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Torero Athletics: International Soccer Friendly; Julie Foudy Appearance; USD Roundup

The University of San Diego will have quite a soccer presence on campus this week in two separate events — one involving an international friendly and the other an appearance by Julie Foudy, a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and a U.S. Olympic gold medalist.

First, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, USD’s Torero Stadium will host a friendly as the Club Tijuana Xolos face off against the 2017 Major League Soccer champion Toronto FC. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here or at the Jenny Craig Pavilion box office.

Note, too, that parking and traffic on campus will be impacted beginning at 5 p.m. Both the Mission and West Parking Structures will be impacted and trams will be running for both USD students and soccer fans attending the game. Please allow extra time to find parking if you are attending class or other university events on this night.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, USD Athletics and USD Women’s Basketball will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The women’s basketball team hosts Gonzaga in a 6 p.m. West Coast Conference game in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Feb. 1. Festivities for National Girls and Women in Sports Day features an appearance by soccer standout Julie Foudy. Cost for a ticket is $25 for adults and $10 for young ladies under 21. The price includes a private reception, starting at 4:30 p.m., with cocktails for guests 21 and over, hors d’oeuvres, a game ticket and a signed copy of Foudy’s book, Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously You.­ Foudy will speak at 5 p.m. Fans can also meet USD female student-athletes before and during the basketball game. The San Diego Splash, a women's basketball team of ladies in their 80s, will play at halftime of the USD-Gonzaga game. Reserve your tickets now.

Men’s Basketball

A much-needed pair of West Coast Conference victories, against Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount, improved the men’s basketball team record to 15-7 overall, 6-4 in conference play and due to the performance of Isaiah Pineiro in both games, the redshirt junior was named the WCC Player of the Week.

Pineiro did it all for the Toreros, averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a block per the two games. He converted 14-of-18 shots (.778), 1-of-2 three-pointers (.500) and 11-of-12 free throws (.917). 

He had a career-high 29 points in USD’s 89-82, victory at Loyola Marymount on Jan. 27.  He made 10-of-14 shots from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line to go with a career-high nine assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action. In a 66-58 USD home win Jan. 25 over Santa Clara, Pineiro made all four of his attempts from the field on his way to 11 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Against LMU, Pineiro was supported by four other Toreros who reached double-digits — Isaiah Wright (15 points), Tyler Williams (11), Olin Carter III (10) and Yauhen Massalski (10). Cameron Neubauer came off the bench to score nine points.

Against Santa Clara, Isaiah Wright led the Toreros with 21 points and the team play solid defensively. Pineiro’s 11 and Carter’s 10 gave USD its only players to reach double-digit scoring.

Next Games: USD Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga, Thursday, 6 p.m., Spokane, Wash.; USD men host Saint Mary’s, Saturday, 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Women’s Basketball

The USD women’s basketball team dropped a pair of West Coast Conference games last week and shooting was the difference in both contests.

Maya Hood led San Diego with 12 points but it was not enough to overcome a tough night of shooting as the Toreros fell at Santa Clara, 59-50, on Jan. 25. USD struggled from the field, shooting 38.5 percent and made just 4 of 15 3-point attempts (26.7 percent).

Along with Hood’s 12 points, Aubrey Ward-El and Sydney Williams chipped in 10 points apiece. The Toreros bench struggled, contributing just seven of USD’s 50 points.

Two days later at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego shot 47.7 percent from the field but could not slow down a hot three-point shooting Loyola Marymount team in a 67-53 loss on Jan. 27.

Hood and Ward-El led the Toreros (12-9, 5-5 WCC) with 10 points apiece. Hood led USD with six rebounds, while Ward-El contributed a team-high three assists. Toreros struggled from 3-point range, converting just one of 10 attempts.

The Lions went 6 for 12 (50 percent) from 3-point range and hit 15 of its 16 free throws. USD was hampered by turnovers, committing 26 which led to 19 points for the Lions. LMU also got significant minutes from its second unit as its bench accounted for 32 of its 67 points.

Next Games: USD Women’s Basketball hosts Gonzaga, Thursday, 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD women at Saint Mary’s, Saturday, 2 p.m., Moraga, Calif.

Women’s Swimming

Mackenna Briggs and Alex Hubel won two individual events apiece but it was not enough for San Diego to take down UC San Diego as the Toreros fell, 145.50-137.50.

Briggs led the field in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 54.26 seconds) and the 500 free (5:07.53), while Hubel finished first in the 100 butterfly (57.54 seconds) and 200 fly (2:06.66). Danielle Taylor had a quality day, finishing first in the 100 free (52.95) and second in the 100 back (59.57) and the 50 free (24.41). Anna Luckenbach picked up a first-place result in the 1000 free with a time of 10:25.68 and finished second in the 500 free (5:08.45).

The Toreros did well in both relay events and capped the day with a first-place finish in the 400 free relay. Briggs, Kailyn Evans, Sydney Wong and Hubel finished first in 3:31.23. USD’s team of Taylor, Evans, Hubel and Briggs placed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.41.

Elizabeth Petty represented the Toreros in the diving events and placed fifth in both the 3-meter diving (194.10) and 1-meter diving (204.07).

February Meet: USD women’s swim and dive at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Feb. 14-17, East Los Angeles College.

Men’s Tennis

San Diego earned one of its most impressive victories in program history in dramatic fashion, defeating No. 10 Texas Christian University (TCU), 4-3, in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 27.

The Toreros faced significant early deficits in a majority of its doubles and singles matches but rallied to take down its first top-10 opponent since at least 2000. It is the highest-ranked opponent USD has beaten since No. 11 Texas, 4-1, on March 9, 2012.

Dogpiles are rare in January but the Toreros enjoyed one anyway after Alexandros Araouzos earned the match-clinching point in the No. 5 position against the Horned Frogs’ Reese Stalder, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

The Toreros got off to a tough start as TCU’s Stalder and Bertus Kruger made quick work of the USD’s David Norfeldt and Pratt Keerasuntonpong, 6-1. The other two Torero duos dealt with early deficits, but Gui Osorio and Nico Borter rallied to a 7-5 decision, while August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov battled to a 7-6 (8-6) victory to give USD the doubles point.

TCU won the first three singles matches to take a 3-1 lead, but momentum shifted back to USD when Gamerov won due to a retirement by No. 23 Alastair Gray in the third set. Gray won the first set, 7-5, and Gamerov had a 6-2 decision in the second set before Gray retired.

Norfeldt dropped the first set, 6-3, to Bertus Kruger but bounced back with convincing, 6-4 and 6-2 decisions to knot the score at, 3-3.

The win set up Araouzos’ heroics. The win advanced USD to the championship match against No. 24 Duke on Jan. 28. The result was a 4-0 win by the Blue Devils.

Holmgren and Gamerov claimed a decisive, 6-2, decision in the No. 2 position. But Duke won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to capture the opening point. Duke won at No. 2, 4 and 5 singles to clinch the match victory. USD has a 2-1 team record on the season.

Next Matches: USD men’s tennis hosts UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 11, noon, Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center (USD).

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team (0-2 record) had no matches this past week, but will return to action this weekend in Arizona.

Next Matches: USD women’s tennis at Grand Canyon University, Friday, 10 a.m., Phoenix; USD at Arizona, Saturday, 10 a.m., Tucson.

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