Aug. 30, 2007
THE STORYLINE: The Mark Carr era officially begins for San Francisco (0-0-0) Sunday on the road versus the San Jose State Spartans (0-0-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 P.M. PDT.
THE SERIES: The Dons lead the all-time series versus San Jose State, 8-2-0. Playing in San Jose, USF is 2-2-0.
USF won the last meeting between the teams, 3-1, on September 3, 2006 at Negoesco Stadium. In a career night, senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) scored all three of the Dons' goals. Senior midfielder Lauren Tweet (Vacaville, Calif. / Will C. Wood HS) and sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) each registered an assist.
Spartan forward Jessica Scott accounted for SJSU's lone goal.
A LITTLE ON COACH CARR: USF Head Coach Mark Carr (Bournemouth University, 2001) is in his first year as the head coach of the Dons following a four year stint as an assistant coach at UCLA. During his tenure in Westwood, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 overall record and produced nine All-Americans. In addition, UCLA owned an 18-4 record in the NCAA Tournament. No stranger to the West Coast Conference, Carr's Bruins faced the University of Portland in 2005 for the national title in a match won by the Pilots.
As a Bruin, Carr also coached in the Southern California club circuit and served as Regional Staff Coach at the 2006 Girl's U-14/U-16 Region IV Camp in Boise, Idaho.
Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in his native England in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representaive Team in 1996 and for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team from 1995-97.
DON'T FORGET FIONA: Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) is San Francisco's top returning scorer. At the start of the 2006 season it seemed like O'Sullivan would inevitably earn all-conference recognition, scoring five goals in nine matches while also registering a shot percentage of .208. She kicked game winning goals in back-to-back home contests versus San Jose State on September 3 and Cal State Northridge on September 8. Against the Spartans, O'Sullivan also became only the sixth player in USF history to ever record a hat trick. But her career year was cut short due to injury.
With O'Sullivan back healthy it is hoped she'll assist in filling the void left by the graduation of 2006 leading scorer Chelsa Hunt. Hunt earned 12 points on four goals and four assists last season to go along with one game winning goal.
USF IN SEASON OPENING MATCHES: San Francisco is 7-14-1 all-time in season opening matches (excluding the 1987 season as records are incomplete). Last year, USF opened the year with a 2-0 loss at Fresno State. Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) led the team with seven shots, four on goal, in the contest.
FOUR WCC HONORABLE MENTION LEAD 2007 RETURNERS: Among the 16 returning letterwinners and eight returning starters for USF, four earned West Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 2006. Junior defender Jessica Duty (Bothell, Wash. / Meadowdale HS) earned her second straight WCC Honorable Mention nod. The year prior she also was named to the All-Freshmen team.
Earning her first conference team award was fellow 2005 WCC All-Freshmen team member junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS). Hodgson had two shutouts and 57 saves on a 1.75 goals against average last season. Senior defender Kara Breithaupt (Santa Rosa, Calif. / Montgomery HS) and junior defender Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) also were first time award winners.
NEWCOMERS: San Francisco welcomes five freshmen to the roster this season. Forward Lauren Maris (Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah HS) led Issaquah High in total points and the KingCo League in assists as a senior. Maris was a two-time All-KingCo First Team and two-time All-State Second Team selection. She also was a member of the Eastside FC club team which won back-to-back state and league championships in 2006 and 2007.
Forward Keonna Robinson (Stockton, Calif. / Saint Mary's HS) finished her senior season at Saint Mary's High with 27 goals and 30 assists to be named team offensive MVP. Prior to joining the Dons, Robinson played in the Women's Premier Soccer League and as a member of the California Cougar club team.
Defender/midfielder Shannon Reimer (Stockton, Calif. / Saint Mary's HS), a teammate of Robinson's at the high school and club levels, led Modesto Christian High to three CIF Division championships before transferring to Saint Mary's High. As a senior she was named a NCSAA National Division I All-American Finalist and the CIF Division I MVP.
