Nov. 10, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior striker Amy Epsten tallied two goals to become the new all-time career-goals leader at the University of San Diego Saturday evening as the 12th-ranked Toreros shutout the University of San Francisco, 3-0, in the regular-season final at Torero Stadium.
San Diego will now wait for Monday to learn if they are a host institution for the NCAA playoffs this upcoming weekend. The Toreros will also learn who they will play on a live NCAA selection show to be aired on ESPNEWS at 5 p.m. PT.
With the win, the Toreros conclude the regular-season with a 15-2-3 overall, move to 5-1-1 in the WCC and have clinched second place in conference. With the loss, the Dons fall to 2-13-3 overall and 2-5-0 in the WCC.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as Epsten tallied her 29th career-goal in the 10th minute of action. Natalie Vinti took a free kick for the Toreors, the ball went to Epsten who dribbled around a defender and punched he ball into the back of the net to give USD the 1-0 advantage.
Just 10 minutes later, Epsten broke the 11-year old career-goals mark at USD held by Michelle Kennedy (1993-96). Junior forward Jen Mello fired off a shot that was saved by the USF goalkeeper, but the ball bounced to Epsten's feet, who then hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD the 2-0 lead.
San Diego wasn't done scoring yet, as freshman forward Ashleigh Shoughro was dribbling the ball into the USF goal box, and a Dons defender committed a foul, setting up a penalty kick situation for USD in the 79th minute of action. Senior defender Vanessa Vella, took the penalty kick for the Toreros and put it into the top right corner of the goal to put he match at its final of 3-0.
Senior goalkeeper Karen Cook looked solid in her first start of the season, as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. USF's Katie Hodgson was saddled with the loss in goal for the Dons as she allowed three goals and picked up two saves.