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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The San Diego men's soccer team (10-4-4, 6-0-0) clinched the WCC Championship with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at San Francisco Sunday afternoon. After allowing a goal in the 25th the minute, the Toreros rallied to score two second half goals to win their sixth match in a row and secure their second WCC championship in the past three years.
The Toreros, who had lost to USF 2-0 at home on October 3 in a non-conference meeting, were playing without their starting goalkeeper Thomas Olsen and forward Dave Musambi after they received red cards Friday evening. Senior Drew Ilijevski filled in admirably, collecting two saves and allowing just one goal.
The Toreros found themselves in a hole after the Dons' David Garrett scored from ten yards out after being assisted by Miguel Aguilar in the 25th minute. However the Toreros push pressure on the Dons in the second half, attempting 13 shots in the second half, with nine of them coming on frame.
The Toreros were able to tie the match at 1-1 in the 70th minute when Keegan Smith scored his first goal of the season by converting a penalty kick.
Kyle Macleod scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute after receiving a cross in the middle of the box from Connor Brandt. It was Macleod's fourth goal of the season, and his third game-winner.
The Toreros have one regular season match remaining, playing at LMU next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Lions defeated the Toreros 1-0 on October 10 in San Diego in a non-conference match.
The Toreros, who have clinched the WCC's automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 20 at a yet to be determined location. The NCAA men's soccer selection show is scheduled for November 17 at 10:00 a.m. and will be aired live on NCAA.com.