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Dons Return Home To Host Cal State Fullerton; Travel Across The Bay To Meet California.

Sept. 18, 2006

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DONS RETURN HOME FOR MATCHES WITH CAL STATE FULLERTON AND CAL: USF hosts Cal State Fullerton at Negoesco Stadium on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM and travel across the Bay Bridge to meet Cal in Berkeley on Sunday, September 24 at 3:30 PM.

LAST WEEK: San Francisco traveled to sunny Hawai'i for the Outrgger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout, hosted by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Dons took home co-Champion awards as they brushed passed Cornell 2-1 on Saturday and tied Hawai'i 0-0 in double overtime on Sunday.

SATURDAY: San Francisco scored two goals in the final 11 minutes to post a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Cornell in the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Shootout Saturday night at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. After falling behind 1-0 with less than 20 minutes left in the match, the Dons (3-4) struck back with goals in the 79th and 88th minute. All three goals in the match came off corner kicks. Cornell (1-4-1) got on the board first with a goal by senior forward Alison McKeown. Senior midfielder Jessica Synder served a corner kick from the left side that found the feet of McKeown in traffic for the first goal of the match at the 70:55 mark. USF equalized eight minutes later on a corner kick of their own. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt's header hit the post and junior forward Fiona Sullivan knocked in a rebound shot to tie the score. The game-winner came at 87:49 mark, again off a corner kick. Senior defender Hilary Fisher sent a header to goal, which was headed in from five yards out by junior midfielder Lauren Tweet. The Dons nearly doubled up the Big Red on shots (21-10) and had nine corner kicks to Cornell's three.

SUNDAY: In its first overtime match of the season, the University of San Francisco played Hawai'i to a 0-0 draw in the championship match of the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Shootout Sunday night at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The teams shared the tournament title with identical 1-0-1 records and one-goal margin of victories over third-place Cornell. The Rainbow Wahine defense didn't allow a single shot by USF in the first half, while the Dons first and only shot on goal in the match came in the waning minutes of regulation when senior forward Chelsea Hunt had her one on one breakaway stuffed by UH sophomore goalkeeper Kori Lu. The Dons also had a opportunity to win it in the 98th minute when junior defender Katie Hoban found herself free in the box, but her shot skipped wide left. UH out-shot the Dons, 27-7.

A LOOK AHEAD: After Fullerton and Cal, the Dons host Pacific at Negoesco Stadium for mid-week action. Game time is set for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 26. USF then heads to Utah for a meeting with BYU on Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 PM and a Monday matchup with Utah State in Logan, UT at 2:00 PM.



SCOUTING FULLERTON: The Titans (4-2-1) were picked to finish second in the Big West behind Long Beach State. Cal State Fullerton returns just four starters and 11 letterwinners off of last season's squad which finished 19-4 overall and 6-1 in Big West Conference play to top off the finest season in school history. The Titans finished the 2005 season ranked as high as No. 11 nationally and became the first Big West school to reach the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament, posting wins over UNLV and Southern California before falling to No. 6-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville. Two-time Big West Goalkeeper of the Year Karen Bardsley (16-4, 0.64 GAA, 10 shutouts in 2005) leads a returning group of Titans that also features All-Big West Conference First Team honorees midfielder Lauryn Welch (9 goals, 22 points, Big West Tournament MVP in 2005) and defender Erica Janke.

LAST MEETING: USF 2, Fullerton 1 at Irvine Tourn. (9/10/04)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Providing the offensive fireworks for the Dons was freshman forward Lindsea Swisher. Swisher's first assist occurred in the game's opening half, as she was able to perfectly place the ball on the foot of junior midfielder Stephanie Gray. Gray was then able to convert the pass on a beautiful shot from about 20 yards, beating the CSF goalkeeper. The USF lead was short lived, as the Titans' Erica Pryor scored on a header off a corner kick in the 60th minute to even the game at 1-1. However, the Dons pulled ahead for good with 20 minutes remaining as Shuree Hyatt scored her second goal of the season as she was able to convert a Lindsay Swisher corner kick past Titans freshman goalkeeper Shayla Sabin.

