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Women's Soccer Takes Part In UCLA Women's Cup Beginning Friday

Sept. 5, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (0-0-1) joins Cal State Northridge (0-2-0), Illinois (2-1-0) and host school UCLA (0-1-0) as participants in the UCLA Women's Cup taking place this weekend in Los Angeles, Calif. The Dons are slated to face the Matadors and Bruins on Friday at 7:30 P.M. PDT and Sunday at 1:30 P.M. PDT, respectively.

THE SERIES VERSUS CS NORTHRIDGE: The Dons lead the Matadors, 3-2-0, in the all-time series between the schools. Friday's match will be the first in the series at a neutral location. Overall, USF is 2-1-0 at home and 1-1-0 in matches held in Northridge, Calif.

USF last played Cal State Northridge on September 8, 2006 in the City by the Bay Classic, hosted by the Dons. San Francisco won that match, 4-0, behind two goals and an assist from forward Chelsea Hunt. Also helping in the victory were senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) and sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS). Jarvie recorded four points on two assists and a goal, and O' Sullivan scored once.

THE SERIES VERSUS UCLA: UCLA leads the all-time history against the Dons, 5-0-0.

USF last played the Bruins in 2002 and lost, 1-4. Forward Iris Mora scored three goals in the win. Forward Caty Harris scored the lone Dons goal and goalkeeper Stephanie Beall had eight saves.

USF IN TOURNAMENTS: San Francisco is 12-12-1 all-time in tournament matches (excluding the 1987 season as records are incomplete). Last year, USF went 2-1-1 in matches at the City by the Bay Classic and Hawaii tournaments. The Dons topped CS Northridge, 4-0, and won 2-1 over Cornell. Their one loss came in a 1-0 match versus No. 24 Long Beach State. USF tied Hawaii, 0-0.

Forwards Chelsea Hunt and Fiona O'Sullivan led the Dons during 2006 tournament play with two goals. Jarvie and Hunt both had two assists. Junior goalkeeper Kelly Pohle (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Horizon HS) recorded a total of 14 saves over the four matches.

LAST TIME OUT: San Francisco women's soccer (0-0-1) tied San Jose State (0-1-1), 3-3, in the Dons' 2007 season opener last Sunday afternoon. The match also marked the coaching debut of USF Head Coach Mark Carr.

On a bright sunny day, USF junior defender Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) began the scoring with a shot over the goalie at 18:43 following a pass down the flank from sophomore forward Kristina Hall (Berkeley, Calif. / Berkeley HS). The Spartans took back the lead at 2-1 with goals by Heidi Romswinckel at 45:15 and Jackie Zabek at 62:10.

Sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) 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 midfielder Elizabeth Van Buskirk (Kentfield, Calif. / Marin Catholic HS) 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 Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) had three.

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. O'Sullivan looks to be on track scoring a goal in the Dons' 2007 season opener versus the San Jose Spartans on September 2.

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.

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. 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: The 2007 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.

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.