Oct. 16, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (10-1-2, 1-0-0 WCC) will put their program-best nine-match unbeaten streak on the line this week as they continue West Coast Conference play against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine University. On Thursday, the Toreros will play LMU in a 5 p.m. match and on Sunday USD will play Pepperdine in a 12:00 p.m. match. Both matches will be played at USD's Torero Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior striker Amy Epsten's seventh goal of the season in the 40th minute of the match, lifted the, then 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 some 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.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's soccer team has moved up five more spots to No. 11 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll. The Toreros also moved up nine spots in the latest Soccerbuzz top-30 poll to No. 14, have moved up to No. 18 in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll and are up to No. 14 in the latest Soccer Times top-25 poll after defeating the, then No. 5, Santa Clara Broncos this past week. Neither Loyola Marymount or Pepperdine is ranked in any of the national polls.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the match with a 9-3-1 overall record and a 1-0-0 mark in the WCC after picking up a 1-0 win over Pepperdine this past week. The Lions are tied with USD as hottest teams in the WCC, as they are riding a program-best nine-match winning streak. USD owns a 11-1-1 all-time record against the Lions. The Lions offense is led by a pair of four-goal scorers in senior forwards Jamie Bell and Katie Osborne. The defense is anchored down by senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek, who has a conference-leading 0.45 goals-against-average. The Lions are under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Mallia.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine University enters the week with an overall record of 3-5-5 and a 0-1-0 mark in the WCC after dropping a 1-0 decision to Loyola Marymout this past week. The Toreros and Waves have met on 13 occasions with the series record even at 6-6-1. The Pepperdine offense is led by Amanda Rupp, who has a team-leading four goals to go along with four assists for a team-best 12 points. Goalkeeper Kayla Stolte anchors things down for the defense with her 0.92 goals-against-average. Pepperdine is under the direction of 10th-year head coach Tim Ward. During his tenure in Malibu, Ward has posted an overall record of 113-56-26.
TOREROS TO OFFER FREE AUDIO STREAMING: San Diego will start to offer a free audio broadcast of all home West Coast Conference matches this season. David Bardecki will be bringing Torero fans all the play-by-play action and providing color commentary will be Lovel Tokic. In order to hear the broadcast, fans just need to simply click on the "Live" button on the USD athletics home page, sign up for a "free account," then click on the women's soccer tab and choose the match to listen to.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego is off to its second best start in program history with a 10-1-2 overall record, trailing only the 1999 squad who began the season 11-2-0 through the first 13 matches. USD's only loss of the season came to Ohio State back on Sept. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.
GOING STREAKING: San Diego is in the midst of a program-best nine-match unbeaten streak. The Toreros have only lost one match on the season, and that was back on Sept. 9, since then USD has posted wins over Cal Poly, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, Cal State Bakersfield, Arizona State, No. 5 Santa Clara and tied No. 6 UCLA. The Toreros will look to extend that streak this week with a pair of matches against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.
Amy Epsten NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Amy Epsten was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week after helping lead the 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a upset win over, the then No. 5, Santa Clara University this past week. Epsten, a San Diego native, tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season, and it was a huge one. 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 in the 41st minute of action. On the season, Epsten has tallied seven goals and added in one assist for a team-leading 15 points.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will return to the road next week as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on Portland and Gonzaga. The Portland match will be televised live nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel on Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. San Diego is bolstering a 95-45-10 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 5-0-2 record this season on their home pitch with a pair of matches against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this week.
I'M HERE TO HELP: A lot is made about the person who scores the game-winning goal, but little is often said about those who help that person find the back of the net. We're here to change that. Six different Toreros this season have posted game-winning assists in San Diego's 10 wins, including two from senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson. Vanessa Vella, Natalie Vinti, Jackie Garcia, Hallie Huston, and Erika Wesley have also had a hand (or foot) in helping the Toreros to victory with one game-winning assist each.
UNSELFISH PLAY: Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson not only is second on the team in goals scored with four, but she also leads the team in assists with five to give her 13 points. Her five assists places her fourth in the WCC and her 13 points places her tied for fifth in conference.
THE GREAT WALL OF CAMERON: Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron has become an impenetrable wall in goal for the Toreros, as she posted her seventh shutout of the season this past week against, Santa Clara. Cameron has lowered her goals-against-average to an impressive 0.46, just 0.01 shy of the conference lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Many Toreros, as well as the combined team itself, hold lofty spots in the West Coast Conference statistics. In team standings, the Toreros are leading the conference in goals-against-average at 0.44, are also leading the WCC in fewest goals allowed with 13 and most shutouts with eight. For the individuals, Amy Epsten leads the WCC in goals scored with seven, Ashleigh Shoughro and Leigh Ann Robinson are tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with three each, Brittany Cameron is second in shutouts (8), goal-against-average (0.46) and third in saves with 57.
THE GREENWOOD FILE: Since taking over the San Diego women's soccer program in 2003, Ada Greenwood has upheld the rich soccer tradition that San Diego is known for and continues to build a successful and nationally recognized program. Just the third coach in USD's storied 15 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 39-36-7 in his four seasons at the helm. As San Diego's top assistant from 1998-2002, Greenwood helped USD to a 66-30-5 record and four NCAA College Cup appearances. In his second year as a head coach in 2004, he guided USD to a 12-8-2 overall record, a 5-1-1 mark in the difficult West Coast Conference, and a second round appearance in the NCAA College Cup, maintaining USD's streak of six consecutive postseason appearances. For his efforts, Greenwood was honored as both the 2004 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and the 2004 San Diego Union Tribune Coach of the Year.
TOREROS TABBED FOURTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the 2007 West Coast Conference race according to a vote of the league's coaches. Coming off of an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2006, the University of Portland was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2007 West Coast Conference regular season title, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. The Pilots, who return nine starters from last year's squad, received six first place votes to tally 48 overall points. Santa Clara University was selected second with 44 total points, and received two first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by Pepperdine University (33) and the University of San Diego (30). Selected fifth was Loyola Marymount University, which tallied 27 points, followed by Gonzaga University with 22 points. The University of San Francisco (12) and Saint Mary's College (8) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
2007 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's soccer home matches can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action. Selected San Diego road matches are also available via Gametracker. To see if Gametracker is available for a game go to San Diego Events at the top-right of the home page. If Gametracker is available there will be a Gametracker link.