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Women's Soccer Travels UCSB and San Diego This Week

Oct. 25, 2006

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THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
The Saint Mary's women's soccer team heads into this week with a 3-11-3 overall record and a 1-3-1 West Coast Conference mark. The Gaels are coming off a 0-0 tie with Loyola Marymount on Sunday. Saint Mary's will play two road games this week against UC Santa Barbara and San Diego. SMC will square off against the Gauchos in a non-conference match on Thursday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m at Harder Stadium. The Gaels will play their final road game of the season on Sunday when SMC plays at Torero Stadium, beginning at noon.

WHO'S HOT
A pair of freshman paired up on Saturday to scored SMC's only goal of the weekend. Kira Copinga netted her first collegiate goal off an assist by fellow freshman Ashley Neid. The goal came early in the second half against Pepperdine when Neid made a cross from the right side to Copinga who used her head to score the goal for Saint Mary's. The goal for Copinga was the first of her career and the assist for Neid the first of her career.

SCOUTING THE UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS
UC Santa Barbara comes into this week with a 6-6-5 overall record after posting a 1-0-1 record last week. The Gauchos opened last week with a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge then tied Pacific 0-0. UCSB has a 4-1-1 record in the Big West and are currently in first place in the conference standings.

UCSB has scored 23 goals this season and have scored nine more goals than its opponents. The Gauchos have a 0.77 goals against average as a team and goalkeeper Katie Wright, who has stated 14 games, has a 0.78 GAA after allowing 11 of the 14 goals scored against the Gauchos. UCSB has out shot its opponents 217 to 180.

The Gauchos offensive leader is Chandi Bickford, with 20 points on the season. Bickford leads the team in both goals (7) and assists (6). Genelle Ives and Allie Kueny have 14 and 10 points, respectively. Ives had five goals and four assists and Kueny has scored five goals.

SMC VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA; THE SERIES
When Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara square off on Thursday, it will mark the 17th game played between the two schools. The Gauchos hold a 9-7 advantage in the series. Saint Mary's has won the last three games of the series. In the last meeting, Saint Mary's posted a 1-0 win last year in the California Invitational.

SCOUTING THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego comes into this week with an overall record of 9-8-0 following overtime losses to both Gonzaga and Portland last week. The Toreros are 1-4 in the West Coast Conference with their only win coming against Loyola Marymount (2-1). USD also has lost to Santa Clara (2-0) and Pepperdine (2-1) in double overtime.

The Toreros have scored 25 goals this season and have allowed the same to their opponents. Leigh Ann Robinson leads the team in points (20), goals (7) and assists (6). Veronica Ambort is the only other player on the roster to have double digits in points as she has 10 on five goals. USD is being out shot by its opponents 194-182 this season.

Brittany Cameron and Karen Cook have split time in goal this season. Cook has played 797 minutes in net, which is 30 minutes more than Cameron. Cook has allowed 11 goals and has a 1.24 goals against average, while Cameron has allowed 14 goals for a 1.64 GAA.

SMC VERSUS SAN DIEGO: THE SERIES
Sunday's game between SMC and USD will mark the 14th game of the series. Saint Mary's holds a 7-6 advantage overall. The Toreros have won the last two games of the series between the two schools. The Gaels are 2-4 in games place in San Diego.

MENZHUBER NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on October 9 after scoring three goals in two SMC wins. Menzhuber scored both goals in SMC's 2-0 win over UC Davis and then scored her third goal of the week just six seconds in to the match against USF. The six second goal by Menzhuber matched the second fasted goal in NCAA women's soccer history.

SCHREY TAKES OVER TEAM LEAD FOR GOALS
In the wins over UC Davis and San Francisco, Nikki Schrey collected five points scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. Schrey scored twice against San Francisco to move her team-leading goals total to five. Schrey's five goals this season ranks seventh in the WCC in goals scored in 2006. Schrey is just one goal off her pace from last season when she scored six times as a freshman.

CHURCHILL APPROACHING GAME PLAYED RECORD
Heading into this weekend's two games, fifth-year senior defender Sarah Churchill has played in 77 games in her Saint Mary's career. Churchill is just two games behind Chelsea Montero and Jill Anderson for the school record of 79 games played in a career. Churchill has started 74 of 77 games in her career.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Saint Mary's posted a 0-1-1 record last week in games against No. 23 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Gaels opened the week with a 2-1 loss to Pepperdine as the Waves scored the game-winning goal with 4:11 remaining on the clock. Freshman Kira Copinga netted her first collegiate goal in that game. On Sunday, Saint Mary's played LMU to a 0-0 as both teams recorded 17 shots in the game. The shutout of the Lions marked the third time Saint Mary's held an opponent scoreless this season.

Next Week
Saint Mary's will return home for its final game of the regular season. The Gaels will close the schedule against Santa Clara on Saturday, November 4. The game between the Gaels and Broncos will kick-off at 3 p.m.