Romagnolo scores again for Toreros |

Romagnolo scores again for Toreros

Once a dominant high school defensive player, Alex Romagnolo is becoming an offensive factor for the University of San Diego Toreros.

Romagnolo, a redshirt freshman center-midfielder, scored his second goal of the season in a 2-0 decision over California State-Northridge on Sunday in San Diego.

“It’s been pretty fun winning the last two games. No one thought we’d start out this well because we’re pretty young,” said Romagnolo, whose Toreros have a 5-1 record while starting only one senior.

Romagnolo scored from six yards away, deftly placing his shot in the right corner of the net in the 74th minute. The game marked Romagnolo’s first start of the season.

“I’ve been getting more chances to score since I’ve been getting more playing time and I’ve been capitalizing and putting those chances in the goal,” said Romagnolo, who scored an overtime goal to beat Rutgers on Sept. 3.

Junior defender Garrett Turk gave the Toreros a 1-0 lead by scoring from 12 yards away at 61:07.

San Diego’s lone defeat thus far is a 2-1 setback to Oakland on Sept. 10. The Toreros outshot Oakland 8-4 over the final 45 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 2-0 first-half deficit.

San Diego, however, bounced back to punish Fresno State 5-1 last Friday. The Toreros only created two shots in the first half but stormed the goal for 13 shots and five goals with Romagnolo in the lineup for the second half. That performance, coupled with his previous impressive outings, convinced the coaching staff to give him a start Sunday. However, Romagnolo had to play in pain to make the most of his opportunity.

“I got two-footed when I went for a tackle Friday and my ankle swelled up that night. But I was going to start no matter what,” Romagnolo said. “It’s getting better as the week has gone along and hopefully I’ll be back to 100 percent by Thursday.”

The Toreros play host to Point Loma on Thursday and UNLV on Sunday.

The latter game will attract Romagnolo’s parents, Mark and Stacy, and brother, “Bubba,” to watch their favorite soccer play collegiately for the first time.

“It’s been a very big surprise that he’s (making such an impact),” Mark said. “We would have been just happy with him getting some playing time, but now that he’s worked himself into a bigger role it has been a real delight for us.”

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