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Final WCC Tune-Up Ahead for Women's Soccer

Sept. 26, 2006

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (7-3-0) will play their third PAC-10 opponent in as many matches as they travel to Los Angeles for a 6 p.m. non-conference match with the UCLA Bruins on Friday. USD will then return to Torero Stadium for a 5 p.m. non-conference match with the University of Hawaii on Sunday.

SPLITTING A PAIR: The Toreros recorded a split this past weekend as they registered a 2-0 loss to the University of Southern California on Friday before downing Arizona State University, 1-0, on Sunday. On Friday, the Trojans scored a quick goal in the 10th minute of the match to take the early momentum. The Trojans then scored a goal in the 83rd minute to seal the win. Veronica Ambort led the team in shots taken with two, and both Vanessa Vella and Jackie Garcia tallied one shot in the match. The Trojans out shot the Toreros 12-4, but USD had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. The Toreros then rebounded on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout win over Arizona State. In the 25th minute of the match, USD tallied the lone goal of the match. Freshman midfielder Hallie Huston found herself deep in the Sun Devils goal box just next to the right post. Huston threaded a pass to Ambort who was there to put the ball into the back of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Brittany Cameron picked up her second shutout of the season recording four saves in the process.

VERONICA'S SECRET: Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort has been on a tear for the Toreros offense as of late. With her game-winning goal against Arizona State on Sunday, Ambort has moved into a tie for the team-lead in goals scored with four. Ambort has now tallied three game-winning goals to lead the team in this category. Ambort scored game-winning goals against Cal State Fullerton, UNLV and Arizona State.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: UCLA enters the week with a 7-2-0 record after splitting a pair of matches with West Coast Conference members this past week. UCLA was upset by No. 3 Santa Clara on Friday and bounced back with a 3-0 win over Pepperdine University. UCLA is ranked No. 6 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll. The Bruins are 12-1-2 all-time against the Toreros. UCLA is led offensively by Lauren Cheney who has a team-leading five goals for a team-best 10 points. On the defensive side of things, the Bruins look to Ashley Thompson who has a 0.75 goals-against-average, only allowing three goals on the season. The Bruins are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Jillian Ellis. During her tenure in Los Angeles, she has amassed a 139-29-7 record.

SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE: Hawaii enters the week with a 6-2-2 overall record after splitting a pair of matches this past week. UH recorded a 0-0 tie with San Francisco, then rung up a 2-1 win against Detroit. The Rainbow Wahine and Toreros have only met once in head-to-head competition. In 1998, UH recorded a 2-0 win over USD to move to 1-0-0 all-time against the Toreros. The Rainbow Wahine is led offensively by Kelli-Anne Chang, who has a team-best four goals and added two assists for a team-leading 10 points. Defensively for Hawaii, Kori Lu leads the charge with her 0.40 goal-against-average. Hawaii is under the direction of 12th-year head coach Pinsoom Tenzing, who has recorded a 101-109-18 record during his tenure in Honolulu.

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.

HALLIE'S COMET: The Toreros' freshman midfielder Hallie Huston has been making her impression felt on the team as she has played a huge role in the Toreros 7-3-0 start. Huston has now tallied two goals and three assists for seven points.

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.

SHUTOUT AND SHUTDOWN: Sophomore Brittany Cameron rung up her second shutout of the season in this past Sunday's 1-0 blanking of Arizona State. Cameron played a solid game in the net for the Toreros recording four saves and not allowing a goal. On the season, Cameron has a 4-2-0 record with a 1.52 goal-against-average.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. USD is bolstering a 88-43-7 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 5-1-0 record this season on their home pitch with Sunday's match against Hawaii.

TOREROS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN WCC: The University of Portland, who won the 2005 national title, were tabbed as the favorite to win the 2006 WCC crown. The Pilots received five first place votes to tally 47 overall points. Santa Clara University, which welcomes back 10 starters from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, was selected second with 45 total points and received three first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by a pair of 2005 NCAA Tournament participants in Gonzaga University (34) and Pepperdine University (31). Selected fifth was the University of San Diego with 23 points, Loyola Marymount University was tabbed sixth with 21 points, while Saint Mary's College (15) and the University of San Francisco (7) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.