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WCC Title Pursuit Continues
Nov. 1, 2017

San Diego Women's Soccer
Thursday at Santa Clara 7 p.m. TheW.tv Live Stats
 Saturday at San Francisco 7 p.m. TheW.tv Live Stats

SAN DIEGO – San Diego pursues its second conference championship in program history this weekend, concluding the regular season at Santa Clara and San Francisco.

The Last Meeting
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October 1, 2016
Torero Stadium
Mason Lifts USD to Victory over SCU
Sophomore forward Summer Mason's goal in the 66th minute of action, lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 win over Santa Clara University Saturday evening in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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September 29, 2016
Torero Stadium
Toreros Thump Dons, 3-1
The University of San Diego women’s soccer team thumped the University of San Francisco, 3-1, Thursday evening in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams at Torero Stadium.

The Toreros (8-9, 6-1 WCC) path to a conference title is simple – they need to win both of their games and Pepperdine has to either tie or lose to Portland.

USD has won seven of their past eight games and open the weekend Thursday against the Broncos (11-6-1, 6-1 WCC). The Toreros conclude the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Dons (6-10-2, 2-5 WCC).

Both games will be streamed on TheW.tv and live statistics will be available via USDToreros.com.

LAST TIME OUT

• USD earned a pair of road shutouts last weekend, defeating Portland, 1-0, and Gonzaga, 2-0.

Summer Mason scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 76th minute to lead the Toreros to a 1-0 victory against the Pilots. She connected on a left-footed shot from 25 yards out that kissed the inside of the right post before heading to the back of the net.

Kelsi Dantu and Tara Meier connected for two corner kick goals to lead San Diego to a 2-0 victory against the Bulldogs. Meier provided both assists -- one in the 3rd minute and another in the 70th minute -- to Dantu who headed in both crosses. Dantu is second on the team with six goals, while Meier leads the team with five assists.

While Dantu and Meier provided the offensive fireworks at Gonzaga, it was the Toreros defense that stole the show a majority of the night. Kelley Carusa, Courtney Coate, Abby King, Tara Meier and Natalie Copenhaver had excellent games defensively and notched USD's second consecutive shutout.

Amber Michel continued to bolster her case as the WCC's best goalkeeper, making 10 stops on 23 shots by the Bulldogs

MASON LEADS THE OFFENSE

Summer Mason has established herself as one of the WCC’s most dangerous strikers and leads the team with 19 points on nine goals and an assist. Her nine goals are the most in a single season by a Torero since Emily Dillon scored nine times in 2013.

Mason scored her first collegiate hat trick to lead San Diego to a 3-1 victory against Pacific (Oct. 7). It was the first hat trick by a Torero since Stephanie Ochs on August 21, 2011, in a 3-1 victory against USC. She was named the WCC Player of the Week (Oct. 10) for her standout performance.

QUALITY DEFENDING

USD’s defense has been excellent this season and a key component to keeping the Toreros within striking distance in each game.

Amber Michel has registered four or more saves in 10-of-17 games this season, including a career-best 11 stops in a 2-1 victory at BYU (Sept. 29). She made seven saves in the first half at CSUN (Sept. 24) – a career best for one half.

The Toreros backline – consisting primarily of Emma Barrow, Courtney Coate, Natalie Copenhaver, Abby King and Tara Meier – have done well to limit the opposition’s attack through the center of the field and push attackers out wide.

SANTA CLARA SERIES HISTORY

The Toreros are 8-17 all-time against the Broncos but won last year’s meeting, 1-0, on a 66th minute goal by Summer Mason.

SAN FRANCISCO SERIES HISTORY

USD is 20-5 all-time against the Dons and have won 10 of the past 11 meetings. The Toreros claimed a 3-1 win last season with goals scored by Mason, Jacqueline Altschuld and Julia Sherwood.

LIEBERMAN’S FIRST SEASON

Head coach Louise Lieberman is in her first season as a head coach with USD during 2017. She is the fourth head coach in program history.

Lieberman joined the Toreros after serving as the assistant head coach at UCLA for the past eight seasons. While with the Bruins, she helped lead the team to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, two College Cup appearances and the 2013 NCAA Championship – the first in program history.

Lieberman was a four-year letterwinner as a player at UCLA from 1995-98, and was a second-time All-Pac-12 selection in 1995. She helped the Bruis claim its first two Pac-12 championships in 1997 and 1998.


 

 

VIDEO
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
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Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
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Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
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Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
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Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics

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