Oct. 9, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team has moved up three more spots to No. 16 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll. The Toreros also moved up seven spots in the latest Soccerbuzz top-30 poll to No. 23 and have cracked into the NSCAA top-25 poll at No. 22 and cracked into the Soccertimes poll at No. 24.
The Toreros, who own the West Coast Conference's best overall record, ran their unbeaten streak to eight this past week as they posted back-to-back wins against Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State. On Friday, picked up a 5-0 win over Bakersfield, then on Sunday they picked up a 1-0 decision over ASU. In Friday's wild win, the Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro tallied the only goal USD would need in the fifth minute of the match. Eight minutes later, the team's leading goal scorer, junior forward Amy Epsten, got in on the scoring frenzy as she tallied her team-best sixth goal of the season. USD wasn't done scoring yet, as in the 31st minute, Leigh Ann Robinson tallied a unassisted goal. Junior forward Tara Hodgson got in on the scoring frenzy with her first goal of the season in the 43rd minute of the match. The scoring was capped in the 88th minute of the match as Jessica Larrabee tallied her first collegiate goal to put the match at its final of 5-0. In Sunday's win, With the match winding down and both teams trying to break the scoreless contest to capture a win, the Toreros once again turned to their freshman forward, and she delivered her second game-winning goal in as many games. Shoughro found herself in the right place at the right time, as a ball was deflected off the ASU goalkeeper, and Shoughro was there to punch the ball into the back of the net to give USD the win.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they open West Coast Conference play against No. 5 Santa Clara University in a 1 p.m. match at USD's Torero Stadium.