Oct. 14, 2007
(San Francisco) - It was a long time coming, but USF will take it. Senior defender Katie Hoban scored her first career goal and freshman forward Lauren Maris added her second scoring strike of the season as San Francisco posted its first victory of the season in a 2-1 West Coast Conference victory against Saint Mary's Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (1-8-3, 1-0-0 WCC) out-shot the Gaels (6-5-2, 0-1-0 WCC) 16-6 in the contest.
USF pressured the Saint Mary's defense from the start and finally broke through at 36:49 as Hoban shook a pair of defenders and rifled a shot through the keeper's hands from 25 yards out, staking the Dons to a 1-0 lead. San Francisco owned a 10-2 shots lead in the opening half and did not allow a shot by the Gaels until the 38th minute.
After the intermission, USF continued to play aggressively and it paid off once again in at 48:47 when Maris tapped the ball into the back of the net from point blank range off two rebounds. It was the first career game-winner for Maris and the first for the Dons this season.
Saint Mary's ruined junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson's shutout bid late in the second half. Sophomore forward Allie Weiner got on the board with her fifth goal of the season off a beautiful feed from 30 yards out from junior defender Mallory Lee at 83:16.
"Obviously we're very excited," USF head coach Mark Carr said. "These kids have worked hard all year and it's nice for them to be rewarded with a result. It was one of our best performances of the year. We created some great chances today and we were able to capitalize on them. We played a very tough non-conference schedule and the girls continued to work hard and they definitely deserve this win."
Hodgson (1-7-3) got the win for the Dons, collecting two saves in the process, while facing just six shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson (4-4-1) suffered the loss for Saint Mary's and made nine saves on the afternoon.
Sophomore forward Samantha Brand recorded a match-high six shots, five on frame, while junior midfielder Kristin Kimure and Maris added three apiece. Junior midfielder Danielle Spann fired three shots to lead the Gaels.
USF returns to WCC action when it hosts Gonzaga Friday, October 19. Kick off against the Bulldogs is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.