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Dons Take on No. 19 Stanford in Palo Alto on Friday

Aug. 28, 2006

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DONS TRAVEL TO PALO ALTO, HOST SAN JOSE STATE THIS WEEKEND: Women's soccer travels 20 minutes south to visit the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal on Friday. Game time at Maloney Field is set for 7:00 PM. USF returns home for a Sunday match up with San Jose State at 1:00 PM.

LAST WEEK: USF had a rough start to 2006, falling 2-0 to Fresno State on Friday and 3-0 to UC Davis on Sunday.

Friday: Bulldog junior forward Andrea Salvador got the scoring started for Fresno State at 36:57 with an unassisted goal off of a rebound from the hands of USF sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Pohle. The insurance goal came in the 77th minute off the foot of senior forward Cortney Sobrero. After assists from sophomore midfielder Yvette Flores and junior defender Christina Gilbert, Sobrero scooted the ball through the right side of the goal.

Don junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan showed her aggressiveness, leading the game with four shots on goal and seven total. Her closest scoring chance came at the 74 minute mark when she headed the ball, narrowly missing the net but hitting the crossbar. Four other Dons had shots on the night, freshman forward Kristina Hall and freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie each had two shots, with freshman forward Samantha Brand and sophomore defender Jessica Duty adding one a piece. Pohle had six saves on the night.

Sunday: Davis scored the only goal they would need 20 minutes into the first half. Junior forward Dayna Dumont (1) headed the ball passed USF sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson (0-1-0) off a cross from sophomore defender Molly Scott. Ten minutes later, senior defender Katie Snyder (1) scored on a free-kick just outside the box. USF held the Aggies for the rest of the period, but Davis added another insurance goal two and a half minutes into the second period. Midfielder Lacey Cobb shot the ball toward the Dons goal which brought Hodgson away from the posts, and junior forward Annie McAllister (1) took advantage of the open goal, striking it in from the left side.

Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan lead the Dons attack for the second straight game, with four shots, including a penalty kick that would have been a goal if not for a spectacular diving catch by UC Davis' junior goalie Megan Daws (1-0-0). Also getting in on the shooting action for USF was senior forward Chelsea Hunt and freshman forward Samantha Brand. Kara Breithaupt played well defensively in the match.

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.

SCOUTING REPORT - WEEK 2

GAME #3 - NO. 19 STANFORD CARDINAL

SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal (0-2-0) is ranked No. 19 by Soccerbuzz.com and was picked to finish third in the Pac-10. Rachel Buehler, a U.S. Senior National Team member, returns to a strong Cardinal defense that shut out 11 opponents and allowed just 17 goals last year. Sophomores Marisa Abegg and Allison Falk, both All-Pac-10 Freshmen selections last year, also return to form a solid back line for the Cardinal. On offense, junior Lizzy George returns as one of last year's leading scorers. Senior Shari Summers will be a strong presence in the midfield in her third year as a Cardinal starter. Additionally, the Cardinal has added a strong freshman class which includes two players that have recently received Player of the Match honors at the U-20 World Cup in Russia. Head coach Paul Ratcliff is in his third season at the helm of the Cardinal.

LAST MEETING: No. 14 Stanford 2, at USF 0 (9/4/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Stanford scored twice in the first half and that would be all they needed to get past USF at Negoesco Stadium. USF shutout the No. 14 Cardinal in the second half but could not find the back of the net.

At 19:46, Cardinal freshman midfielder Marisa Abegg crossed the ball to senior midfielder Leah Tapscott who beat Don freshman `keeper Kelly Pohle to the goal. Stanford's second goal was on a breakaway off the foot of sophomore midfielder April Wall. Wall's first goal of the season was assisted by freshman midfielder Kelley Birch. Pohle played well despite a busy day at the net, saving five out of seven shots on goal.

SERIES RECORD: Stanford holds a 16-0 series lead.

