Oct. 29, 2013
ON THE PITCH: The Toreros will play their last road match of the season on Friday at 6:00 p.m. when they visit No. 20 BYU. The match will be aired live on BYUtv and streaming on www.byutvsports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros split to road matches in the Pacific Northwest last week. On Thursday, they fell to the No. 6 Portland Pilots 2-0, but rebounded with a come from behind 3-1 win at Gonzaga on Saturday. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, sophomore Meggie Gulczynski scored her first two goals of the season within one minute of each other to give the Toreros the lead. Meghan O'Rourke would tack on one more, scoring her first goal of the season, in the 77th minute to give the Toreros the 3-1 win. It was the third time the Toreros have scored at least three goals in a match this season, but their first time since their 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge on September 1.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU enters the week with an 11-4-1 overall record... They are 5-1-0 in WCC play and are currently in second place after beating No. 6 Portland 1-0 on the road last week... The Cougars have recorded four straight shutouts and have given up only two goals in six WCC matches... The Cougars only WCC loss was at first place Santa Clara where they fell 2-1... The Cougars lost to both Long Beach State and UC Irvine, who the Toreros beat... The Cougars are tied with the Toreros for most corner kicks attempted (40) in conference play... Cougars goalkeeper Erica Owens leads the WCC in shutouts (eight) and goals allowed average (0.68)... Cloee Colohan and Ashley Hatch are tied for the team-lead in goals with four... Cougars Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood recently won her 300th career match... BYU leads the nation in attendance, averaging 3,205 fans per match... Rockwood has the fifth best winning percentage amongst active coaches... BYU leads the all-time series 3-2-0... The schools are 1-1-0 against each other since BYU joined the WCC.
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. 9 Santa Clara (11-3-1, 5-0-0), No. 11 Portland (13-2-1, 5-1-0), and No. 20 BYU 11-4-1, 5-1-0). Additionally, the WCC has four teams that hold a RPI rank in the top 40: No. 14 Santa Clara, No. 18 Portland, No. 20 BYU, and No. 36 Pepperdine (9-5-2, 4-2-0). The Toreros, who are currently in fifth place, are at No. 86 and hold a 3-5-0 record against teams with a RPI ranking in the top 100.
LEADING THE WAY: With only two weeks left of conference play, the Toreros are near the top of the WCC in many statistical categories. Entering the week the Toreros were first in corner kicks attempted (103), third in assists (26), and third in goals (27). Individually, Michelle Craft is third in saves (78) and is tied for fourth in shutouts (five). Emily Dillon is tied for third in goals and tied for fourth in points. In WCC matches, Dillon is first in shots (26) and tied for first in game-winning goals (two).
BEHIND THE CAPE: The latest episode of Behind the Cape features assistant coach Elie Magracia, who has a four year starter at midfield for the Toreros from 2008-2011. Magracia helped the Toreros reach the NCAA Tournament four straight seasons, including their Sweet 16 run in 2011. In the video below, Magracia talks about the challenges of transitioning from a player to a coach.
TWO FOR MEGGIE: Sophomore Meggie Gulczynski's first two goals of the season proved to be the difference in the Toreros 3-1 win at Gonzaga last Saturday. With USD trailing 1-0, Gulczynski scored two goals in as many minutes to give the Toreros the lead. Gulczynski started 13 matches at defense last season on her way to be named to the WCC All-Freshmen Team, but has now found a role as a reserve forward providing a spark off the bench for Coach Greenwood.
SHE'S CRAFTY: Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Craft was featured in the WCC's Top Play Tuesday for one of her saves during the Toreros 3-1 win at Gonzaga. You can see Craft's diving save in the video below.
HOUSLEY HONORED Senior midfielder Taylor Housley was named to the Capital One District Eight All-Academic Second Team. Housley, who is a biology major, owns a 3.87 cumulative GPA and has started every match for the Toreros this season, scoring two goals and chipping in two assists.
O'ROURKE RETURNS: Meghan O'Rourke made a splash in her return to the Toreros' lineup. The junior defender scored a goal on her first shot of the season after missing the previous four matches to help the Toreros beat Gonzaga 3-1.
NO I IN TORERO: The Toreros are doing an amazing job at setting up their goals through pinpoint passing. Theu have an incredible 27 assists for their 27 goals scored. The team's 27 assists have come from 13 different players, with seniors Kelly McCloskey and Emily Dillon tied for the team lead with four. Even goalkeeper Michelle Craft has an assist; she set up Caitlyn Kretzschmar's game-winning goal in the Toreros 2-1 win over Missouri.
NO TIES FOR YOU: The Toreros have gone 37 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.
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: The 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.