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No. 22 San Diego Closes Home Stand This Weekend

Sept. 12, 2006

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (5-1-0) will close out its four-match home stand this upcoming weekend. The Toreros will host the Rebels of UNLV on Friday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, USD will close out the home stand with UC Irvine in a 12 p.m. match at Torero Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a perfect 2-0 record this past week picking up an upset win over then, No. 19, Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in double overtime, then crushing the University of Idaho 3-0 this past Sunday. On Friday, The Titans were the ones who struck first, but freshman Natalie Vinti was able to knot the score at 1-1 with her second goal of the season. Then in the 104th minute, USD turned to senior midfielder Veronica Ambort for some help, and she delivered. Vinti skied a pass into the goal box where Ambort was there to redirect the ball with her head past CSF goalkeeper to lift USD to victory. On Sunday, USD got things rolling in the 25th minute when Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading third goal of the season. Robinson punched the ball in the net off a rebound from Vinti's shot. Ambort then scored her second goal of the week when she hit a chip shot over the goalkeeper's head off a cross from Robinson to give USD a 2-0 advantage. USD wasn't done scoring yet as freshman Jessica Larrabee tallied her first collegiate goal. Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for USD and placed the ball into a crowded goal box. The ball found the feet of Larrabee and she punched the ball into the back of the net to cap off the 3-0 win for USD.

TOREROS CRACK TOP-25: The University of San Diego women's soccer team has cracked into the nation's elite, making their 2006 debut in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-25 poll at No. 22. This marks the first time since the 2005 Soccerbuzz preseason poll that the Toreros have been in the national rankings.

SCOUTING THE REBELS: UNLV enters the week with a 2-3-1 overall record after dropping a pair of matches to the University of Central Florida and the University of Denver this past week. The Rebels are led offensively by Katie Carney who has a team-leading three goals and is tied for the team-lead in assists with three for a team-best nine points. On the defensive side of things, both Alicia Lugo and Cierra Nero have been splitting time in goal with Lugo seeing the majority of the minutes. Lugo has a goals-against-average of 0.60 and Nero has a GAA of 1.67. UNLV is under the direction of second-year head coach Katherine Mertz who has posted a 15-10-4 overall record during her tenure in Las Vegas.

SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with a 1-5-0 record after splitting a pair of matches this past week. Irvine recorded a 1-0 win over Buffalo and dropped a 3-1 decision to San Diego State. The Anteaters are led by a trio of one-goal scorers on offense in Makenzie Beahm, Kim Horn and Kate Berrini. In the net for the Anteaters, Erin Henry leads the way with her 2.73 GAA. The Anteaters are 3-8-0 all-time against the Toreros. UCI is under the direction of first-year head coach April Heinrichs.

2006 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..

SOCCER NOW A TICKETED SPORT: All USD men and women's soccer home matches are now a ticketed event, effective at the start of the 2006 season. General Admission tickets will available to the general public on the day of each match. USD faculty, staff, and student tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. General admission tickets are $5 per person.

AMBORT GARNERS INDIVIDUAL HONOR: The University of San Diego's senior midfielder Veronica Ambort was named to Top Drawer Soccer's National team of the Week after helping lead the Toreros to a 2-0 record this past week. Ambort played a huge role in the Toreros upset win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton this past Friday. With the match tied at 1-1, the Toreros turned to the senior from Fountain Valley, Calif., and she delivered. In the 104th minute of the match Ambort was able to redirect a cross from Natalie Vinti with her head past the CSF goalkeeper to give USD the 2-1 win. Ambort didn't stop there, as she tacked on her second goal of the week in Sunday's 3-0 blanking of the University of Idaho. Ambort scored USD's second goal of the match as she hit a chip shot over the goalkeeper's head off a cross from Leigh Ann Robinson to give USD a 2-0 advantage.

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 14 year history, Greenwood has complied an overall record of 27-28-7 in his three 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 SHOOTING BACK: After being outshot 36-31 through the first two weeks, San Diego went back to work this past weekend outshooting their opponents by a margin of 30-13. The Toreros have now outshot the opposition 75-63 this season including recording a season-high 17 shots in the 3-0 win against the University of Idaho this past Sunday.

HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE?: San Diego has tallied 13 goals on the season with seven different players scoring at least one goal. In Sunday's 3-0 win over the University of Idaho, USD had three different players score a goal. Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her third goal of the season, Veronica Ambort scored her second goal of the season and freshman Jessica Larrabee scored her first collegiate goal in the win.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Freshmen Hallie Huston and Natalie Vinti have become regular starters in the Toreros' lineup with regular appearances by Jessica Larrabee, Christine Mock and Giuliana Longmire. Larrabee tallied her first collegiate goal in the 3-0 win against the University of Idaho this past Sunday, Huston has tallied one goal and two assists and Mock has registered one goal on the young season.

CORNERING THE COMPETITION: San Diego has not only outshot and out scored its competition, but they have also had a strong advantage in corner kicks as well. USD is holding a 34-16 advantage in corner kicks, thanks largely to the 14-0 advantage they had in this past Sunday's 3-0 win over Idaho.