Sept. 5, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF Women's Soccer will host the second annual City by the Bay Tournament this weekend, welcoming No. 24 Long Beach State, CS Northridge, and Utah State to Negoesco Stadium. Games begin Friday, September 8 with USF taking on Northridge at 5:00 PM and Long Beach State meeting Utah State at 7:30 PM. The tournament concludes Sunday after matches between Utah State and Northridge at 12:00 PM and Long Beach and USF at 2:30 PM.
Last year, No. 2 North Carolina won the tournament, taking victories from USF and Stanford.
Scouting the Dons - After a disappointing 3-0 loss to Stanford last Friday, San Francisco (1-3) bounced back, earning a 3-1 victory over San Jose State. Fiona O'Sullivan recorded her first career hat-trick in the win. USF returns WCC Second-Team senior forward Chelsea Hunt, who last season led the team in goals (10) and points (22). Also returning for the Dons is WCC Freshman Team and Honorable Mention sophomore defender Jessica Duty and WCC Freshman Team sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson. Head coach Pamela Kalinoski is in her sixth year at the helm of USF.
Scouting No. 24 Long Beach State - The 49ers (3-1) took a 2-0 victory from Southern Utah on Friday, but fell to No. 5 UCLA 1-0 in the 83rd minute of the match. That goal by UCLA was the first one scored by a 49er opponent this season. The 49ers returned all 11 starters to a team that finished the season 12-5-3 last season and appeared in the Big West Tournament for the first time in school-history. Mauricio Ingrassia is in his third year as head coach of the 49ers.
Scouting CS Northridge - The Matadors (2-2) returned 18 players, including all-conference honorees Sara Davis and Susie Mischenko, from last year's team that went 11-8 and set a school record with a nine-match winning streak. Last weekend, Northridge traveled to Corvallis, OR for the Oregon State Nike Invitational. The Matadors beat Alabama-Birmingham 1-0 on Friday, but fell to Northern Colorado 0-1 on Sunday. Head coach Keith West is in his first year at Northridge.
Scouting Utah State - The Aggies (2-2) are coming off a two game losing streak, after losing two matches at the University of Utah Ute Classic last weekend. Utah State fell to No. 17 Arizona State 0-3 on Friday and fell 0-1 to Washington State on Sunday. Last season, the Aggies finished in a four-way for second in the WAC, falling in the first-round to eventual tournament champion Fresno State. It was Utah State's first postseason appearance in the program's 10-year history. Heather Cairns is in her fourth year as head coach of the Aggies.
Tickets for all games can be purchased by calling 415-422-2USF or online at www.ticketweb.com. There are also links to purchase tickets at www.usfdons.com under tickets on the left side menu or in the women's 2005 soccer schedule.