San Diego Returns Home, Looks to Stay Unbeaten in WCC

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Junior forward Erica Peeples scored the game-winning goal against Saint Mary's to keep the Toreros undefeated in the WCC
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
Junior forward Erica Peeples scored the game-winning goal against Saint Mary's to keep the Toreros undefeated in the WCC
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Oct. 17, 2012

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ON THE PITCH: The University of San Diego women's soccer team (7-7-0, 3-0-0) has been streaky all season. After dropping four straight matches, the Toreros have bounced back to post four consecutive victories to bring their overall record to .500. The Toreros enter the week in first place in the WCC as they host two conference opponents this weekend. Friday's 8:00 p.m. match with the University of Portland will be televised live on ESPNU. The Toreros will then take on No. 15 Pepperdine University on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Torero Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros defeated Saint Mary's (6-7-2, 1-2-0) last Friday 1-0 to stay perfect in conference play. USD's lone goal came from junior forward Erica Peeples, who was able to head in a Kelley McCloskey cross in the 28th minute. It was Peeples' first goal of the season, and McCloskey's third assist. McCloskey is now tied with Emily Dillion for the team lead in points with seven. It was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Torero defense.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: The University of Portland enters the week with a 6-4-3 record, while going 0-1-1 in WCC play. The Pilots have not won a match since a 3-0 victory over Seattle University on September 21. Since that win, the Pilots have gone 0-3-2 and 0-1-1 in the WCC. The Pilots are coming off a crushing 2-1 loss to BYU, where they gave up the game-winning goal in the 81st minute in front of a sold-out home crowd. The Pilots are led by junior forward Amanda Frisbie, who has seven goals and five assists. Junior Kaila Cameli also has seven goals. The Pilots defense has played well all season, allowing only 14 goals through 13 matches thus far. The Pilots are coached by Garrett Smith, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. Smith has taken the Pilots to the NCAA Quarterfinals in six of his seven seasons, and led them to the 2005 National Championship. The Toreros have struggled against the Pilots historically, trailing in the all-time series 3-15-2, but defeated then Pilots last season 2-1 in Portland.

SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine, unlike Portland, enters the week in the midst of a winning streak. The Waves have won five matches in a row, dating back to September 16 when they lost to UCLA 4-0. Their overall record now stands at 11-3-0, and they are 2-0-0 in conference play. Offensively, they are led by sophomore Amanda LeCave's 10 goals. Senior forward Anisa Guajardo is tied with LeCave for the team lead in points (20) with six goals and eight assists. Senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker has allowed just 11 goals in her 12 games and has recorded 58 saves and five shutouts. The Waves defeated the Toreros 4-2 at home in the first match of the season in a non-conference meeting. Pepperdine is coached by Tim Ward, who is in his 15th season. Ward has coached the Waves to 11 winning seasons and has a 159-83-39 career record. The Toreros lead the all-time series with the Waves 9-7-2.

STILL ON TOP: The Toreros have not trailed in a WCC contest for 10 consecutive matches dating back to last season when USD tied for the regular season title. The last time the Toreros trailed a WCC opponent in a conference match was against Pepperdine on Oct. 6 in the 2011 WCC season opener.

GOING STREAKING: The Toreros have now shutout their opponents in four consecutive matches. During that span freshman goalkeeper McKenna Tollack has recorded 18 saves. The last goal the Toreros gave up was on Sept. 21 at Long Beach in a 1-0 loss.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Friday's match against Portland will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Roxy Bernstein will be providing fans with the play-by-play. The last time the Toreros were on ESPNU, they defeated #7 Santa Clara 3-0 at home to become co-champions of the WCC on Nov. 4, 2011.

WELCOME HOME: After playing nine of their last 10 matches on the road, USD finally gets to return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium this week. USD last played at home on Sept. 14, a 3-2 loss to USC. San Diego will look to the home field advantage down the stretch, as they will play four of their final five matches at home, on their quest to repeat as WCC champions.

NO GOAL FOR YOU: Freshman goalkeeper McKenna Tollack has been a brick wall as of late in the net for the Toreros. Tollack has not allowed a goal for 334:12 of game time. Tollack is just one of two keepers in the WCC to not allow a goal in conference matches, the other being Andi Tostanoski from Santa Clara. Tollack will look to continue her shutout streak this week with a pair of home matches.

I'M HERE TO HELP: A lot is made about the person who scores the game-winning goal, but little is often said about those who help that person find the back of the net. We're here to change that. Six different Toreros this season have posted game-winning assists in San Diego's seven wins, including two from freshman defender Meggie Gulczynski. Lexi Deol, Emily Dillon, Lauren Dotson, Kelley McCloskey and Meghan O'Rourke have also had a hand (or foot) in helping the Toreros to victory with one game-winning assist each.

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: San Diego's junior striker Erica Peeples recorded her first goal of the season in Friday's 1-0 win over Saint Mary's. This was not just any goal, it was the game-winner, it lifted USD to a 3-0-0 record in the WCC to remain in sole possession of first place, and it helped extend the season-high winning streak to four. Peeples is now one of nine different Toreros to score at least one goal this season.

STAY ON TARGET: The Toreros continue to apply pressure on opposing defenses this season, having put over half their shots on frame in 2012, 127 total shots taken and 67 on those on goal.

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 16 year history, Greenwood has compiled an overall record of 94-67-18 in his seven 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 Torero to five NCAA Tournament appearances including three straight from 2007-09.

2012 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 CBS, 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.

CAN YOU SEE ME?: All USD home matches, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video 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.