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USF Women's Soccer Travels To Santa Clara

Oct. 23, 2006

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DONS TRAVEL SOUTH TO SANTA CLARA FOR WCC MATCH ON SUNDAY: In USF's lone match of the week, the Dons travel to Santa Clara for a West Coast Conference meeting with the Broncos on Sunday, October 29. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

LAST WEEK: The Dons fell to Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Friday after a last minute goal by the Lions, but bounced back to take a 2-0 upset victory over No. 22 Pepperdine.

FRIDAY: With less than a minute left to play, Loyola Marymount senior midfielder Tana Smotherman found the net to earn the victory for her team in a closely matched West Coast Conference game at Negoesco Stadium on Friday night. At 89:11, Smotherman found the ball at her feet and from 42 yards out nailed a shot into the upper left hand corner of the goal, over the head of Dons sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson. Both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, no one really getting an advantage until the last minute. LMU held the slim advantage in shots, 8-7 and both teams each had three corner kicks. Hodgson had four saves, while Lions junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek had two. Freshman forward Samantha Brand led the Dons with three shots on the evening and sophomore midfielder Katherine Kimure had two. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt and freshman forward Kristina Hall each had one.

SUNDAY: USF dominated No. 22 Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 2-0 West Coast Conference victory. The Dons post their third straight upset victory over the Waves, who carried a top-25 national ranking into three of the last four meetings between the two clubs. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who had eight saves in the game, posted her first career WCC shutout as USF collected its first blanking of their Southern California foes since taking a dramatic 2-0 decision against the No. 16 Waves on the Hilltop November 2, 2001. The Dons now lead the all-time series against Pepperdine 8-6 since 1994. Sophomore forward Alexis Mielke earned her first career goal and game-winner for the green and gold. At 9:37, Mielke got off a shot from eight yards out that Pepperdine's sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte tried to punch over the crossbar, but it crept into the left side. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist. Sophomore midfielder Katherine Kimure would cap the scoring in the game with her first goal of the season. In the 39th minute, Kimure kicked in a long shot from the right side into the upper corner of the goal after senior forward Chelsea Hunt passed her the ball from midfield.

A LOOK AHEAD: The last game of the season for USF will be a home match with San Diego. Game time is set for 1:00 PM on Nov. 4.

SCOUTING REPORT - WEEK 10

GAME #19 -NO. 7 SANTA CLARA BRONCOS

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA : The Santa Clara University women's soccer team has not failed to reach the College Cup in back-to-back years since 1994-95, and the 2006 Broncos do not intend to break that stretch. Following a 2005 season which saw them extend the nation's longest current streak by advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the 11th year in a row before falling 2-1 to Penn State, SCU is currently 13-3-1, 3-1-1 on the season. Junior forward Megan Snell leads the Broncos with 11 goals, two assists and 24 points. In goal, sophomore Meagan McCray has 57 saves, 10 wins, and seven shutouts in 1296:45 minutes in goal. Head coach Jerry Smith is in his 20th season at the helm of the Broncos.

LAST MEETING: at SCU 5, USF 0 (10/16/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE BRONCOS: USF played tough, but could not get a win against the No. 5 team in the Country, as SCU took the WCC match 5-0.

The Broncos dominated the ball throughout the first half, scoring three goals against Dons freshman keeper Katie Hodgson. While allowing the three goals, Hodgson also had eight saves and is currently the team leader in that category.

Santa Clara started the scoring early as freshman mid-fielder Haley Siegel got foot on a loose ball four minutes into the match. Five minutes later, sophomore defender Meagan Snell assisted junior forward Tina Estrada to the goal. The final score of the period came in the 24th minute when Siegel had another unassisted shot from five yards out.

Don freshman Kelly Pohle started at the net in the second half and kept the Broncos scoreless until 85:50 when junior defender Elyse Shelger shot one in to the far post on an assist by junior forward Bonnie Bowman. SCU scored the final goal of the game with less than 20 seconds left when Shelger booted a loose ball from fifteen yards out.

Pohle had three saves in the period and was helped defensively by Dons freshman Lauren Candia.

