Paris: USD Soccer Has an Elite Feel

U-T San Diego -- It was such a sweet noise that the University of San Diego's soccer players would love to hit repeat.

“It sounded like crickets,'' midfielder Connor Brandt said. “Hopefully we hear more crickets on Saturday.''

The Torero men are at Georgetown (18-3-2) this weekend, facing the No. 3-seeded Hoyas in an Elite 8 match. A win here, and it's off to the Final Four for this unlikely USD (14-8) squad which just keeps winning.

Like last Saturday against host Tulsa, when a boisterous crowd and a solid team stood in USD's path. Down 1-0, the Toreros rallied and when Brandt drove home the match-winner in a 2-1 verdict, well, that's when the crickets appeared.

“It was very rowdy,'' Brandt said. “They had like 1,000 people there and we had about 12 fans.''

But when Brandt converted Patrick Wallen's amazing over-the-shoulder pass for the second-half goal, the rowdies went mute. (Full Story