Toreros face tough task in Duke Nike Classic

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Junior Kelly McCloskey scored her first goal of the season last Friday.
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Junior Kelly McCloskey scored her first goal of the season last Friday.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Sept. 4, 2012

ON THE PITCH: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (3-3-0) is back on the road this week as they head to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Nike Classic. The Toreros will take on the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (4-1-0) Friday at 4:30 p.m. and then the No. 18 North Carolina Tar Heels (2-1-1) Sunday at 8 a.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros split their two matches in the USC Futbol Classic last weekend to keep their record even at 3-3-0. The Toreros fell to the Washington State Cougars (4-1-0) last Friday by the score of 2-1. San Diego took the lead in the 13th minute when junior midfielder Kelley McCloskey scored her first goal of the season off an Emily Dillon assist. The Toreros clung to the lead until the 65th minute when the Cougars' Micaela Castain converted a penalty kick past freshman keeper Michelle Craft. Nine minutes later the Cougars scored again when Castain found the back of the net for the second time, bringing the score to 2-1, which would be the final score. The Toreros bounced back with a 2-1 victory over USC (2-3-0) in another non-conference match Sunday. After allowing a Trojan goal in the 8th minute, USD was able to tie it up in the 22nd minute when senior midfielder Sierra Ferreira converted a cross from Emily Dillon. The match would remain tied until the 84th minute when sophomore midfielder Mariah Butera was able to strike in the winning goal after another beautiful assist from Emily Dillon giving the Toreros a 2-1 win.

 

 

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS: No. 4 Duke enters the week with a 4-1-0 record as they get ready to host the Duke Nike Classic. The Blue Devils, like USD, took part in the USC Futbol Classic last weekend, defeating USC 2-1 and Washington State 4-0. The Blue Devils lone loss of the season came against the University of Florida on August 26th when they fell 3-2 in extra time. Opponents have had a tough time slowing down the Blue Devil offense thus far as they are outscoring opponents 20-5 on the season. Five of those goals have come from redshirt junior defender Kim DeCesare who leads the team. Duke head coach Robbie Church is entering his 12th season with the team and led the Blue Devils to the NCAA National Championship game last season where they lost to Stanford 1-0. The Blue Devils return all 11 starters from last year's team, including All-Americans Natasha Anasi and Kaitlyn Kerr. USD has an all-time record of 0-1-1 against the Blue Devils. They played to a 0-0 draw the last time they met in September of 2007.

SCOUTING THE TARHEELS: No. 18 North Carolina currently has a 2-1-1 record after earning two victories last weekend in the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational. The Tarheels took down UConn (3-2-1) by the score of 2-0 last Friday before earning a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame (3-2-0) on Sunday. Unlike Duke, the Tarheels have struggled to score goals, tallying only three goals thus far. However, they have had stellar play in goal by their pair of keepers. Senior Adelaide Gay and junior Anna Sieloff have combined to give up only one goal this season and the Tarheels currently have three consecutive shutouts. North Carolina has been coached by Anson Dorrance since the program's inception in 1979 and has won an outstanding 20 NCAA National Championships. USD is 0-2-0 all-time against the Tarheels.

DILLON OFFERS ASSIST: Junior forward Emily Dillon entered last week as the only Torero with more than one goal (2), but this past weekend her attention turned to setting her teammates up. Dillon, who is in her first year with the Toreros after transferring from West Virginia, assisted all three of the Toreros goals over the weekend. Dillon now leads the Toreros in goals (2) and assists (3)

USD KNOWS DRAMA: USD's 2-1 victory over USC on Sunday marked the third time the Toreros have won by a one-goal margin. To intensify matters, all of USD's game-winning goals have come with eleven minutes or less remaining. USD's first win of the season was a 1-0 victory over Texas A&M when Emily Dillon scored in the 79th minute. The Toreros followed that up with a 3-2 sudden death victory over Minnesota. Last Sunday, they continued the trend when Mariah Butera scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute.

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.

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.

CAN YOU SEE ME?: All USD home matches, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto www.usdtoreros.com. Simply go to the women's soccer schedule page and click on the WATCH link to view that days match.