Aug. 28, 2007
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team will open its 2007 campaign by hosting the annual WCC/ACC Challenge. On Friday, USD will play in the night cap against No. 22 Wake Forest University in a 8 p.m. match at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will then play again on Sunday against Duke University in a 1:30 p.m. match at Torero Stadium to close the tournament. Pepperdine University is the other WCC school participating in the four-team tournament this weekend.
TOREROS TABBED FOURTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the 2007 West Coast Conference race according to a vote of the league's coaches. Coming off of an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2006, the University of Portland was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2007 West Coast Conference regular season title, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. The Pilots, who return nine starters from last year's squad, received six first place votes to tally 48 overall points. Santa Clara University was selected second with 44 total points, and received two first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by Pepperdine University (33) and the University of San Diego (30). Selected fifth was Loyola Marymount University, which tallied 27 points, followed by Gonzaga University with 22 points. The University of San Francisco (12) and Saint Mary's College (8) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
SHE'S BACK: After redshirting this past season due to an injury, junior forward Amy Epsten makes her return to the field for the Toreros. Epsten was tabbed as the 2004 WCC Freshman of the year, the first USD player to ever take home this honor, a season in which she scored 10 goals, five of which were game winners. She has returned to give USD some added poke offensively.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS: Wake Forest will begin their 2007 campaign against the Toreros this Friday at 8 p.m. The Demon Deacons have made 11 consecutive appearances in the NCAA playoffs and are ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA preseason top-25 poll. Wake Forest is returning seven starters and 18 letter winners from last season NCAA tournament team highlighted by the return of last season's leading goal scorer, senior forward Elizabeth Remy. In 2006, Remy tallied a team-best nine goals, added five assists for a team-bet 23 points. The Demon Deacons are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Tony da Luz. During her tenure at Wake Forest, da Luz has posted a 118-75-20 overall record.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS: Duke University will also be opening their season at this tournament and will play Pepperdine University in the first match on Friday before squaring off against the Toreros on Sunday. Duke is ranked No. 22 in the Soccerbuzz preseason top-30 poll. The Blue Devils return their leading goal scorer from a year ago in KayAnne Gummersall, who tallied seven goals and added in two assists for a team-best 16 points. Duke is under the direction of seventh-year head coach Robbie Church. During his time at Duke, he has amassed an overall record of 69-48-9.
MISS EVERYTHING MAKES HER RETURN: Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson makes her return for her final year in a Torero uniform. This midfielder had a break-out type year as a junior as she stormed onto the scene putting up a career-high and team-best nine goals, added seven assists for a team-leading 25 points. Her pace up top helped her transition from the midfield position up front to give USD some extra poke offensively. After this outstanding season in helping lead USD to a 12-8-0 record, Robinson took home first-team All-WCC honors, was an All-NSCAA and Soccerbuzz West Region team member.
COME ON OVER JEN: Junior forward Jen Mello has transferred from cross-town rival San Diego State University after putting together back-to-back stellar seasons. She tallied eight goals each of her first two years to lead the Aztecs in scoring and she also took home All-Mountian West honors both seasons.
2007 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's soccer home matches can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros' athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action. Selected San Diego road matches are also available via Gametracker. To see if Gametracker is available for a game go to San Diego Events at the top-right of the home page. If Gametracker is available there will be a Gametracker link.
THE GREENWOOD FILE: Since taking over the San Diego women's soccer program in 2003, Ada Greenwood has upheld the rich soccer tradition that San Diego is known for and continues to build a successful and nationally recognized program. Just the third coach in USD's storied 15 year history, Greenwood has complied an overall record of 39-36-7 in his four seasons at the helm. As San Diego's top assistant from 1998-2002, Greenwood helped USD to a 66-30-5 record and four NCAA College Cup appearances. In his second year as a head coach in 2004, he guided USD to a 12-8-2 overall record, a 5-1-1 mark in the difficult West Coast Conference, and a second round appearance in the NCAA College Cup, maintaining USD's streak of six consecutive postseason appearances. For his efforts, Greenwood was honored as both the 2004 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and the 2004 San Diego Union Tribune Coach of the Year.
HUSTON, WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM: The Toreros are excited about the return on sophomore midfielder Hallie Huston. In her freshman campaign, Huston earned an All-WCC honorable mention and was selected to the Soccerbuzz All-West Region Team. In her freshman campaign, Huston tallied three goals and three assists for nine points, while being one of two Toreros to play and start in all 20 matches.
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Freshman midfielder/defender Katie Bavasi, who's father is Bill Bavasi the General Manager of the Seattle Mariners, comes to USD to continue the family tradition. Her father Bill was a member of the USD basketball team and her mother Tracy was a swimmer at USD. She is a product of Mission Viejo High School and she helped led her team to the quaterfinals of the CIF playoffs as a senior en route to being selected as a first-team All-League honoree. She was also a member of the 2005 ODP team.
TWO QUALITY NETMINDERS RETURN: The Toreros are fortunate to have two high quality goalkeepers on the roster in senior Karen Cook and junior Brittany Cameron. Each of these ladies split time in goal in 2006 and will be once again battling it out for the starting job this season. Cook posted a 4-4 overall record in 2006 and posted a goals-against-average of 1.24 in 797 minutes played. Cameron also was efficient in the net for the Toreros as she posted an 8-4 record with a team-leading 1.21 GAA in 1,038 minutes on the field.
TWO MORE ALL-WCC PLAYERS RETURN: San Diego is also fortunate to have two more All-WCC players from a year ago make their return in senior defender Vanessa Vella and sophomore midfielder Christine Mock. Vella returns to the Toreros after taking home All-WCC honorable accolades this past season after tallying a career-high seven assists. Mock, had a solid 2006 campaign, as she tallied three goals, added one assist for seven points en route to being named an All-WCC honorable mention.