Bulldogs Can't Turn Fortunes At San Diego In 2-0 Loss
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - If Gonzaga University head men's soccer coach Einar Thorarinsson could pick one West Coast Conference school he would never have to visit again, it just might be the University of San Diego.
The Bulldogs, who took a 3-2 double-overtime victory over USD in the first meeting this season at Gonzaga Soccer Field, were looking to turn their fortunes around at USD. But for the twelfth time in 14 visits since 1992 Gonzaga (4-10-2, 2-6-1) once again came up on the short end of a 2-0 score Friday afternoon on an uncharacteristically rainy day in southern California. For Thorarinsson, who became head coach of the Bulldogs in 1995, it was his twelfth visit to play the Toreros (8-7-1, 5-3-1), and although he was on the winning sideline in 2002 for a 3-2, double-overtime victory and in 2005 for another 3-2 victory, he saw his Bulldogs come up short once again at Torero Stadium. USD leads the all-time series 18-6-1 with four of the wins and the tie coming in Spokane.
USD got on the scoreboard early as Conor McFadden took a chip pass from Eli Galbraith-Knapp and his shot from 10 yards went off the gloves of starting keeper Ryan Caballero just 1:28 into the match.
Following that early goal, neither team generated much in the way of quality scoring chances until Caballero kept the Bulldogs close at 63:35 when James Cohn's header in traffic inside the 6-yard box was snagged straight on by the sophomore keeper.
Although USD held a 19-8 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, the Bulldogs were still within striking distance until 72:31 when Dan Delgado scored his first goal of the season for the Toreros. He took a pass from McFadden at the top of the 18, got around one defender and beat Caballero for the 2-0 advantage.
Caballero, who had six saves for the Bulldogs, now has a conference-leading 85 for the season which ties him for fourth on the Gonzaga single-season list with current assistant coach Vito Higgins, who had 85 in 2007. Caballero is tied for first with Mike McCarthy on the single-season charts with the 91 he recorded last year as a freshman.
USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo was not severely tested on any of his three saves.
The Bulldogs were without the services of senior forward Colin Flynn who was sitting out a mandatory one-game suspension after picking up a red card last Sunday against Saint Mary's College.
Flynn will be available for duty Sunday when the Bulldogs close out the road portion of the 2011 season at Loyola Marymount University in a 2 p.m. match. Gonzaga ends the regular season at home with matches Nov. 11 against Santa Clara University at 1 p.m. and Nov. 13 against the University of San Francisco at noon.