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Dons Travel North For Matches With No. 4 Portland and Gonzaga

Oct. 10, 2006

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DONS TRAVEL NORTH FOR MATCHES WITH NO. 4 PORTLAND AND GONZAGA: Continuing their West Coast Conference road trip, the Dons will head north to meet No. 4 Portland on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, October 15, USF will hit the field against Gonzaga in Spokane, WA. Game time is set for 11:00 AM.

LAST WEEK: In the opening week of conference play, USF traveled across the Bay to Moraga to battle Saint Mary's. The Gaels took the 4-1 win on Sunday.

SUNDAY: In the conference opener for both teams, San Francisco fell to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. Saint Mary's came out of the gate fast, scoring six seconds after the opening whistle. Freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber took a back pass from sophomore forward Nikki Schrey and hit a shot over the head of Dons sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson. The shot carried over Hodgson and after one bounce found the back of the net. The Gaels took a 2-0 lead in the 12th minute when freshman midfielder Allie Weiner went one-on-one with Hodgson and put the ball through from 12 yards out. Sophomore midfielders Mika Matsui and Danielle Spann were credited with the assists. In making it 3-0, Schrey punched through her first goal of the afternoon in the 20th minute, heading in a cross from freshman midfielder Ashley Dernbach, who had received from sophomore midfielder Stefani Rocco. Just under ten minutes into the second half, USF's freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie earned her second goal of the year, a shot into the left corner off a cross from senior forward Chelsea Hunt. But the Gaels would solidify the win 20 minutes later when at 72:36, Schrey would add her second goal of the day, shooting the ball into an open net off senior midfielder Joelle Gizzi's corner kick.

A LOOK AHEAD: USF returns home for the first time in three weeks, hosting Loyola Marymount on Friday at 7:00 PM and Pepperdine on Sunday at 1:00 PM.



SCOUTING PORTLAND: Last season's WCC and National Champion Pilots are currently 11-2-1 (1-0 WCC). Portland, long established as one of the top women's soccer programs in the country, has made the playoffs all but one year since 1992 and has advanced to the College Cup eight times. The key to a return trip to the College Cup in 2006 will be the ability to overcome the loss of four-time All-Americans Christine Sinclair and Lindsey Huie. Leading the Pilots on offense with 11 goals and six assists is freshman forward Michelle Enyeart. In goal, senior Cori Alexander (11-2-1) has three shutouts, 37 saves with only seven goals against, and has played 1144 minutes between the pipes. Head coach Bill Irwin is in his fourth year at the helm of the Pilots, after serving 16 years as an assistant under ledgendary Portland head coach Clive Charles.

LAST MEETING: POR 3, at USF 0 (10/30/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Both teams remained off the scoreboard until the country's leading scorer, senior forward Christine Sinclair, scored her 30th goal of the season at the 27:34 mark. After an assist by senior mid-fielder Lindsey Huie, Sinclair juked a defender and pushed a slow roller passed USF freshman goalie Katie Hodgson.With just three minutes remaining in the first half, the Pilots struck again, this time off the foot of sophomore forward Natalie Budge. After a short cross from freshman mid-fielder Megan Rapinoe, Budge made a rainbow shot over Hodgson's head into the goal.Portland's final score came early in the second half when Woznuk kicked a high, hard one into the upper portion of the right corner of the goal. Sophomore defender Stephanie Lopez was credited with the assist. Before the game got underway Laina Ceddia, Cameron Hernandez, Kikuchi and Stephanie Gray were all escorted to mid-field by family and friends.

SERIES RECORD: Portland leads the series 18-0


SCOUTING GONZAGA: Gonzaga University (6-6-1, 0-1 WCC) earned a preseason ranking after coming off a historic season in 2005. Last season the Zags advanced to their inaugural NCAA Tournament as well as setting single-season program records for wins with 12, most consecutive wins with seven, most shutouts with 11 and their highest finish ever in the WCC with a 3-1-3 record for a third place showing. Leading the way with three goals each are junior forward Cristin Leverson and sophomore midfielder Lacey Castleberry. In goal, freshman Jessie Thalman has 50 saves, three shutouts and has played 1113 minutes in goal. Head coach Shannon Stiles is in her eighth year at the helm of the Bulldogs.

LAST MEETING: USF 0, at GON 3 (11/5/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Gonzaga wasted no time in scoring as in the 17th minute the Bulldogs tallied the only goal they would need. At the 17:17 mark sophomore midfielder Jamie Blanche crossed the ball into the goal box to Beth Drollinger , who hit a one-timer past USF's starting goalkeeper Katie Hodgson for the early lead.Five minutes later, the Bulldogs doubled their lead when sophomore forward Christine Soma was able to split two defenders and feed a pass to a streaking Nanda McCormick. McCormick fired a laser strike from the top left of the goal box that hit the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season. Gonzaga continued to push forward, and in the 69th minute were able to cement the win when Jamie Blanche scored her fourth goal of the season. McCormick caused a scramble in front of the Dons goal as she tried to head the ball past the USF goalkeeper, but the `keeper blocked the shot and tried to fall on the ball. The ball slipped out from under her, and went to the feet of Blanche who punched the ball into the back of the net lifting the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win.

SERIES RECORD: USF leads the series 11-2

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 third assist last weekend, and that bumps her into sole possession of sixth place all-time with 11.

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.

Jenny Jarvie ADDS SECOND COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie has earned her spot on the field. In Sunday's match with Saint Mary's, Jarvie scored USF's lone goal, her second of the season. 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.

Lauren Tweet SCORING FROM MIDFIELD: Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet is making her mark from the 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.

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. Sophomore defender Alexis Mielke added an assist in last week's game against Saint Mary's.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Four players hold top ten spots in 10 different categories. Chelsea Hunt leads the WCC in shots (50), is second in shots-per-game (14), and tied for ninth in points (11) and goals (4). Fiona O'Sullivan is tied for fifth in game-winning-goals (2), sixth in shots-per-game (9), seventh in points-per-game (1.11) and tied for seventh in goals (5). Kelly Pohle is first in the WCC in saves-per-game (5.12), tied for fourth in saves (41), eighth in goals-against-average (1.33) and tied for eighth in shutouts (1). Katie Hodgson is fourth in saves-per-game (3.80) and tied for eighth in shutouts (1). As a team, USF is first in the WCC in saves with 71.

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 three assists for a total of 11 points and has 50 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 12 shots. Jenny Jarvie has two goals, two assists and six points with 18 shots. Hilary Fisher, Jessica Duty, and Alexis Mielke also have assists on the year.