Toreros Roundup: Soccer Tune-ups for Regular Season; Football, Volleyball

Toreros Roundup: Soccer Tune-ups for Regular Season; Football, Volleyball

A slow start by the University of San Diego women’s soccer team led to a 3-0 exhibition home loss against the University of Arizona on Aug. 16.

Goalkeeper Amber Michel had an early save in the first minute of the match, but Arizona still struck early with a goal to the left corner by Kelcey Cavarra in the 10th minute. In the 22nd minute, Iyana Zimmerman scored the Wildcats' second goal.
The Toreros struggled to gain competitive possession in the opening half with Milan Moses having the sole shot on goal of the half in the 41st minute.
In the 54th minute, Samantha Falasco scored Arizona’s final goal, getting a shot past Torero freshman goalie Ellyn Casto. San Diego’s best shots at a goal in the second half came when Moses missed just wide in the 62nd minute and a narrow miss by Kelley Carusa off the cross bar in the 63rd.

Women’s Soccer This Week: USD hosts Long Island University-Brooklyn, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Torero Stadium; USD hosts Holy Cross, Aug. 25, 1 p.m., Torero Stadium; USD at Long Beach State, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

The first of two exhibition games for the USD men’s soccer team occurred on Sunday night at Torero Stadium. The Toreros defeated the Albion Soccer Club. Both this game and an Aug. 24 home exhibition against Cal Poly Pomona are tune-ups for USD’s regular-season opener Aug. 30, 7 p.m. at San Diego State.

Besides soccer on the field, there’s also the 18th annual USD Men’s Soccer Golf Tournament this Friday, Aug. 23, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., a 1 p.m. shotgun tournament start and dinner and prizes at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person, $900 per foursome. Dinner only tickets are $75. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to donate items to a raffle/auction, contact Linda Coppa at or call (619) 260-5917.

Men’s Soccer This Week: USD hosts Cal Poly Pomona (exhibition), Aug. 24, 7 p.m., Torero Stadium.


Two weeks out from its season-opening game at Cal Poly, the USD football team hosted its annual tailgate and scrimmage at Torero Stadium on Aug. 17. Alumni, family, boosters and friends heard from head coach Dale Lindsey, enjoyed some food and drinks and then there was some football played.

A few players were rested, but wide receivers Michael Bandy, Alex Spandone and Christian Brown combined for four touchdowns — Brown had two — in the scrimmage.

The Toreros continue practices this week and next in preparation for the Mustangs and the rest of the teams on the 2019 schedule.

Men’s Basketball / Women’s Basketball

Fall sports season is gearing up to start at the University of San Diego, but the men and women’s basketball teams have already announced their full 2019-20 schedules (sans most game start times) that begin in November.

The men’s season begins at home Nov. 5 against UC Irvine while the women’s team, following a Nov. 6 home exhibition against Cal State San Bernardino, opens the regular season, also at home, Nov. 11 against Towson. West Coast Conference play begins Jan. 2 at Loyola Marymount for the men and Dec. 28 at Pepperdine for the women.

Highlights for the men include hosting San Diego State on Nov. 20, playing in the Boca Raton Beach Classic against Hofstra (Nov. 27 at USD), St. Bonaventure (Dec. 1 in Boca Raton, Fla.), and Holy Cross (Dec. 7 at USD) and one still to be determined opponent that USD will play Dec. 2 in Boca Raton. USD plays Stanford in the Al Attles Classic Dec. 21 at the Chase Center in San Francisco. In conference play, USD's annual home game against Gonzaga is on Jan. 9.

In all the men’s schedule features games against four teams who competed in the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament (Irvine, Washington, Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga) and two fellow NIT qualifiers (Hofstra and Colorado). See the complete schedule.

The women’s schedule is highlighted by hosting the San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 29-30 with Texas Tech, Monmouth (N.J.) and Indiana’s Purdue-Fort Wayne in the field and a Dec. 11 game at San Diego State.

The women’s schedule features two NCAA Tournament teams from last year — West Coast Conference foes BYU and Gonzaga — and five WNIT qualifiers, including WCC’s Pepperdine, Pacific, Saint Mary’s and Loyola Marymount. Idaho is the other one. See the complete schedule.

While game times have not been announced, one particular interesting item is that the USD men and women’s teams will have four game days in which they play a WCC doubleheader in the JCP. USD women face San Francisco and the USD men host Santa Clara on Jan. 25; the USD women face BYU while the USD men host Portland on Feb. 8. Saint Mary’s is at USD women on Feb. 15 while USD men host BYU. And finally, on Leap Year Day, Feb. 29, the USD women host Pepperdine and the USD men face Pacific.

Torero Sports Shorts

The women’s volleyball team debuted with a No. 21 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association 2019 Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll. USD, which opens its season with three matches at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, will play five matches against four teams who were selected to the Preseason Top 25 poll (No. 13 Washington, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 14 USC and twice against No. 9 BYU) … Three Torero football alumni are playing in NFL preseason games this month. The Detroit Lions have two Torero alumni, quarterback Josh Johnson and defensive back/kick returner Jamal Agnew, on their roster while the San Francisco 49ers have tight end Ross Dwelley on theirs. The 49ers play at Denver in a preseason game tonight … Torero baseball alumnus and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-1, on Sunday night. The game was unique in that the game was played at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Penn., best known for hosting the Little League World Series each summer.

USD Athletics Updates

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University of San Diego women's soccer goalkeeper Amber Michel makes a kick during a game. The USD team lost an exhibition game to Arizona on Aug. 16. The team's regular season starts this Friday.University of San Diego women's soccer goalkeeper Amber Michel makes a kick during a game. The USD team lost an exhibition game to Arizona on Aug. 16. The team's regular season starts this Friday.

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