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Dons Host Second Annual City by the Bay Classic This Weekend

Sept. 5, 2006

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DONS MEET CS NORTHRIDGE AND NO. 24 LONG BEACH STATE IN CITY BY THE BAY CLASSIC - 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 WEEK: USF had a dissapointing loss to Stanford 3-0 on Friday, but bounced back with a convincing 3-1 win over San Jose State on Sunday.

Friday: After a slow start in the first half, Stanford came on strong with a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. Stanford found the back of the net late in the first half when senior midfielder Shari Summers (1) shot the ball into an open goal off an assist from junior midfielder Lizzy George. Five minutes into the second half, George added her first goal of the season, an unassisted shot from five yards out. At 70:29, Stanford pushed in their final scoring strike off the foot of freshman midfielder Kristin Stannard (1) with an assist from sophomore midfielder Kate Mannino.

USF's leading shot taker, junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan, took the first strike for the Dons in the game but was blocked by Stanford's sophomore goalie Alex Gamble. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt had a legitimate chance to score in the second half, a header that was kept out of the net by a diving Gamble. Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had a season high nine saves on the day including a great jumping deflection. Pohle also had a nice save off a Stanford corner kick, jumping into a group of Cardinal red to grab the loose ball.

Sunday: USF took a 3-1 victory over San Jose State at Negoesco Stadium. Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan had a career day as she posted a hat-trick in the win. On her first touch of the game, O'Sullivan dropped in a header off the throw in of junior midfielder Lauren Tweet at 25:32. Her second goal was an unassisted strike to the left side of the net from ten yards out in the 33rd minute. Eleven minutes into the second half, O'Sullivan connected for her third goal of the night, a shot into the left corner off a Spartan block. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist.

A LOOK AHEAD: After the City by the Bay Classic, USF will hit the road for a tournament in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The Dons will take on Cornell on Saturday, September 16 and meet the University of Hawai'i on Sunday, September 17.

SCOUTING REPORT - WEEK 3GAME #5 - CS NORTHRIDGE MATADORSSCOUTING 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.

LAST MEETING: CS Northridge 1, at USF 0 (9/25/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: For the second game in a row the Dons (2-8-0) played tough defense, but it wasn't enough as the CS Northridge Matadors (7-1-0) took the non-conference game 1-0 at Negoesco Stadium.

Dons freshman goal keeper Kelly Pohle had three saves on the day but had one slip passed her in the 49th minute as Matador sophomore mid-fielder Kristy Krohn scored on a breakaway assisted by senior mid-fielder Brianna Monka. Also, two would be Matador goals were called back because of off sides penalties.

USF out shot Northridge 8-7 on the day and had six shots on goal compared to the Matadors' 4.

SERIES RECORD: The series is tied at two games a piece.

GAME #5 - NO. 24 LONG BEACH STATE 49ERSSCOUTING 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.

LAST MEETING: USF 0, at Long Beach State 0 (2OT) (8/29/04)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF women's soccer played to a 0-0 OT draw against Long Beach State in a non-conference match. The Dons (0-1-1) played a disciplined game, yet were unable to score against the 49'ers (1-0-1) in what was a spirited defensive duel.

The Dons dominated the opening half as they held a 9-2 shot advantage, however they were unable to put one past LBSU goalkeeper, Tara Gotthardt. Sparkling in net for the Dons was senior goalie Stephanie Beall, who made seven saves en route to her first shutout of the season and the eighth of her USF career.

Defensively, the Dons were sharp as they suffocated the 49er's offence and held them to just two shots in the opening half and 11 total.

Leading the offensive charge for the Dons was sophomore forward Chelsea Hunt, who led the team with seven shots. Despite a very close scoring opportunity by sophomore forward Shuree Hyatt in the games dying moments, USF was unable to send any of their 16 shots to the back of the net.

SERIES RECORD: USF leads the series 1-0-1

BEFORE USF: The 49ers will take on Utah State on Friday at Negoesco. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.

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. Utah State will play Friday against No. 24 Long Beach State at 7:30 PM and Northridge on Sunday at 2:30 PM.