Oct. 31, 2006
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (11-8-0, 2-4-0 WCC) will be in action on Saturday as the Toreros travel to play the University of San Francisco in a 1 p.m. West Coast Conference match at Negoesco Stadium. This will be the final regular season match for the Toreros as they make a push for a berth in the NCAA Women's College Cup tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego picked up a pair of wins this past week, shutting out cross-town rival San Diego State University, 2-0, on Wednesday, then pounded Saint Mary's College on Sunday with a 4-0 win. On Wednesday, Leigh Ann Robinson was the star of the match as she recorded both of USD's goals. Brittany Cameron made her return to the Toreros line-up in goal and pitched a shutout, recording three saves in the match. On Sunday, it was senior day and senior Veronica Ambort left her final match at Torero Stadium with a bang. She scored the game-winner just six minutes into the match as Allison Wolters fed a pass to Robinson, who in turn fed the ball to Ambort, and Ambort punched the ball into the back of the net for the goal. USD then padded their lead as Christine Mock scored her first of two goals on the day. Off a corner kick, Vanessa Vella skied a pass into the goal box and Mock was there to redirect the ball with her head past the SMC goalkeeper pushing the lead to 2-0. Mock wasn't done yet as seven minutes later she put the game out of reach. Vella took a free kick for the Toreros and the ball again found the head of Mock who snuck the ball past the goalkeeper for her second goal of the match. Just 50 second later the Toreros put an exclamation mark on the match as Heberer recorded her first collegiate goal. Allison Wolters battled through two defenders, and took a shot, but the ball bounced off the `keeper and slowly started to roll towards a wide-open net. Heberer then almost dribbled the ball into the net to give USD the four-goal lead.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the week with a 5-12-2 overall record and a 1-4-1 mark in the WCC after falling to No. 7 Santa Clara, 4-0, this past Sunday. San Diego holds the all-time series edge between the two at 10-4-0 with USF claiming last season's match-up, 2-1, in double overtime at Torero Stadium. The Dons are led offensively by Fiona O'Sullivan who has a team-leading five goals. On the defensive side of things, San Francisco turns to the goalkeeper position and both Katie Hodgson and Kelly Pohle are splitting time in the net. Hodgson posts a goal-against-average of 1.72 and Pohl has a GAA of 1.44. The Dons are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Pamela Kalinoski. During her tenure in San Francisco, Kalinoski has posted a 47-67-9 overall record.
NCAA POST SEASON: San Diego is in a must-win situation this weekend when they play the University of San Francisco. If the Toreros win, they will tally 12 wins for in the season and will have a 3-4-0 mark in the West Coast Conference. San Diego is hoping that 12 wins will be a strong enough argument to the selection committee for the Toreros to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Women's College Cup tournament.
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.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!: Junior forward Leigh Ann Robinson has been on an offensive tear this season, in only her first season ever playing at the forward position. This past week, Robinson tallied two goals against cross-town rival San Diego State University to lead USD to a 2-0 win. Those two goals gives her nine on the season, good for the team-lead and fourth best in the WCC. Robinson was then in a giving mood as she dished out an assist on the game-winning goal against Saint Mary's College this past Sunday. For her efforts, she was nominated as the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.
GOING OUT WITH A BANG: Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort played her final match of her career at Torero Stadium this past Sunday, and she left in style as she scored the game-winning goal in the 4-0 blowout. That goal gave her six goals on the season, good for second best on the team.
SHUT DOWN AND SHUTOUT: After missing four matches, Brittany Cameron returned to the Toreros line-up this past week and posted her third and fourth shutouts of the season. The Sophomore from Dublin, Calif., recorded four saves in the process.
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.
AN OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: With USD's hopes of making it into the NCAA postseason on the line, and knowing they need to win all their remaining games, the Toreros offense exploded for six goals this past week. This is the most goals USD has scored in a week all season. Leigh Ann Robinson tallied two of the goals, Christine Mock tallied two more, then Veronica Ambort and Marina Heberer each tallied one goal to help USD post a 2-0 record and secured a winning season. Now USD must win on Saturday to have a chance at making it into the NCAA Tournament.
HOW's THIS FOR BALANCE: San Diego has tallied 31 goals on the season with 10 different players scoring at least one goal. Leigh Ann Robinson leads all Toreros with nine goals, followed by senior midfielder Veronica Ambort who has six. Hallie Huston and Christine Mock are next in line with three apiece. Ashley Kirk and Natalie Vinti have each registered two goals on the season.
MOCK SCORES A DEUCE: Redshirt freshman Christine Mock scored two goals for the Toreros in the 4-0 blanking of Saint Mary's this past Sunday. With the two goals, Mock now has scored three goals on the season and has added one assist for a total of seven points.
MARINA IS ON THE BOARDS: Freshman midfielder Marina Heberer tallied her first collegiate goal this past Sunday in the 4-0 pounding the Toreros gave Saint Mary's. Heberer now joins four other freshman to have at least scored one goal this season.