Forward Kelsey Shibuya (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon HS) was a three year captain at La Costa Canyon High and member of the Rancho Santa Fe Attack club team. She earned All-Avocado team and Honorable Mention honors while playing at the prep level.
Midfielder Elizabeth Van Buskirk (Kentfield, Calif. / Marin Catholic HS) helped Marin Catholic High to three MCAL championship and two CIF Section championships. She was an All-MCAL League First Team selection as a junior and a senior. She also played on the Marin FC 90 club team.
NEW COACHES: Along with Coach Carr, Maite Zabala (California, 2001) and Eric Reed (UCLA, 2006) will make their USF coaching debuts this season.Zabala, who will serve as Carr's assistant coach, spent the last three years as an assistant at her alma mater California. Prior to that, she held the volunteer assistant position from 2001-2003. As a player at Cal from 1997-2000, Zabala emerged as the Bears' all-time leader in career shutouts (26.5) and career saves (277). In nine year with Zabala as a player or coach, the Bears posted nine winning seasons and garnered eight NCAA Tournament bids.
Reed, this year's goalkeeper coach, is a year removed from playing between the pipes at the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship title game with UCLA. With Reed, the Bruins were national title runner-ups once and won four consecutive Pac-10 Conference titles. For his career, he accumulated a record of 34-12-5 on 162 saves and 24 shutouts.
LOOKING TO SCORE: For 2007, the Dons return 80 percent of their goal scoring from a season ago. Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) recorded a team-high five goals in 2006. Senior defender Lauren Tweet (Vacaville, Calif. / Will C. Wood HS) and sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) each had two goals, and junior defender Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS), junior defender Alexis Mielke (San Juan Cap., Calif. / Santa Margarita HS) and sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) all hit the back of the net once.
TAKING ON THE BIG DOGS: San Francisco is scheduled to take on six opponents in 2007 who appear on the NSCAA/Adidas and/or Soccer Buzz Top 25 Preseason rankings.
USF'S RANKED OPPONENTS
9/9/07:UCLA, No. 3 (NSCAA), No. 2 (Soccer Buzz).9/21/07: Duke, No. 22 (Soccer Buzz).9/23/07: North Carolina, No. 1 (NSCAA), No. 1 (Soccer Buzz).9/28/07: Stanford,T-9 (NSCAA), No. 6 (Soccer Buzz).10/21/07: Portland, No. 4 (NSCAA), No. 4 (Soccer Buzz).11/04/07: Santa Clara, No. 8 (NSCAA), No. 15 (Soccer Buzz).
THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: The WCC is a dominant conference in women's soccer, winning the National Championship two of the last four years (Portland). Portland is predicted 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.
2006 IN REVIEW
HUNT CLOSES CAREER: Forward Chelsea Hunt, a three-time All-WCC Second Team selection, finished an illustrious career in 2006. As a senior, she collectted four goals, four assists and one game winning goal to lead the Dons with 12 points. For her career, she recorded 68 points on 28 goals and 12 assists.
One of USF's best women's soccer players since the Dons began competition in 1985, Hunt's name is scattered on the university's career record books. Hunt holds the school record for career games started (78) all consecutively. She sits second in game-winning goals (11) and games played (78), and third in points (68) and goals (27).
Hunt is one of only six Dons, which includes current USF forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS), to record a hat trick during match play. Through her time with the Dons, she accomplished the feat twice.
USF TOPS TWO RANKED SQUADS AT HOME: Four of the Dons' five wins came at home last season. Among those four wins, USF upset both No. 17 Cal State Fullerton and No. 22 Pepperdine. The Dons defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 on September 22 on the strength of goals by midfielder Lauren Tweet (Vacaville, Calif. / Will C. Wood HS) and forward Chelsea Hunt. Versus Pepperdine, USF won 2-0 with defenders Alexis Mielke (San Juan Cap., Calif. / Santa Margarita HS) and Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) finding the net. It was the Dons' second straight victory over a ranked Waves team as USF also topped then No. 18 Pepperdine, 2-1, in 2005.