Oct. 19, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie scored two goals and sophomore forward Samantha Brand added another as San Francisco (2-8-3, 2-0-0) topped Gonzaga (8-5-1, 0-2-0), 3-0, Friday night at Negoesco Field. With the victory, the Dons open WCC play 2-0 for the first time since 1997 when USF finished 5-2 in league play.
Behind high intensity in the first ten minutes of action, the Dons looked offensive-minded. In fact, USF led the Bulldogs in shots, 9-6, at half time and would top Gonzaga in the category 17-8 after the final bell.
In the ninth minute, Brand sped ahead of the Gonzaga defense and then shoveled a pass to Jarvie, who kicked the ball high over Zags goalkeeper Jessie Thalman and into the left corner of the net. Brand was credited with her third assist of the season.
Following intermission, in the 49th minute, Jarvie would again lift a ball just out of Thalman's reach and find the net on a helper from senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan. The goals were the second and third of the year for Jarvie, a new career high.
Continuing to attack, junior Jessica Duty found Brand inside the box. She would drop in a goal of her own with a tap to the right at 50:47.
Jarvie led all players with three shots including four on goal. USF junior midfielder Katherine Kimure was just behind with four shots. Gonzaga midfielder Lauren Zuckerman led her team with three.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson won her second straight match after making two saves to improve to 2-7-3 on the year. Thalman, who made seven saves on the night, is now 8-5-1.
USF sits in first place in the West Coast Conference with a big test coming against No.6 Portland on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Negoesco Field.
"They've been improving and getting better all year," Head Coach Mark Carr said. "Tonight I thought we dominated the game for large periods. Our effort, energy and possession has been the best it's been all year. Samantha Brand scored a great goal and was a difference maker tonight. I'm super pleased for Jenny with both her goals. We look forward to Sunday to play a very talented Portland team."
DONS' NOTES - San Francisco improves to 12-3-0 all-time versus Gonzaga... the three goals scored for USF was the most by the Dons since scoring three in the season opener versus San Jose State... the two net finders by Jarvie set a career-best for the San Diego native for goals in a single match... in three matches at home in 2007, USF has out-shot it's opponent 64 to 40, registered 36 to 17 on goal and had 26 corner kicks compared to nine by the opposition... in the last four matches opponents have scored only three times... USF is 0-18-1 against the Pilots all-time with the tie coming last season in Portland.