KU Travels to San Diego for adidas/Toreros Invitational
Sept. 7, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The 28th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to San Diego, Calif., to participate in the adidas/Toreros Invitational. KU will face host San Diego on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 p.m. The Jayhawks will then kickoff against #12 Pepperdine at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
- Due to Hurricane Katrina the adidas/Toreros Invitational schedule has been revised. Because Tulane University is unable to make the trip, Kansas will now play San Diego on Friday night and Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon.
- The University of San Diego announced all donations generated from the adidas/Torero Invitational will be donated to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
- Freshman Jessica Bush is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week. The forward notched both of KU’s game-winning goals last week.
- KU is ranked 28th by Soccer Buzz and received votes in this weeks Soccer Times and Soccer America polls. Soccer Buzz also has KU ranked fifth in the Central Region.
- Caroline Smith’s next assist will place her in a tie for second all-time at KU with 16.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
Led by head coach Ada Greenwood, the Toreros enter the 2005 season looking for their seventh consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. USD is 2-2-0 overall after beating Virginia Tech and losing to Wake Forest at the Wake Forest/ACC/WCC Challenge in Winston-Salem, N.C., last weekend.
Offensively, Michelle Rowe and Amy Epsten lead USD in scoring with two goals each. Epstein, last year’s WCC Freshman of the Year, has come off the bench in the Toreros first four matches.
True freshman Brittany Cameron and sophomore Karen Cook have split time in goal for San Diego with both starting two matches and carrying a 1-1-0 record. Cameron’s 1.52 GAA tops Cook’s 4.00 GAA mark.
Led by head coach Tim Ward, the Waves enter the 2005 season looking for their fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament. In this week’s polls, Pepperdine is ranked as high as 12th and no lower than 15th after starting the season 4-0-0.
Junior Lindsey Redlin paces Pepperdine with four goals while Megan Woods has a team-high three assists. The Waves have out scored their opponent 9-2 this season.
Because their match against Tulane was cancelled, Pepperdine will only play Kansas in the adidas/Toreros Invitational.
HEAD COACH Mark Francis
The winningest soccer coach in KU history, Mark Francis returns for his seventh season as the Jayhawks head coach. Francis owns a 110-72-8 (.600) career record and an ever-improving 77-47-7 (.615) mark at KU. In just six seasons on the job, Francis has four times as many wins as any soccer coach in KU history.
Francis was honored with the 2004 Big 12 Coach of the Year award as well as the Central Region Coach of the Year. He won his 100th career match with a win over Texas Tech on October 1, 2004.
In 2004, the Jayhawks compiled a program-best record of 18-5 on their way to winning KU’s first Big 12 Championship. It was KU’s first women’s Big 12 Championship since the basketball team won the league title in 1997.
Colleen Quinn recorded back-to-back shutouts and Jessica Bush back-to-back game-winning goals as Kansas defeated Missouri State and Arkansas last week. Quinn made three saves in both matches to earn her first two career shutouts. Bush scored in the first half of KU’s 2-0 victory over Missouri State and had the lone tally in the Jayhawks 1-0 win against Arkansas.