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San Francisco Hosts Gonzaga and No. 6 Portland IN WCC Play

Oct. 17, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (1-8-3, 1-0-0), fresh off it's first win under Coach Mark Carr, hopes to ride the momentum as it hosts Gonzaga (8-4-1, 0-1-0) and No. 6 Portland (9-3-0, 1-0-0) this weekend. Kickoff from Negoesco Field is set for 7 P.M. PT Friday and 1 P.M. PT Sunday. Live stats for the match can be found at www.usfdons.com.

THE SERIES VERSUS GONZAGA: USF leads Gonzaga, 11-3-0 in the all-time series between the schools. At Negoesco Field, the Dons are 5-0-0 but USF has lost two straight to the Zags.

USF lost last year's contest in Spokane, Wash., by a score of 1-0. Gonzaga's Christine Soma scored in the ninth minute gving the Zags a league they wouldn't relinquish. Sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) led the Dons with two shots.The last time USF hosted Gonzaga, the Dons came out on top winning 4-2. USF's Chelsea Hunt scored two goals including the game winner.

THE SERIES VERSUS NO. 6 PORTLAND: Portland leads USF, 18-0-1, in the all-time series between the schools. USF tied the Pilots, who at that time ranked fourth in the country, for the first time in team history last season. Despite only three total shots as a team, sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) scored the Dons one goal. Portland attempted 12 shots on the match with on from midfielder Michelle Enyeart finding the net.

HOME SERVING AS FRIENDLY GROUND: When a nickname fits... Through three matches at Negoesco Field, the Dons' home ground has truely been "The Friendly Confines." Last Sunday, the Dons defeated Saint Mary's 2-1 in the West Coast Conference opener for both schools, outshooting the Gaels 16-6 and registering seven cornerkicks to zero for Saint Mary's. At home, USF has outshot it's opponents 47 - 32, registered 25 shots on goal compared to 15 and earned 22 corner kicks to seven by the opposition.

NEW CAREER NUMBERS: Sophomore Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) and senior defender Katie Hoban (San Diego, Calif. / University of San Diego HS) both set new career bests in the Dons' victory over Saint Mary's last week. Hoban scored her first career goal and Brand attempted a match-high six shots, five on goal. Brand's previous best was three shots which she met on two seperate occasions, lthe most recent being against Loyola Marymount on October 20 of 2006. It's the second new career record for Brand this season, as recorded two assists at San Jose State in the 2007 season opener.

Junior Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) also set a career best earlier this season with seven shots versus Cal State Bakersfield on September 30. It broke her previous best of four set at Saint Mary's on October 9, 2005.

DONS' NOTES:

• With the win last week, the Dons' snapped their longest winless streak in the program history.

• Saint Mary's six shot last Sunday is the lowest total given up by the Dons' defense this season. They previously had allowed nine shots twice, versus Cal State Northridge on September 7 and at Nevada on September 16.

• Since allowing three goals to No. 4 Stanford on September 28, four opponents have only managed three goals. In a testment to what looks like an improved defensive game, opponents had scored at least two goals in seven of the team's first eight matches.

• Sophomore Jenny 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 won it's first match of season last Sunday topping Saint Mary's, 2-1.

VERSUS SAINT MARY'S - It was a long time coming, but USF will take it. Senior defender Katie Hoban (San Diego, Calif. / University of San Diego HS) scored her first career goal and freshman forward Lauren Maris (Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah HS) 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 last Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons out-shot the Gaels 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 paidoff 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 (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) 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.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 (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) 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.