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Toreros to Play a Pair of WCC Pacific Northwest Foe

Oct. 17, 2006

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (9-6-0, 1-2-0 WCC) will continue West Coast Conference play this week with a pair of home matches against the Pacific Northwest schools. On Thursday, USD will host Gonzaga University in a 7 p.m. match at Torero Stadium, and on Sunday the Toreros will take on the University of Portland in a 1 p.m. match at Torero Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: San Diego split a pair of matches this past week as they continued West Coast Conference action. USD dropped a heart breaker to Pepperdine, 2-1, in double overtime, then bounced back with a 2-1 win over, then No. 21, Loyola Marymount University. On Friday, the Toreros struck first as in the 30th minute of the match Hallie Huston tallied her third goal of the season. Huston corralled a cross from Leigh Ann Robinson and Allison Wolters and hit a laser strike from eight yards out that flew into the back of the net to give USD the early advantage. Pepperdine would then tie the match in the 49th minute and would score the game winner in the 108th minute of the match to give USD a heart breaking loss. On Sunday, USD bounced back with a 2-1 win. USD scored its first goal in the 56th minute when Veronica Ambort headed a cross from Leigh Ann Robinson into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. USD would then put the match out of reach in the 69th minute, when Robinson fed Tara Hodgson the ball just eight yards out, and Hodgson blasted the ball past the LMU goalkeeper to lift USD to victory.

UNSELFISH PLAY: Leigh Ann Robinson not only leads the team in goals scored with six, but she also leads the team in assists with six to give her a team-best 18 points. Her 18 pints ranks sixth in the WCC. This past week Robinson was in a giving mood as she dished out three assists on all three of San Diego's goals.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University enters the week with a 8-6-1 overall record and a 2-1-0 mark in the WCC after ringing up 1-0 wins over both Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco this past week. The Toreros hold the all-time series edge between the programs at 11-2-0 with the Zags claiming last season's match-up, 1-0. The Bulldogs are led offensively by junior forward Nanda McCormick, who has a team-leading four goals and has added two assists for a team-best 10 points. Gonzaga's defense is led by freshman netminder Jessie Thalman who has posted a 0.68 goals-against-average. The Zags are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Shannon Stiles. During her tenure in Spokane, Stiles has posted a 58-83-7 overall record.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: The University of Portland enters the week with a 12-2-2 overall record and a 2-0-1 record in the WCC. The Pilots own the series record between the two programs at 10-2-2 with USD's last win coming in the 2000 season, a 1-0 decision at Torero Stadium. Portland, the defending national champions, is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll. Portland is led offensively by Michelle Enyeart, who has a team-leading 13 goals and has added six assists for a team-best 32 points. Cori Alexander anchors down the defense for the Pilots with her 0.54 goals-against-average. Portland is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Garrett Smith. During his tenure in Portland, Smith has posted a 73-9-6 overall record.

2006 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.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Tara Hodgson's game-winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 win against Loyola Marymount, her first of the season, gave the Toreros nine different goal scorers this season. Leigh Ann Robinson leads all Toreros with six goals, followed by senior midfielder Veronica Ambort, who has five, and Hallie Huston, who has registered three goals on the season. Natalie Vinti and Ashley Kirk have both registered two goals for USD.

THE POLLS: San Diego is ranked regionally in a pair of polls, standing in a tie for No. 10 in the NSCAA West Region poll with USC, Loyola Marymount and California and is also ranked 12th in the Soccerbuzz West Region poll... Portland is ranked No. 5 in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll.

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 14 year history, Greenwood has complied an overall record of 27-28-7 in his three 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.

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: For the fifth consecutive week, the Toreros will square off against a ranked opponent. Five weeks ago, USD traveled to play, then No. 16 USC, then seven days later, the Toreros went to battle with No. 5 UCLA. One week later, the Toreros opened WCC play with the third-ranked Broncos of Santa Clara and this past week USD defeated No. 21 Loyola Marymount. Now this week, USD will try and defeat their third ranked opponent of the season as they play the defending national champion and fifth-ranked Portland Pilots.

HIGH FIVE TO AMBORT: Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort tallied her fifth goal of the season in USD's upset win over, then No. 21, Loyola Marymount this past Sunday. Ambort is second on the team in goals scored with five and is second on the team in total points with 10. The five goals also ties her career total, prior to the start of the season.

HALLIE'S CONTRIBUTION: Freshman midfielder Hallie Huston continues to impress all who watch her as this past week she tallied USD's lone goal in the heart breaking 2-1 loss to Pepperdine. This was Huston's third goal of the season. She has also added in three assists for a total of nine points, good for third best on the team.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. USD is bolstering a 88-43-7 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 5-1-0 record this season on their home pitch with a pair of home matches this week against Gonzaga and Portland.