Women's Soccer Falls AT San Diego 3-0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team scored 17 seconds into its match against Gonzaga University and ultimately rolled to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Bulldogs Friday night.
The 3-0 setback closed out West Coast Conference play for Gonzaga. It finished the league season 1-6-1. Overall, the Bulldogs dropped to 7-11-1.
With the win, the Toreros moved into a tie for fourth in the WCC with No. 19 ranked Santa Clara University. USD finished league at 4-4-0 and is 8-11-0 overall.
It was a quick start by San Diego that put the visiting Bulldogs on their heels. Seconds after the match kicked off, USD's Emily Dillon found teammate Emily O'Rourke on the right flank. She got to the endline and hit pass into the middle of Gonzaga's box that Mariah Hobbs' was able to one-time into the back of the net. Hobb's goal came just 17 seconds into the match.
The Toreros tacked on their second goal at the 19:15 mark when Mariah Butera volleyed in a corner kick taken by Meggie Gulczynski that was flicked back to Butera by Dani Russell.
It was four minutes later San Diego scored on yet again another corner. This time O'Rourke was the one to take the corner kick and it found the head of Russell for her fourth tally of the season and USD's final goal of the match.
Gonzaga was able to get four shots off in the first half, including a rocket by junior Emily Eckmann that came off a rebound of a free kick but it was saved by Toreros keeper McKenna Tollack.
Despite pressuring in the second half and getting off seven shots the Bulldogs were still unable to find the back of the net. Their best second half opportunities came from senior Emma Dolcetti and sophomore Cricket Harber. Dolcetti's shot 11 minutes into the final stanza was saved by Tollack, while Harber had two shots within two minutes of themselves, but each went wide.
Gonzaga now returns home to close out the 2012 campaign by hosting Eastern Washington University at the Gonzaga Soccer Field Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will recognize its five seniors in a pre-match ceremony. Their seniors are Dolcetti, Susan Brown, Morgan Manchester, Anna Lund and Alicia Berggren.