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Toreros Blank Gauchos in Home Opener

Aug. 27, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Two first half goals stand as the University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-0-0) shutout the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (0-1-1), 2-0, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

Junior forward Amy Epsten got things rolling for the Toreros early in the match as at the 6:45 mark she corralled a cross from freshman Natalie Vinti and was able to punch the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season and first game-winning goal on the young season.

The Toreros then added another goal for a two goal lead in the 28th minute as junior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her first goal of the season. Freshman Hallie Huston skied a pass into the goal box and Robinson was there to head the ball out of the reach of UCSB netminder Katie Wright.

The Gauchos did out shoot the Toreros 11-9, but it wasn't until the 59th minute of play that Santa Barbara was able to even get a shot off as the Toreros defense clamped down on the Gauchos' front line not allowing them to get a good look at the net.

Junior Karen Cook picked up her first win of the season for the Toreros in the net as she recorded six saves, and her counterpart, Wright, suffered the loss allowing two goals while recording two saves.

USD will return to the pitch on Friday as they travel to Malibu, Calif. for the Pepperdine Tournament and open play against the University of Dayton in a 1 p.m. match.