It was a busy week for the Dons with performances from both soccer and golf teams. The Dons’ men and women soccer teams had dominant performances. The men’s team played on Sept. 12 here on Hilltop against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, crushing the Mustangs 6-0 and the women’s team traveled to UC San Diego on Sept. 14 winning decidedly 4-1. Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s golf teams hosted the USF Intercollegiate at Olympic Club on Sept. 12 and 13.
Men’s soccer dominated from start to finish against Cal Poly. The Dons were able to share the ball and create lots of opportunities as all six goals came from different players. USF did exceptionally well on defense as well, limiting Cal Poly to only one shot on goal the entire game. Out of the six goals scored, three were collegiate firsts for first-year students Mason Dougherty, Zane Alafranji, and Reid Roberts.
Women’s soccer won in a similar fashion against the Tritons. The Dons’ offensive production was impressive, creating 15 shots on goal, compared to UC San Diego’s three. Second-year Marissa Vasquez started off the scoring in the 18th minute off of an assist by first-year Lindsey Chau. Chau was able to score her own goal only six minutes later, ending the first half up 2-0. UC San Diego responded early in the second half with a goal from second-year forward Natalie Abel. The narrowed lead was quickly widened once again with a goal from second-year Allison Kamansky, who scored less than six minutes later. Third-year Ashley Jordan topped the great team performance with her first collegiate goal in the 83rd minute.
The Dons unfortunately could not bring the same level of dominance on the golf course. The women’s team placed tenth in the USF-hosted tournament with second-year Jade Siphomsay placing highest on the team in a tie for 17th place. Second-year Yvonne Shang did second best on the team, ending the tournament tied for 25th place. The men’s team had better luck, finishing fifth in the tournament with three players placing in the top 20. First-year Jakob Melin was the team’s best performer, finishing tied for eighth place. With graduate student Matthew Anderson and third-year Benjamin Partridge finishing tied for 12th and 17th respectively.
The Women’s golf team will travel to New Mexico to play in the Golf Iconic Classic from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5. While the men’s team will be playing in Potomac, Maryland at the Howard/USF invitational. Up next for women’s soccer, the Dons face Gonzaga here at Negoesco Stadium on Oct. 1. The men’s soccer team will be hosting Air Force Sept. 25 for First Responders Appreciation Day.
Students can attend all games for free with the use of their One Card.