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USF Get Back On Track Versus Pepperdine, LMU

Oct. 24, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: San Francisco (2-9-3, 2-1-0) travels to Southern California this weekend looking to rebound after a tough 6-0 loss to No. 6 Portland last Sunday. Hoping to channel the energy which gave them their first 2-0 start in West Coast Conference play since 1997, the Dons will play at Pepperdine (3-6-6, 0-2-1) Friday and then Loyola Marymount (9-5-1, 1-2-0) on Sunday. Kickoff for the matches are set for 3 p.m. PT and 11 a.m. PT. Live stats for Friday's match versus the Lions will be available at www.lmulions.com.

THE SERIES VERSUS PEPPERDINE: USF leads Pepperdine, 8-6-0, in the all-time series between the schools. In Malibu, the Dons have a record of 2-4-0.

USF has won the last three matches in upset fashion against the Waves. Pepperdine has carried a top-25 ranking in three of the last four meetings only to watch USF walk away with victories.

Last year, USF dominated No. 22 Pepperdine coming away with a 2-0 West Coast Conference victory. Dons' junior Alexis Mielke (San Juan Cap., Calif. / Santa Margarita HS) scored her first career goal and game winner in the match at 9:37, shooting from eight yards out. Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) accounted for USF's second goal and junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) collected her first ever WCC shutout in the match.

THE SERIES VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: LMU leads USF, 9-4-1, in the all-time series between the schools. The Dons are 1-5-1 in matches versus the Lions held in Los Angeles.

With less than a minute left to play in last year's match at Negoesco Field, LMU's Tana Smotherman scored the game winning goal in a closely contested battle that ended at 1-0. LMU held a small advantage in shots, 8-7. USF sophomore forward Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) led the Dons with three shots on the evening

THE DONS IN WCC PLAY: USF has started WCC play on the right foot and the statistics coincide. Entering this week, the Dons are ranked at the top of the WCC conference statistics in the following categories...

TEAM

CAT.RANKNO. AVG/MATCHSHOTS3rd3913.00POINTS 3rd13 4.33GOALS 2nd 5 1.67ASSISTS 3rd3 1.00CORNERS 4th14 4.67

INDIVIDUAL

SHOTS

RANKNO. AVG/MATCHKIMURE 3rd 9 3.00

POINTS

RANKNO. AVG/MATCHJARVIE 5th 4 1.33

GOALS

RANKNO. AVG/MATCHJARVIE 3rd20.67

NEW CAREER NUMBERS: Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Christian HS) is the latest Dons' player to set a new career high this season. Against Gonzaga last Friday she had two goals, a feat which not only set a personal match best but also surpassed her pervious season high. Jarvie now has a team best three goals on the year.

The week before, sophomore Samantha Brand (Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) and senior defender Katie Hoban (San Diego, Calif. / University of San Diego HS) also both set new career bests in the Dons' victory over Saint Mary's. 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 separate occasions, the most recent being against Loyola Marymount on October 20 of 2006. It's the second new career record for Brand this season, as she recorded two assists at San Jose State in the 2007 season opener.

DONS' NOTES:

• The Dons went 5-2-0 in conference in `97, the last time they began WCC play 2-0-0. Following three matches in `97, USF was 3-0-0 defeating Pepperdine, San Diego and LMU.

• Sophomore Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic HS) 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.

HOME SERVING AS FRIENDLY GROUND: When a nickname fits... Through four matches at Negoesco Field, the Dons' home ground has truly been "The Friendly Confines." Last Friday, the Dons defeated the Gonzaga in convincing fashion, out-shooting the Bulldogs, 17-8. In four matches at home in 2007, USF has out-shot it's opponent 70 to 61, registered 42 to 29 on goal and had 29 corner kicks compared to 17 by the opposition

LAST WEEKEND: The Dons went 1-1 last weekend in match versus Gonzaga and No. 6 Portland.

VERSUS GONZAGA - Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) scored two goals and sophomore forward Samantha Brand ( Denair, Calif. / Turlock Christian HS) added another as San Francisco topped Gonzaga, 3-0, Friday night at Negoesco Field.

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 (San Geronimo, Calif. / Sir Francis Drake HS).

Continuing to attack, junior Jessica Duty (Bothell, Wash. / Meadowdale HS) 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 (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) was just behind with four shots. Gonzaga midfielder Lauren Zuckerman led her team with three.

Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) won her second straight match after making two saves. Thalman made seven saves on the night.

VERSUS NO. 6 PORTLAND - No. 6 Portland gave the San Francisco Dons a jolt, topping USF 6-0 Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Field. In a contest of the two teams tied on top of the WCC standings at kickoff, the Pilots made their case loud and clear for this season's conference title out-shooting USF 21-6.

Portland's Kendra Chandhoke recorded four net finders, scoring goals in the seventh, 55th, 62nd and 71st minutes. For the season, Chandhoke now has a team-high seven goals. Portland also had goals from Angie Woznuk at 23:19 and Michelle Enyeart at 83:33.

Chandhoke had a match-high seven shots. Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Homestead HS) led the Dons with two.Pilots' Kelsey Davis and USF junior Katie Hodgson (Stockton, Calif. / Tokay HS) both had five saves on the day.