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Own Goal Lifts Toreros to Season-Opening Win

Aug. 25, 2006

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0) scored two goals in a 66-second span, including an own goal, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat Cal Poly (0-1) 3-2 in a season-opening non-conference women's soccer match Friday evening at the Sports Complex.

With the score knotted two goals apiece the Cal Poly defense misplayed a ball inside of the goal box which led to the own goal, and a Toreros victory.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of the match. Freshman Natalie Vinti found herself dribbling down the middle of the field and launched a rocket shot from 25 yards out that flew over the Cal Poly goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

Vinti's goal would stand until the 70th minute of play when Cal Poly's Ashley Vallis would sneak one past Use's sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Cameron for the equalizer.

Vallis would then score her second goal of the night just two minutes later as she redirected a cross from Danielle Cam arena with her head to give the Mustangs a very brief lead.

54 seconds later USD would score an equalizer of their own. Leigh Ann Robinson squeezed a pass through the stingy Mustang defense to a sliding Amy Epsten who was able to net the ball, knotting the score at 2-2.

Cameron picked up the win for the Toreros allowing two goals while recording six saves on the evening. Her counterpart, Alli Tramel, was saddled with the loss for Cal Poly, allowing three goals and recording five saves.

The Toreros will hit the pitch again on Sunday as they return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium for their home opener against UC Santa Barbara. The match is set for a 2:30 p.m. start, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the USD's men's soccer match against the University of Albany.