Oct. 31, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 13th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (12-2-3, 3-1-1 WCC) has a big week ahead of them as conference implications are on the line. USD will square off against Saint Mary's College in a WCC match on Friday at 3 p.m. The Toreros will then head to Fullerton on Sunday for a 6 p.m. non-conference match against Cal State Fullerton in their final non-conference regular-season match-up of the season.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego split a pair of road matches in the Pacific Northwest this past week, as its program-best 11-match unbeaten streak came to an end on Thursday with a 4-0 loss to No. 6 Portland. USD then bounced back with a 1-0 double overtime win against Gonzaga University this past Sunday. In Sunday's win over the Zags, junior midfielder Jackie Garcia was the difference maker as in the 101st minute of action, she tallied her first goal of the season. Off a corner kick, the ball fell to the feet of Garcia, who in turn rocketed off a shot and put it into the back of the net to give USD the win. Brittany Cameron picked up her eighth shutout of the season in goal for the Toreros, as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's soccer team held steady in both the Soccerbuzz top-30 poll (No. 13) and Soccer Times top-25 poll (No. 14). The Toreros fell seven spots in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll to No. 17 and also fell three spots in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll to No. 20. Neither Saint Mary's nor Cal State Fullerton are ranked in either of the two polls.
ALL-ACCESS VIDEO STREAM ON SUNDAY: The non-conference match against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday will be video streamed live through the Big West TV All-Access player. This is a pay service that will cost 4.95 for the match. To access the match, simply log on to Fullerton's website (www.fullertontitans.com) and go to the women's soccer schedule page. Then look for the watch link and you are all set.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the match with an overall record of 6-9-2 and are winless in the WCC with a 0-5-0 record after dropping a pair of matches to conference foes Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this past week. The Toreros own a 9-7-0 all-time record against the Gaels. The Gaels' offense is led by sophomore striker Allie Weiner, who has a team-leading six goals scored to go along with six assists for a team-best 18 points. On the defensive side of things, the Gaels look to sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson. Larson owns a 5-8-1 overall record with four shutouts and a goals-against-average of 1.73. Saint Mary's is under the direction of first-year head coach Kelly Lindsey.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the week with an overall record of 10-6-1 after picking up a 2-1 win over UC Riverside this past week and are currently riding a four-match winning streak. USD holds the all-time series between the two programs at 6-4-0 including a 2-1 double overtime win in San Diego this past season. The Titans are led offensively by senior forward Lauren Cram, who has a team-leading six goals to go along with two assists for a team-best 14 points. Defensively, CSF turns to junior goalkeeper Shayla Sabin, who has an impressive 0.87 goals-against-average. Fullerton is under the direction of first-year head coach Demian Brown.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego has the second best record through the first 17 matches in program history at 12-2-3 overall, trailing only the 1999 squad who began the season 15-2-0 through the first 15 matches.
ABOUT THE STREAK: San Diego saw its program-best 11-match unbeaten streak come to an end in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Portland. During the streak, USD posted wins over Cal Poly, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, Cal State Bakersfield, Arizona State, No. 5 Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and tied No. 6 UCLA and Pepperdine University.
TOREROS AGAINST THE BIG WEST: So far this season, the Toreros have posted a perfect 4-0-0 record against opponents from the Big West Conference. USD will get to put that unblemished record on the line this week as they travel to conference-leader Cal State Fullerton on Sunday in the Toreros' final regular-season non-conference match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Many Toreros, as well as the combined team itself, hold lofty spots in the West Coast Conference statistics. For the team, the Toreros are bolstering the conference's second best defense with a 0.71 goals-against-average. Amy Epsten leads the conference in goals scored with nine, Brittany Cameron is third in shutouts (8) and goals-against-average (0.71).
SUDDEN IMPACT: San Diego freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro has wasted no time making an impact at the collegiate level. Not only has been in the starting lineup from the start of the season, but she has emerged as one of the go-to players for USD. Thus far through her rookie campaign, Shoughro has recorded five goals, three of which were game-winners, and added in one assist for 11 points.
LEADER OF THE PACK: Junior striker Amy Epsten continues her assault on opposing defenses as she has a WCC-leading nine goals, one shy of her career-high 10 that she tallied as a freshman en route to being tabbed the WCC Freshman of the year. Epsten has scored at lease one goal in five of the last eight matches. Epsten has also chipped in one assist for a team-best 19 points.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!: Junior midfielder Jackie Garcia tallied her first collegiate goal in Sunday's 1-0 double overtime win over Gonzaga. Garcia has also proven to be an all-around player as she has two game-winning assists on the season for a total of four points.
WHERE THE TOREROS STAND: USD is currently in sole possession of second place in the WCC standings at 3-1-1 after splitting with Gonzaga and Portland this past week. USD sits one point ahead of third place Loyola Marymount and five points behind Portland for first. In order for USD to win the WCC championship, Portland has to lose its final two WCC matches and USD must win both of theirs. Should Portland win of the final two matches, they win the WCC crown. However, USD can secure second place in conference with a win this week and a LMU loss or tie this week to Gonzaga, or if USD wins their final two matches.
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 15 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 39-36-7 in his four 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.