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USF Travels Cross Country For Duke Adidas Classic

Sept. 17, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (0-3-2) travels across country to Durham, N.C., to play in the Duke Adidas Classic this weekend. USF plays host Duke (3-1-2) on Friday with kick off scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT. On Sunday, the Dons take on No. 8 North Carolina (4-2-0) at 10 a.m. PT.


SCOUTING DUKE:Head Coach: Robbie Church (Pfeiffer `81)Record at DUKE: 69-48-9 / 7th YearCareer Record: 156-97-18 / 14th YearAffiliation: NCAA Division IConference: ACC2006 Overall Record: 9-8-42006 ACC Record: 5-4-1 / T-6th

Duke went 2-0 last weekend, defeating Elon and Dartmouth at home by scores of 6-0 and 3-1. The Blue Devils out shot their opponents 52 to 8 over the two matches, including 35 to 2 versus Elon.

Sophomore forward Elisabeth Redmond made three goals and junior forward Kelly Hathorn collected four assists in the victories. For the season, Redmond has a team-best four goals and nine points.

Defensively Duke has been solid in the early going. The Blue Devils lead the ACC in shutouts as four of the team's six matches have been won in that manner. Senior Allison Lipsher, the Duke goalie, also has 25 saves this season.

The Blue Devils were selected to finish fifth in the ACC following a preseason poll of the conference's coaches.

THE SERIES VERSUS DUKE: The Blue Devils lead USF, 2-0-0, in the all-time series. The two schools swapped home and visiting titles during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

USF last played the Blue Devils at Negoesco Field as part of the Golden Gate Women's Soccer Classic on October 1, 1999. Duke won the match, 3-1, as Sherrill Kester scored twice. The Dons' goal came off the foot of Jodie Tanga.

SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA:Head Coach: Anson Dorrance (North Carolina `74)Record at UNC: 629-28-18 / 29th YearCareer Record: 629-28-18 / 29th YearAffiliation: NCAA Division IConference: ACC2006 Overall Record: 27-1-02006 ACC Record: 10-0-0 / 1st

North Carolina had won four straight matches prior to Sunday's 1-0 upset at the hands of William & Mary. The loss came in the face of logic as UNC outshot the Tribe, 17 to 1. But the one shot by Claire Zimmeck found the back of the net. During it's win streak the Tar Heels scored 13 goals and allowed only one in return.

The loss marks the first time since 2002 the Tar Heels have lost as many as two matches in a season and the first time in history they've had two losses as early as the sixth game of the year.

Junior midfielder Allie Long leads the Tar Heels with three goals on the season. Junior midfielder Yael Averbuch has team-high three assists.Thus far North Carolina has split goalkeeper duties between sophomore Ashlyn Harris and junior Anna Rodenbough. The two have combined for a 0.50 goals against average and eight saves.

UNC is predicted to repeat as ACC conference champions in 2007.

THE SERIES VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina leads USF, 4-0-0, in the all-time series. The two schools have played twice on neutral ground, twice at Negoesco Field.

The Dons last played UNC in the City by the Bay Classic held in San Francisco on September 9, 2005. North Carolina topped USF, 6-1, in the match. Chelsea Hunt scored the lone goal for the Dons.

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.


• Over the last three matches, freshman forward Lauren Maris (Bellevue, Wash./ Issaquah HS) has attempted six shots, doubling the amount she attempted during the first two contests. With nine total, she now ranks second on the team behind only senior Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS).

• The Dons' 17 shots taken versus UC Davis was only one shot behind their season-high of 18 against San Jose State in the 2007 opener.

LAST WEEKEND: The Dons went 0-2-0 in road matches at UC Davis and Nevada.

VERSUS UC DAVIS - USF women's soccer continued its eight match road trip Friday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision at UC Davis, fueled by a Dayna Dumont first half hat trick. The Dons (0-2-2) actually out-shot the Aggies (3-2-0) 17-13, but the damage was done.

Freshman foward Lauren Maris (Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah HS) scored her first goal for the Dons in the 31st minute off a feed from senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) - her first of the year. Sophomore midfielder Kristina Hall (Berkeley, Calif. / Berkeley HS) finished with three shots to lead USF.

Junior goalkeeper Anika Steig (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet HS) recorded 45 shutout minutes in the second half, while junior starter Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) recorded three saves in the first period.

VERSUS NEVADA - San Francisco women's soccer was defeated 2-0 by Nevada Sunday afternoon as shots by Wolfpack sophomore defender Devin Noe and Samantha Miller found the back of the net. The Dons were led by senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) , who attempted two shots.

Coming at the 22nd minute, Noe hit a long range shot following passes from senior midfielder Blaine Dugan and junior midfielder Jessica Thompson. Junior midfielder Miranda Montejo lobed a pass to Miller, who was behind two USF defenders, for her goal at 45:44.

Junior goalkeeper Anika Steig (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet HS) got the start Sunday for the Dons. The Seattle, Wash., native recorded four saves on the afternoon.

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 leads the 2007 Dons in shots, attempting 12 so far.