Nov. 5, 2013
ON THE PITCH: The Toreros will wrap up the 2013 season with home matches against Saint Mary's and Pacific. USD will host the Gaels (6-12-0, 2-5-0) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before welcoming in the Tigers on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. match. Both matches will be streaming live on usdtoreros.com.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros suffered a tough 1-0 road loss to No. 20 BYU (12-4-1, 6-1-0) last Friday. Playing in front of over 2,000 fans, the Toreros kept the Cougars scoreless for the first 78 minutes despite the Cougars having numerous scoring opportunities. BYU finally found the back of the net in the 79th minute when Marissa Nimmer finished an Ashley Hatch shot that had bounced off the crossbar. It was the fifth straight shutout for the Cougars.
SCOUTING THE GAELS:
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2012
Peeples Keeps USD Perfect in WCC Action
Erica Peeples' goal in the 28th minute of action lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to their fourth consecutive win, as the Toreros remain perfect in West Coast Conference action with a 1-0 win over Saint Mary's College Friday afternoon.
The Last Meeting
August 26, 2011
San Diego, CA
No. 20 USD Too Much for Tigers
Senior defender Natalie Garcia, junior midfielder Sierra Ferreira, senior forward Stephanie Ochs and freshman midfielder Mariah Butera each tally a goal as the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team blanked the University of the Pacific (1-2-0), 4-0, Friday evening in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.
Saint Mary's enters the week with a 6-12-0 overall record and a 2-5-0 mark in WCC play... The Gaels have lost three matches in a row (@ Pepperdine, Portland, and Gonzaga)... The Gaels' WCC wins came against LMU and San Francisco... The Gaels are 1-7-0 on the road...The Gaels have 21 assists on their 18 goals... Saint Mary's has allowed the second most goals in the WCC (35)... The Gaels have attempted the second fewest corners in the conference (66)... Senior Briana Campos leads the Gaels in points with 13 (six goals & one assist)... Sophomore Caroline Beaulne leads the team in assists with five... Freshman goalkeeper Kaeli Schmidt is second in the WCC in saves with 93... Schmidt is allowing 1.94 goals per match and has a save percentage of .729... Gaels Head Coach Kai Edwards is in his fifth season... The Toreros lead the all-time series 13-8-0 and have won the past three meetings.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Pacific enters the week 4-10-3 overall and 3-3-1 in WCC play... The Tigers have won two matches in a row (@ LMU and vs. Gonzaga in OT)... The Tigers are 2-5-0 on the road... They have scored 15 goals in 17 matches... The Tigers are last in the WCC in corner kicks (59) and first in yellow cards (17)... Seniors Brittni Beeman (13) and Maricela Padilla (12) lead the Tigers in points... Freshman Alex Hussara leads the team with four assists... Senior goalkeeper Tashia Long is allowing 1.45 goals per match and has a save percentage of .741... Head Coach Keith Coleman is in his 20th season and has led the Tigers to a .500 or better record in 15 of his 19 seasons... The Toreros lead the all-time series 5-1-0, outscoring the Tigers 20-4... The Toreros defeated Pacific 4-0 in their last meeting (Aug. 26, 2011).
FAREWELL SENIORS: On Saturday USD will honor its five seniors (Devany Savage, Emily Dillon, Lauren Dotson, Taylor Housley and Kelley McCloskey) prior to their 1:00 p.m. match against Pacific. These ladies compiled 41 wins during their time at USD and helped the Toreros qualify for two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2011, they helped the Toreros secure the first WCC Championship in school history as they advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
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. 8 Santa Clara (13-3-1, 7-0-0), No. 12 Portland (14-2-1, 6-1-0), and No. 19 BYU 12-4-1, 6-1-0). Additionally, the WCC has four teams that hold a RPI rank in the top 60: No. 15 Santa Clara, No. 17 BYU, No. 21 Portland, and No. 55 Pepperdine (9-7-2, 4-4-0). The Toreros are at No. 89 and have played five teams that hold a RPI rank in the top 25. USD has three wins over teams that have a RPI rank in the top 100.
LEADING THE WAY: With only one week 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 (107), third in assists (26), and third in goals (27). Individually, Michelle Craft is third in saves (87) and is tied for fifth in shutouts (five). Emily Dillon is tied for fifth in points (20) and goals (8). In WCC matches, Dillon is third in shots (27) and tied for first in game-winning goals (two).
BEHIND THE CAPE: The latest episode of Behind the Cape features the five Torero seniors: Devany Savage, Taylor Housley, Emily Dillon, Lauren Dotson, and Kelley McCloskey. They reflect on their careers at USD, coach Greenwood, and the memories they will never forget.
HOUSLEY HONORED: Senior midfielder Taylor Housley was named to the Capital One District Eight All-Academic Second Team. Housley, who is a political science 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.
NO I IN TORERO: The Toreros are doing an amazing job at setting up their goals through pinpoint passing. They 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 38 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. The last true draw the Toreros had was 73 matches ago on September 17, 2010 against Cal State Bakersfield
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.