San Diego Shuts Out Gauchos

Noah Billingsley (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Noah Billingsley (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In a matchup between two teams that had yet to score a goal this season, the University of San Diego Toreros broke the mold with a 17th minute goal and held on the rest of the way to top the visiting UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team, 1-0, at Torero Stadium on Friday night.

In the early minutes of the match, the Gauchos dominated the ball and fired off the first three shots, including a close-range header from Jan Ilskens that fell into the hands of the USD keeper.

In the 16th minute, Noah Billingsley was tripped up in the attacking third to set up a free kick, but Rodney Michael fired wide right.

The Toreros capitalized on the missed opportunity, scoring the first and only goal of the match one minute later. USD forward Miguel Berry broke through the defense in the center of the pitch and used a give-and-go to find himself unmatched in front of the goal for an easy score.

After the Gauchos opened the game with an 8-2 edge in the shots department, the Toreros fired the final nine shots of the half and took over possession.

It was more of the same in the second half as USD outshot UCSB 13-3 and nearly doubled up on its lead if it weren't for outstanding goalkeeping from Alan Carrillo. The freshman keeper and reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week was tested heavily in the second half and finished with eight saves, including a handful of impressive stops.

Despite having relatively few chances in the second half, the Gauchos nearly converted an equalizer. Michael fired a shot from 20 yards out that sent the keeper sprawling to make the save and Ilskens headed the ball within a foot of the post in the 69th minute.

No chance, however, was closer and more agonizing for the Gauchos than in the 90th minute when Ignacio Tellechea fired what looked like a sure goal, before a Toreros defender headed it away in the top left corner with just five seconds remaining.

Both teams collapsed to the pitch after the final flurry of attempts from UCSB. The Gauchos are now scoreless through the first three games of the season, the first time that has happened since 2010.

San Diego (1-2) outshot UCSB 24-11 for the match and held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Berry led all players with a game-high four shots while Michael finished with three to lead the Gauchos.

UCSB (0-1-2) will remain in San Diego for a matchup against San Diego State on Monday, Sep. 4 at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available.

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