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Athletics Roundup: Men's Soccer Tops SDSU; Football, Volleyball, Women's Soccer, Cross Country

Senior forward Miguel Berry advances the ball against San Diego State. Senior forward Miguel Berry, who scored two goals to lift USD over San Diego State on Aug. 30, advances the ball against the Aztecs.

Senior forward Miguel Berry scored two second-half goals five minutes apart to lead the visiting University of San Diego men’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory over cross-town rival, San Diego State, on Aug. 30.

In the 65th minute, Berry took over and tied the match with his first goal of the night. The senior charged down the middle of the field and powered his way through the Aztec defense before finishing with a close shot on the right side.

Five minutes later, Berry flipped a turnover by SDSU in their final third and finished with his left foot to give the Toreros the eventual game-winning goal. In the first half, Berry also assisted on Ross Meldrum’s tally in the 23rd minute.

San Diego State scored first — eight minutes into the game on a penalty — and made it 2-1 in the 29th minute.

But Berry’s goals in the season-opening game gave USD its first victory over the Aztecs since 2011, snapping a three-match losing streak.

Men’s Soccer This Week: USD hosts Cal Poly, Monday, 7 p.m., Torero Stadium; USD hosts Detroit Mercy, Friday, 7 p.m., Torero Stadium; USD hosts Belmont, Sunday, noon, Torero Stadium.

Football

The USD football team was haunted by big plays early, including nine of 20 yards or more, as it lost 52-34 at Cal Poly on Aug. 31 to open the 2019 season.

The Toreros (0-1) surrendered eight straight scoring drives by the Mustangs (1-0) to open the game, including the first five resulting in touchdowns. Of Cal Poly's seven touchdowns, six came on plays of 23 yards or more.

USD made it interesting late in the game, scoring the game's final 20 points with touchdown passes by redshirt senior quarterback Reid Sinnett. In his first career start, the Sinnett finished 26-of-39 for 416 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of the interceptions resulted in points off turnovers (two touchdowns) by Cal Poly in the first half.

Of Sinnett's four touchdowns, the highlight was a pass to himself in the first quarter that resulted in a 30-yard score. With all of his receivers running routes to his left, Sinnett's pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and bounced back to him before he ran untouched into the end zone to tie the game at 14.

In addition to himself, Sinnett connected with sophomore Dalton Kincaid (6 receptions, 152 yards, TD) and senior Michael Bandy (10 receptions, 133 yards, 2 TD). The receptions and yards were career-highs for Kincaid while the 10-reception game for Bandy was the fourth of his career. It was also his fourth multi-touchdown career game and 10th 100-yard game.

Michael Armstead nearly broke loose for a couple kick return touchdowns and finished the day with 183 yards on six returns (30.5 yards per return). He had 243 all-purpose yards (38 punt return, 22 receiving). He was named the Pioneer Football League’s Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced on Sunday.

Football This Week: USD hosts UC Davis, 2 p.m., Torero Stadium.

Women’s Volleyball

It’s only the start of the regular season, but the USD women’s volleyball team got a taste of three different scenarios when it traveled to Manoa, Hawaii, to play three matches in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic Aug. 30-Sept. 1. USD, which came into the Classic ranked 21st in the national AVCA preseason poll, returned to San Diego with a 1-2 record.

The Toreros lost in five sets in the Friday opener against host Hawaii (25-19, 20-25, 16-25, 25-19 and 15-10), faltering after a 2-1 games lead. Megan Jacobsen and Thana Fayad led USD as each recorded 15 kills. Lauren Turner added nine kills.

Against Washington, preseason-ranked No. 13, the Huskies won in four sets, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 29-27 on Saturday. Fayad led the Toreros with 17 kills, Roxie Wiblin and Grace Frohling each had 14.

The Toreros’ lone win came on Sunday with a sweep over New York’s St. John’s University, 25-17, 25-23, 25-23. Jacobsen had 12 kills and six blocks to lead USD. 

The USD volleyball team hosts its first invitational of the season at the Jenny Craig Pavilion this coming Friday and Saturday.

Women’s Volleyball This Week: USD Hosts USD Invitational #1: Nebraska vs. Arizona, Friday, 4 p.m.; USD hosts Arkansas, Friday, 7 p.m., JCP; Arizona vs. West Virginia, Saturday, 11 a.m., JCP; USD hosts Nebraska, Saturday, 7 p.m., JCP.

Cross Country: Men and Women

Junior runner Hannah Rasmussen finished 19th overall in a time of 18 minutes, 42.1 seconds to help the USD women’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Mark Covert Classic in Brea, Calif., on Aug. 31.

Molly Klein was 25th overall in 18:54.2 and Madison Lambros’ 19:00.7 time got her into the top 30 and Cassidy Kuhn had a time of 19:30.8.

In the men’s 8K race, Ethan Steiner finished 36th overall in 25:56.6 to help USD finish 10th in the team standings. Marcus O’Leary was the next highest men’s finisher, 45th, in 26:10.0.

Cross Country: USD men and women’s teams host the USD Invitational, Friday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bay.

Women’s Soccer

The USD women’s soccer team takes a 2-0 regular season record into its first road games of the season, beginning with Monday night’s game at Long Beach State. USD opened its season with home victories against Long Island-Brooklyn University on Aug. 23 and Holy Cross on Aug. 25.

The Toreros’ 7-0 output in the two wins shows that the offense is ready to go. Milan Moses and Halle Walls lead the team with two goals each. Michaela Foster, Jamie Goralski and Michayla Herr have each scored once. Goralski and Foster each have two assists. Defensively, the Toreros recorded two shutout wins and goalkeeper Amber Michel has played 160 minutes with two saves.

Women’s Soccer This Week: USD at Long Beach State, Monday, 6 p.m.; USD at University of California, Berkeley, Friday, 4 p.m.; USD hosts Cal Poly, Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Torero Stadium.

Torero Sport Shorts

Three Torero football alumni, including the only two USD players to ever be drafted by NFL teams, each made the initial 53-man roster as the league held its cut-down day on Aug. 31. Two Torero standouts, quarterback Josh Johnson and cornerback-punt and kick return man Jamal Agnew, made the Detroit Lions’ roster. Johnson and Agnew are the two USD players to have been drafted by an NFL team (Johnson in fifth round 2008 by Tampa Bay, Agnew, fifth round 2017 by Detroit). Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers continue to be pleased with the play of tight end Ross Dwelley. An undrafted player out of USD, Dwelley impressed 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff. While NFL rosters had to be down to 53 players on Aug. 31, there’s still some roster shuffling to come before the NFL’s opening week that starts Sept. 5 … Isaiah Pineiro, a USD men’s basketball standout from 2017-19, is currently playing for the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Earlier this summer, Pineiro signed a one-year contract with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings … There are now three Torero baseball alumni playing in Major League Baseball as of Sunday. Left-handed pitcher James Pazos was called up by the Colorado Rockies when the team expanded its big-league roster. Pazos, who has pitched in the majors with Seattle and the New York Yankees, joins Chicago Cubs third baseman-outfielder Kris Bryant and New York Mets pitcher Paul Sewald as major-leaguers.

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