ON THE PITCH: The University of San Diego women’s soccer team (1-6-2) will have a home match and road match this week. On Friday, USD will host CSUN in a 5 p.m. match, as part of a double-header with the USD men’s soccer team. Then on Sunday, USD will travel up to Orange County, to take on the Titans of Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS: CSUN enters the match with an overall record of 7-3-0 after splitting results this past week, dropping a 3-1 decision to Santa Clara, and then picking up a 4-3 win over San Jose State. Cynthia Sanchez, who has scored a team-leading eight goals, paces the Matadors offense, while adding two assists for a team-best 18 points. On the defensive side of things, Cynthia Tafoya anchors things down in goal, as she has recorded 17 saves, and has a 1.56 goals-against-average, while posting a pair of shutouts. CSUN is under the direction of 10th-year head coach Keith West.
SERIES VS. CSUN: USD leads the all-time series at 8-4-0, including wining two of the last three meetings. CSUN did however win last seasons meeting, 2-0, in Northridge. USD is 6-1-0 against CSUN while playing in San Diego, and 2-3-0 in Northridge. USD has also outscored the Matadors 20-10 in the series.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the week with an overall record of 6-1-1 after picking up a 1-1 tie with Gonzaga and a 2-1 loss to Washington State this past week. Rebecca Wilson paces the Titans offense with eight goals and three assists for a team-leading 19 points. In goal, the time has been split between Morgan Bertsch and Jennifer Stuart. Bertsch is 2-1-1 with a 1.01 GAA, and Stuart has a 1.30 GAA and a 4-0-0 record. Fullerton is under the direction of ninth-year head coach Demian Brown.
SERIES VS. CSF: San Diego is 10-5-0 all-time against the Titans, including winning five of the last six meetings. The Toreros are 6-2-0 against CSF when playing in San Diego and 4-3-0 while playing at Titan Stadium. USD has outscored the Titans 38-18 in the series.
NO GOAL FOR YOU!: McKenna Tollack got her second start of the season this past Sunday, and she performed well, as she recorded her first shutout of the season. Tollack did not allow one ball to get past her, while also recording a career-high 12 saves. Tollack now has a GAA of 0.96 in three appearances this season.
FURIOUS FINISH NOT ENOUGH: With about 10 minutes left in the match, USD was trailing cross-town rival San Diego State 4-1, and people began to leave the stands thinking things were over. Then USD’s offense woke up and scored two goals over the final eight minutes, and nearly scored another in the final two minutes, to fall by a final of 4-3. This furious finish gave USD three goals, marking the most goals USD has scored this season. USD has only had one other match in which they scored more than one goal, a 2-1 win in the season opener over NC State.
DECISIONS BY ONE GOAL: San Diego opened the season with four consecutive matches that were decided by one goal. Unfortunately, USD was on the losing side the final three of those, having dropped a pair of 1-0 double overtime decisions to UCLA and Georgetown, and a 2-1 decision to Michigan. USD did however win its season opener, 2-1 over NC State. Three weeks ago, USD broke that trend with a 0-0 tie to No. 23 Long Beach State, but the trend resumed in the 2-1 loss to Utah. USD then continued this trend with a 2-1 loss to USC, followed by a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to cross-town rival San Diego State. USD then drew a 0-0 tie with Oregon State tis past Sunday to once again break this trend. USD will look to get on the winning side of these one-goal decisions this week vs. CSUN and CSF.
I NEED STATS, STAT: All San Diego women’s soccer home matches can be followed through Statbroadcast, on the Toreros athletic web site at usdtoreros.com. Statbroadcast is an up to the minute update of the action in real time scoring. Selected San Diego road matches are also available via Gametracker and Statbroadcast. To see if live stats are available for a match, go to San Diego women’s soccer schedule page, and if any type of live state is available, you will see those links there.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: The University of San Diego women’s soccer will play 20 matches this season, and will face seven 2014 NCAA Tournament participants; Georgetown, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, BYU, San Diego State, USC and Pepperdine. The Toreros will be featured on their home pitch in 10 matches, highlighted by showdowns with national power UCLA (Aug. 23) and WCC rival Pepperdine (10/31).
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 20-year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 144-94-30 in his 13 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 eight NCAA Tournament appearances including four straight from 2007-10.
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