Sept. 11, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-1-1) will return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium this weekend as they play host to No. 6 UCLA on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. match. On Sunday, the Toreros will host Cal Poly in a 1 p.m. match at USD's Torero Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros picked up a split in their first road swing of the young season, picking up a 1-0 win over the University of Dayton, then falling to Ohio State, 2-0 this past Sunday. In Friday's match, in front of an announced crowd of 1,100, the Flyers went to the attack putting up four shots to USD's one through the first 14 minutes of play. At the 14:47 mark, USD's Amy Epsten found herself open on the right side of the field and served in a cross that found Leigh Ann Robinson who headed the ball in for the eventual game-winning goal past the Flyers `keeper Niki Reed. On Sunday, both teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half of play with the Toreros having a 9-6 advantage in shot attempts. The Toreros had their chances to score, but were unable to get the ball past the OSU goalkeeper. Epsten had a great scoring opportunity come in the seventh minute of the match, when she fired a rocket shot from the top of the goal box, but the OSU `keeper made a great save to preserve the scoreless contest. The Buckeyes would score two second half goals to claim the win.
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.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: UCLA enters the match with a 2-1-0 overall record after picking up two wins over Illinois and San Francisco this past week. The Bruins are led offensively by Danesha Adams, who has a team-leading five goals on the season, for a team-best 10 points. Valarie Henderson anchors down the defense for the Bruins as he has a 1.41 goals-against-average and one shutout. The Bruins and Toreros have played on 16 occasions with UCLA holding a series advantage at 13-1-2. UCLA is under the direction of ninth-year head coach Jillian Ellis. During Ellis' tenure in Westwood, she has compiled a 153-31-7 overall record.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with an overall record of 1-3-0 splitting a pair of road games this past week, dropping a match to Darthmouth and picking up a win against Providence. All four of the goals on the season for the Mustangs have been scored by different players. On the defensive side of things, the Mustangs turn to Alli Tramel to anchor things down in goal. On the season, Tramel is posting a 1.74 goals-against-average. The Mustangs are under the direction of 16th-year head coach Alex Crozier. During his tenure in San Luis Obispo, Crozier has amassed an overall record of 185-90-30.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. USD is bolstering a 91-45-8 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 1-0-1 record this season on their home pitch with matches against No. ? UCLA and the Cal Poly Mustangs.
HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE: The Toreros have scored three goals through the first four matches this season, and all three have been scored by three different players. Amy Epsten tallied the first goal for the season in the 2-1 win over Wake Forest, Ashleigh Shoughro scored the game-winner against Wake Forest and Leigh Ann Robinson scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Dayton this past weekend.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: Upperclassmen Leigh Ann Robinson and Amy Epsten are leading the Toreros with three points each. Both Robinson and Epsten have tallied one goal and one assist. Robinson is picking up from where he left off this past season as she led the team with nine gals and seven assists. Epsten is returning to the form she had as a freshman when she scored 10 goal en route to a All-WCC second-team selection and being tabbed as the WCC Freshman of the Year.
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. 7 team in the NSCAA West Region poll and No. 9 in the Soccerbuzz West Region poll. UCLA is ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA top-25 poll and No. 7 in the latest Soccerbuzz top-30 poll. Cal Poly is not ranked.
CAMERON GETS ANOTHER SHUTOUT: Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron picked up her second shutout of the year in Friday's 1-0 rain drenched win over the University of Dayton. In the match, Cameron recorded a season-high seven saves, while not allowing a single goal. On the season, Cameron has posted a goals-against-average of 0.71 and owns a 2-1-1 overall record.
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.