Sept. 2, 2007
San Jose, Calif. - San Francisco women's soccer (0-0-1) tied San Jose State (0-1-1), 3-3, in the Dons' 2007 season opener Sunday afternoon. The match also marked the coaching debut of USF Head Coach Mark Carr.
"Overall, I'm happy with what we did," Carr said with regards to his first match in Green and Gold. "I was excited with our energy on our field and we showed great character being behind, coming back to tie the score and then taking a lead. We had some good goals and I think it helps our mentality."
On a bright sunny day, USF junior defender Katherine Kimure began the scoring with a shot over the goalie at 18:43 following a pass down the flank from sophomore forward Kristina Hall. The Spartans took back the lead with 2-1 goals by Heidi Romswinckel at 45:15 and Jackie Zabek at 62:10.
Sophomore forward Samantha Brand registered a new career game high assisting in the Dons' final two goals. She setup senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan with a goal at 70:47 and then sent a cross into the box which was tapped in by freshman forward Elizabeth Van Buskirk at 72:57. The goal, the first of Van Buskirk`s collegiate career, temporarily gave San Francisco the lead.
SJSU's Kristin Krale made a penalty kick at 73:55 to tie the score at three.
The Spartans out-shot the Dons 24 - 18 in the contest. O'Sullivan had a match high six shots, all on goal. Kimure ended the day with four shots and freshman forward Lauren Maris had two.
Zabek and Romswinckel tied for the San Jose State team lead with five shots.
Spartans' goalkeeper Marissa Dayton had eight saves in the draw, while USF junior Kate Hodgson had three.
San Francisco will next play at the UCLA Women's Cup against Cal State Northridge and UCLA. Illinois will also be in attendance. Competition at the four team event begins Friday.