Sept. 12, 2007
THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (0-1-2) plays the fourth and fifth of it's eight road matches to open the season this weekend. The Dons will take on UC Davis (2-2-0) on Friday at 4 P.M. PDT in Davis, Calif., then travel to Reno, Nev., to play the Nevada Wolfpack on Sunday at 1 P.M. PDT.
THE SERIES VERSUS UC DAVIS: UC Davis leads USF, 3-6-3, in the the all-time series. In matches held in Davis, the record is fairly even at 1-1-2.
USF last played the Aggies on opening day of the 2006 season, August 26, at Negoesco Stadium. UC Davis won that match, 3-0. Aggies' forward Dayna Dumont, defender Kaite Snyder and Annie McAllister were credited with goals in the contest. Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) led the Dons' attack with a team high two shots.
THE SERIES VERSUS NEVADA: San Francisco beat Nevada, 2-0, in the only meeting between the schools on October 24, 2001. Forward Meghan Daly tallied her fourth goal of the season and forward Heidi Prestegard scored a penalty kick in the match.
KEEP ON TRIPPIN': Eight road matches to begin the season is a new Dons' record.The 2004 had held the unpleasant distinction after opening with six straight away matches. USF's home opener is scheduled for Spetember 30 versus Cal State Bakersfield.
LAST TIME OUT: Strong early season defense continued to be San Francisco's calling card despite a 3-0 loss to UCLA last Sunday afternoon. The Bruins attempted 21 shots in the match but were held to finding the net only three times.
For USF, their best scoring chance in the 15-minute mark as sophomore forward Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) hit a lead pass for freshman forward Keonna Robinson (Stockton, Calif. / St. Mary's HS) who fired in the box.
The Dons also made it interesting on a break away at the 29th minute when Robinson fed sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) whose shot was just wide. The Dons had a total of five shots on the afternoon.
In 78-minutes between the pipes, USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) recorded a game-high six saves.
DON'T FORGET FIONA: Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) is San Francisco's top returning scorer from last year. 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.