Sep 4, 2013
ON THE PITCH: The Toreros travel to College Station, Texas to take part in the Texas A&M Tournament this weekend. The Toreros will take on No. 19 Texas A&M (2-2-0) Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.* and then will square off against Missouri (3-1-0) Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. *The Texas A&M athletic department will be providing a live video feed for Friday's match. The video stream requires a subscription (a one day pass is available for $9.95), however audio commentary will be provided or free. Click here to access the feed.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES: Texas A&M is 2-2-0 so far this season... They are currently ranked No. 19 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 24 in the latest NSCAA poll... After losing the season opener to No. 7 Duke 1-0, the Aggies bounced back with home wins over UTSA (1-0) and Arizona State (3-1)... This past Sunday the Aggies fell to Pepperdine 3-1, which vaulted the Waves to No. 22 in this week's NSCAA poll... Junior forward Kelley Monogue leads the Aggies in scoring with four points (two goals)... Aggie goalkeeper Jordan Day is allowing 1.25 goals per match and holds a .722 save percentage... The Aggies have three players ranked in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 player rankings: No. 32 defender Meghan Straight, No. 33 forward Annie Kunz, and No. 68 defender Rachel Lenz... Aggie head coach G Guerrieri is entering his 20th season with A&M and has taken the team to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1995... He holds a 319-96-23 (.755) record at A&M... The Toreros are 3-0-0 all-time against the Aggies... The Toreros knocked off the Aggies last year 1-0, when A&M was ranked No. 12 in the country.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Missouri is currently 3-1-0 in 2013... Their lone loss came at Memphis where they fell 2-1 in extra time... The Tigers received votes in the latest NSCAA poll, but did not crack the Top 25... Junior Taylor Grant leads the Tigers in points with eight (three goals and two assists)... Junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein has allowed only three goals through four matches... The Tigers have two players in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Player Rankings: No. 62 F Alyssa Diggs and No. 82 MF Dominique Richardson... Head Coach Bryan Blitz is entering his 17th season at Missouri and holds a 174-142-17 record... The Toreros have faced Missouri only twice, winning both times... The Toreros beat Missouri in the 2011 season opener 2-1.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Toreros won a pair of home matches against Big West teams last weekend to improve their record to 3-1-0. On Friday the Toreros posted their first shutout of the season, defeating UC Irvine 1-0 on Emily Dillon's
game-winning 65th minute goal.
On Sunday, the Toreros knocked off Cal State Northridge 3-1. Freshman Michaela Dooley gave the Toreros the early lead after she was able to put away a Jenna Owens cross in the sixth minute. The Matadors would tie it up in the 23rd minute, but Emily Dillon broke the tie after finishing a Taylor Housley lead pass in the 77th minute. Dillon would score one more goal, this one unassisted, in the 85th minute to give the Toreros the 3-1 victory.
BEHIND THE CAPE: usdtoreros.com's new webisode series "Behind the Cape" launched a few weeks ago. These short videos give fans a behind the scenes look in to the Toreros athletic programs. Three videos highlighting the women's soccer team have been released thus far. The most recent women's soccer "Behind the Cape" can be viewed below.
DILLON DOING WORK: Senior forward Emily Dillon scored three goals this past weekend, including two in the Toreros 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge. Dillon now has four goals on the season after tying for the team-lead with three in 2012.
"I'm finding my finishing a little bit more and just taking control of my opportunities," Dillon said after Sunday's win. "Last season was my first year with the team because I was a transfer, but I think I really have found my place with this team. I just hope things keep building up from here."
FROSH FAST START: Dillon isn't the only Torero wrecking havoc on opposing goalkeepers. Freshman Michaela Dooley also has four goals so far in the young 2013 season. However, Dooley is no stranger to finding the back of the net. She scored 55 goals in her four-year career at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., including 30 in her senior season.
CRAFTING A SHUTOUT: Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft recorded her first career solo shutout Friday evening when she and the Toreros defense blanked UC Irvine. After making only two starts last season, Craft is 3-1-0 in her four starts this season, allowing 1.50 goals per match. Craft teamed with McKenna Tollack to shutout Saint Mary's last season, but only played the second half of the match.
HITTING THE ROAD: After opening up the season with four home matches, the Toreros will be on the road for their next six contests. The Toreros will face a pair of SEC teams this weekend at the Texas A&M Tournament. The following weekend they will be in Lawrence, Kansas for the Kansas Invitational where they will face the Jayhawks and Nebraska. After that, the Toreros will return to Southern California to face San Diego State and Cal State Northridge. The Toreros next home match is September 30 when they host Long Beach State.
WCC WATCH: The WCC continues to show it is one of the premier conferences in women's college soccer. Over the weekend, Portland tied No. 2 Stanford on the road 1-1 while Pepperdine traveled to No. 19 Texas A&M and beat the Aggies 3-1. In the latest NSCAA poll there were three WCC teams ranked: No. 6 BYU (3-0-0), No. 15 Portland (2-0-1), and No. 22 Pepperdine (2-0-1). Additionally Santa Clara (2-2-0) checks in at No. 22 in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 25 rankings.
TORERO SOCCER NOTES
ALL-WCC RETURNERS: Amongst the 23 players on the roster, the Toreros are welcoming back four All-WCC performers from a season ago. Returning All-WCC performers include second-teamer Meghan O'Rourke, All-WCC honorable mention honoree Kelley McCloskey, and All-WCC freshman team performers Meggie Gulczynski and McKenna Tollack. O'Rourke returns to anchor down the defensive line after scoring one goal and chipping in with four assists for six points, while helping the team post six shutouts. McCloskey returns after tying for the team-lead in goals scored with three, while also adding in three assists for nine total points. Gulczynski comes back for her sophomore campaign after scoring one goal and adding in four assists for five points, while Tollack makes her return after leading the team with 80 saves in goal, and recording five shutouts last season.
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS: San Diego returns its top three goal scorers from a year ago in the form of junior forward Mariah Butera, senior forward Emily Dillon, and senior midfielder Kelley McCloskey. All three of these ladies tied for the team-lead with three goals scored, while Dillon chipped in with five assists, and McCloskey added in three assists of her own. USD will look for these three ladies, as well as some key newcomers, to provide the offensive punch this season.
FRESH FACES: The Toreros roster went through an offseason shakeup and now features 10 new players (nine freshmen and one transfer). Six of the nine true freshmen came from within California, with two hailing from San Diego county.
O'ROURKE NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WCC TEAM: Junior defender Meghan O'Rourke was named to the preseason All-WCC Team. O'Rourke was named to the All-WCC Second Team last season after helping the Toreros post six shutouts while chipping in one goal and four assists.
TOREROS TABBED FIFTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The Toreros were picked to finish fifth (out of ten) in the preseason WCC coaches poll. Santa Clara was picked to finish first, receiving nine of the ten first place votes. Portland received the other first place vote and was picked to finish second. Last year's conference champion, BYU, rounded out the top three and was then followed by Pepperdine. Following USD was LMU, San Francisco, Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, and conference-newcomer Pacific.
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 19 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 102-78-18 in his 10 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 Toreros to six NCAA Tournament appearances including four straight from 2007-10.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: All USD home matches, as well as select road games, will be streamed live 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.