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San Diego Battles Portland On Fox Soccer Channel

Oct. 24, 2007

No. 11 San Diego (11-1-3, 2-0-1 WCC) at No. 6 Portland (11-3-0, 3-0-0 WCC)
Location: Portland OR - Merlo Field
Date: October 25, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m. (PT)
Television: Fox Soccer Channel

PREVIEW: The top two teams in the WCC clash this Thursday when the No. 11 ranked San Diego Toreros travel to Portland, OR to take on the sixth-ranked Pilots in the NSCAA College Game of the Week on the Fox Soccer Channel. The Pilots once again have the look of a national title contender, getting a significant boost from the return of World Cup stars Stephanie Lopez and Sophie Schmidt. Portland has won four straight by a combined 14-1 margin since the return of Lopez, an All-American defender from the U.S. Women's World Cup. The Toreros have been one of the most pleasant surprises in the nation this season. San Diego, which enters the match riding a program-best 11 match unbeaten streak, has ascended to No. 11 in the latest Soccer America poll. The Toreros have already shown that they can play with the best, earning a 1-0 win over then-No. 5 Santa Clara and earning a 0-0 draw against No. 1 UCLA.

Goals Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 2.50 (1)
San Diego: 1.53 (4)

Goals Allowed (WCC Rank)
San Diego: 8 (1)
Portland: 9 (2)

Shots Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 16.79 (1)
San Diego: 11.20 (7)

Shutouts (WCC Rank)
San Diego: 8 (T1)
Portland: 7 (T3)

Corner Kicks Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 7.21 (1)
San Diego: 5.13 (2)

All-Time Series
Portland leads with a 11-2-2 record

Last 10 Meetings
Portland: 6-2-2

Last Year
Portland won 2-1 (OT) at USD

MATCHUP TO WATCH: The top goal scorer in the conference, San Diego junior forward Amy Epsten, goes up against the top defensive player in the country in Portland senior All-American Stephanie Lopez. Epsten, the 2004 WCC Freshman of the Year, has tallied a WCC-best nine goals this season, while Lopez leads a Pilot defense that has allowed just eight shots on goal in their last four matches.