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Anteaters And Bulldogs Next Up For Dons

Oct. 2, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (0-6-3) continues its search for win No. 1 under Coach Carr as it hosts UC Irvine (5-3-1) on Friday then travels to Fresno State (4-5-0), the 2006 regular season WAC Champion, for a match on Sunday. Kickoff for Friday's contest is set for 5 P.M., PT, while Sunday's match is scheduled for 2 P.M. PT. Live stats for both matches will be available on USFDons.com.

THE SERIES VERSUS UC IRVINE: USF leads UC Irvine, 2-1-1, in the all-time series between the schools. At Negoesco Field, the Dons are 0-0-1 versus the Anteaters after finishing a match during the 1992 season knotted at 2-2.

San Francisco last faced UC Irvine during the 2004 season as part of the Cal State Fullerton Invitational. The Anteaters won the match, 2-1, with goals coming from Lauryn Birkinshaw and Joy Grey. USF's Stephanie Gray registered the Dons' goal.

SCOUTING UC IRVINE:

Head Coach: Scott Juniper, (Univ. of Bristol `98)

Record at UCI: 8-16-2 / 2nd Year

Career Record: 8-16-2 / 2nd Year

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Conference: Big West

2006 Overall Record: 3-13-1

2006 Big West Record: 0-7-0 / 8th

The Anteaters went 1-1 at the Falcon Invitational to finish second. The team beat host Air Force, 2-1, and lost 2-1 to Northern Colorado.

Freshman defender Nikki Forrest was named tournament MVP and senior defender Makenzie Beahm, junior defender Kathleen Lemieux and sophomore midfielder Kate Berrini were named to the all-tournament team.Berrini leads the team with four goals. Freshman defender Caty Cope has registered seven assists on the year.

The Anteaters' primary goalkeeper is freshman Danielle de Seriere. In eight matches, she has a 0.55 goals against average and 27 saves.UC Irvine was selected to finish ninth in the Big West Conference preseaon poll as voted on by the conference head coaches.

THE SERIES VERSUS FRESNO STATE: USF leads Fresno State, 3-2-0, in the all-time series between the schools. In Fresno, USF is 1-1-0.

The Dons and Bulldogs last tangled on August 25 of 2006 with Fresno State coming out on top, 2-0. The match at Fresno saw Cortney Sobrero and senior forward Andrea Salvador find the net. senior Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS). attempted four shots for the Dons.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE:

Head Coach: Steve Springthorpe, (Methodist College `87)

Record at FSU: 28-24-9 / 4th Year

Career Record: 28-24-9 / 4th Year

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Conference: WAC

2006 Overall Record: 13-5-3

2006 WAC Record: 6-0-1 / 1st

The Bulldogs split last weekends slate, winning 3-2 vs. UTEP and then flipping the result against Cal State Fullerton, losing 3-2.

Junior forward Nicole Gutierrez was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after recording four goals in the Bulldogs' two matches including a hat trick in the win over UTEP. She's only the fourth Fresno State player to ever record the `trick' and currently ranks second in the WAC in goals (6) and shots (29).

Following Gutierrez, senior defender Amanda Reyes (three goals, two assists) and junior midfielder Ali Sill (two goals, four assists) both have accumulated eight points for the Bulldogs.

Freshman Kaity Revel is Fresno State's primary goalkeeper. For the season, she has a 1.31 goals against average and has made 31 saves.Fresno State is the reigning WAC Champion and was selected in the conference preseason poll to finish second.

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.

DONS' NOTES:

• Sunday's tie versus Cal State Bakersfield was the first at home since 2004. With three ties on the season, USF equals the school record which was also set in `04.

• USF had a season-best 19 shots and nine corner kicks versus Cal State Bakersfield last Sunday. The previous high in shot had been 18 at San Jose State in the 2007 season opener. The Dons twice registered five corner kicks. First versus the Spartans and then on September 14 at UC Davis.

• 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 0-1-1 in matches versus No. 4 Stanford and Cal State Bakersfield last week.

VERSUS STANFORD - San Francisco sophomore forward Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) scored her first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Stanford last Friday evening. Jarvie's goal off a penalty kick in the 59th minute.

Cardinal senior midfielder Shari Summers recorded her fourth and fifth goals of the season in the match. Her first score came in the 4th minute following a foul by the Dons which also resulted in a penalty kick. Summer then executed a free shot that swished the upper left corner of the net at 35:52.

Off a pass from sophomore forward Kelley O'Hara, junior defender Allison Falk topped off the Cardinal night with a header goal in the 87th minute. Overall, Stanford outshot the Dons 16 - 4. Along with Jarvie, junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS), freshman midfielder Kelsey Shibuya (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon HS) and freshman forward Elizabeth Van Buskirk (Kentfield, Calif. / Marin Catholic HS) each attempted a shot.

San Francisco junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson played all 90-minutes in the match, making four saves. Cardinal freshman goalkeeper Kira Maker was forced to make one.

VERSUS CS BAKERSFIELD - The USF women's soccer team opened up the 2007 home schedule by tying Cal State Bakersfield, 0-0, last Sunday afternoon. Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) had a match-high seven shots and the Dons out-shot the Roadrunners, 19-10.

Both teams began the match with excellent scoring opportunities. In the 2nd minute, Cal State Bakersfield defender LeAnn Tucker hit a shot on goal which was grabbed by USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS). Coming after a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS), senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) hit a header towards goal that was also muffled.

At the end of the first period, in what was the best scoring chance for both teams, Cal State Bakersfield had a shot in the 33rd minute off the foot of sophomore forward Alexa Vickroy hit the top post and the ricochet shot from freshman midfielder Liz Controneo meet Hodgson's mitts.

After the initial period, which saw CSB attempt six shots and USF nine, the Dons had six more attempts than the Roadrunner attack. Along with Kimure, O'Sullivan had five shots over the course of the match. Vickroy finished with three shots to pace the Roadrunners.

Between the pipes, CSB freshman goalkeeper Nicole Padilla registered seven saves on way to her first career shutout. Hodgson had a total of six saves on the day.