GAME #4 - SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans women's soccer team (1-0-1) will be looking to further the improvement they have shown under head coach Dave Siracusa over his first two years at the helm of the program. The Spartans concluded 2005 with a 6-2-1 run and an appearance in the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, falling one game short of advancing to the NCAA Tournament. They finished second in the regular-season WAC standings with a 4-2-1 mark.

LAST MEETING: USF 2, at San Jose State 0 (9/23/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF came out strong early to get the win, beating San Jose State 2-0.

31 seconds into the match, the Dons struck the first blow after sophomore forward Lindsea Swisher tapped the ball into the goal on a cross from junior forward Chelsea Hunt. Swisher then added an assist to senior mid-fielder Stephanie Gray who scored from 20 yards out in the 17th minute to make it 2-0. Both USF goals were scored against San Jose State senior goalkeeper Adrienne Herbst.

The Dons continued to dominate the defensive side of the ball through the second half, keeping the Spartans scoreless. San Jose State shot the ball 21 times on the night, but couldn't find the net. The shut-out belongs to both freshman goalie Kelly Pohle, who started the game, and freshman keeper Anika Steig who replaced Pohle in the second half. Steig made four saves in her collegiate debut.

SERIES RECORD: San Francisco leads the series 7-2

BEFORE USF: The Spartans will take on Cal Poly on Friday before meeting USF on Sunday.

A LOOK AHEAD: Next weekend, USF will host Northridge, Long Beach State and Utah State in the Second Annual City by the Bay Classic.

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 for 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 (USF, 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.

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.

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.

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).

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 to notice: 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 to notice: Forward Kendra Liljenquist (Redmond, WA), midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, CA), and midfielder Alex Brown (San Diego, CA).

FOUR 2005 SENIORS DEPART: Laina Ceddia, a transfer from Boston College, who was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2004, played in all of USF's 20 games in 2005, starting 18. For her career, she played in 60 games, had 19 goals, 10 assists and 48 points.

Cameron Hernandez played her entire career in the Green and Gold and was a strong defensive presence on the back line. She played in 19 games in 2005, with 14 starts. That raises her games and games started totals to 61 and 25. She had nine shots and one assist in her career.

Randi Kikuchi played tenacious defense and was a solid presence in the air after missing all of 2004 with an injury and became a leader of the defensive unitin 2005. Kikuchi played in and started 19 games for the Dons in 2005, bringing her career total to 39 and 33. The Hawaiian had eight shots in her career.

Stephanie Gray also played her entire career on the Hilltop and was a consistent playmaker in the attack in 2005. She was second on the team with two goals, two assists and six points for 2005. Her career totals include 77 games played, 63 games started, 11 goals, eight assists, 30 points and 81 shots.

USF 2005 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Three Dons are listed among the top ten in the West Coast Conference in the final statistical categories for 2005. Junior forward Chelsea Hunt holds six top ten rankings. Hunt is tied for third in goals scored (10), sixth in points (22), tied for sixth in shots (57), seventh in shots per game (2.85), seventh in points per game (1.10) and tied for eighth in game winning goals (3).

As for USF goalies, freshman Katie Hodgson holds two top ten spots, her highest being first in saves per game with 6.57. She also is listed at third in saves with 85. Freshman Kelly Pohle is fifth in saves per game with 3.75, sixth in total saves with 45, tied for eighth in shutouts with 1 and is ninth in goals against average with 1.65.

USF 2005 TEAM STANDINGS: Junior forward Chelsea Hunt led the team with ten goals, two assists, and 22 points. Senior mid-fielder Stephanie Gray, sophomore forward Lindsea Swisher, and freshman defender Katherine Kimure followed up with two goals each. Sophomore Fiona O'Sullivan and freshman Jessica Gaskin had the remaining two goals for USF. Gaskin and Jessica Duty led the team with four assists.

Freshman `keeper Katie Hodgson led the team with 85 saves and 1087:37 minutes of play. Freshman Kelly Pohle also had significant time, playing 726:45 minutes, recording 45 saves and the only Dons shutout of the year.