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Dons Women's Soccer Travels to Hawai'i For Matches With Cornell And Hawai'i

Sept. 11, 2006

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DONS HEAD TO SUNNY HAWAI'I FOR A TOURNAMENT WITH CORNELL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I - USF will play in this weekends Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Dons will take on Cornell on Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 PM and Hawai'i on Sunday, September 17 at 5:00 PM.

LAST WEEK: San Francisco hosted the second annual City by the Bay Classic last weekend at Negoesco Stadium and took second place in the four team lineup.

Friday: San Francisco welcomed the crowds to Negoesco for the second annual City by the Bay Classic with a drubbing of Cal. State Northrige 4-0. The four goals are the most the Dons have scored in a game since a 4-2 victory over Gonzaga in 2004. Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan continued her dominance on the ball as she scored first for USF at 12:08 when she shot the ball into an open goal after an assist by freshman forward Samantha Brand. USF took the 1-0 lead into half-time.Less than two minutes into the second half, senior forward Chelsea Hunt lobbed a slow roller into the net off an assist from freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie. Jarvie added her first collegiate goal in the 63rd minute with a hard shot into the left side. Hunt and junior midfielder Lauren Tweet were credited with the assists. Three minutes later, Hunt put the lid on the game as she headed the ball into the net off Jarvie's corner kick. The Matadors really only had one legitimate chance to score when junior midfielder Susie Mischenko drove for the nets, but Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle snagged the ball. Pohle earned the win and USF's first shutout victory of the year. In the nightcap, No. 24 Long Beach State scored the victory over Utah State 2-0.

Sunday: San Francisco women's soccer played tough defense against No. 24 Long Beach State, falling late. Long Beach freshman defender Sarah Strohl found the net in the 83rd minute, heading the ball into the upper left hand corner off sophomore midfielder Kim Silos' corner. That would be all the 49ers would need as both teams played outstanding defense, keeping opposing offenses on the run. LBSU held small advantages in shots (11-10) and corner kicks (7-5). Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had five saves on the day. In the early match CS Northridge took a 2-1 victory over Utah State.

A LOOK AHEAD: After the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout at the University of Hawai'i, the Dons return home for a Friday night match against Cal State Fullerton. The game at Negoesco begins at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, USF travels across the bay to meet Cal at Berkeley. The afternoon match begins at 3:30 PM.

SCOUTING REPORT - WEEK 4

GAME #7 - CORNELL BIG RED

SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red (1-2-1) ended 2005 at 7-7-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the Ivy Conference. Last season's top returning scorer, senior forward Caitlin Oliver, will be the Big Red's go to player in 2006. The backfield is led by co-captains Mira MacLennan and Leslie Campbell who will put up a formidable defense. In goal, freshman Carlyn Swensen beat out two sophomores and a senior to earn a starting spot. Interim head coach Gretchen Zigante has been with Cornell for five years, but is in her first year at the helm of the Big Red.

LAST MEETING: Cornell 1, at USF 0 (1991)

SERIES RECORD: Cornell owns a 1-0 advantage.

GAME #8 - HAWAI'I RAINBOW WAHINE

SCOUTING HAWAI'I: Picked to finish second in the Wester Athletic Conference in 2006, the Rainbow Wahine are currently 3-2-1. Hawai'i returns even starters, including first-team all-WAC selections Jessica Domingo and Koren Takeyama. Second-team picks Kori Lu (goalkeeper) and Krisha Kai (forward) also return. Both Domingo and Takeyama were named to the 2006 preseason all-WAC team. Head coach Pinsoom Tenzing, begins his 13th year, having picked up his 100th win and first-ever coach of the year award in 2005.

LAST MEETING: Hawai'i 0, at USF 1 (10/27/04)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Junior midfielder Stephanie Gray scored her fourth goal of the season to lift USF women's soccer to a 1-0 shutout of visiting Hawaii on a crisp evening of non-conference action at Negoesco Stadium. With the victory, the Dons (9-6-3) collect their fifth blanking of the season at the expense of the Rainbows (12-6-2), who played their regular season finale.

USF and Hawaii battled through a scoreless first half of physical soccer and neither team was able to capitalize on goal scoring opportunities. Both teams missed an open net and the Dons clanged a shot a post. After 45 minutes of action, Hawaii held a 5-4 shot advantage.

San Francisco controlled play for the early part of the second half and struck for the first and only score of the match at the 52:23 mark as Gray's strike beat the keeper to the near post off a nice feed from sophomore midfielder Hilary Fisher, her second of the season.

After the Dons scored Hawaii stepped up the pressure, but USF's defense came through against a talented and fast Rainbows squad. Although UH held a 4-2 shot advantage in the second half, San Francisco did not break.

Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Beall (9-6-3) tallied her fifth shutout of the year, 12th of her career and collected five big saves for the Dons. Senior keeper Erin Chow suffered the loss for Hawaii and did not collect a save in the contest.

SERIES RECORD: USF leads the series 5-0-2

BEFORE USF: Hawai'i will take on Cornell in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout.

Fiona O'Sullivan LEADS TEAM: Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan has played aggressive soccer all season and her stats prove that. In her last three games, O'Sullivan has scored four goals and shot the ball seven times. Three of those goals came in a game agasint San Jose State, O'Sullivan's first career hat trick.

Chelsea Hunt ADDS TO CAREER STATS: Senior forward Chelsea Hunt added to her career stats over the weekend, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the 4-0 win over CS Northridge. Hunts two goals give her 26 for her career, just seven shy of second place overall. Her five 2006 points give her 61 total, good for third place all time. She is now just one assist away from cracking the top eight.

Jenny Jarvie COLLECTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie has earned her spot on the field. In Friday's match with CS Northridge, Jarvie scored her first collegiate goal. She also added an assist.

DEFENSE PLAYING TOUGH: Only one goal has gotten through USF's line of defense in the past three games. Junior Kara Breithaupt and sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle have been top performers.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Five Dons are among the top ten in 14 categories. Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan leads the team with five top ten rankings, coming in tied for first with game winning goals (2), tied for second in goals (4), fourth in shots with 19, fifth in shots per game at 3.17, and tied for fifth in points (8). Sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle has four top rankings, coming in first in both saves (31) and saves per game (6.20), tied for fifth in shut outs (1) and eighth in goals against average (1.40). Senior forward Chelsea Hunt has two spots, tied for ninth in both shots (14) and goals (2). Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet, and two freshmen, forward Samantha Brand and midfielder Jenny Jarvie are tied for tenth with two assists on the season.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL TEAM STANDINGS: O'Sullivan leads all Dons in goals (4), points (8), shots (19) and shots on goal (11). Tweet, Brand and Jarvie lead in the assists category with two a piece. In the nets, Pohle leads across the board with two wins, one shutout, 32 saves, 6.20 saves per game, an .816 saves percentage, 1.40 goals against average, and 449:50 minutes in goal.