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Dons Battle Cardinal Then Open At Home Versus Roadrunners

Sept. 25, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (0-5-2) travel to No. 2 Stanford (7-1-0) Friday before opening its home schedule Sunday against Cal State Bakersfield (2-6-0). Kickoff for Friday's contest is set for 5 P.M., PT, while Sunday's match is scheduled for 1 P.M. PT. Live stats for Sunday's match will be available on USFDons.com.

THE SERIES VERSUS STANFORD: Stanford leads USF, 17-0-0, in the all-time series.

San Francisco last visited the Cardinal on September 1, 2006. Stanford won that match, 3-0, following goals by midfielders Kristin Stannard, Shari Summers and Lizzy George. Five Dons registered one shot a piece.USF junior goalkeeper Kelly Pohle (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Horizon HS) registered a match-high nine saves.

SCOUTING STANFORD:

Head Coach: Paul Ratcliffe (UCLA `94)

Record at STAN: 48-28-10 / 5th Year

Career Record: 103-62-17 / 10th Year

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Conference: Pac-10

2006 Overall Record: 15-6-2

2006 Pac-10 Record: 6-2-1 / 3rd

The Cardinal fell to No. 2 on SoccerBuzz.com's national coaches poll following a 1-0 loss to Denver last Sunday. Despite out-shooting the Pioneers 14-4, Stanford allowed the game winning goal by forward Jenna Billingsley in the 87th minute. The loss was the first for Stanford this year.

Sophomore forward Ali Riley made her season debut in the match versus Denver, returning from playing for New Zealand in the Women's World Cup.

Sophmore forwrad Kelley O'Hara (three goals, two assists), a 2006 Pac-10 First Team selection, and senior forward Lizzy George (two goals, four assists) lead the Cardinal with eight points on the season. Freshman midfielder Morgan Redman has compiled three goals and one assist for seven points.

Both senior Erica Holland and freshman Kira Maker have seen time between the pipes for Stanford. The duo has combined for 26 saves and a 0.74 goals against average.

THE SERIES VERSUS CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: Sunday's match pitting the Dons and Roadrunners will be the first meeting between the schools.

SCOUTING CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD:

Head Coach: Nicole Van Dyke (CS Bakersfield `00)

Record at CSB: 7-9-4 / 2nd Year

Career Record: 42-28-11 / 5th Year

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Conference: Independent

2006 Overall Record: 7-9-4

The Roadrunners lost matches to Pacific and UC Santa Barbara last week by scores of 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.

In the loss to UC Santa Barbara, Roadrunner junior midfielder Moriah Neville went down with a leg injury in the 12th minute.Neville looks to be out for this Sunday's contest as well. She entered the match versus UCSB tied for the team lead in shots with 10.

Sophomore forward Alexa Vickroy leads the Roadrunners with two goals. Freshman Nicole Padilla, the Cal State Bakersfield goalkeeper, has made 35 saves and has a 2.38 goals against average.

Cal State Bakersfield is in the third year of the process to become a full NCAA Division I member. Currently, the Roadrunners are not in a conference and are classified as Independent.

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 September 30 versus Cal State Bakersfield.

USF IN HOME OPENERS: USF is 12-8-0 in home openers all-time.

In 2006, USF opened the home schedule with a 3-0 loss to UC Davis. Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) attemped a match-high four shots in the contest.

USF last won its home opener in 2004, defeating Sacramento State, 2-0.

DONS' NOTES:• Junior goalkeepr Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) and sophomore forward Kristina Hall (Berkeley, Calif. / Berkeley HS) were both named to the Duke Adidas Classic All-Tournament team.

• Over the last five matches, freshman forward Lauren Maris (Bellevue, Wash./ Issaquah HS) has attempted at least one shot. With 12 total, she now sits tied for the team lead with senior Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS).

• Freshman midfielder Leslie Gomez (Northridge, Calif. / Louisville HS) has been added to the Dons roster, making the team as a walk-on. Gomez was a Mission League first team honoree her senior season at Louisville High. Prior to joining USF she also played two years with the Arsenal FC club team, member of the Primier Level Coast Soccer League.

LAST WEEKEND: The Dons went 0-2-0 at the Duke Adidas Classic in Durham, N.C.

VERSUS DUKE - Duke junior midfielder/defender Kelly Hathorn scored twice as the Blue Devils shut out San Francisco, 4-0, Friday night in game two of the Duke Adidas Classic.

Seven different Dons attempted shots in the match but USF was unable to sneak a ball past Duke goalkeepers Alison Lipsher and Cassidy Powers who combined for six saves. USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) played all 90 minutes, recording four saves.

Hathorn's goals both came in the second half. At 52:49 Hathorn found the net after Lipsher served a dropkick from the goalie box to within striking distance. She then received passes from freshman forward Rebecca Allen and sophomore forward Elisabeth Redmond to score from inside USF's box at 64:32. Sophomore midfielder CJ Ludemann and freshman forward Kendall Bradley scored goals at 15th and 23rd minutes.

VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA - San Francisco had its hands full with No. 8 North Carolina, who won 2-0 over the Dons in the third game of the Duke Adidas Classic Sunday. The Tar Heels allowed the Dons only three shots while taking a season-high 30.

North Carolina had 14 first-half shots before sophomore midfielder Tobin Heath booted the ball to junior midfielder Yael Averbuch who scored in the 40th minute from 20 yards out. In the 73rd minute, Heath would also find the net, shooting from inside the box following a pass from sophomore forward Sterling Smith.

USF freshman forward Lauren Maris (Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah HS) attempted two shots, both the first half against UNC, to lead the Dons. Averbuch had a match-high 12 shots in the contest. Tar Heel junior midfielder Allie Long attempted seven.

San Francisco junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) had nine saves in the match, while UNC's Ashlyn Harris had one.