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Undefeated Toreros Head to Pepperdine Tournament

Aug. 29, 2006

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The undefeated University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-0-0) will stay in Southern California as they travel to Malibu to compete in the Pepperdine Tournament this upcoming weekend. USD will open play against the University of Dayton on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and will play Ohio State University on Sunday in an 11:30 a.m. match.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros opened the season with two wins as they defeated the Mustangs of Cal Poly 3-2 this past Friday and then recorded a 2-0 shutout over UC Santa Barbara in their home opener this past Sunday. On Friday, USD jumped out to an early lead as freshman Natalie Vinti controlled a pass from Joslyn Williams and launched a rocket shot from 25 yards out that flew over the head of the Cal Poly goalkeeper in the 11th minute. After Cal Poly scored two goals late to take a 2-1 lead, Leigh Ann Robinson sent a cross into the goal box to a sliding Amy Epsten who was able to score her first goal of the season. The game winning goal came on a own goal 1:04 later to give USD the season opening win. On Sunday, USD kept the momentum going as they made two first half goal stand-up to a 2-0 win. Epsten got things rolling for the Toreros early in the match as at the 6:45 mark she corralled a cross from freshman Natalie Vinti and was able to punch the ball into the back of the net .T he Toreros then added another goal for a two goal lead in the 28th minute as junior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her first goal of the season. Freshman Hallie Huston skied a pass into the goal box and Robinson was there to head the ball out of the reach of the UC Santa Barbara goalkeeper.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS: Dayton enters the week with a 0-0-1 record after battling to a 2-2 draw in the season opener with the University of Toledo Rockets this past Friday. Junior midfielder Natalia Walters and freshman forward Colleen Gibson lead the team in scoring as each tallied one goals this past weekend. Niki Reed leads the teams defense in the goal as she has allowed two goal on the season and recorded four saves in the one match. The Flyers are under the direction of Mike Tucker who has a career record of 164-62-8.

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Ohio State enters the week with 1-0-1 record after opening the season with a 0-0 tie against Kent State University this past Friday, then shutout Xavier 2-0 this past Sunday. Ali Schwach and Lara Dickenmann each have one goal apiece to lead the team in goals scored. On the defensive side of things, Lauren Robertson leads the charge after posting back-to-back shutouts this past week. For her efforts she was tabbed as the Big Ten's Defender of the Week. The Buckeyes are under the direction of 10th-year head coach Lori Walker who has posted a 100-74-15 career record.

EPSTEN NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Diego junior forward Amy Epsten is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her performance in leading the Toreros to a 2-0 start to open the 2006 campaign. Epsten tallied two goals on the weekend for a team-leading four points. The San Diego, Calif. native scored the game-tying goal in USD's season-opening 3-2 win at Cal Poly before scoring the game-winning goal in the Toreros' 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. Epsten, the 2004 WCC Freshman of the Year, has scored 16 career goals.

TOREROS IN THE RANKINGS: San Diego has been ranked in the latest Soccerbuzz.com regional rankings. Soccerbuzz.com has the Toreros ranked No. 14 in the West Region just ahead of Cal State Fullerton who rounds off the top-15 in the region. The Toreros are also getting attention from other polls as well. Soccertimes.com has the Toreros in the "other receiving votes" category for their weekly top-25 national poll.

ROBINSON LOOKING GOOD: Junior Leigh Ann Robinson has looked good thus far in the young season. Robinson has been tabbed by USD head coach Ada Greenwood as "one of the fastest players in the WCC," and this weekend she has used her speed to tally one goal and rack up one assist for a total of three points. Robinson picked up an assist in Friday's 3-2 win against Cal Poly as she fed the ball to Amy Epsten for the game tieing goal. This past Sunday, she was able to get on the receiving end of a pass and put it into the back of the net for USD's second goal against UC Santa Barbara.

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 14 year history, Greenwood has complied an overall record of 27-28-7 in his three 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.

2006 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego volleyball 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 games 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.

TOREROS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN WCC: The University of Portland, who won the 2005 national title, were tabbed as the favorite to win the 2006 WCC crown. The Pilots received five first place votes to tally 47 overall points. Santa Clara University, which welcomes back 10 starters from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, was selected second with 45 total points and received three first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by a pair of 2005 NCAA Tournament participants in Gonzaga University (34) and Pepperdine University (31). Selected fifth was the University of San Diego with 23 points, Loyola Marymount University was tabbed sixth with 21 points, while Saint Mary's College (15) and the University of San Francisco (7) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.