Toreros Back on the Road for Kansas Invitational

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Michelle Craft delivered the game-winning assist in Sunday's 2-1 win over Missouri

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Michelle Craft delivered the game-winning assist in Sunday's 2-1 win over Missouri
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Sept. 10, 2013

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ON THE PITCH: The Toreros travel to Lawrence, Kansas this weekend to participate in the Kansas Invitational. On Friday afternoon they will face the Kansas Jayhawks (3-2-1) at 2:30 p.m. in a match that will be aired live at ESPN3.com. On Sunday, the Toreros have an early 7:30 a.m. match against Nebraska, who is 2-2-1 so far in the young 2013 season.

SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS: Kansas is 3-2-1 so far in the 2013 season... Last week they traveled to Tempe, Arizona where they tied the University of Arizona 1-1 on Friday before falling to Arizona State 4-0 on Sunday... The Jayhawks beat WCC-newcomer Pacific 3-0 at home August 25... Senior Caroline Kastor and junior Jamie Fletcher, both of which were named to the All Big 12 Second Team last season, lead the Jayhawks in points... Kastor has eight points (three goals, two assists) and Fletcher has four points (one goal, two assists)... Sophomore forward Ashley Williams was named to the 2012 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team... Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud has allowed seven goals through six matches, while recording two shutouts... Head Coach Mark Francis has been at Kanas since 1999 and has a 146-108-18 record there... The Toreros are 0-4-0 all-time against Kansas... These two teams last met in 2011 in San Diego, where Kansas won 2-1.

SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS: Nebraska enters the weekend with a 2-2-1 record... Their last two matches went in to extra time; on September 2 they tied Utah State 2-2 and this past Sunday they fell to No. 25 Arkansas 2-1 in the second period of extra time... Nebraska lost to the WCC's 6th-ranked BYU Cougars 3-0 in Provo on August 31st... Jaycie Johnson leads the Cornhuskers in points with seven (three goals, one assist)... Nebraska had two players selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team last season: Mayme Conroy and Ari Romero... Jaylyn Odermann was named to the 2012 Big Ten All-Freshmen Team... Goalkeeper Emma Stevens has given up eight goals through five matches... Stevens has recorded 15 saves and has a .622 save percentage... Head Coach John Walker has been at Nebraska for the last 19 seasons and owns a 263-128-24 record... Walker has led Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament ten times... The Toreros have faced the Cornhuskers only once, falling to them on the road in 1997 5-0.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros split a pair of matches last weekend in the Texas A&M Tournament. On Friday, they fell to a ranked A&M squad 6-1. Senior forward Emily Dillon scored her fifth goal of the season to give the Toreros their lone goal. The match was much closer than the final score indicated, in fact the Toreros momentarily took a 2-1 lead in the second half before it was nullified due to a USD foul.

The Toreros bounced back Sunday morning with a thrilling 2-1 extra time win over the SEC's Missouri Tigers. The Toreros struck first after Mariah Butera scored from 20 yards out, her first goal of the season. USD's lead lasted until the 64th minute, when the Tigers knotted it up 1-1, which eventually forced extra time. As the first extra time period was winding down Caitlyn Kretzschmar found herself one-on-one with the keeper after an unlikely long pass from keeper Michelle Craft. Kretzschmar kept her poise, beat the keeper, and sent the game-winning goal in to the back of the net to give the Toreros their fourth win of the season.

TORERO TIDBITS...

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. The most recent women's soccer "Behind the Cape" give fans a glimpse in to life on the road. The team took a camera on their recent trip to Texas, their footage can be seen in the video below.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION:  Friday's 2:30 p.m. match against Kansas will be streaming live on ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app. Dave Stewart will be handling the play-by-play duties, with Huw Williams along his side as the analyst. This will be the Toreros only match all season that can be viewed by a national audience.

DILLON DOING WORK: Senior forward Emily Dillon scored another goal last weekend to give her five on the season. Dillon's, who scored three goals last season, ranks 21st nationally in goals scored amongst Division-I players.

CRAFTY ASSIST: Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft delivered the game-winning assist in Sunday's 2-1 win over Missouri. With time winding down in the first overtime, Craft launched a beautiful long pass to Caitlyn Kretzschmar, who went on to score the game-winner. Not surprisingly, this was Craft's first career assist.

FIRST FOR EVERYTHING: Sophomore Caitlyn Kretzschmar's game winning goal against Missouri was the first of her career. Kretzschmar, who helps anchor the Toreros defense, had pushed forward as time was winding down in the first overtime period when she received an unlikely assist from goalkeeper Michelle Craft.

STAYING ON TARGET: 12 of the Toreros 13 shot attempts were on target in Sunday's 2-1 win over Missouri. Senior Emily Dillon led the team with six shot attempts, putting five of them on frame.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN...: The Toreros are in the midst of six consecutive matches on the road. After splitting a pair of matches in the Texas A&M Tournament last weekend, the Toreros travel to Lawrence, Kansas for the Kansas Invitational where they will face the Jayhawks and Nebraska. The following weekend, the Toreros return to Southern California for road matches against cross-town rival San Diego State and Cal State Northridge.

CHANGE OF PLANS: Both of the upcoming weekend's matches had their starting time moved up. Friday's match against Kansas, which will air on ESPN3.com, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. instead of 3:00 p.m. Sunday's match versus Nebraska was originally scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., but will now kickoff at 7:30 a.m.

WCC WATCH: The most recent Soccer America rankings have three WCC teams amongst their Top 25: No. 5 BYU (4-0-0), No. 11 Portland (3-1-1), and No. 18 Santa Clara (3-2-0). The Toreros will have their hands full in conference play, as they play all three of these teams on the road.

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 three of its topgoal 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 had 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.

CAN YOU SEE ME?: 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.