SERIES RECORD: Fullerton leads series 2-1


SCOUTING CAL: The Golden Bears (5-1-2) recorded a 16-4-2 overall record last year and placed second in the Pac-10 at 7-1-1 for their best-ever record in conference play. Cal ventured into the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Despite returning only five starters, Cal welcomes back 13 players who saw significant playing time last year. Three of those starters are from the Bears' dominant backline. Senior Alivia Mazura and juniors Courtney Hooker and Kristine Relja were huge factors in the Bears ranking seventh in the nation in 2005 in goals-against average with a school record 0.475 mark.

LAST MEETING: No. 6 Cal 3, at USF 3 2OT (10/7/01)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Junior midfielder Stacey Caro scored a pair of goals in the second half, including the equalizer as USF secured a 3-3 women's soccer deadlock against Cal. Junior forward Meghan Daly would knot the contest at 1-1 with her second score of the year, striking on a rebound off Bear's freshman keeper Mallory Moser at 29:24. Trailing 3-1, the stage was set for Stacey Caro, who entered the season without a goal in her career and has made up for lost time this season. Caro punched home another rebound off Moser at 55:32 for her fourth score of the 2001 campaign and converted her team-leading fifth goal of the year at 71:32 on a cross from Daly, who collected her second assist of the year. San Francisco sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Orantes went the distance for the Dons, allowing three goals, while facing 15 shots and recorded seven saves. Moser also played the full term for Cal and allowed three scores on 10 shots and recorded four saves on the afternoon.

SERIES RECORD: Cal leads the series 9-3-2

BEFORE USF: Cal hosts Boise State on Friday.

Fiona O'Sullivan LEADS TEAM: Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan has played aggressive soccer all season. In eight games, O'Sullivan has 5 goals and 10 points. She is second on the team with 23 shots.

Chelsea Hunt MOVES INTO TIE FOR SIXTH ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS: Senior forward Chelsea Hunt added an assist last weekend to bring her career total to 10. That bumps her into a three way tie for sixth place on the Dons all-time career assist chart with Jennifer Moreci (95, 97) and Jannik Able (94).

Lauren Tweet JOINS SCORING CLUB: With her goal against Cornell last weekend, midfielder Lauren Tweet joins three teammates in scoring for the 2006 season. The goal was the junior's first of her collegiate career.

Jenny Jarvie COLLECTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie has earned her spot on the field. In the match with CS Northridge (9/8), Jarvie scored her first collegiate goal. She also added an assist.

DEFENSE PLAYING TOUGH: Only two goals have gone passed the posts in the Dons last five games. Top defensive performers are junior Kara Breithaupt, freshman Sasha Verruno, and sophomore goalies Kelly Pohle and Katie Hodgson.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Four Dons are among the top ten in the WCC in eight categories. O'Sullivan leads the pack with four rankings including tied for third in goals (5) and game-winning goals (2), tied for fifth in points (10) and sixth in shots (23). Pohle has four of her own including first in saves (35), second in saves per game (5.83), tied for sixth in shutouts (1) and ninth in goals against average (1.33). Hodgson has two rankings, tied for sixth in shutouts (1) and tenth in goals against average (1.35). Hunt is fifth in shots with 25 and Tweet is tied for sixth in game-winning goals with 1.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL TEAM STANDINGS: O'Sullivan leads all Dons in goals (5), points (10), and shots on goal (12). Hunt leads in shots (25) and is second in goals with two. Tweet and Jarvie are tied for third with one goal each. Hunt, Tweet, Brand and Jarvie lead in the assists category with two a piece. In the nets, Pohle leads across the board with three wins, one shutout, 35 saves, 5.83 saves per game, an .814 saves percentage, 1.33 goals against average, and 539:50 minutes in goal. Hodgson has played 200:00 minutes, owns a shutout and and five saves.