USD Athletics Roundup: Women and Men's Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Cross Country

Women's Soccer Lauren Foehr prepares to kick the ball as the USD women's soccer team took on No. 4 nationally ranked USC on Sunday. The Toreros fell 3-2, but held their own against the Trojans.

The USD women's soccer team scored seven goals in its two weekend games. Despite going 1-1 in those games, both efforts offered a glimpse into the progressive strives the program is making under second-year head coach Louise Lieberman.

In the first game, a Friday night home game against crosstown rival San Diego State, the Toreros recorded a 5-2 victory at Torero Stadium before 850 fans in attendance. Two goals from Kelsi Dantu, one each from Mina Ghazizadeh, Summer Mason and Milan Moses and five saves from goalkeeper Amber Michel secured the nonconference win.

Then, on Sunday, despite a 3-2 road loss to the nation's fourth-ranked team, USC, the Toreros scored their goals in the first half. Moses' goal in the 11th minute of the game snapped a 441-minute scoreless streak by Trojan opponents this season. USC evened the score 10 minutes later, but then USD's Katie Lapomarda gave USD a 2-1 advantage. It marked the first time this season (seven games) that USC had allowed two goals in a game.

USC was able to tie the game at 2 just before the end of the first half and then got the eventual game-winner a few minutes into the second half of play.

The two-game split moved the Toreros’ record at 3-3-1. USD now has a bit of a schedule break with its next game coming in 11 days.

Next Match: USD hosts Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, Torero Stadium.

Men's Soccer

A trip to Nashville proved to be a successful way for the USD men's soccer team to remain unbeaten in its last three matches.

In matches against Lipscomb and Belmont this past Thursday and Saturday, the Toreros defeated the host Bison 1-0 on a goal in the 68th minute by Reuben Dass. Two days later, USD, despite an 18-1 shot advantage in the second half, settled for a 1-1 tie against the Bruins.

In the win over Lipscomb, Dass beat his defender down the right side and tucked one inside the left post for the game's lone score. A physical defensive matchup throughout. The Bison outshot USD 11-7, but USD goalie Matt Wiher made three saves.

Against Belmont, the Bruins scored first, coming in the ninth minute when Nigel Leo put a rebound past Wiher. USD tied the game in the 55th minute on a goal by Ross Meldrum. The Toreros wound up outshooting Belmont 28-10 and had a 21-0 edge in corner kicks.

USD's record is now 2-2-2 under new head coach Brian Quinn.

Next Matches: USD hosts Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m., Thursday, Torero Stadium; USD hosts UNLV, 5 p.m., Sunday, Torero Stadium.

Women's Volleyball

The USD women’s volleyball team recorded its first 3-0 triumph of the season, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18, in a home match against the University of Tennessee last Friday night in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

However, the teams played again Saturday night and Tennessee earned the weekend split with a 3-1 win, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22. USD's record fell to 2-4 while Tennessee is now 7-2.

Friday's match was a lot about Addie Picha and thwarting the Volunteers. Picha finished with nine kills and recorded 10 blocks to help USD sweep the match. Kaity Edwards led USD with 10 kills. Eight Toreros had at least two kills. Anna Newsome finished with 20 assists and Laura Madill had 12.

Saturday saw USD win a first set for the third time when they've lost a match. Roxie Wiblin led the Toreros with 17 kills, followed by Picha's 11 and Edwards' 10. Picha had four blocks, Edwards two and Madill had 25 assists go with Newsome's 24.

The Toreros entered the weekend matches with Tennessee tied for 16th in the AVCA Top 25 poll.

Next Matches: USD hosts USC, 6 p.m., Friday, Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD hosts Louisiana, 9 a.m., Saturday, JCP; USD hosts Oregon State, 3 p.m., Saturday, JCP.


An annual test that USD's football team often seeks on its schedule is to see how it fares against a scholarship-funded opponent. USD, which does not award athletic scholarships for football, typically plays one regular-season game each season against a scholarship-funded team and for three of the last four years it has been in the FCS postseason, USD has faced scholarship teams and has gone 2-3.

On Saturday night, the Toreros traveled to Northern California to face host UC Davis, a member of the Big Sky Conference. The result was a 54-21 final in the Aggies' favor, but USD put up a fight, even taking a 21-20 lead in the third quarter before UCD scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

It was the first loss for USD (1-1) this season, but the team did rally from a 20-0 halftime deficit. All of USD's scoring was in the third quarter and came in a span of five minutes on the clock. Christian Brooks received a lateral pass from USD quarterback Anthony Lawrence and Brooks found Michael Bandy for a 22-yard touchdown for USD's first score. Lawrence connected with Michael Armstead for a 51-yard completion to then set up Lawrence's 7-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Kincaid. A forced fumble by Zeke Downs when he hit Aggies quarterback Jake Maier enabled USD's Nick Friedel to scoop it up and get to UCD's 7. Fullback Zack Nelson scored from one yard out and Tim Hemmersmeier's extra point gave USD its only lead of the game with 2:50 in the third quarter.

UCD, however, got two fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Ulonzo Gilliam — giving him three scores for the night — a 47-yard interception return for another score and two more TDs to put the game out of reach.

Lawrence finished 20 of 38 for 274 yards with the touchdown pass and two interceptions. Arrion Archie led USD defensively with 10 tackles, nine solo.

Next Game: USD at Harvard, 9 a.m., Saturday, Cambridge, Mass.

Men’s Cross Country, Women's Cross Country

The chance to host a meet is a plus for the USD men and women's cross country teams. It cuts down on travel, you race on a course that is familiar to you, the chance to record a good time is prevalent and it's a chance for the USD community, often fellow Torero sports teams as well as family and friends, to come to the Mission Bay Park course and root for their Toreros.

That will be what happens this Saturday, Sept. 15, as the Torero cross-country teams will host the USD Invitational. Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. The men will run an eight-kilometer race while the women's race is five kilometers.

Next race: USD men, women's teams at USD Invitational, 8:30 a.m., Mission Bay.

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