Oct. 2, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (7-1-2) will put their six-match unbeaten streak on the line this week against Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State in their final West Coast Conference tune-up. Cal State Bakersfield will come to town on Friday for a 7 p.m. match, then on Sunday the Toreros will head to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Sun Devils in a 4:30 p.m. match at ASU's Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros ran their unbeaten streak to six as they posted back-to-back wins against Cal State Northridge and Pacific. On Friday, the Toreros picked up a 1-0 win over Northridge, thanks to senior Leigh Ann Robinson's goal in the 82nd minute. Sophomore Hallie Huston took control of the ball near midfield, then launched a almost perfect pass to a streaking Robinson. Robinson in turn controlled the pass and punched the ball into the right side of the net past the diving Matador goalkeeper to give USD the win. On Sunday, it was junior striker Amy Epsten's turn to shine as she tallied two goals in the 2-1 win. Sophomore Natalie Vinti fed Epsten the ball and Epsten hit a quick one-timer past the Pacific goalkeeper to give USD an early 1-0 lead. Epsten wasn't done just yet though, as she was able to tally one more goal. Junior defender Ashley Kirk fired off a shot in the 76th minute that was deflected and bounced to Epsten's feet. Epsten then rocketed off a shot that flew into the back of the net to give USD a 2-0 lead.
THE POLLS: The Toreros moved up three spots in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll to No. 19 after posting a 2-0-0 record this past week. San Diego also cracked into the Soccerbuzz top-30 poll at No. 29. The Toreros are also listed as "Other Receiving Votes" in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll and in the Soccer Times top-25 poll. In Soccerbuzz's West Region poll, the Toreros check in at No. 9. Neither Cal State Bakersfield or Arizona State are ranked in any of the polls.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS: Cal State Bakersfield enters the week with an overall record of 2-7-1 after dropping a contest to Sacramento State and battling to a draw with San Francisco. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in the sport of women's soccer. The offensive leader for the Roadrunners is Alexa Vickroym who has a team-best two goals and a team-leading four points. On the defensive side of things, Nicole Padilla leads the charge as she is posting a 2.06 goals-against-average. Cal State Bakersfield is under the direction of second-year head coach Nicole Van Dyke. During her tenure at Bakersfield, Van Dyke has posted an overall record of 9-16-5.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State enters the week with an overall record of 6-4-0 after picking up a pair of wins over San Diego State and Creighton this past week. USD and ASU have met on five prior occasions with USD holding a 3-1-1 edge, including winning last season's match-up in San Diego. Leading the offensive charge for the Sun Devils is freshman forward Karin Volpe, who has a team-leading four goals and added in two assists for a team-best 10 points. On the defensive side of things, ASU turns to sophomore goalkeeper Briana Silvestri, who has a 0.62 goals-against-average. Arizona State is under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Boyd.
EPSTEN EARNS NATIONAL HONOR: Junior forward Amy Epsten of the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team has been named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week. Epsten tallied two goals this past Sunday to help lead the Toreros to a 2-1 win over the University of the Pacific Tigers. This marked the second consecutive week that Epsten has tallied two goals during the week. On the season, Epsten leads the team in goals scored with five, and also leads the team in total points with 11.
STAY ON TARGET: The Toreros continue to apply pressure on opposing defenses this season, having put better than half of their shots on frame in 2007. San Diego once again had an advantage in shot attempts this past week as they outshot their opponents 33-17 and over the past two weeks, USD has outshot its opponents by a 65-28 margin.
GOING STREAKING: San Diego is in the midst of a six-match unbeaten streak. The Toreros have only lost one match of the season, and that was back on Sept. 9, since then USD has posted wins over Cal Poly, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Pacific and tied No. 6 UCLA. The Toreros will look to extend that streak this week with a pair of matches against Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State.
NOW THAT'S EFFICIENT: Of Ashleigh Shoughro's 19 shots this season, 10 have been on frame with two of those finding the back of the net. The freshman has been impressive in her first season in a Torero uniform and currently is tied for third on the team in goals scored with junior forward Jen Mello.
TOREROS TO OFFER FREE AUDIO STREAMING OF WCC HOME MATCHES: San Diego will start to offer a free audio broadcast of all home West Coast Conference matches this season. The women's soccer inaugural broadcast will be on Oct. 14 in a 1 p.m. match against defending champion Santa Clara University. David Bardecki will be bringing Torero fans all the play-by-play action and providing color commentary will be Lovel Tokic. In order to hear the broadcast, fans just need to simply click on the "Live" button on the USD athletics home page, sign up for a "free account," then click on the women's soccer tab and choose the match to listen to.
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 15 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 39-36-7 in his four 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.
TOREROS TABBED FOURTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the 2007 West Coast Conference race according to a vote of the league's coaches. Coming off of an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2006, the University of Portland was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2007 West Coast Conference regular season title, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. The Pilots, who return nine starters from last year's squad, received six first place votes to tally 48 overall points. Santa Clara University was selected second with 44 total points, and received two first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by Pepperdine University (33) and the University of San Diego (30). Selected fifth was Loyola Marymount University, which tallied 27 points, followed by Gonzaga University with 22 points. The University of San Francisco (12) and Saint Mary's College (8) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.