Aug. 31, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Ashleigh Shoughro's first collegiate goal in the 81st minute of the match lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 2-1 upset win over No. 19 Wake Forest University Friday evening in the nightcap of the WCC/ACC Challenge at USD's Torero Stadium.
After the Demon Deacons had knotted the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick, the Toreros didn't panic as they turned to their young freshman and she delivered. At the 81:13 mark, Leigh Ann Robinson dribbled around a Wake Forest defender and crossed the ball to Shoughro, who was on the left side of the goal box. Shoughro corralled the past and hit a one-timer past the WFU goalkeeper, Laura Morse, to lift USD to victory.
Junior Amy Epsten, after sitting out all of last year with a medical redshirt, retuned to form as the striker tallied the first goal of the match. Wake Forest committed a penalty just to the right of the top of the goal box, which set up a free kick for the Toreros. Vanessa Vella bended a pass into the goal box and Epsten controlled it, then punched it into the back out the net to give USD the early momentum at the 25:07 mark.
At the 76:34 mark, the Toreros committed a foul inside of their own goal box, to set up a penalty kick situation for the Demon Deacons. Amy Smerdzinski took the penalty shot and just got the ball out of the reach of USD's goalkeeper Brittany Cameron to even the score up at 1-1.
Cameron picked up the win for the Toreros, as she allowed one goal and racked up six saves. Morse was saddled with the loss for Wake Forest as she allowed two goals and recorded one save.
Wake Forest out shot the Toreros, 12-6 and held an advantage in corner kicks as well at 10-2.
San Diego will return to action on Sunday as they conclude play in the WCC/ACC Challenge against No. 22 Duke University at 1:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Torero Stadium.