Over the weekend both the men’s (2-5) and women’s soccer (4-6) team played a pair of games. The men played Cal State Fullerton (4-4) and Air Force (5-2) at home while the women played UC Berkeley (7-2) in Berkeley and UC Davis (4-5-1) at home. Men’s soccer had two swallow two tough one-goal losses, 0-1 and 3-4. The women fared better and split their games losing to Cal 1-4 but beating Davis 1-0.
The men’s first game against Fullerton was a nail-biter. Throughout the entire first-half both offenses were stymied. Fullerton got off 3 shots and San Francisco two, Fullerton earned four corner kicks and USF two. Offensive chances were few and far between but The Titans were finally able to break through in the 58th minute when our keeper Andre Glasnovic got chipped from 15 yards out. Enough for the opposing team to claims a 1-0 victory.
Their second game was a fast-paced high octane game that the Dons unfortunately once again found themselves on the losing end 3-4. Though the momentum of the first-half was in San Francisco’s favor with their 14 shots they were only able to find the net once. Air Force on the other hand only fired off three shots in the first 45 minutes but netted two goals in the 8th and 29th minute. In the 68th minute Air Force punched in one more goal to for a 3-1 scoreline in their favor but USF didn’t fold. Junior Aaron Lombardi assisted two goals to senior Kevin De La Torre and senior David Garrett. With a 3-3 scoreline USF had battled back from two deficits but were conceded a late goal winner in the 89th minute for a final score of 3-4.
The women headed across the water to Berkeley for their game against the Golden Bears. The Dons were mauled by the Bears. In the 30th minute Cal broke the deadlock with a goal via Arielle Ship. Just eight minutes into the second half Ship found her second goal and exactly 60 seconds later Cal rolled in their third goal. Luckily for San Francisco they were able to salvage one goal in the 60th minute and avoid the shutout thanks to a Jessica Nakae goal assisted by Amanda Whittle. Berkeley netted one more goal in the 66th minute for a final score of 1-4.
Game two for the women against the Aggies was a chance to bounce back. That’s exactly what the team did with a grinding 1-0 victory. San Francisco jumped ahead early thanks to a 6th minute goal by Micaela Mercado. A shot bounced off the post and Mercado sent it in off the rebound, the lone goal was all USF needed as their defense locked down. Senior keeper Olivia Camera came up big with six saves and helped earned the Dons their first shutout of the season.
The women’s team is now headed into West Coast Conference play. They will take on the University of San Diego in San Diego on Thursday, September 29 at 7PM. The men will face off against Stanford this Friday at 7PM here at Negoesco Stadium. Be sure to come out and support the Dons or follow live online at usfdons.com or theW.tv.
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