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2003 Toreros Advance to NCAA's for Fifth Consecutive Year

Nov. 21, 2003

By, Amanda Piechowski

A new era began for the San Diego women's soccer program in 2003 when Ada Greenwood was elevated to the school's head coach after serving as USD's top assistant for the past five seasons. Assuming command of program rich in soccer tradition, Greenwood and his Toreros conquered one of the nation's most challenging schedules, reaching the NCAA College Cup Tournament for a school record fifth consecutive season.

San Diego started the 2003 campaign by dominating its first five opponents defensively, shutting out Long Beach State, UNLV, Northern Arizona, Vanderbilt and Oregon State. As the season progressed, so did the Toreros. USD defeated a pair of nationally ranked teams in the form of 20th-ranked Loyola Marymount and 12th-ranked Arizona State.

The most pivotal moment of the year came with just two minutes remaining in the regular season. Trailing by a goal in the waning moments against the defending national champions and third ranked Pilots of Portland, Torero senior Brenna Mullen scored her team-leading sixth goal allowing San Diego a 2-2 tie. The comeback would send San Diego to the NCAA Tournament and Los Angeles to face the Pac-10 champs and nation's fourth-seed UCLA.

Despite a spirited effort against the Bruins, San Diego yielded a pair of first half goals and lost by a final score of 2-0. The Toreros finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 9-8-4, with eight of USD's 20 opponents qualifying for postseason play.

The Torero defense, led by goalkeeper Libby Bassett and defender's Alexis Obeji, Kaitlyn Pruett and Cristina Romero, was arguably the best in the West Coast Conference. As a team, USD allowed only 20 goals in as many games, ranking first in the conference in goals against, with an average of 0.96 per match.

Five Toreros earned All-West Coast Conference honors after the end of regular season play. Junior's Kaitlyn Pruett and Marie Claude-Henry were selected to the West Coast Conference second team. USD senior Brenna Mullen was named to the WCC's second team and was also chosen as a member of the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week for outstanding play during the weekend of October 3-5, scoring the game-winning goals against both Arizona and 12th-ranked Arizona State.

With eight shutouts in 2003, senior goalkeeper Libby Bassett received an All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention recognition for her exceptional play and junior Brooke Roby was also a 2003 All-WCC Honorable Mention for the second straight season.

The tradition of soccer excellence at USD has brought the University national recognition that the entire campus community continues to enjoy. As Greenwood continues to build the Torero program as one of the nation's best, the ensuing seasons promise to deliver Torero fans some of the best collegiate soccer the nation has to offer.

 

 

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