Oct. 24, 2006
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (9-7-0, 1-3-0 WCC) will close out its home portion of the 2006 schedule with matches against cross-town rival San Diego State University on Wednesday and Saint Mary's College on Sunday. Wednesday's match will be a 7 p.m. start and Sunday's match will begin at 12 p.m. Prior to the start of Sunday's match, the Toreros will honor its senior class of Joslyn Williams, Veronica Ambort and Brittany Young.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego dropped a pair of West Coast Conference matches this past week. On Thursday, the Toreros suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Gonzaga in overtime. Then on Sunday, the Toreros took the fifth-ranked Portland Pilots to overtime, only to have a second heartbreaking loss, 2-1. In Thursday's match, USD had several good scoring opportunities during the match with one of their best chances coming in the 62nd minute. Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort had a good look at the net in the middle of a scramble inside the Gonzaga goal box and headed the ball to the right side of the goal with the Gonzaga `keeper on the left side. However, a GU defender was there to block the shot at the goal line to preserve the scoreless match. GU then scored three minutes into overtime to capture the win. Then on Sunday, USD got on the boards first as Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Giuliana Longmire sent a pass over the heads of the Portland defensive line and Robinson's blazing speed allowed her to get ahead of the Portland defenders. Robinson then fired a laser shot to the far corner of the net out of the reach of the Portland goalkeeper to give USD the 1-0 lead. Portland would even things up 28 minutes later, then in overtime with three minutes remaining, Portland scored the game-winner to give the Toreros their second heartbreaking loss of the week.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State University enters the match with a 6-9-2 overall record after dropping a pair of matches to New Mexico and No. 15 Utah this past week. The Toreros are 3-6-1 all-time against the Aztecs with the last USD win coming in the 2004 season, a 4-1 win at Torero Stadium. The Aztecs are led offensively by Jen Mello who has a team-leading eight goals and had chipped in three assists for a team-leading 19 points. On the defensive side of things, SDSU looks to goalkeeper Cat Burson to help anchor things down. Burson has a goals-against-average of 1.43 and has recorded three shutouts. San Diego State is under the direction of third-year head coach Michael Giuliano. During his tenure in San Diego, Giuliano has posted a 25-25-10 overall record.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College enters the week with a 3-11-3 overall record and a 1-3-1 record in the WCC after dropping a 2-1 decision to Pepperdine and recording a tie with Loyola Marymount this past week. The all-time series between the two schools is even at seven wins a piece. The offensive leader for the Gaels is Nikki Schrey who has a team-leading five goals and has added two assists for a team-best 12 points. Jennifer Zenovich anchors down the defense for SMC in goal with her 1.49 GAA. The Gaels are under the direction of first-year head coach Kelly Lindsey.
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.
ROBINSON IN SEVENTH HEAVEN: Junior forward Leigh Ann Robinson continues her stellar breakout year as she tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season this past Sunday. Robinson has also chipped in a team-leading six assists for a team-best 20 points. In the WCC, Robinson ranks sixth in goals scored as well as sixth in total points.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros have enjoyed a winning record while playing on their home pitch of Torero Stadium. USD is bolstering a 88-45-7 all-time record at Torero Stadium. The Toreros will look to improve upon their 5-3-0 record this season on their home pitch with a pair of home matches this week against cross-town rival San Diego State University and Saint Mary's College.
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.
NOTES ON SAN DIEGO SENIORSVeronica Ambort, SR Midfielder - Veronica Ambort has played her entire four-year career in a Torero Uniform as a midfielder for head coach Ada Greenwood. For her career, Ambort has tallied 10 goals and one assist for a total of 21 points. Ambort has earned back-to-back All-West Coast Conference honorable mention accolades as a sophomore and junior. This season, Ambort has tallied five goals and was named to Top Drawer Soccer's and Soccerbuzz's National Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the win over, then-No. 19, Cal State Fullerton and also scored a goal against Idaho to help lift USD to a 3-0 win.
Joslyn Williams, SR Defender - Joslyn Williams has also played her entire four-year career in a Torero uniform, serving as a mainstay in the Toreros backfield. During her career she has recorded one assist, while playing in 52 games for USD. She was a member of the 2004 Toreros team that posted a 1.05 goals-against-average and made it into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Brittany Young, SR Defender - Brittany Young has played her entire four-year career in a Torero uniform as a mainstay in the San Diego defense. Young has tallied four assists for her career, including one assist this season for four total points. Like Williams, Young was part of that defensive backline in 2004 that posted a 1.05 goals-against-average and went to the second round of NCAA Tournament.
TOREROS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN WCC: The University of Portland, who won the 2005 national title, were tabbed as the favorite to win the 2006 WCC crown. The Pilots received five first place votes to tally 47 overall points. Santa Clara University, which welcomes back 10 starters from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, was selected second with 45 total points and received three first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by a pair of 2005 NCAA Tournament participants in Gonzaga University (34) and Pepperdine University (31). Selected fifth was the University of San Diego with 23 points, Loyola Marymount University was tabbed sixth with 21 points, while Saint Mary's College (15) and the University of San Francisco (7) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.