Oct. 5, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five different players tallied a goal as the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team throttled visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 5-0, Friday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-1-2 overall and run their unbeaten streak to seven. With the loss, the Roadrunners fall to 2-9-1 overall.
USD wasted no time in scoring, as freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro tallied the only goal USD would need in the fifth minute of the match. Freshman Erika Wesley fed the ball to a streaking Shoughro, who in turn hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD a 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, the team's leading goal scorer, junior forward Amy Epsten, got in on the scoring frenzy as she tallied her team-best sixth goal of the season. Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tapped a cross to Epsten who then hit a one-timer past the CSUB goalkeeper to give USD a 2-0 lead.
USD wasn't done scoring yet, as in the 31st minute, the Toreros were able to put the game out of reach. Robinson took control of the ball near midfield and went streaking down the sideline, blowing past all the Roadrunner defenders and took the ball to the left corner of the goal box. Robinson then fired ff a rocket shot into the back of the net, moving the Toreros' advantage to 3-0.
Just before the end of the first half, San Diego punching in another goal. Junior forward Tara Hodgson got her first goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Giuliana Longmire dumped off a pass to Hodgson outside of the goal box, where Hodgson corralled the ball and hit a high shot to the top left corner of the goal, and it sailed in for the fourth goal of the half.
San Diego capped the evening in the 88th minute as sophomore Jessica Larrabee tallied the third goal of her career. Senior defender Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for the Toreros and bent the ball into the center of the goal box, where Larrabee was able to redirect the ball with her head past the CSUB goalkeeper to put the match at put final of 5-0.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and senior goalkeeper Karen Cook combined to shutout Bakersfield in goal, as neither allowed a goal and Cook recorded four saves. Nicole Padilla was saddled with the loss in goal for the Roadrunners, as she allowed five goals and picked up two saves.
San Diego held a 10-7 shot advantage and also had a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State University in their final West Coast Conference tune-up at 4:30 p.m.