Oct. 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Tara Hodgson's first goal of the season lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to an upset win over No. 21 Loyola Marymount University Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.
With the Toreros leading 1-0, Hodgson went to work. Leigh Ann Robinson threaded a pass through a stingy LMU defense to Hodgson, who was eight yards out, and she hit the one-timer past LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek, putting the match out of reach for the Lions at 2-0.
"This was a good win for the team, and I am really happy for the girls," said head coach Ada Greenwood. "We played hard and smart today and now I believe we are back into the playoff picture."
With the win, the Toreros improve to 9-6-0 overall, record their first WCC win of the season as they move to 1-2-0 in conference play and have defeated their second ranked opponent of the season. With the loss, the Lions fall to 7-2-4 overall and fall to 0-1-2 in WCC action.
The Toreros broke into the scoring column first as in the 56th minute of the match, Veronica Ambort tallied her fifth goal of the season. Robinson again was on the assist as this time she fed Ambort the ball and Ambort redirected the ball with her head into the back of the net to give USD the early 1-0 lead.
With the Toreros leading 2-0, the Lions finally broke into the scoring column in the 83rd minute as Katie Osborne controlled a pass from Tana Smothermon and headed the ball past USD goalkeeper Karen Cook.
LMU outshot the Toreros 14-9, but USD had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Cook was credited with the win for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded five saves. Her counterpart, Slovek, was saddled with the loss for the Lions allowing two goals and recording three saves.
The Toreros will return to the pitch on Thursday as they return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium to host Gonzaga University in a 7 p.m. WCC mach.