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Women's Soccer Plays Final Home Game Against No. 20 San Diego

Oct. 30, 2007

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This week the Saint Mary's women's soccer team will continue West Coast Conference action with one home game. The Gaels will welcome the 20th-ranked team in the country, the University of San Diego Toreros, to Saint Mary's Stadium on Friday, November 2. Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Following a 0-2 week against WCC opponents Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, the Gaels have a 6-9-2 overall record and are 0-5-0 in conference play. On Friday, the Gaels were defeated by LMU 2-1 in overtime, and then were defeated 5-1 by the Pepperdine Waves on Sunday.

Allie Weiner continues to have a big year for the Gaels as she recorded her team-leading sixth goal of the season last week. In the game against LMU, Weiner gave the Gaels a 1-0 lead when she scored in the 20th minute. Weiner now has 18 points on the season with six goals and six assists.

The San Diego Toreros enter this week with a 12-2-3 overall record and are ranked 20th in the country in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. The Toreros are currently in second place in the WCC standings with a 3-1-1 record against conference opponents. San Diego is coming off a 1-1 weekend that saw the Toreros fall to the No. 4 Portland Pilots 4-1. The Toreros rebounded to defeat Gonzaga 1-0 in overtime on Sunday.

Prior to its loss to Portland on Friday, the Toreros were 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. USD has scored a total of 24 goals in 17 games, and has allowed 12 goals on the year. The Toreros are averaging 1.34 goals per game while allowing 0.67 goals per game. San Diego is being outshot 198-189 on the season.

Leading the Toreros this season in Amy Epsten who has 19 points on nine goals and one assists. Epsten is the WCC leader in goals scored and is tied for second in the conference in points. Leigh Ann Robinson has 16 points on the year with five goals and a team-high six assists. Robinson ranks seventh in the WCC in points and third in assists. Goalkeeper Brittany Cameron has started all 17 games this season and has played all but 82 minutes in goal. Cameron has a 0.71 goals against average, which is the third lowest in the WCC. Cameron has allowed 12 goals in 1,527 minutes, has 73 saves and is second in the WCC with eight shutouts.

Friday's game between SMC and San Diego will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools. The series is tied, with each team winning seven games. San Diego has won the last three games of the series. In the last meeting of the series, USD defeated Saint Mary's 4-0 in San Diego. In the last game played in Moraga, San Diego defeated the Gaels 3-2 in overtime.

Sophomore Allie Weiner started this season with a bang, and was the West Coast Conference leader in points the first five weeks of the season. Through 17 games, Weiner has scored six goals and dished out six assists for 18 points. She leads the team in all three categories. She is fourth in the WCC in points, tied for fifth in goals and ranks tied for third in assists.

Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson has recorded 96 saves in 14 games this season, which leads the West Cost Conference. Larson is averaging 6.86 saves per game, which is two saves per game more then any goalkeeper in the WCC. Larson also ranks sixth in the conference with four shutouts this season.

SMC has had five players score the first goals of their careers in 2007. Freshman Alex Ciliento scored her first of five goals this season in SMC's first game of the year. Sophomore Tara Farrell scored her first goal, and the game-winner, in the 2-0 win over Sacramento State. Freshman Mercede Koning got her first goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Vanderbilt, and junior Mika Matsui netted her first goal against Stanford. Most recently, freshman Caitlin Wallace netted her first collegiate goal in the 1-0 win over UC Davis on Oct. 12.

This season, Saint Mary's has played 17 games and has seen overtime six times. The Gaels have a 3-1-2 record in overtime games, with its overtime wins coming against Columbia, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt. The school record for overtime games in a season is seven, which was set in 2005.

Last week the Gaels played two road games, and dropped to 0-5 in West Coast Conference play with losses Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

In the opening game of the week, Saint Mary's battled the LMU Lions into overtime, before falling to the Lions 2-1 in overtime. Allie Weiner gave the Gaels a 1-0 lead when she scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season at 19:03. Saint Mary's held the lead for nearly nine minutes, when Jamie Bell scored her seventh goal of the season. The game-winning goal came 6:54 into the overtime when Lily Sorentino scored on a shot from 35 yards out.

In the Gaels' second game of the weekend, Saint Mary's was defeated by Pepperdine 5-1. Pepperdine led 3-0 at halftime, and led 4-0 before Jessica Menzhuber scored for the Gaels in the 85th minute. Pepperdine scored the final goal of the game with six seconds left, handing SMC its worst loss of the season.

Following this weekend's home game against San Diego, the Gaels will continue WCC play on the road against the Santa Clara Broncos. The game against Santa Clara will be the last of the season, and will be played on Saturday, November 10. The game will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium and will begin at 1 p.m.