Defending Champs Blank Dons in WCC Opener

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Dani Russell scored the game-winner in the 11th minute of action.

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Dani Russell scored the game-winner in the 11th minute of action.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Sept. 29, 2012

Box Score

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Dani Russell and Mariah Hobbs each tallied a goal to help propel the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 2-0 victory over the University of San Francisco in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 5-7-0 overall, move to 1-0-0 in the WCC and have not trailed in a WCC contest now for eight consecutive matches dating back to last season's WCC championship run. With the loss, the Dons fall to 5-4-3 overall and 0-1-0 in the WCC.

USD got right to work, and Russell scored the game-winner in the 11th minute of the match. The Toreros earned themselves a corner kick, and Meggie Gulczynski took the corner for the Toreros. Gulczynski managed to ski the ball into a crowded goal box, where Russell rose above all other players and headed the ball into the back of the net to give USD the only goal they would need.

Just three minutes later, Hobbs put the match out of reach for the Dons, as she scored her first goal of the season. Meghan O'Rourke sent a pass to Hobbs, who in turn corralled the ball and hit a rocket shot to the upper left corner of the goal to put the match at its final of 2-0.

The Toreros dominated this match from start to finish, as they out shot the Dons 17-5, and held a 7-3 advantage ion corner kicks.

Freshman goalkeeper McKenna Tollack picked up the shutout win in goal for the Toreros, as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. Her counterpart, Megan Connor, was saddled with the loss for San Francisco, as she allowed two goals and recorded eight saves.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday was they take on Loyola Marymount University in a 1 p.m. road WCC contest in Los Angeles.