portland. The Pilots took advantage as Alex Elliott scored cutting the lead 3-2. However time would expire before Portland could tie up the match as San Diego defeats Portland for the second time this season by a score of 3-2.
For Portland, Elliott had a team high four shots, with two shots on goal and two goals. Christopher Sanders recorded three shots for the Pilots. As a team, Portland recorded 12 shots. Goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded three goals against and ten saves on the day.
For the Toreros, Ryan Guy and Michael Caso each had a team high six shots on the afternoon and Caso had five shots on goal. JT Howland followed with three shots of his own. The Toreros tallied a team total of 23 shots against Portland. Caso recorded two assist and Wels recorded one assist. Friesz allowed two goals against and recorded two saves.
San Diego returns home to Torero Stadium for a pair of Bay Area opponents as they host Santa Clara and Saint Mary's this upcoming weekend starting with the Broncos on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium.