Sept. 19, 2006
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (6-2-0) will play a pair of PAC-10 foe this week. The Toreros will first travel up to Los Angeles for a 3 p.m. match against the 16th-ranked University of Southern California. USD will then return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium to host Arizona State University on Sunday in a 12 p.m. match.
SPLITTING A PAIR: The Toreros recorded a split this past weekend as they registered a 2-0 shutout over UNLV on Friday before being upset by UC Irvine this past Sunday, 2-1. On Friday, both Veronica Ambort and Leigh Ann Robinson tallied one goal in the second half to lift USD to victory. Ambort scored her third goal in as many matches in the 72nd minute when Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for USD and skied the ball to the feet of Ambort, who was in a crowded goal box. Ambort then punched the ball into the back of the net to give USD the only goal they would need. Robinson then padded the lead for the Toreros in the 85th minute. Natalie Vinti took control of the ball in the midfield and sent a pass to a streaking Robinson who slipped behind the Rebels defense. Robinson then had a breakaway situation and rocketed the ball into the back of the net to put the match at its final of 2-1. On Sunday, UC Irvine jumped out to a 2-0 lead despite the fact that USD dominated time of possession and just about every statistical category. Finally in the 60th minute of the match, the Toreros cut the deficit in half. Freshman Hallie Huston tallied her second goal of the season when she hit a hard shot from 25 yards out that flew into the back of the net. But the Toreros could come no closer, leaving the match at its final of 2-1.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS: USC enters the week with a 6-1-1 record after picking up a pair of wins this past week against UNLV and Eastern Washington. The Women of Troy are currently riding a five-match winning streak and are ranked No. 16 in the latest Soccer Times top-25 poll. As a team, the Trojans have only allowed three goals on the season. USC is led offensively by Rosa Anna Tantillo who has a team-leading three goals to go along with five assists for a team-best 11 points. Veronica Simonton leads the defensive charge for the Trojans as she has posted a 0.38 goals-against-average while seeing majority of the minutes in the net. The Women of Troy are under the direction of 10th-year head coach Jim Millinder who has posted a 131-66-17 record during his tenure in Los Angeles.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State enters the week with a 4-2-2 record after dropping a 1-0 decision to Pepperdine University and registering a 2-2 tie with UC Santa Barbara this past week. The Sun Devils are led offensively by Brittany Dotty who has a team-leading four goals for a team-best eight points. Defensively for the Sun Devils, Kim Bringham leads the way as she has a 0.59 goals-against-average and recorded four shutouts. Arizona State is under the direction of sixth-year head coach Ray Leone, who has posted a 56-39-13 record during his tenure in Tempe.
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.
GET HER THE DARN BALL: As goes junior forward Leigh Ann Robinson, so do the Toreros. The University of San Diego is 4-1-0 this season when Robinson finds the back of the net. Robinson has scored a goal once every 4.5 shots she takes.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego is off to a solid start for the 2006 season at 6-2-0 record, which ties them for the second best start in program history. USD's only losses of the season have come to Ohio State University and to UC Irvine this past Sunday. The six wins has tied the amount of wins the team posted all of last season.
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.
MISS ASSIST: The Toreros' freshman midfielder Natalie Vinti has made a huge impact on the Toreros in 2006. Thus far, Vinti has tallied a team-leading four assists and added two goals for a total of eight points. The eight points places her second on the team in this category.
WHO'S HOT FOR THE TOREROS: San Diego's senior midfielder Veronica Ambort has been hot as of late for the Toreros. Ambort has tallied three goals over the past four matches. She broke into the scoring column with the game-winner against, then No. 19, Cal State Fullerton, then followed up with a goal against Idaho and this past weekend she scored the game-winner in the 2-0 shutout against UNLV.
TOUGH SCHEDULE AHEAD: The University of San Diego will face four schools that are ranked in this week's national top-25, including facing two top-10 teams in back-to-back weeks. On Sept. 22 the Toreros will travel to Los Angeles to meet No. 16 USC. Seven days later the San Diego will again travel to Los Angeles to face No. 3 UCLA, the 2005 national-runner up, then USD gets to travel to Northern California seven days after that and open West Coast Conference play against No. 5 Santa Clara. USD will also travel to Malibu play No. 19 Pepperdine University on Oct. 13 and will face No. 7 Portland, the defending national champion, at home on Oct. 22.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. USD is bolstering a 87-43-7 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 4-1-0 record this season on their home pitch with Sunday's match against Arizona State.