USD T orero Thread This info is from the usd torero dot com site, which doesn't list page url's in the address block... *** The University of San Diego women's soccer team enters the 2002 season looking to qualify for their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Toreros return 13 letter winners and welcome six newcomers to a team that will open the 2002 campaign against #11 UCLA in Los Angeles on Friday, August 30th at 2:00 PM. Two days later San Diego will play in Torero Stadium (home of the WUSA’s San Diego Spirit), opening their home schedule against UC Santa Barbara on September1st at 1:00 PM. USD is just one year removed from setting a school record, winning 10-of-11 games in Torero Stadium; the 2002 Toreros are faced with a schedule that has USD playing the bulk of their key games on the road. Four preseason Soccer Buzz Top-25 programs, as many PAC-10 opponents and a date with the defending national champion Santa Clara Broncos highlight USD’s road schedule this fall. “We are really taking on the Pac-10 and the WCC, the two strongest conferences out west,” says fifth-year head coach John Cossaboon. “A good number of our games are on the road against teams like Arizona State, Santa Clara, USC, and UCLA. Those are hard games to begin with. Add the road contests, and yes it becomes more difficult, but those are challenges we need to step up to and overcome.” Cossaboon must find a way to replace seven graduated seniors, including record- setting keeper Leila Duren, team captains Gina Poltl and Claire Currie, and offensive threats Stephanie Barnier and Casey Loveland. The loss of key personnel may be a reason the Toreros are picked to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference. However, the Toreros have never experienced a losing season in conference play, and have never placed lower than fourth since 1994. The Toreros will counter with a very talented group of young players. Junior all conference defensive players Alexis Obeji and Cristina Romero should help keeper Libby Bassett get accustomed to tending net for an entire 20-game season. Bassett, a 5-11 junior from Seattle, is expected to be the Toreros' starting goalkeeper in 2002 after solid play through six games as a sophomore. Bassett and senior midfielder Rebecca Smith are the 2002 team captains on a squad that is adjusting well to all the roster changes early on. “It is a lot of fun being down at training right now, and that says a lot in terms of our hopes for this season," added Cossaboon. “This is a new group with lots of different people coming in that will make major impacts. We are seeing very positive things day to day and our early expectations have risen from what we have seen in training.” Smith and fellow senior and two-time all-conference performer Val Strocco will provide Cossaboon with experience at the midfield position. Starters Katie Allen and Andrea Keesling both return off of strong seasons in 2001. Allen scored two game-winning goals including an unassisted score to beat USC 1-0. Keesling, a sophomore from Thousand Oaks, started every game during an All-WCC honorable mention season as a rookie. Forward Ashley Jacobsen returns for her senior season after scoring the game- winning goal against UC Irvine in 2001. Junior Brenna Mullen is another upperclassman that made major contributions last season. Mullen is one of eight local players that have come to USD after playing with the San Diego Surf Club program. Juniors Colleen Fogarty, Hayley Robertson and sophomore Brooke Roby are among them. Fogarty and Robertson each scored goals last season, while as a true freshman, Roby saw extended time as a midfielder. With the loss of seven seniors, the newcomers will be expected to contribute. The recruiting class includes three prep league MVP’s - Lee Ann Klopschinski (Upland, CA), Megan Oliveira (Lemoore, CA) and Stephanie Baines (Everett, WA). Another freshman recruit, Michelle Rowe, enters the Torero program after leading her Calgary Blizzard club team to a national championship as a prep player in Canada. Midfielders Marie Claude Henry, a transfer from Nebraska, and sophomore Shanon Bauer (Escondido, CA) round out the Torero’s six new players.