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Undefeated Men's Soccer Travels to the East Coast

Aug. 31, 2006

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A look ahead...

USD will travel back to the East Coast this upcoming weekend to take on the Brown University Bears (0-0-0) in their home opener on Friday September 1, followed by a match against the Providence College Friars (1-1-0) on Sunday September 3.

Brown University is the 2005 Ivy League Champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship before being eliminated by the national champions, Maryland .

Providence College was eliminated in the semifinal round of the 2005 Big East Conference tournament.  The Friars also made it into the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship before being eliminated by the University of North Carolina Tarheels ending their season. 

 

A look back....

The University of San Diego men's soccer team (2-0-0) handed the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (0-1-0) their first loss of the season as the Toreros posted a 2-0 shutout to open the 2006 season.  Both of San Diego 's goals came in the second half including one from freshman midfield Ciaran O'Brien.  With the victory over Rutgers

San Diego finished this past weekends opening homestand with their second shutout in a row as they defeated the University at Albany Great Danes (0-2-0) 4-0 Sunday afternoon.

Of the 22 players that saw action for San Diego on Sunday, 12 different athletes took shots on the Great Danes goalkeeper. USD tallied a total of 26 shots, 14 of which were shots on goal.

 

Phenomenal Freshman!

Five of the seven freshman from San Diego 's nationally ranked recruiting class made appearances on the field this past weekend against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights and the University at Albany Great Danes.  Defender Tim Grey was the only newcomer to start, helping Brett Hiroto and Sam Reeder in the back field. 

Midfield Ciaran O'Brien made a nice first impression on the soccer fans as he scored not only his first career goal as a Torero but the very first goal for the 2006 season in the 55th minute against the Scarlet Knights.  O'Brien also tallied an assist against Albany .

Midfield Mike Barbeito also took a clean shot against the Great Danes for his first career goal at San Diego .  Midfield Eric Pohl lobbed a free kick from a foul into the center of the box where Barbeito headed it past the goalie from 10 yards out and into the net. 

Other freshman to make an appearance included forward Chase Tangney who recorded two shots, and defender Ryan Peterman.

 

The Veterans...

San Diego 's senior seasoned veterans picked up right where they left off last season.  Forward co-captain Michael Caso recorded the assist on O'Brien's goal against Rutgers.  Forward Ryan Guy followed with his first goal of the season against Albany .  Midfield Eric Pohl also tallied two assists, both of which were against Albany .  Goalkeeper Lance Friesz holds a 0.00 Goals Against Average to start the season and has recorded two saves.  Friesz also has one shutout recorded against Rutgers. 

 

Owning the Goal...

The Toreros have managed to record an own goal from their two opponents this season so far.  The first one came in the 77th minute against Rutgers when the Scarlet Knight's goalkeeper attempted to clear the ball and fanned the kick.  The second own goal came against Albany as a defender attempted to pass a ball back to the goalie which went wide and rolled into the net. 

 

11th Ranked Recruits in the Nation...

The 2006 USD men's soccer recruiting class was ranked 11th in the nation this past week according to a poll conducted by CollegeSoccerNews.com. The recruits include Ciaran O'Brien (Tacoma, WA), Ryan Peterman (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Mike Barbeito (Fontana, CA), Tim Grey (Port Orchard, WA), Fabrice Guatrat (Valencia, CA), Jeremy Howlan (Thornton, CO), and Chase Tangney ( Tacoma, WA ).

CollegeSoccerNews.com describes this class as "...strong, fast, and ready to do their part to give the Toreros the lift they need to secure enough big wins to get back to the NCAA Tourney..."

The top recruit coming to USD according to CollegeSoccerNews.com, Ciaran O'Brien, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year from the State of Washington and an NSCAA Youth All-American, and a three-time All-State honoree at Decatur High School .

Ryan Peterman from Rancho Cucamonga High School is a versatile defender or forward. Peterman was a 2005 NSCAA Youth All-American as well. He was also a member for the Alta Loma Arsenal club.

 

WCC Preseason Poll

The West Coast Conference pre-season coaches tagged San Diego to capture third place. San Francisco is slated to finish first in the conference followed by Santa Clara . Loyola Marymount is fourth followed by Portland and Saint Mary's tied for fifth, and Gonzaga in seventh place.

San Diego was picked third after narrowly missing out on NCAA Tournament selection in 2005. The Toreros bring back one of the deepest goal scoring groups in the conference, as 76% of the team's goal scoring production returns from last year. The returning group is headlined by first team All-WCC selection Kevin Meissner and goalkeeper Lance Friesz, who has started 60 straight games in the Torero net.