Sept. 1, 2009
IN A NUTSHELL: The 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-1-1) will return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium to host the USD Nike Classic this week. On Friday, the Toreros will square off against Ohio State University in a 7:30 p.m. match. Then on Sunday, San Diego will take on Cal State Fullerton in a 1:30 p.m. match.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a 1-0-1 record this past week as they battled to a 1-1 tie with No. 7 UCLA, then traveled to Tucson, Ariz. and upended the University of Arizona, 4-1. In Friday's tie, USD senior midfielder Christine Mock tallied the lone goal of the match for the Toreros as she scored on a penalty kick at the 26:01 mark. The Bruins scored just a few minutes later to tie things up, and both teams then battled for the remainder of the match with each having good scoring opportunities not go their way. San Diego then traveled to the desert and upended Arizona 4-1 on Sunday. In the match, Erica Peeples scored a pair of unassisted goals, Hallie Huston scored the game-winner and Mock added in a goal on another penalty kick situation, to give the Toreros a 4-1 win.
THE POLLS: San Diego moved up three spots to No. 12 in the latest NSCAA top-25 poll, and jumped up five spots to No. 19 in the latest Soccer Times top-25 poll. Neither Ohio State or Cal State Fullerton are ranked in any of the top-25 polls.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Ohio State enters the match with an overall record of 1-1-1 after dropping a 2-1 decision to Pittsburgh this past weekend. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series between the two programs at 2-0-0. OSU's offense is led by sophomore forward Paige Maxwell, who has scored a pair of goals for four points. The Buckeyes defense is anchored down by senior goalkeeper Lauren Robertson, who has a goals-against-average of 0.62. Ohio State is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Lori Walker. During her tenure in Columbus, Walker has posted an overall record of 120-93-19.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters thew week with an overall record of 0-2-0 after dropping a 1-0 decision in overtime to St. Johns this past week. USD leads the all-time series with the Titans at 7-4-0. Cal State Fullerton has scored one goal on the season, and junior defender Tamera Dewey is the one who scored the goal. Junior goalkeeper Shannon Simpson anchors down the defense for the Titans and has a 1.94 GAA on the young season. Fullerton is under the direction of third-year head coach Demian Brown. During his three-years as head coach, Brown has posted an overall record of 19-21-1.
DEUCES WILD: Both freshman forward Erica Peeples and senior midfielder Christine Mock scored a pair of goals this past week for the Toreros. Mock scored her two goals in the exact same fashion, on penalty kicks. The first came at home against UCLA on Friday to give the Toreros a brief lead. The second came in the final few minutes of the 4-1 win over Arizona this past week. Overall, Mock now has two goals for four points. Peeples scored her two goals in the 4-1 win over Arizona this past Sunday. Peeples scored her unassisted goals in the 29th and 75th minutes of action and she now runs her season total to a team-leading three, and leads the Toreros with six points.
TOREROS AGAINST THE BIG WEST: Since the 2006 season, the Toreros have been almost unbeatable against opponents from the Big West Conference, posting a 11-2-0 record in these matches. The Toreros will get a chance to improve upon that record this week with a match against Cal State Fullerton. The Toreros are currently 1-0-0 against the Big West Conference this season, having defeated Cal State Northridge 3-0 in the season-opener.
TOREROS TABBED SECOND IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The University of Portland garnered the maximum seven first place votes and was selected as the preseason favorite in the 2009 WCC women's soccer head coaches preseason poll. The Pilots are followed in the poll by 2008 NCAA Tournament participant San Diego, which was picked second, Santa Clara third, and Pepperdine tabbed fourth. Rounding out this year's poll was Loyola Marymount, picked fifth, followed by Gonzaga in sixth, San Francisco in seventh, and Saint Mary's eighth. San Diego returns eight starters including 21 letterwinners overall from last year's squad that posted a 15-5-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Toreros, who posted a program-best 6-1 WCC record last season, will be led by 2008 All-WCC first team member Jackie Zinke, who was also named to the preseason all-conference team, and Natalie Garcia, Elissa Magracia, and Stephanie Ochs, all of whom were named to the 2008 All-WCC freshman team..
2009 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 69-44-12 in his five 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.