Sept. 18, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (3-1-2) will head back out on the road this week to two Southern California foes, UC Irvine and UC Riverside. On Friday the Toreros will head to Anteater Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Anteaters, and on Sunday the Toreros will head to the UCR Soccer Stadium for a 1 p.m. match against the Highlanders.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros remained unbeaten on their home pitch this past week as they registered a 0-0 tie with UCLA on Friday, and picked up a win against Cal Poly, 1-0, on Sunday. In Friday's match, the Toreros got another solid defensive effort from junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, and she recorded eight saves on 24 shots faced in picking up the shutout. Another defensive standout for the Toreros in the match was the play of senior defender Vanessa Vella. Vella was the organizer of the back line for the Toreros and played a huge role in the Toreros shutting down the high-powered UCLA offense. Then on Sunday, the Toreros chalked up a 1-0 overtime win over visiting Cal Poly. Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson was able to net the game-winning goal in the 98th minute. Robinson was able to control a lead pass from Jackie Garcia, and put a one-timer past the Mustangs goalkeeper to lift USD to victory. Cameron also picked up her fifth shutout of the season, allowing no goals and recording four saves.
THE POLLS: After an a one week hiatus in the top-25, the University of San Diego women's soccer team has returned to the top-25, checking in at No. 25 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll. USD is also in the "Others Receiving Votes" category of the NSCAA, Soccerbuzz and Soccer times polls. In the NSCAA West Region poll, the Toreros are ranked sixth and in the Soccerbuzz West Region poll, USD checks in at No. 9. UC Irvine and UC Riverside are not ranked in any of the polls, nor are they ranked in any of the west region polls.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with an overall record of 4-1-1 after picking up a tie against Eastern Michigan and picking up a win against Gardner-Webb. USD and UCI have met on 12 occasions, with the Toreros holding a 8-4-0 series edge, but the Anteaters did win the match-up this past season at Torero Stadium. Sophomore defender Kate Berrini leads the team's offense as she has a team-best four goals, has one assist for a team-leading nine points. On the defensive side of things, freshman goalkeeper Danielle de Seriere anchors things down. She has a team-best goals-against-average of 0.00 in 471 minutes of action. Irvine is under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Juniper.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with an overall record of 4-2-0 after picking up wins over Eastern Michigan and Gardner-Webb this past week. UCR and USD have met on three occasions and the Toreros hold a 2-1-0 record over the Highlanders. Pat Brady and Natal Ducatenzeiler are the team's leading goal scorers with two goals apiece. Brittany Goetz and Deanna Borgelt appear to be splitting time in goal with Borgelt having a lower goals-against-average of 1.73. The Highlanders are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Veronica O'Brien. During her tenure as the program's only head coach, O'Brien has amassed an overall record of 64-43-15.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!: Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson scored her second game-winning goal of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win over Cal Poly. With the goal, Robinson became the team's leading scorer with two goals, and she has also added in one assist for a team-leading five points.
207:46 OF SCORELESS SOCCER...AND COUNTING: Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron has not allowed a goal in 207:46 of action as she posted back-to-back shutouts this past weekend against No. 6, UCLA and Cal Poly. Cameron has only allowed three goals all season in 587 minutes of action, to post a West Coast Conference-leading 0.46 goals-against-average. Cameron has posted shutouts in wins against Wake Forest, Dayton and Cal Poly, and in ties against UCLA and Duke.
DEFEND THIS: Senior defender Vanessa Vella played a key role for the Toreros' back-to-back shutouts this past week, as she helped organize the defense and helped slow down the high-powered UCLA offense. Vella, has helped lead the USD defense to a conference-leading 0.46 goals-against-average. USD has only allowed three goals to be scored against them, which also leads the WCC.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Many Toreros, as well as the combined team itself, hold lofty spots in the West Coast Conference statistics. For the team, the Toreros are bolstering the conference's best defense with a 0.46 goals-against-average. Brittany Cameron leads the conference in goals-against-average at 0.46 and Leigh Ann Robinson is tied for seventh with two goals scored and tied for second in game-winning goals with two.
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.
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.
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.