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Women's Soccer Begins Season on the Road

Aug. 22, 2006

DONS START SEASON AT FRESNO, HOST UC DAVIS - USF hits the road for their first game of 2006, heading to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs in a non-conference match on Friday, August 25 at 7:00 PM. The Dons will return home to host the UC Davis Aggies at Negoesco Field on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 PM.

2005 IN REVIEW - USF ended the season with a 4-14-2 overall record (2-5-0 WCC). Their four wins came in the form of a 3-0 victory over Fresno State and a 2-0 shutout against San Jose State in non-conference action, and a 2-1 victory over the University of San Diego and an upset 2-1 win over then No. 18 Pepperdine in the WCC. The Dons played six overtime matches, going 3-1-2. Overall, the Dons scored 20 goals in their 20 games.

KEY RETURNERS - USF returns 19 letter winners and eight starters. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt (Auburn, WA) returns after a stellar junior campaign in which she scored 10 goals and added two assists and leads the team as a Captain in 2006. For her career, Hunt has 23 goals, 16 game winning goals and 56 points. Hunt was named to the WCC Second Team in 2005. Two sophomores will be key to USF's success this season, defender Jessica Duty (Bothell, WA) and goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, CA). Duty was named to both the WCC Honorable Mention and Freshman squads after an incredible freshman season. She started all 20 games for the Dons and tied for the team lead with four assists, all from the backfield. Hodgson was named to the WCC All-Freshman team after playing 1087:37 minutes in goal and amassing 85 saves, good enough for third in the conference. She led the conference in saves per game with a 6.07 average. Hodgson's career high came against USD when her 16 saves were the seventh highest in the nation.

Other returners worth watching: Senior defender Hilary Fisher (Portland, OR), junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, CA), and sophomore midfielders Jessica Gaskin (San Diego, CA) and Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, CA).

KEY NEWCOMERS - USF welcomes 10 new faces to the hilltop for the 2006 season, consisting of five signed recruits, one transfer and four walk-ons. Forward Kristina Hall (Berkeley, CA) was signed out of Berkeley High School after totaling 49 goals and 26 assists over four years and was named league MVP her senior season. Defender Sasha Verruno (Malibu, CA) was a four year All-Delphic League selection at Archer School and a two-time Gold Coast Athletic Conference MVP. Forward Samantha Brand (Denair, CA) was named the MVP of the Southern Athletic League after her senior season at Turlock Christian High School. Brand also earned All-CIF honors along with her team's MVP award.

Other newcomers worth watching: Forward Kendra Liljenquist (Redmond, WA), midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, CA), and midfielder Alex Brown (San Diego, CA).

SCOUTING FRESNO - The Bulldogs opened their 2006 season with a 2-0 exhibition win over Fresno Pacific. FSU finished 10-10-2 (4-2-1, 2nd in the WAC) last year. Third year head coach Steve Springthorpe (15-19-6 in two seasons at Fresno State) returns 21 letterwinners and nine starters. Senior forward Courtney Sobrero and senior goalie Angie Larsen both earned First Team all-WAC honors last season. Also returning is the defending WAC defensive player of the year, Rochelle Jagdeo, who started all of the Bulldogs 22 games in 2005.

LAST MEETING - USF earned its first win of the 2005 season, a 3-0 shutout over Fresno State, in week two. Junior Chelsea Hunt scored one goal in each half and senior Stephanie Gray added a penalty kick to secure the win. Don freshman goalkeeper Kelly Pohle recorded her first collegiate win and shut-out. USF out shot Fresno State 15-5, including a 12-2 margin in the first half.

SERIES RECORD - USF leads the series 3-1

SCOUTING UC DAVIS - After a 5-10-3 2005, Davis opens up their 2006 season against USF on Sunday. The Aggies have a young squad this season, with 19 players listed as freshman and sophomores. Leading scorer, junior midfielder Megan Wall returns after a sophomore campaign in which she scored four goals and added an assist. Senior defender Katie Snyder is one of just three seniors on this year's roster. Head coach MaryClaire Robinson enters her 15th year at the helm of UC Davis. Robinson has a career record of 133-91-18.

