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Athletics Roundup: Women's Soccer is 2-0; Men's Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Cross-Country

Members of the USD women's soccer team celebrate after a goal in Sunday's 4-0 win over Holy CrossThe USD women's soccer team celebrates with hugs after scoring a goal in a 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday. The Toreros are 2-0 after a pair of weekend games.

The best feeling in sports is winning and this past weekend, that feeling was achieved twice and in dominating fashion as the season-opening games went as well as possible for the University of San Diego women’s soccer team.

The Toreros blanked their opponents — a 3-0 victory Aug. 23 over Long Island-Brooklyn University that was followed by a 4-0 triumph Sunday against Holy Cross — and it gave them great feelings about their offense and defensive effort.

The Toreros outshot LIU 16-2 and 11-1 in shots on goal. Against Holy Cross, USD had margins of 16-5 shots and 9-1 on goal.

The game-winning goal in the opener against LIU took under five minutes. Sophomore defender Michaela Foster scored off a free kick. Redshirt senior midfielder Milan Moses, last year’s leading goal scorer and a Preseason 2019 All-West Coast Conference Team selection, made it 2-0 with a shot from 30 yards out in the 33rd minute. Jamie Goralski’s goal on a 20-yard kick was the final score in the 76th minute.

Against Holy Cross, senior midfielder Halle Walls took charge with a pair of goals both scored off corner kicks by Foster, one in the 41st minute and again in the 52nd minute. Moses tallied on an assist from Goralski in the 54th minute and Michayla Herr, on another assist from Goralski.

The two wins serve as a confidence boost as USD, picked to finish seventh in a recent WCC coaches’ poll, prepares for its first road game of the season one week from today.

Women’s Soccer Schedule: USD at Long Beach State, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 6 p.m.; USD at Cal, Sept. 6, 4 p.m.; USD hosts Cal Poly, Sept. 8, Torero Stadium, 2:30 p.m. 

Men’s Soccer

The final tune-up for the USD men’s soccer team resulted in a 2-0 exhibition home victory over Cal Poly Pomona on Aug. 24. Aaron Frey and Aidan Marmion, a pair of junior defenders, scored their goals in the 23rd and 62nd minute, respectively.

The test was a good one for both teams as USD will open its regular season this Friday night at San Diego State. Cal Poly Pomona, meanwhile, is ranked second in the Division II preseason Top 25.

Frey’s goal was assisted by Paul Ramlow while Marmion’s tally was assisted by Jake Schneider.

USD outshot Pomona, 12-10, but Pomona had a 6-5 edge on shots on goal. USD goalkeeper Matt Wiher finished with six saves in the game, three each half.

In other men's soccer news, seniors Miguel Berry and Henry Lander were named to the 2019 All-West Coast Conference Preseason Team and San Diego has been picked to finish third in the WCC coaches poll

Men’s Soccer Schedule: USD at San Diego State, Friday, 7 p.m.; USD hosts Cal Poly, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 7 p.m.

Volleyball

An end of August trip to Hawaii sounds like a perfect way to finish a summer vacation. In the case of the No. 21 ranked USD women’s volleyball team, however, it is definitely a business trip.

The Toreros will play three matches in three days at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic in Manoa, HI, beginning with host University of Hawaii on Friday night, then meet No. 13 Washington on Saturday and finish with St. John’s University on Sept. 1.

This will be the first time USD volleyball has opened its season in Hawaii since the 2017 team traveled to Honolulu and faced UCLA, Hawaii and Marquette. USD went 2-1 in the 2017 matches.

Volleyball Schedule: USD at Hawaii, Friday, 7 p.m.; USD vs. Washington in Hawaii, Saturday, 4:45 p.m.; USD vs. St. John’s in Hawaii, 2:45 p.m. 

Football

The 2019 USD football season kicks off in San Luis Obispo this Saturday as the Toreros face Cal Poly in a 2 p.m. nonconference game.

The teams will meet for the first time since 2016 when they met twice that year. Cal Poly won 38-16 in the regular season’s second week, but USD avenged it with a 35-21 triumph in the opening round of the FCS playoffs.

Prior to 2016, USD and Cal Poly played a three-game series from 2012-14 and once in 1959 with Cal Poly winning all five games. Earlier this year, USD announced an agreement to a five-year game contract between the two teams. As a result, USD will play at Cal Poly in 2019, 2020 and 2022 and will host the Mustangs in 2021 and 2023.

But all focus is on this Saturday’s game. For the first time since 2014, Anthony Lawrence, who set every major San Diego career passing record, will not be the Toreros' starting quarterback. It has been a three-way battle between Reid SinnettMason Randall and Alex Farina to earn the starting job. Sinnett, a fifth-year senior, came in this fall No. 1 on the depth chart.

The new quarterback will have several returning players determined to keep USD’s success rolling in Pioneer Football League play. The Toreros have won the league title seven of the last eight years and Head Coach Dale Lindsey has five PFL titles. For the ninth year in a row, USD was picked to win the PFL title in a coaches’ poll. The team will also begin pursuit of its fifth appearance in the FCS playoffs. 

Football Schedule: USD at Cal Poly SLO, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Men and Women’s Cross-Country

The cross-country season opens for the Toreros’ men and women teams this Saturday when they travel to Brea, Calif., to compete in the annual Mark Covert Classic.

The meet, hosted by Cal State Fullerton, takes place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. USD will compete in the Men’s Division I Only 8K race at approximately 8:40 a.m. and the Women’s Division I Only race at 9:15 a.m.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Torero teams have competed in the Covert Classic and it is typically the season-opening meet, too.

Cross Country Schedule (M&W): USD teams at Mark Covert Classic, Saturday, Brea, Calif., 8:40 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

Torero Sport Shorts

USD Athletics’ strategic communications team has been finalized with the announcement that Chris Kutz, a USD School of Business alumnus, has been named associate athletic director for strategic communications. He comes back to USD where he worked in the Toreros’ athletics communication department as a student. He has spent the past six years at Kansas State University in multiple roles. Kutz joins a staff comprised of Director Rose McPherson, Assistant Director Amanda Roussin and Strategic Communications Assistant Hailey Koebrick. … The USD women’s basketball program has added two newcomers to Head Coach Cindy Fisher’s staff. Jasmin Holliday has been named as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team after working in multiple roles at Loyola Marymount. Also, Deven Hunter, who played at Oregon State, has been hired as graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team. … Men’s Tennis announced earlier this month that Sebastian Rey has been hired as an assistant coach under Head Coach Ryan Keckley. Rey had been an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee from 2017-19.

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