SERIES RECORD: SCU leads the series 20-0-0

Katie Hodgson EARNS FIRST WCC SHUTOUT: In Friday's match with No. 22 Pepperdine (10/22), the sophomore goalkeeper had eight saves on her way to her first career West Coast Conference shutout. The last time the Dons shutout the Waves was a dramatic 2-0 decision against the No. 16 Waves on the Hilltop November 2, 2001. Current USF goalkeepers coach Stephanie Beall was the Don between the posts in that contest. The Dons now lead the all-time series against Pepperdine 8-6 since 1994.

Alexis Mielke SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: In Friday's 2-0 win over No. 22 Pepperdine, the sophomore foward earned her first career goal and game-winner for the green and gold. At 9:37, Mielke got off a shot from eight yards out that Pepperdine's sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte tried to punch over the crossbar, but it crept into the left side.

Katherine Kimure COLLECTS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON: In Friday's 2-0 victory over No. 22 Pepperdine, the sophomore midfielder would cap the scoring in the game with her first goal of the season. In the 39th minute, Kimure kicked in a long shot from the right side into the upper corner of the goal after senior forward Chelsea Hunt passed her the ball from midfield.

Chelsea Hunt TAKES OVER THIRD PLACE ON THE ALL-TIME CAREER GOALS CHART: With her fourth goal of 2006 in the 2-1 loss to Pacific, senior forward Chelsea Hunt has moved into sole posession of third place on the Dons all-time goals chart with 28. She needs just six to take over second place from Kelli Bryant who has 33 (1992-95). Hunt also added her fourth assist against Pepperdine (10/22), and that bumps her into a three-way tie for fifth place with 12.

Samantha Brand MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshman forward Samantha Brand is making a name for herself in USF's front line by playing aggressive soccer. The speedy Brand earned her first collegiate goal in a 1-1 tie with No. 4 Portland and is tied for first with four assists on the season.

Fiona O'Sullivan LEADS TEAM: Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan played aggressive soccer before a season ending injury sidelined her. In nine games, O'Sullivan had five goals and 10 points and is second on the team with 24 shots.

Jenny Jarvie ADDS SECOND COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie has earned her spot on the field. In the match with Saint Mary's (10/8), Jarvie scored USF's lone goal, her second of the season. In the match with CS Northridge (9/8), Jarvie scored her first collegiate goal. She also added an assist in the game and currently is tied for second with two assists on the season.

Lauren Tweet SCORING FROM MIDFIELD: Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet is making her mark from the midfield. Tweet has two big goals on the season. Her first coming in a 2-1 come from behind victory over Cornell in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Shootout at the University of Hawai'i. Her second was a header in the big 2-1 victory at home over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. Tweet also has three assists and seven points on the season.

OTHERS ADDING ASSISTS: Senior defender Hilary Fisher and sophomore defender Jessica Duty have been helping out the offense this season. Both back-liners are tied for third with one assist a piece this year. Sophomore defender Alexis Mielke added an assist against Saint Mary's.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: Four players hold top-10 spots in nine different categories in the WCC. Chelsea Hunt is first in shots (61) and second in shots-per-game (3.39). Fiona O'Sullivan is tied for sixth in both shots-per-game (2.67) and game-winning-goals (2), seventh in points-per-game (1.11) and tied for eighth in goals (5). In goal, Kelly Pohle is first in saves-per-game (5.11), seventh in saves (46) and goals-against-average (1.29) and tied for tenth in shutouts (1). Katie Hodgson is second in saves-per-game (4.90), sixth in saves (49), tied for sixth in shutouts (2) and ninth in goals-against-average (1.61). As a team, San Francisco is first in saves with 99.

USF 2006 INDIVIDUAL TEAM STANDINGS: Chelsea Hunt leads the team with four goals, four assists, twelve points, and 61 shots. Fiona O'Sullivan has five goals for 10 points and 24 shots. Lauren Tweet has two goals and three assists for seven points with 10 shots. Jenny Jarvie has two goals and two assists for six points with 21 shots. Samantha Brand has one goal and four assists for six points with 21 shots. Alexis Mielke has a goal and an assist for 3 points with seven shots. Katherine Kimure has a goal, two points and 12 shots. Hilary Fisher and Jessica Duty each have one assist.