Gauchos Can't Get on the Board, Drop 2-0 Shutout at San Diego

Aug. 27, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO - Two first half goals were enough as the University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-0-0) shutout UC Santa Barbara (0-1-1), 2-0, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

Junior forward Amy Epsten got things rolling for the Toreros early in the match as at the 6:45 mark she corralled a cross from freshman Natalie Vinti and was able to punch the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

USD then added another goal in the 28th minute as junior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her first marker of the season. Freshman Hallie Huston skied a pass into the goal box and Robinson was there to head the ball out of the reach of UCSB netminder Katie Wright.

The Gauchos did out shoot the Toreros 11-9, including two apiece by seniors Darci Gwartz and Chandi Bickford and a pair by freshman Erin Doherty, but it wasn't until the 59th minute of play that Santa Barbara was able to get its first shot off as the Toreros defense clamped down on the front line.

Junior Karen Cook picked up her first win of the season in goal as she recorded six saves for the Toreros. Wright, who had an outstanding debut as a Gaucho on Friday night when she blanked 17th-ranked USC with eight saves, suffered the loss and had two saves on Sunday.

UCSB will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 3, when it returns to San Diego for a 1:00 p.m. match against San Diego State.