LAST MEETING - Last year, junior Chelsea Hunt scored two goals for the Dons, but was matched by the Aggies as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

SERIES RECORD - UC Davis leads the series 5-3-3

A LOOK AHEAD - USF hits the road for a short trip south to Palo Alto on Friday, September 1 to take on #19 Stanford at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, the Dons return home to host San Jose State at 1:00 PM.

Chelsea Hunt NAMED TO ALL-WCC SECOND TEAM - For the second year in a row, forward Chelsea Hunt was named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team after an impressive year on the field. Hunt started in all 20 of USF's games this season and led the team in scoring for the second straight year. The junior scored 10 goals, good for a share of third place among WCC leaders while her 22 points ranked sixth.

Hunt was credited with three game winners, including her two goal night against then No. 26 Utah and a last minute goal against then No. 18 Pepperdine. Hunt's 10 goals are a career high and the best individual tally since 1997 when Jennifer Morenci also scored 10.

With her stats from this season, Hunt is steadily climbing the Dons career leader board. Hunt jumps to third place all time in goals with 24 and lands in second with 10 game-winners. Her 56 points put her into fifth place.

Jessica Duty EARNS TWO WCC HONORS - Freshman defender Jessica Duty earned Honorable Mention and was also named to the All-Freshman Team for the 2005 season after sharing the team assist lead with four. Duty started all 20 games for USF and was a dominant force in the back field always putting pressure on the opponents.

Katie Hodgson NAMED TO ALL-WCC FRESHMAN TEAM - Freshman goalie Katie Hodgson earned a spot on the All-WCC Freshman Team in 2005, the first USF goalie to earn All Conference honors since freshman Jennifer Orantes earned honorable mention after the 2000 season. Starting in 12 games and playing in 14, Hodgson ended the season first in the WCC in saves per game with 6.07 and third in saves with 85. She led USF goalies with 1,087 minutes played.

HEAD COACH Pamela Kalinoski - Kalinoski enters her sixth season as head coach of the women's soccer program at USF. 2005 was a rebuilding year as the roster held 19 freshman and sophomores and the Dons finished with a 4-14-2 overall record. Since her arrival, Kalinoski has coached eight All-WCC performers and one All-West Region selection. Success in the classroom and community is also extremely important. Under her watch, USF has responded with a Community Service All-American, three All-WCC Academic selections, and last season 12 players were named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher).

USF NAMES NEW ASSISTANT COACH - After serving four years as goalkeepers coach, USF Alum Jason Werner (1996) was named the assistant coach for the 2006 season.

USF NAMES NEW GOALKEEPERS COACH - Former USF goalie Stephanie Beall (2004) was named goalkeepers coach for the 2006 season. Beall ended her career on the Hilltop with a 21-16 record in 48 games played with 43 starts, 4021 minutes, 1.55 goals against average, 203 saves and 13 shutouts.

THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE - The WCC is a dominant conference in women's soccer, winning the National Championship two of the last three years (Portland). Portland is expected to win the conference again this year, as picked by WCC head coaches. Over the last 10 years, no conference has had more College Cup participants than the WCC. In the last decade, the WCC has sent 13 teams into the national semifinals, three more than the next closest conference. The WCC sent three teams to the Sweet Sixteen and two teams to the Elite Eight (NCAA Quarterfinals) last season. It marked the 14th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals, the longest streak in the nation. Last season, the WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, finishing the season ranked No. 3 in the RPI for the second straight season. The 2005 season marked the WCC's fifth consecutive season ranked in the RPI top 5.

CITY BY THE BAY CLASSIC - 2006 marks the second annual City by the Bay Classic, held at Negoesco Stadium. This year's field includes Northridge, Long Beach State, Utah State, and USF. The Dons take on Northridge on Friday, September 8 at 1:00 PM and Long Beach State on Sunday September 10 at 2:30 PM. USF will not play Utah State in the tournament, but will meet them later in the season.

USF VS. RANKED OPPONENTS - The Dons will take on no less than six ranked opponents this season. USF will meet No. 1 Portland (Soccer America), No. 2 Santa Clara (Soccerbuzz.com), No. 10 Cal (Soccer America), No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (Soccer America), No. 19 Stanford (Soccerbuzz.com) and No. 20 Pepperdine (Soccerbuzz.com).