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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team has learned it will host the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium, as they host Cal State Fullerton.
San Diego, the 2014 West Coast Conference Champions, is the lone representative in the postseason field. Ticket information will be released soon.
This marks the Toreros' 14th NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since advancing to the Elite 8 in 2012. USD has recorded an overall NCAA Tournament record of 12-12-1, and the have advanced past the first round seven times, and reached as far as the NCAA championship game once, in 1992.
The Toreros enter the tournament with an overall record of 10-5-4 , and they posted a 6-1-0 record in the WCC to claim the regular-season crown. Connor Brandt, who has recorded seven goals and added in six assists for 20 points, paces the Toreros offense. Torrey DeArmas also has seven goals on the season, and has added in a pair of assists for 16 points. On the defensive side of things, senior defender Julian Ringhof anchors down the back line for USD, and has helped lead the Toreros to six total shut outs this season. In goal, the Toreros look to Thomas Olson, who has recorded a goals-against-average of 0.82, has a 9-5-4 record, and has recorded six shutouts. USD is 12-10-4 all-time against the Titans, including a 0-0 tie back on Sept. 1 at Torero Stadium.
Fullerton enters the tournament as winners of the Big West Tournament, and they are bolstering an overall record of 10-7-6 after winning the Big West Tournament championship this past Saturday. The Titans will make their seventh overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 and their first since 2000. Fullerton's offense is paced by Marc Fenelus, who has a team-best seven goals and has added in a pair of assists for 16 points. The Big West Tournament MVP, Jeff Salt, who is 6-4-6 with seven shutouts and has a GAA of 0.84, anchors the Fullerton defense down.