Sept. 3, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - The proverbial monkey has been lifted from the shoulders of USF Women's Soccer as they score their first goals and earn their first win of the season, and on their Head Coach's birthday, none-the-less. The Dons (1-3-0) took the 3-1 win over San Jose State (0-2-1) on a cloudy and cold Sunday at Negoesco Stadium.
Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan had a career day as she posted a hat-trick in the win. On her first touch of the game, O'Sullivan dropped in a header off the throw in of junior midfielder Lauren Tweet at 25:32. Her second goal was an unassisted strike to the left side of the net from ten yards out in the 33rd minute. Eleven minutes into the second half, O'Sullivan connected for her third goal of the night, a shot into the left corner off a Spartan block. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist.
Head coach Pamela Kalinoski praised O'Sullivan. "Fiona had an amazing game today. For her to open up her scoring this season with a hat trick, that's just incredible."
San Jose State's sophomore forward Jessica Scott earned her first goal of the year with assists from senior midfielder Cristin Murphy and sophomore forward Liz Behlan.
USF and San Jose State played a close match, with the Dons just edging out the Spartans in shots (19-13), and the Spartans taking the lead in corner kicks (6-5).
Kalinoski commended her team on the win. "What a great win today, it was the perfect birthday present. Now we know what it feels like to get a win and I hope this is contagious. We made a lot of opportunities for ourselves today and we capitalized on them." She added, "I really want to spotlight Kara Breithaupt for her tremendous effort out there today. She is really coming into her own in the midfield position and was a difference maker in today's game."
USF hosts the second annual City by the Bay Classic this weekend, opening up the action on Friday at 1:00 PM against CS Northridge. Utah and Long Beach State will meet in the evening game.