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Dons Travel To Utah For Matches With BYU And Utah State

Sept. 27, 2006

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DONS TRAVEL TO UTAH FOR TWO: USF 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 is their first over a ranked team since last season's 2-1 victory over then No. 19 Pepperdine. At the 29:27 mark, junior midfielder Lauren Tweet 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 scored, just putting it passed Don sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson. Titan freshman forward Mandy Puffinberger was credited with the assist off the corner kick. In the 77th minute, the Dons would take the lead as Hunt, 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).

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 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.

TUESDAY: Senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored for USF in the 76th minute, bringing the game to within one goal. Hunt got a foot on the ball about eight yards out and put it into the right hand corner of the goal. Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet and freshman forward Samantha Brand were credited with the assists. The Dons played aggressive and had a few good chances to tie up the game, but fell short as the time ran down. Pacific got on the board first when sophomore midfielder Andrea Carrara headed the ball just passed USF's sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson off a cross by sophomore midfielder Laura King at 59:12. Seven minutes later, junior forward Mandi Van Dorn found a loose ball five yards out and shot into an open goal. Freshman forward Alysse Valenzuela earned the assist. USF had the advantage in corner kicks by one, 4-3, and both teams came away with 13 shots in the match. Hodgson had three saves.

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 BYU: The Cougars are currently 7-1-1, continuing on a very successful 2005. BYU returned seven starters and 15 letter winners from a team that went 14-5-2, good for a first place Mountain West finish and a trip the postseason. The NCAA awarded BYU a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time the Cougars received a seed in the tournament and the eighth time in nine years that BYU earned an NCAA Tournament berth. BYU traveled to Salt Lake City to play Weber State in the first round. The game required two overtimes and a shootout before the Wildcats surprising win off a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks. Jennifer Rockwood is in her 11th season as head coach of the Cougars.

LAST MEETING: This is the first meeting between the two schools.


SCOUTING UTAH STATE: The Aggies visited the Hilltop earlier this season, competing in the City by the Bay Classic, but did not meet San Francisco in the tournament. Utah State fell to No. 24 Long Beach State 2-0 and fell to CS Northridge 2-1. Currently, the Aggies are 3-6-0. Last season, the Aggies finished in a four-way for second in the WAC, falling in the first-round to eventual tournament champion Fresno State. It was Utah State's first postseason appearance in the program's 10-year history. Heather Cairns is in her fourth year as head coach of the Aggies.

LAST MEETING: USF 1, at USU 3 (9/15/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: San Francisco (1-6-0) continued their early season slide on Thursday. The Dons started well out of the gate, but couldn't finish in a 3-1 loss to Utah State (1-4-2).

USF's lone goal came from sophomore forward Lindsea Swisher in the game's opening minutes. With an assist from senior forward Stephanie Gray, Swisher's first goal of the season beat Utah's sophomore goal keeper Kelli Allred to the net.

Don freshman goalie Katie Hodgson had four saves in the match but allowed the three goals, two by junior mid fielder Charity Weston. The third and final goal by Utah was an unassisted score in the 83rd minute by freshman mid fielder Lacey Christenson, who also had an assist on the day.

USF was out shot in the match 23 to 10.

SERIES RECORD: The series is tied 1-1

BEFORE USF: Utah State takes on Eastern Washington on Saturday, September 30.

Chelsea Hunt TAKES OVER THIRD PLACE ON THE ALL-TIME CAREER GOALS CHART: With her fourth goal of 2006 in the 2-1 loss to Pacific, senior forward Chelsea Hunt has moved into sole posession of third place on the Dons all-time goals chart with 28. She needs just six to take over second place from Kelli Bryant who has 33 (1992-95). Hunt also added her second assist last weekend, and That bumps her into a three way tie for sixth place on the Dons all-time career assist chart with Jennifer Moreci (95, 97) and Jannik Able (94).

Fiona O'Sullivan LEADS TEAM: Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan has played aggressive soccer all season. In nine games, O'Sullivan has five goals and 10 points and is second on the team with 24 shots.

Lauren Tweet SCORING FROM MIDFIELD: Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet is making her mark fromt he midfield. Tweet has two big goals on the season. Her first coming in a 2-1 come from behind victory over Cornell in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout at the University of Hawai'i. Her second was a header in the big 2-1 victory at home over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. Tweet also has three assists and seven points on the season.

Jenny Jarvie COLLECTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie has earned her spot on the field. In the match with CS Northridge (9/8), Jarvie scored her first collegiate goal. She also added an assist in the game and currently is tied for second with two assists on the season.

Samantha Brand MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshman forward Samantha Brand is making a name for herself in USF's front line by playing aggressive soccer. The speedy Brand is tied for first with three assists on the season.

OTHERS ADDING ASSISTS: Senior defender Hilary Fisher and sophomore defender Jessica Duty have been helping out the offense this season. Both back-liners are tied for third with on assist a piece this year.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE (As of Monday 9/25): Five players are among the Conference's top ten in nine different categories. Leading the team with five top ten spots a piece are Hunt and O'Sullivan. Hunt is second in shots (33), and shots per game (3.30), tied for eighth in game winning goals (1), and tied for tenth in points (8) and goals (3). O'Sullivan is tied for fourth in game winning goals (2), fifth in goals (5), seventh in points (10) and shots per game (2.67) and eighth in shots (24). Tweet is tied for eighth in game winning goals with one. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Pohle is first in saves per game (5.83), second in saves (35), tied for eighth in shutouts (1) and ninth in goals against average (1.33). Sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson is tied for third in saves per game (3.75) and tied for eighth in shutouts with one.