Oct. 8, 2013
ON THE PITCH: The Toreros will travel to the Bay Area to begin WCC play this week. The Toreros will face No. 18 Santa Clara (6-3-1) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before dueling with San Francisco (5-5-2, 0-1-0) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Both matches will be streaming live through the host school's athletics website.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara is 6-3-1 and their match with USD will be their first WCC meeting of the season... The Broncos are ranked No. 18 by the NSCAA and have a RPI ranking of No. 16... The Broncos have lost to three teams ranked in the NSCAA's top five: No. 1 Virginia (L, 2-0), No. 4 North Carolina (L, 4-0), and No. 5 Stanford (L, 3-2)... The Broncos last six outings have been at home and they have gone 4-1-1 in those matches... SCU leads the WCC in goals per match (2.10) and are second in shots attempted per match (17.10)...The Broncos have two common opponents with the Toreros in Long Beach State and Kansas; both Santa Clara and USD won both of those meetings... The Broncos offense is led by senior midfielder Julie Johnston (14 points; six goals & two assists), senior forward Morgan Marlborough (12 points; five goals & two assists), and junior forward Sofia Huerta (nine points; four goals & one assist)... Goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski is allowing 1.24 goals per match and has a save percentage of .800... Broncos Head Coach Jerry Smith has led Santa Clara to winning season in 25 of his 26 seasons... Smith's career record of 394-122-50 is good for top five in NCAA Division-I history... The Broncos lead the all-time series 15-7-0.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros' last match was on September 30th when they defeated Long Beach State at home 1-0. Senior Lauren Dotson scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute on an assist from freshman Rachel Conners. It was the Toreros fourth shutout of the 2013 season.
DOTSON HONORED: Senior midfielder Lauren Dotson was named WCC Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Toreros' 1-0 home victory over Long Beach State. With the game knotted at zero, Dotson rocketed a Rachel Conners touch pass off the far left post and in to give the Toreros the lead in the 78th minute. Dotson becomes the first Player of the Week Honor for the Toreros in 2013.
LEADING THE WAY: As the Toreros enter conference play, they sit near the top of many statistical categories in the WCC. Entering the week, the Toreros led the conference in assists (21) and assists per match (1.91). Additionally, they are second in corner kicks (63) and tied for second in shutouts (4). Individually, Kelley McCloskey and Jacqueline Altschuld are tied for the league lead in assists with three, while freshman Michaela Dooley is tied for third in goals scored with six. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft ranks second in total saves (57) and saves per match (5.18).
BEHIND THE CAPE: In the latest's Behind the Cape, sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft discusses the team's recent shutouts and the life of a goalkeeper.
FAB FROSH: Head Coach Ada Greenwood has leaned heavily on his freshmen this season. Seven true freshmen have appeared in at least half of the Toreros matches, while Michaela Dooley, Victoria Walker, Rachel Conners, and Jacqueline Altschuld have earned starting spots. Dooley scored three goals in her first two matches and now leads the team in goals (six) and points (13). Walker and Altschuld have proved to be a key to the Toreros back line's success, and they have helped the Toreros record four shutouts. Altschuld has three assists and two goals, Walker has chipped in two assists, and Conners delivered the game-winning assist in last week's 1-0 victory over Long Beach State.
SHE'S CRAFTY: Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft and the Toreros have posted shutouts in each of their last two matches. After being shutout themselves by San Diego State on September 20, the Toreros rebounded to knock off Cal State Northridge on the road 2-0 and Long Beach State at home 1-0. The Toreros now have four shutouts on the season, which puts them in a tie for second in the WCC.
ALUMNI SOCIAL: There will be a Women's Soccer alumni social before the October 17 match against Pepperdine. The social begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Warren Hospitality Suite (in the JCP) and the match kicks off at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP for the event; and to get an accurate head count for food, drinks and tickets, please call Linda Coppa in the Office of Athletic Development at (619) 260-5917 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The women's soccer team was awarded $10,000 for winning last year's Torero Pride Challenge, but the Challenge has begun again. Get a head start on the competition and stay on top! Make your gift today! To make your Torero Pride Challenge gift with a minimum $25 gift click here.
WCC WATCH: The WCC continues to show it is one of the premier conferences in women's college soccer. The conference has three teams ranked in the NSCAA's latest poll: No. 7 Portland (9-1-1), No. 18 Santa Clara (6-3-1), and No. 22 BYU (6-3-1). Additionally, the WCC has four teams that hold a RPI rank in the top 50: No. 16 Santa Clara, No. 23 BYU, No. 31 Portland, and No, 41 Pepperdine (5-3-2). The Toreros are at No. 80 and hold a 2-2-0 record against teams with a RPI ranking in the top 100.
NO TIES FOR YOU: The Toreros have gone 31 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.
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.
THE W.tv: The West Coast Conference announced 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 W.tv.
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.
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:T he 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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