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Dons Begin West Coast Conference Play Against Saint Mary's College In Their Only Game Of The Week

Oct. 3, 2006

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DONS TRAVEL TO MORAGA FOR WCC OPENING MATCH: USF will meet Saint Mary's in the opening match of West Coast Conference play on Saturday, October 8. Saturday's game is USF's only match of the week.

LAST WEEK: The Dons battled against at tough BYU, but fell to the No. 14 Cougars 1-0 on Saturday. On Monday, USF

SATURDAY: USF played tough defense and battled for 90 minutes, but fell to No. 14 BYU 1-0 in non-conference soccer action. Cougar's senior forward Annie Zwahlen came very close early in the half when the ball came free in front of her about 10 yards out on the right side. However USF's sophomore keeper Katie Hodgson came over to make a diving save. A couple minutes later junior forward Carolyn Swenson drove the right side between a pair of Don defenders and sent a pass across to junior midfielder Natalie Nate on the left side but her header went just wide of the goal. USF had a chance to break through in the 11th minute but sophomore defender Jessica Duty's shot came up just wide of the net. The Cougars controlled the action the rest of the first half but a tough Don defense kept them away from the nets. BYU had another close chance late in the half when senior midfielder Jenavieve Phillips fired a rocket from 20 yards out that bounced off the cross bar and out. The Cougars came out in the second half and continued to control the action, keeping Hodgson on her heels almost the entire half. She made several tough saves in the half as BYU out shot the Dons 11-2 in the half. BYU finally got on the board in the 78th minute when sophomore forward Jessica Aquino sneaked the ball passed Hodgson after an assist from sophomore forward Katie Larkin.

MONDAY: On a chilly and overcast day in Logan, USF fell to Utah State 1-0 in non-conference soccer action on Monday afternoon. The Dons out shot the Aggies 17-13, but couldn't convert on scoring opportunities in the tight and intense match.After a scoreless first half, Utah State got on the board at 57:15 when senior midfielder Charity Weston got her left foot on the ball six yards out. Freshman forward Erin Salmon and senior midfielder Sierra Smith were credited with the assists. USF's shot leader, senior forward Chelsea Hunt had eight shots on the day, bringing her season total to 47. Also getting foot on the ball were freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie and freshman forward Samantha Brand, who each had two shots, and junior midfielder Lauren Tweet and sophomore defender Jessica Duty, who had one shot a piece in the match. Dons sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Pohle had three saves.

A LOOK AHEAD: USF travels north to meet conference foes Portland on October 13th and Gonzaga on October 15th.



SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: A new look is on the horizon for the 2006 women's soccer team. A new head coach, assistant coaches and 10 new players make up the roster for this season. First-year head coach Kelly Lindsey will be charged with returning the Saint Mary's women's soccer program back to the NCAA Tournament. Although there are a number of new faces on the roster, there is awealth of returning talent. Coming off a .500 season when the Gaels posted an 8-8-3 overall record, Saint Mary's returns its leading scorer, Nikki Schrey, its leading distributor, Stefani Rocco, and defenders Sarah Churchill, Amy Massey and Joelle Gizzi. Five upperclassmen and six sophomores give the Gaels seven returning starters and three players that saw significant playing time last season. Additionally, Joelle Gizzi, who started all 20 games in 2004, returns to the line-up after missing the 2005 season with an ankle injury. Saint Mary's is currently 1-8-2 after falling 1-0 to Northern Arizona on Sunday.

LAST MEETING: SMC 3, at USF 1 (10/9/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Saint Mary's proved to be too much in the first West Coast Conference game of the year for USF, as the Dons fell to the Gaels 3-1.

Gael senior forward Katie Frattone recorded her second career hat-trick after scoring all three goals for Saint Mary's in the first half. Her first goal came at the 22 minute mark as she just beat Don freshman goalie Katie Hodgson to the right side of the goal. Nearly nine minutes later, Frattone added goal number two after an assist on a throw in by freshman forward Nikki Schrey. Frattone finished off her scoring in the 35th minute on a shot 18 yards out. Schrey was also credited with an assist on that play.

The Don's lone score came 20 minutes into the second half as freshman defender Katherine Kimure tapped the ball into the goal passed Gael senior goal keeper Alicia Artuso. The assists were credited to freshman mid-fielder Jessica Gaskin on the corner kick and to senior mid-fielder Stephanie Gray on the pass.

Kimure also scored a would-be goal early in the first half, but was called offsides to negate the point.

SERIES RECORD: Saint Mary's hold a 13-4-1 advantage

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: USF as a team is first in the WCC in saves with 63. Individually, five players hold top ten spots in eight different categories. Chelsea Hunt and Fiona O'Sullivan each have five top ten rankings. Hunt is second in both shots (39) and shots-per-game (3.25), tied for eighth in goals (4), tied for ninth in points (10), and tied for tenth in game winning goals (1). O'Sullivan is tied for fifth in game winning goals (2), seventh in both shots-per-game (2.67) and goals (5), tied for ninth in points (10) and tied for tenth in shots (24). Lauren Tweet is tied for tenth in game winners with 1. Goalkeeper Kelly Pohle is first in the conference in saves-per-game (5.83), fourth in saves (35) and tied for eighth in shut outs (1). Goalie Katie Hodgson is second in saves-per-game (4.17) and tied for eighth with one shutout.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL TEAM STANDINGS: Fiona O'Sullivan leads the team with five goals and 10 points, also adding 24 shots. Chelsea Hunt has four goals, and two assists for a total of 10 points and has 47 shots. Lauren Tweet has two goals and three assists for seven points and seven shots. Samantha Brand also has three assists on the season for three points and 11 shots. Jenny Jarvie has a goal, two assists and four points with 14 shots. Hillary Fisher and Jessica Duty also have assists on the year.