Sept. 4, 2007
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0-1) will hit the road this weekend as they travel to Ohio to take on the University of Dayton on Friday in a 4:30 p.m. match. The Toreros will then continue on over to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State University on Sunday in a 10 a.m. match at Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros began their 2007 campaign in stylish fashion, picking up the tournament championship at the WCC/ACC Challenge. USD first pulled off an 2-1 upset win over No. 19 Wake Forest, thanks to freshman Ashleigh Shoughro's first collegiate goal in the 81st minute. Amy Epsten tallied the first USD goal of the season in the 25th minute of the match to give USD the early edge. On Sunday, the Toreros battled No. 22 Duke University to a scoreless draw. In the match, the Toreros had several opportunities to score, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the net. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron picked up her first shutout of the season in the tie, allowing no goals and recording three saves.
Brittany Cameron NAMED WCC Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The University of San Diego's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was tabbed as the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office Monday morning. Cameron, a native of Dublin, Calif., helped guide the Toreros to an upset win over No. 19 Wake Forest University this past Friday in USD's season opener. In this match, Cameron recorded six saves, while allowing one goal on a penalty kick in the 2-1 win. Cameron backed-up that performance with her first shutout of the season in the scoreless draw with No. 22 Duke University. In this match, Cameron allowed no goals and recorded three saves.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS: Dayton enters the contest with a 2-0-0 record after picking up a 2-0 win over Cal Poly and a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount this past weekend. Three different players tallied a goal this past weekend in Lauren Maybury, Mandi Bäck and Jerica DeWolfe. The defense is anchored down by Niki Reed, who has posted back-to-back shutouts en rout to being tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. USD and Dayton have squared only once in program history with USD claiming a 2-1 win in 2006. The Flyers are under the direction of 13th-year head coach Mike Tucker. During his tenure in Dayton, Tucker has compiled an overall record of 172-69-11.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Ohio State University enters the week with an overall record of 2-0-0 after picking up a 3-2 double overtime win over St. Louis on Sunday and a 3-0 win over Butler this past Friday. Five different players (Ashley Bowyer, Genna Brand, Courtney Jenkins, Carla Arbulu, Alex Burzynski, Lara Dickenmann) have tallied a goal for the Buckeyes thus far through two matches. The Buckeyes and Toreros have met once in program history with OSU coming out on top 4-1 this past season. The Buckeyes are under the direction of 11th-year head coach Lori Walker. During her tenure in Columbus, Walker has posted an overall record of 109-82-15.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!: Freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro made a huge impression in her collegiate debut. The Las Vegas, Nev., native tallied the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 upset win over No. 19 Wake Forest. Shoughro is making a nice addition to the USD front line as she has tallied four shots, the second most on the team, thus far for this season with two of those shots coming on goal.
WELCOME BACK AMY: Junior forward Amy Epsten is back at full force after sitting out last season with an injury. Epsten tallied the first goal of the season for the Toreros in Friday's 2-1 win. Epsten, who was tabbed as the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2004 after scoring 10 goals, is a huge boost to the front line for the 2007 Toreros.
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 POLLS: After an impressive start to the 2007 season, the University of San Diego women's soccer team was listed in the "Others Receiving Votes" category in the latest top-25 polls. San Diego is listed as the No. 6 team in the NSCAA West Region poll and No. 11 in the Soccerbuzz West Region poll. Dayton is ranked No. 10 in both the Soccerbuzz and NSCAA Great Lakes Region polls and Ohio State checks in at No. 9 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll.
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.
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.