Toreros to Play a Pair of WCC Southern California Rivals

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Tara Hodgson and the Toreros will battle Pepperdine and No. 21 LMU this week in WCC action.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
Tara Hodgson and the Toreros will battle Pepperdine and No. 21 LMU this week in WCC action.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Oct. 10, 2006

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (8-5-0, 0-1-0 WCC) will continue West Coast Conference play this week with a pair of Southern California rivals in Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine University. On Friday, the Toreros will head to Malibu for a 3 p.m. match with the Waves. On Sunday, USD will travel to Los Angeles for a 1 p.m. match with the 21st-ranked Lions.

LAST TIME OUT: Two late goals lifted the third-ranked Santa Clara University Broncos to a 2-0 win over the University of San Diego women's soccer team Sunday afternoon in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams having a good chance to tally a goal. USD almost broke into the scoring column first as freshman midfielder Hallie Huston hit a laser shot at the Santa Clara goalkeeper in the early minutes of the match, but the `keeper made a great save to preserve the 0-0 tie. Late in the second half, the Broncos finally were able to break through the stingy San Diego defense, as in the 77th minute Brittany Klein controlled a pass from Jordan Angeli and took a shot from 10 yards out that was able to get past USD's starting goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. The Broncos then scored the final goal of the match in the 88th minute when Amanda Poach was able to beat USD's Karen Cook, the second goalkeeper of the day for the Toreros, in a one-on-one situation to put the match at its final of 2-0. Huston led the Toreros in shots taken with two, and Leigh Ann Robinson, Allison Wolters and Vanessa Vella all tallied one shot on the afternoon. The Broncos outshot the Toreros 15-5 and had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Cameron was charged with the loss for the Toreros allowing one goal and recording four saves. Her counterpart, Meagan McCRay, was credited with the win for the Broncos allowing no goals and recording three saves.

SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine University enters the contest with a 6-4-3 overall record and a 0-0-1 mark in the WCC after recording a scoreless tie with Loyola Marymount in both teams' WCC opener this past Sunday. The all-time series record between USD and Pepperdine is 6-5-1 in favor of the Toreros. The Waves are led offensively by a pair of four-goal scorers in Emily Wynne and McKenzie Hill with Wynne adding in six assists or a team-leading 14 points. Goalkeeper Kayla Stolte anchors down the defense for the Waves with her 0.84 goals-against-average. The Waves are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Tim Ward. During his tenure in Malibu, Ward has posted a record of 105-49-21.

SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount University enters the week with a 7-1-3 overall record and a 0-0-1 mark in the WCC after battling to a 0-0 tie with Pepperdine this past Sunday. LMU is ranked No. 21 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll. The Toreros own a 10-1-1 all-time record against the Lions. LMU is led offensively by Jamie Bell who has a team-best four goals, and has added one assist for a team-leading nine points. Goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek anchors down the Lions defense with her 0.60 GAA. Slovek has only allowed seven goals on the season. LMU is under the direction of 10th-year head coach Gregg Murphy. During his tenure in Los Angeles, Murphy has posted a 102-76-24 record.

2006 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's soccer home matches can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action. Selected San Diego road matches are also available via Gametracker. To see if Gametracker is available for a game go to San Diego Events at the top-right of the home page. If Gametracker is available there will be a Gametracker link..

HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE?: San Diego has tallied 21 goals on the season with eight different players scoring at least one goal. Leigh Ann Robinson leads all Toreros with six goals, followed by senior midfielder Veronica Ambort who has four. Natalie Vinti, Ashley Kirk and Hallie Huston have all registered two goals for USD.

CORNERING THE COMPETITION: San Diego has not only outshot and out scored its competition, but they have also had a strong advantage in corner kicks as well. USD is holding a 82-32 advantage in corner kicks.

THE POLLS: San Diego is ranked regionally in a pair of polls, standing in a tie for No. 10 in the NSCAA coaches poll with Cal State Fullerton, USC and Long Beach State and also ranked in a tie for 15th in the Soccerbuzz West Region poll with Oregon State... Loyola Marymount is ranked No. 21 in the latest Soccer America top-25 poll...Pepperdine is ranked No. 12 in the latest Soccerbuzz West Region poll.

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 14 year history, Greenwood has complied an overall record of 27-28-7 in his three 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. In his second year as a head coach in 2004, he guided USD to a 12-8-2 overall record, a 5-1-1 mark in the difficult West Coast Conference, and a second round appearance in the NCAA College Cup, maintaining USD's streak of six consecutive postseason appearances. For his efforts, Greenwood was honored as both the 2004 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and the 2004 San Diego Union Tribune Coach of the Year.

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: For the fourth consecutive week, the Toreros will square off against a ranked opponent. Four weeks ago, USD travel to play, then No. 16 USC, then seven days later, the Toreros went to battle with No. 5 UCLA and this past Sunday the Toreros opened WCC play with the third-ranked Broncos of Santa Clara. Now this week, USD will try and defeat their second ranked opponent of the season as they play No. 21 Loyola Marymount on Sunday.

INSIDE THE WCC NUMBERS: Leigh Ann Robinson finds herself ranked tied for fifth in the WCC in goals scored with six and is sixth in the conference in total points with 15. Veronica Ambort is tied for ninth in the conference in goals scored with four and both Natalie Vinti and Vanessa Vella find themselves tied for ninth in assists with four each.

TOREROS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN WCC: The University of Portland, who won the 2005 national title, were tabbed as the favorite to win the 2006 WCC crown. The Pilots received five first place votes to tally 47 overall points. Santa Clara University, which welcomes back 10 starters from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, was selected second with 45 total points and received three first place votes. The Broncos are followed in the poll by a pair of 2005 NCAA Tournament participants in Gonzaga University (34) and Pepperdine University (31). Selected fifth was the University of San Diego with 23 points, Loyola Marymount University was tabbed sixth with 21 points, while Saint Mary's College (15) and the University of San Francisco (7) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.