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USF Women's Soccer Takes On Pacific In Mid-Week Matchup

Sept. 25, 2006

DONS MEET PACIFIC AT HOME AT TRAVEL TO UTAH TO PLAY BYU AND UTAH STATE - USF hosts Pacific at Negoesco Stadium on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM, then travels to Utah for a Saturday, September 30 meeting with BYU in Provo at 6:00 PM and a Monday, October 2 match up with Utah State in Logan at 2:00 PM.

LAST WEEK: San Francisco rallied past No. 17 Cal State Fullerton in a big 2-1 win on Friday before falling 4-0 to No. 13 California in Berkeley on Sunday.

FRIDAY: With less than 15 minutes left in the game, senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored on a breakaway to earn the 2-1 victory over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. The win for the Dons (4-4-1) is their first over a ranked team since last season's 2-1 victory over then No. 19 Pepperdine. USF came out of the gate strong, getting on the board first. At the 29:27 mark, junior midfielder Lauren Tweet (2) headed the ball into the right corner of the net. Sophomore defender Jessica Duty was credited with the assist. Ten minutes later, Fullerton evened the score at one when junior midfielder Brianna Buffington (2) scored, just putting it passed Don sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson (1-1-1). Titan freshman forward Mandy Puffinberger was credited with the assist off the corner kick. Fullerton had a legitimate scoring chance earlier in the game, when at the 9:25 mark, senior midfielder Lauren Welch knocked a shot into the crossbar, narrowly missing a goal. In the 77th minute, the Dons would take the lead as Hunt (3), charging with the ball from midfield, beat four Titans and knocked in the ball off the right post and into the open goal. USF held the advantage in both shots (15-11) and corner kicks (8-2). Both USF's Hodgson and Fullerton's senior goal keeper Karen Bardsley had four saves on the night.

SUNDAY: No. 13 California capitalized on goals from four different players in the second half to secure a 4-0 shutout of San Francisco. After a scoreless first half, Cal senior forward Katie Ratican scored in the 47th minute. Junior midfielder Laurie Gartrell extended Cal's margin to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when she received a pass inside the penalty box from fellow midfielder Caitlin Hannegan and sent a shot off the far post and into the goal. Junior forward Bri Wiles gave the Bears a 3-0 edge in the 78th minute with a tap-in from about four yards. Stephanie Wieger, solidified the victory with a goal with under three minutes to play. Cal held a commanding 19-4 shot advantage in the game, including an 11-1 edge in shots on goal. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt, who led USF with two shots, posted the Dons only shot in the first half. Freshmen Kristina Hall and Jenny Jarvie also added a shot each in the game. Katie Hodgson grabbed six saves for the Dons.

A LOOK AHEAD: USF begins West Coast Conference play next weekend with a game at Saint Mary's on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 PM.


SCOUTING PACIFIC: Pacific returns 19 letterwinners and all 11 starters from the 2005 team that made its first post-season appearance since 1998. For the seventh time in program history, the Tigers eclipsed the 10 win mark on the season, finishing 2005 at 10-9-1 overall. Individually on the field, the Tigers' had five players earn All-Big West honors at the conclusion of the season led by juniors Carmen Padilla and Kelsey Nagel who garnered first team recognition. Sophomores Bunny Dickson and Montez Harrison earned second team honors while goalkeeper Jaime Souza was named an All-Big West Honorable Mention. Currently, the Tigers are 7-1-1.

LAST MEETING: USF 1, at Pacific 2 (OT) (8/28/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF took the lead early in the 47th minute when freshman Jessica Gaskin placed a shot into the upper left corner on a restart after a Pacific foul. Pacific tied it when Carla Vellutini found the back of the net on an unassisted one-on-one play . Vellutini was able to dribble past Dons' `keeper Katie Hodgson giving herself a shot at an open net. With the game tied at one after regulation the Tigers' looked towards their offensive captain, junior Carmen Padilla for a spark. Padilla responded in the third minute of overtime, netting the Tigers' game-winner on a breakaway goal that was setup by a clearance punt by sophomore `keeper Jaime Souza.

SERIES RECORD: USF leads series 7-3

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