ON THE PITCH: The University of San Diego women’s soccer team (3-10-2, 1-3-0 WCC) will travel to Santa Clara (10-5-0, 3-1-0 WCC) for a for a West Coast Conference showdown on Thursday.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros fell just short to Saint Mary’s in Torero Stadium last Friday in a 2-1 defeat. The Gaels jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 13th minute. USD was able to equalize soon after in the 15th minute. Jacqueline Altschuld took the ball near the 35-yard line, sent a pass to Maddie Marotta, she then fired off a shot. The ball bounced off the goalkeeper’s chest, and then went behind her, and Julianne De Armas was there to head the ball in from the far post into an empty goal, moving the score to 1-1. However, Saint Mary’s scored the game-deciding goal in the 28th minute and held onto the lead the rest of the way.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara is currently tied for second in the WCC with three conference wins and only one loss. They are outscoring opponents 20-9 on the season though they have allowed nine more shots than they have fired. They carry a 5-2 record at home. Their only home conference loss came to San Francisco on Oct. 4. Grace Cutler leads the Broncos with four goals this season. Eight Broncos have scored a goal this season.
THE SERIES VS. SANTA CLARA: San Diego holds a 7-16-0 record against Santa Clara. The Broncos have taken the last three matches, two of them in Santa Clara by one goal each. The Toreros last win in Santa Clara came Oct. 12, 2008.
A SCORING TOUCH: Junior midfielder Jacqueline Altschuld notched her fifth assist of the season against Saint Mary’s last week. Her five assists tie her for the WCC lead with Portland’s Allison Wetherington and Santa Clara’s Megan Crosson. Altschuld also has three goals on the season and has had a touch in nearly 45 percent of the team’s goals.
CRAFTY KEEPING: San Diego keeper Michelle Craft is fifth in the league in saves with 59 over her 14 games in net. Santa Clara’s Andi Tostanoski is fourth with 63 saves in 14 games. On average Craft makes just under five (4.92) saves a game, good enough for third overall. The Broncos have allowed the second fewest goals this season, so the Toreros defense will be crucial in this matchup and one goal will likely be enough for either side.
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. The Toreros did however win its season opener, 2-1 over NC State. The trend was snapped with a 0-0 tie to No. 23 Long Beach State, but resumed the following match in the 2-1 loss to Utah. A 2-1 loss to USC was followed by a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to cross-town rival San Diego State. USD then drew a 0-0 tie with Oregon State, before breaking the trend for a pair of matches, a 4-1 win over Cal State Northridge, followed by a stunning 6-3 loss to Cal State Fullerton. When WCC play opened USD picked up a 1-0 win over Portland and then fell by another one-goal decision to Gonzaga, 2-1. The Toreros kept the one-goal deal going in a 1-0 loss to No. 5 BYU and then a 2-1 loss to Saint Mary’s last Friday. In total, 11 of USD’s 14 matches this season have been decided by one goal. Ten of Santa Clara’s 15 games have also been decided by one goal.
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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