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USF Opens WCC Play Sunday Versus Saint Mary's

Oct. 12, 2007

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THE STORY LINE: San Francisco (0-8-3) played a tough non-conference slate to open the year, including playing road matches versus North Carolina, UCLA and Stanford. But the job doesn't get easier as the Dons open up West Coast Conference play, a conference known for its soccer prowess, Sunday versus Saint Mary's (5-4-2). Kickoff from Negoesco Field is set for 1 p.m. PT.. Live stats for the match can be found at www.usfdons.com.

THE SERIES VERSUS SAINT MARY'S: Saint Mary's leads USF 17-4-1 in the all-time series between the schools. At home, USF has a record of 2-8-1 versus the Gaels.

The Gaels won last year's match 4-1 on October 6 in Moraga, Calif. Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) scored her second career goal in the match on a match-high four shots. Saint Mary's forward Nikki Schrey recorded two goals in the contest and seven different Gaels' players were credited with assists.

USF last topped the Gaels in a 1-0 match played in Moraga back in 2004. Forward Chelsea Hunt knocked in the game winning goal for USF on a pass from midfielder Annika Schmidt.

SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S:

Head Coach: Kelly Lindsey (Notre Dame `01)Record at SMC: 3-13-4 / 2nd YearCareer Record: SameAffiliation: NCAA Division IConference: West Coast2006 Overall Record: 3-13-42006 West Coast Record: 1-5-1 / 7th

Before facing USF this Sunday, Saint Mary's travels to UC Davis for a Friday night match. The Gaels come into the week riding a 1-0 win over San Jose State last Friday afternoon which snapped a two match losing streak for Saint Mary's.

Freshman forward Alex Ciliento scored her fifth goal of the season in the contest with four minutes remaining in regulation. Ciliento's goal total is tops on Saint Mary's squad. Three of Ciliento's five have been game winners.

Allie Weiner leads the Gaels with five assists and 13 points.Tara Larson has seen most of the time between the net for SMC recording 47 saves and a 1.56 goals against average in 750-minutes.

Prior to the season beginning, the Gaels were selected to finish eighth in the West Coast Conference by the league's eight head coaches.

USF IN WEST COAST CONFERENCE OPENERS: USF is 4-10-1 in West Coast Conference opening matches all-time. Last year's opener finished as a 4-1 loss to Saint Mary's.

HOME SERVING AS FRIENDLY GROUND: When a nickname fits wear it. Through two matches at Negoesco Field, the Dons' home ground has truly been "The Friendly Confines." At home, USF has out-shot it's opponents 31 - 26, registered 14 shots on goal compared to 12 and earned 15 corner kicks to seven by the opposition.

DONS' NOTES:

• The Dons' current winless streak is the longest in the program's history.

• USF has not gone more than three matches this season without at least scoring one goal. Sunday's contest will be the fourth since sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego. Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) scored a goal versus Stanford on September 28.

• Jarvie and sophomore defender Kristina Hall (Berkeley, Calif. / Berkeley HS) are the only Dons to start every match this season for USF. In total, 18 San Francisco players have started at least one match in 2007.

LAST WEEKEND: The Dons went 0-2-0 in matches versus UC Irvine and Fresno State last week.

VERSUS UC IRVINE - UC Irvine's Kim Horn scored in the 105th minute of double overtime to seize a 1-0 decision at USF on a cool Friday night non-conference action last week at Negoesco Stadium. One match removed from battling Cal State Bakersfield to a scoreless draw, the Dons played in their second consecutive contest requiring two periods of bonus soccer against the Anteaters.

Although San Francisco owned a modest 5-4 shots advantage in the first half, UC Irvine held an 8-5 edge in the second period and out-shot the Dons 4-2 in the extra sessions. Sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) tallied a team-high three shots, while sophomore forward Kristina Hall (Berkeley, Calif. / Berkeley HS) and junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) notched a pair apiece.

USF got a solid start in goal from junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS , who collected five saves on the night. Freshman Danielle de Seriere recorded seven in 104:06 minutes between the pipes for UC Irvine.

Tanya Taylor recorded a match-high four shots for the Anteaters, while Horn and Kate Berrini each added a pair.

VERSUS FRESNO STATE - Fresno State midfielder Ali Sill followed up a number of rebounds within the box to score a goal in the 45th minute and send the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over San Francisco last Sunday afternoon. The scoreless loss was the third straight for the Dons.

The Bulldogs played stingy defense all day holding USF to only six shots, while attempting 16. Fresno State goalkeeper Kaity Revel had to just make one save between the pipes. Despite the loss, USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson continued her good play of late making eight saves in her 90-minutes of work.

Sill totaled a match-high five shots, four on goal, during the match. FSU defender Andrea Alires was close behind with a four shots, all on goal. For USF, junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) and senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS) led with two shots a piece.