Sept. 17, 2013
ON THE PITCH: After being in Texas and Kansas the last two weekends, the Toreros return to Southern California for two more road matches this weekend. On Friday, they head down I-8 for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with their cross-town rival San Diego State (1-4-2). The Mountain West Network will be streaming the match live online here.
On Sunday, the Toreros head north for a 1:00 p.m. showdown at Cal State Northridge. San Diego knocked off the Matadors 3-1 at home on September 1. Sunday's match will have free live audio.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State is off to a rough start in 2013... They hold a 1-4-2 record after going 21-2-1 last season... In 2012 the Aztecs went 14-1-0 at home... The Aztecs have faced two WCC teams so far: Saint Mary's (W, 1-0) and Pepperdine (L, 2-0)... They will host Portland on Sunday... SDSU and USD have one common opponent in USC; both teams fell to the Trojans... The Aztecs returned seven starters from last year's team, including three Mountain West First Team Selections: senior defender Carli Johnson, junior forward Hannah Keane, and senior defender Haley Palmer... Johnson was named the Mountain West Tournament MVP and Palmer was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year... The Aztecs have struggled to score this season, finding the back of the net only four times through seven matches... Four different players have scored their goals; Keane leads the team in points with four (one goal, two assists)... Aztec goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn is allowing 1.61 goals per match... Vaughn has 33 saves and has recorded two shutouts... Head Coach Mike Friesen holds a 69-41-18 record through six seasons at SDSU... The Aztecs lead the all-time series 4-7-1... These teams last met in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament where the Aztecs won 1-0.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS: The Toreros will face the Matadors for the second time on Sunday... USD knocked off Northridge 3-1 at home on September 1... This marks the second consecutive season that these squads have played twice in a season; they split their meeting last season with the road team winning each match... The Matadors are 3-5-0 in 2013... After starting the season 0-4-0, they have won three of their last four matches... In 2012 the Matadors went 11-5-6 (6-1-2) and won their first Big West Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history... Hannah Wissler and Chloe McDaniel lead the Matadors in scoring with five a piece (two goals, one assist)... Northridge has had three goalkeepers play at least 100 minutes this season... Cynthia Tafoya has spent the most time in goal and allowed three goals against the Toreros earlier in the month... Tafoya is allowing 1.77 goals per match and has 23 saves for a save percentage of .727... Head Coach Keith West is in his 8th season with the Matadors... The Toreros have a 9-3-0 all-time record against Northridge and have won the last two meetings.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros participated in the Kansas Invitational last weekend where they split a pair of matches. On Friday, the Toreros defeated Kansas 2-0 behind a pair of goals from senior Taylor Housley. Her first goal was set up by freshmen Michaela Dooley in the 21st minute. The Toreros extended their lead in the 49th minute after Jacqueline flicked a Kelley McCloskey corner kick to Housley, who tapped it inside the back post
The Toreros lost a hard-fought battle on Sunday, falling 2-1 to Nebraska. They jumped out to an early lead after Michaela Dooley finished a Victoria Walker cross in the second minute. However, that would be all the scoring for the Toreros. Nebraska scored goals in the 18th and 61st minute to squeak past the Toreros.
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. In the most recent women's soccer "Behind the Cape," Lauren Dotson and Meghan O'Rourke discuss playing against familiar faces in Friday's match at San Diego State.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Senior midfielder Kelley McCloskey was featured in her hometown newspaper, the San Marino (Calif.) Tribune. Mitch Lehman takes an in-depth reflection on her career with the Toreros. To read the story click here.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH: Three Toreros were named to the Kansas Invitational All-Tournament Team: Taylor Housley, Mariah Butera, and Caitlyn Kretzschmar. Housley scored two goals in the Toreros 2-0 victory over Kansas, while Butera and Kretzschmar continued their stellar play on their way to helping the Toreros shutout the Jayhawks.
FAB FROSH: Head Coach Ada Greenwood has leaned heavily on his freshmen this season. Eight true freshmen have appeared in at least half of the Toreros matches, while Michaela Dooley, Victoria Walker, and Jacqueline Altschuld have earned starting spots. Dooley scored three goals in her first two matches and is now tied for the team-lead in goals with five. Walker and Altschuld have proved to be a key to the Toreros back line's success, and they have helped the Toreros record two shutouts. Walker and Altschuld also each have two assists with Altschuld chipping in two goals as well.
RIGHT ON TARGET: The Toreros have an impressive shot on goal percentage of .570, while holding opponents to .450. Emily Dillon and Michaela Dooley, who are the team's top goal scorers, both are doing an excellent job of keeping their shots on target. Dillon has a shot on goal percentage of .714 and Dooley's is .667. The Toreros were especially locked in during their 2-1 win over Missouri, where they put 12 of their 13 shots on frame.
LEADING THE WAY: It's never too early to look ahead to conference play. The Toreros are first in the WCC in both goals and assists per game with 2.12. The Toreros have 17 goals, to go along with their 17 assists, through eight matches. The Toreros are also second in corner kicks attempted with 46, trailing only Portland who has 50.
NO TIES FOR YOU: The Toreros have gone 28 consecutive matches without ending in a draw. The last time the Toreros tied was in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. In that match, the Toreros tied UCLA 1-1, but advanced to the Sweet 16 after winning PKs.
THE W.tv: The West Coast Conference announced on Wednesday the formal launch of TheW.tv, the home for WCC sports action on both linear television and in the digital space. TheW.tv will deliver West Coast Conference live games, regular studio programming, and exclusive live coverage from every WCC championship free of charge, featuring the tagline, "All the action. Anytime. Anywhere." The Toreros home match against Pepperdine on October 19 will be shown on the The W.tv. For complete details about the W.tv click here.
WCC WATCH: The WCC continues to show it is one of the premier conferences in women's college soccer. The conference had three teams ranked in the NSCAA's latest poll: No. 11 BYU (4-1-1), No. 16 Portland (6-1-1), and No. 22 Santa Clara (4-2-0). Pepperdine (4-2-1), who is receiving votes, was just outside the Top 25. The Toreros are tied for 5th (with UC Irvine) in the NSCAA's West 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 day's match.
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