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Toreros Drop WCC Opener to No. 3 Santa Cara

Oct. 8, 2006

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Two late goals lifted the third-ranked Santa Clara University Broncos to a 2-0 win over the University of San Diego women's soccer team Sunday afternoon in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 8-5-0 overall and move to 0-1-0 in the WCC. With the win, the Broncos improve to 11-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the WCC.

The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams having a good chance to tally a goal. USD almost broke into the scoring column first as freshman midfielder Hallie Huston hit a laser shot at the Santa Clara goalkeeper in the early minutes of the match, but the `keeper made a great save to preserve the 0-0 tie.

Late in the second half, the Broncos finally were able to break through the stingy San Diego defense, as in the 77th minute Brittany Klein controlled a pass from Jordan Angeli and took a shot from 10 yards out that was able to get past USD's starting goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

The Broncos then scored the final goal of the match in the 88th minute when Amanda Poach was able to beat USD's Karen Cook, the second goalkeeper of the day for the Toreros, in a one-on-one situation to put the match at its final of 2-0.

Huston led the Toreros in shots taken with two, and Leigh Ann Robinson, Allison Wolters and Vanessa Vella all tallied one shot on the afternoon.

The Broncos outshot the Toreros 15-5 and had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Cameron was charged with the loss for the Toreros allowing one goal and recording four saves. Her counterpart, Meagan McCRay, was credited with the win for the Broncos allowing no goals and recording three saves.

The Toreros will return to the pitch on Friday as they travel to Malibu, Calif. for a 3 p.m. WCC match with the Pepperdine University Waves.