Aug. 24, 2006
The University of San Diego 2006 men's soccer season kicks off their 2006 campaign this week after capturing national honors for this year's freshman class. The Toreros open the season against a pair of teams from the east coast. San Diego's opening match will be against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (3-0) on Friday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium followed by their second match against the University at Albany Great Danes on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium.
Around the WCC
Two West Coast Conference Teams consistently were named to national Top-25 soccer polls from the conference; the University of San Francisco Dons and the Santa Clara University Broncos. With in the conference itself, USF was picked to win the conference in the preseason coach's poll, followed by SCU to finish in second place and USD finishing in third place. Rounding out the poll, LMU was picked fourth, Portland and Saint Mary's tied for fifth place, and Gonzaga coming in at seventh place.
San Diego opens the 2006 season at home this year against Rutgers and Albany. Rutgers has a very strong roster this year and that will be a real test for the Toreros. McFadden then takes the Toreros back to the East Coast to take on Brown and Providence. By no means will USD's schedule become easier once conference play begins. The double round robin format is exceptionally hard taking a physical toll on the athletes themselves having to travel so far to play.
Preview Rutgers University has notched three matches in the win column so far this season shutting out all three opponents (Fairleigh Dickinson 2-0; Northwestern 3-0; Penn State 2-0). The Knights finished with an 8-8-3 overall record and a 5-4-2 conference record in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights return 11 starters from their 2005 roster which will be their strength coming to play on the West Coast.
Great Danes Preview
The University at Albany opens their season on a West Coast road trip, with their second game being against USD. The Great Danes finished 3-4-1 in the America East Conference, and a 6-9-4 overall record. They are slated to finish sixth in the conference this season. Albany's strength will be their two All-Conference returners.
Men's Soccer Season Opening Matches
The Toreros are 15-7-3 all-time in season openers dating back to 1980. The team's longest winning streak was six (1990-95). 18 of their openers have been played on their home field.
Five Returners With All-WCC Selections
San Diego captured five All-Conference honors in 2005. Senior Midfield Kevin Meissner was the only Torero to earn first-team All-Conference honors. Senior midfield Ryan Guy was one of three Toreros to make second-team All-Conference honors. Senior forward Michael Caso and freshman midfield Sam Reeder captured All-Conference Honorable Mention. Reeder also made the WCC All-Freshman team as well.