Oct. 14, 2007
San Diego - 1
Santa Clara - 0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior striker Amy Epsten's seventh goal of the season in the 40th minute of the match, lifted the 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 1-0 West Coast Conference win over No. 5 Santa Clara University in the WCC opener for both teams Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros run their program-best unbeaten streak to nine as they improve to 10-1-2 overall and move to 1-0-0 in the WCC. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 8-3-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the WCC.
Both teams were taking their opportunities to score a goal in the first half, then at the 40:47 mark, the Toreros turned to the WCC's leading scorer for same help and he delivered. Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson took control of the ball just near midfield, and sent a lead pass to Epsten, who in turn burned past the SCU defender for a one-on-one situation with the Broncos goalkeeper, and was able to hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD the win.
SCU wasn't without their scoring opportunities, as late in the match the Broncos had a chance to tie things us. With just about a minute to go, the Broncos had a corner kick and were able to get the ball into a crowded goal box. Several Bronco players tried to get a foot on the ball, but were unsucessfull and finally the Torero defense was able to clear the ball to give all the Torero fans in attendance a huge sign of relief.
San Diego was outshot by Santa Clara 7-6 and the Broncos held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron had another outstanding performance in goal as she allowed no goals while recording two saves to lower her conference-leading goals-against-average to 0.46. Meagan McCray was saddled with the loss in goal for the Broncos as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.
San Francisco - 2
Saint Mary's - 1
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -It was a long time coming, but USF will take it. Senior defender Katie Hoban scored her first career goal and freshman forward Lauren Maris added her second scoring strike of the season as San Francisco posted its first victory of the season in a 2-1 West Coast Conference victory against Saint Mary's Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (1-8-3, 1-0-0 WCC) out-shot the Gaels (6-5-2, 0-1-0 WCC) 16-6 in the contest.
USF pressured the Saint Mary's defense from the start and finally broke through at 36:49 as Hoban shook a pair of defenders and rifled a shot through the keeper's hands from 25 yards out, staking the Dons to a 1-0 lead. San Francisco owned a 10-2 shots lead in the opening half and did not allow a shot by the Gaels until the 38th minute.
After the intermission, USF continued to play aggressively and it paid off once again in at 48:47 when Maris tapped the ball into the back of the net from point blank range off two rebounds. It was the first career game-winner for Maris and the first for the Dons this season.
Saint Mary's ruined junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson's shutout bid late in the second half. Sophomore forward Allie Weiner got on the board with her fifth goal of the season off a beautiful feed from 30 yards out from junior defender Mallory Lee at 83:16.
"Obviously we're very excited," USF head coach Mark Carr said. "These kids have worked hard all year and it's nice for them to be rewarded with a result. It was one of our best performances of the year. We created some great chances today and we were able to capitalize on them. We played a very tough non-conference schedule and the girls continued to work hard and they definitely deserve this win."
Hodgson (1-7-3) got the win for the Dons, collecting two saves in the process, while facing just six shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson (4-4-1) suffered the loss for Saint Mary's and made nine saves on the afternoon.
Sophomore forward Samantha Brand recorded a match-high six shots, five on frame, while junior midfielder Kristin Kimure and Maris added three apiece. Junior midfielder Danielle Spann fired three shots to lead the Gaels.
Pepperdine - 0
Loyola Marymount - 1
MALIBU, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount women's soccer team scored on an early penalty kick while Pepperdine missed one late, and that was the difference in the West Coast Conference opener for both schools as the Lions pulled out a 1-0 win on Sunday at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
The Waves (3-5-5, 0-1) had their seven-game unbeaten streak come to an end, while the Lions (9-3-1, 1-0) extended their school-record winning streak to nine games.
It was a closely contested game throughout, though Pepperdine ended up with advantages of 12-5 on shots and 4-0 on corner kicks.
LMU's first shot of the game, however, came on a penalty kick at 12:48 in the first half. Senior forward Jamie Bell took the ball at the top of the box, made an excellent turn to get past a Pepperdine defender and into the penalty area, and after she appeared to be tackled from behind, the referee whistled for the PK. Sophomore midfielder Lacey Bartels scored from the spot for her third goal of the season.
While the Waves started racking up shots, it wasn't until the final minute of the game that they had their best chance. Following a corner kick, a handball was called on an LMU defender in the penalty area at 89:35. Junior forward Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS) hit a hard-struck ball, but LMU senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek guessed correctly and made a diving stop to preserve the victory.
"Their keeper read it, guessed right and made a great save," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "They had a penalty kick and scored, and we had one and missed, and that's the game. We had our chances. We had some opportunities late in the game and to not get a result is unfortunate.
"We've shown resilience all season long, and I think we're still going to do some great things in conference. I'm proud of our girls and the effort and fight they showed today. But a loss stings, especially when you start conference at home against your rival and you don't win."