Nov. 6, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (14-2-3, 4-1-1 WCC) has a big week ahead of them as they conclude the regular-season with a West Coast Conference match against the University of San Francisco on Saturday at USD's Torero Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the match, USD will honor its senior class of Leigh Ann Robinson, Karen Cook and Vanessa Vella.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted another 2-0-0 record this past week as they downed conference foe Saint Mary's College, 3-1 and followed that up with a 1-0 decision over Cal State Fullerton. In Friday's win over SMC, junior forward Amy Epsten tallied two goals. She scored her first goal in the fifth minute of action, and her second came in the 54th minute of action. Christine Mock tallied the game-winner in the 24th minute of action for USD. In Sunday's 1-0 win over Fullerton, Epsten scored her 12th goal of the season as Erika Wesley set up the game-winning score, taking the ball down the right side and sending a cross into the box that deflected off teammate Ashleigh Shoughro right to Epsten, who tucked the ball neatly under the crossbar from the top of the box for the game's only score.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's soccer team has moved up one spot in the latest Soccerbuzz top-30 poll to No. 12 and have climbed up two more spots in the latest Soccer Times top-25 poll to No. 14. USD also held steady in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll at No. 17, are up one spot to No. 19 in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros will await the NCAA selection commettee's decision to determine if USD has made it into the NCAA Tournament, and to determine where and when USD will play. The selection show will air live on ESPNEWS on Monday afternoon from 5-5:30.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the week with an overall record of 2-12-3 and a 2-4-0 mark in the WCC after dropping a 1-0 decision to Santa Clara this past week. USD holds a 12-4-0 all-time record against the Dons in head-to-head competition. Offensively for San Francisco, sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie leads the way with her team-best three goals for six points. Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson anchors down the Dons' defense as she has a 2.07 goals-against-average. San Francisco is under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Carr.
EPSTEN TAKES HOME NATIONAL HONOR: Junior forward Amy Epsten of the 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team has been named to Soccerbuzz's Elite Team of the Week. Epsten, a junior from San Diego, Calif., tallied three goals this past week to help lead the Toreros to a 2-0-0 week. In Thursday's win over Saint Mary's College, Epsten tallied two goals to help lead USD to a 3-1 win. In the fifth minute of the match, sophomore midfielder Christine Mock was able to feed the ball to Epsten, who in turn corralled the ball and punched it past the SMC goalkeeper to give USD the early 1-0 lead. Then in the 54th minute of action, Leigh Ann Robinson rocketed off a shot that was saved by the SMC goalkeeper, but the ball bounced to Epsten, who was 14 yards out, and she in turn hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD a comfortable 3-0 lead. Then in Sunday's 1-0 win over Fullerton, Epsten scored her 12th goal of the season as Erika Wesley set up the game-winning score, taking the ball down the right side and sending a cross into the box that deflected off teammate Ashleigh Shoughro right to Epsten, who tucked the ball neatly under the crossbar from the top of the box for the game's only score.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego has the best record through the first 19 matches in program history at 14-2-3 (.816) overall, which is just slightly ahead of the 1999 squad who posted an overall record of 15-4-0 (.789) through the first 19 matches.
AWWW, SHOOT!: The Toreros unleashed 15 shots in Thursday's victory over Saint Mary's. This was the third most in a single match this season. This also marked back-to-back matches in which the Toreros have recorded at least 15 shots, as they rocketed off 18 against Gonzaga back on Oct. 28. The season-high for team shots this season was 22 set back in the 2-0 win over the University of the Pacific on Sept. 30.
THERE'S ANOTHER ONE: Sophomore midfielder Christine Mock became the eighth different player to score a goal for the Toreros this season in the win against Saint Mary's, and it was the game-winner. Mock also had one assist on the season to give her three points for the Toreros.NO GOAL FOR YOU!: San Diego's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron tallied her team-best ninth shutout of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton. Her nine shutouts is second best in the WCC and she has now lowered her goals-against-average to 0.64 , which is third best in the conference.
MORE EPSTEN: With her three goals this past week, junior forward Amy Epsten moved her season total to 12. Not only does this lead the WCC, but it is also just two goals shy of the USD single-season goals scored record held by both Stephanie Barnier (2000) and Aimee Wagstaff (1998). With the game-winning goal on Sunday, she now has four on the season, which ties her for first in the WCC and also places her just one shy of the USD single-season record of five held by Sufia Wali (1999).
GOING STREAKING: USD is in the midst of a three-match winning streak, only the second such streak this season. USD had a program-best 11-match unbeaten streak between Sept. 14 and Oct. 21, only to see the University of Portland snap that streak with a 4-0 loss on Oct. 25. USD will look to extend this current streak on Saturday vs. San Francisco in the regular-season finale.
WHERE THE TOREROS STAND: USD is currently in sole possession of second place in the WCC standings at 4-1-1 after picking up a win over Saint Mary's this past week. USD sits one point ahead of third place Loyola Marymount and five points behind Portland for first. With Portland already claiming the conference championship this season, USD can now try and tie the program-best second place finish in conference. Here is how they can attain this goal. If they win Saturday, they have second place locked up. Should they lose or tie, they will need LMU to either lose or tie Portland this weekend to remain in second. However, if USD ties and LMU upsets Portland, then USD will fall to third.
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.
TOREROS TO OFFER FREE AUDIO STREAMING: San Diego will start to offer a free audio broadcast of all home West Coast Conference matches this season. David Bardecki will be bringing Torero fans all the play-by-play action and providing color commentary will be Lovel Tokic. In order to hear the broadcast, fans just need to simply click on the "Live" button on the USD athletics home page, sign up for a "free account," then click on the women's soccer tab and choose the match to listen to.
TOREROS TABBED FOURTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the 2007 West Coast Conference race according to a vote of the league's coaches. Coming off of an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2006, the University of Portland was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2007 West Coast Conference regular season title, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. The Pilots, who return nine starters from last year's squad, received six first place votes to tally 48 overall points. Santa Clara University was selected second with 44 total points, and received two first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by Pepperdine University (33) and the University of San Diego (30). Selected fifth was Loyola Marymount University, which tallied 27 points, followed by Gonzaga University with 22 points. The University of San Francisco (12) and Saint Mary's College (8) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
2007 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.