Women's Soccer is Ready to Roll

Senior defender Dani Russell.

Senior defender Dani Russell.

Aug. 13, 2012

ON THE PITCH: The University of San Diego women’s soccer team will open their 2012 season this weekend.  On Friday, the team travels to Malibu to take on No. 10 Pepperdine University in a 3 p.m. non-conference match to kick things off.  The Toreros will then conclude the weekend with their home-opener on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against Cal State Northridge. 


SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine, the WCC co-defending champions with USD last season, is coming off a year in which they posted an overall record of 15-2-4, and they had and 7-1-0 WCC record.  USD is 9-7-2 all-time against the Waves.  Three Waves players were selected to the Preseason All-WCC team, highlighted by senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker, who is fresh off a trip to the 2012 London Olympics where she represented South Africa.  Last season, she posted an impressive 0.55 goals-against-average, and recorded nine shutouts.  Offensively, the Waves are paced by the WCC Newcomer of the Year in 2011 Lynn Williams.  Williams returns after leading the Waves with eight assists, and six goals, good for third-best on the team.


LAST TIME VS. THE WAVES: The University of San Diego women's soccer team fought hard, but came up short in a 1-0 loss to No. 8 Pepperdine University in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams on Oct. 6, 2011 in Malibu.  Pepperdine netted the game-winner in the 68th minute of action, as Laura Cole controlled a pass from Michelle Manning, and she then launched a shot into the lower left corner of the goal to give the Waves (9-0-4, 1-0-0 WCC) the victory.


SCOUTING THE MATADORS: The Cal State Northridge women's soccer program was picked fourth in a preseason poll of the Big West Conference coaches for the upcoming 2012 season.  Individually, the Matadors had two players placed on the 2012 Preseason All-Conference Team, seniors Cynthia Jacobo (GK) and Katie Russ (D).   Jacobo, the 2011 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, enters her final season at Northridge on the cusp of establishing several new school records. She needs eight wins and 11 shutouts to set new school records in both categories. Jacobo has earned all-conference honors following all three of her playing seasons and carries career marks of 14-6-1 with 12 shutouts against league opponents.  Russ earned All-Big West second-team honors in 2011 after finishing the year with a goal and an assist in 18 matches. She has anchored the CSUN defensive line for all three of her playing seasons and has two goals and three assists for her career.




LAST TIME VS. THE MATADORS: A penalty kick in the third minute of action doomed the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge on Sept. 27, 2010 in a non-conference game in Northridge.  At the 3:05 mark, the Toreros committed a foul inside the goalbox, which set up a penalty kick situation for the Matadors.  CSUN's Erin Kelly took the penalty shot for the Matadors and she was able to slip it past USD to give CSUN the 1-0 victory.


NOT TRAILING IN A WHILE: When the Toreros square off against Pepperdine on Friday, it will continue a streak of the Toreros not trailing against a WCC opponent since then fell to the Waves 1-0 last season on Oct. 6, 2011.  Since the loss, the Toreros ripped off seven consecutive wins against the WCC, not trailing in any of those matches, to claim a share of the WCC crown. 


APPROACHING 100: San Diego head coach Ada Greenwood is closing in on his 100th career victory, as he begins the season with 94 career wins, all of them here at USD.  Greenwood should be able to surpass this 100-win mark this season, as he is averaging 11.75 wins per year over his first eight years at the helm of the Toreros women’s soccer program.


BUTERA NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL_WCC TEAM: Sophomore midfielder/forward Mariah Butera was the lone Torero selected to the All-WCC Preseason team.  Butera, an All-WCC Freshman team selection a year ago, returns to the Toreros after an impressive freshman campaign, in which she scored five goals, and added in a pair of assists for 12 points.


THREE ALL-WCC PERFORMERS RETURN: The Toreros have three All-WCC performers from last season’s record setting team returning.  Senior defender Dani Russell and sophomore midfielder Meghan O’Rourke return after receiving All-WCC Honorable Mentions last season, and Mariah Butera returns after an All-WCC Freshman team selection. Russell returns for her final year as a Torero after playing in 22 matches last season, scoring three goals and adding in one assist for seven points.  Russell also helped the San Diego defense post six shutouts.  O'Rourke, who began last season in the backfield for USD, was moved up front and became a scoring threat for the Toreros. In WCC action, O'Rourke scored three goals and had one assist for eight points. She also had the game-winning goal in the 3-0 blanking of Gonzaga. Overall, O'Rourke recorded three goals and had three assists for nine points in her rookie campaign.


TOREROS TABBED THIRD IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: Santa Clara has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2012 WCC women's soccer title.  Pepperdine and the San Diego were picked to finish second and third, respectively, in this year's poll. The Waves earned 52 points and a first place vote, while the Toreros tallied 48 points in the poll. Following its debut WCC campaign, BYU finished fourth in the 2012 preseason poll with 45 points. The University of Portland, a 2011 NCAA participant, earned 42 points along with a first place vote to finish fifth. The Pilots were followed by Saint Mary's College (26 points) and Loyola Marymount University (21 points), with the University of San Francisco (17 points) and Gonzaga University (10 points) rounding out the survey.

2012 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 CBS, 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.

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 16 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 94-67-18 in his seven 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. Since taking over the reigns as head coach, Greenwood has guided the Torero to five NCAA Tournament appearances including three straight from 2007-09.