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Cross Country: Dorris, Moore Lead Dons at USF Invitational

John Holton
Staff Writer

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The Dons kicked off the 2014 season at the USF Invitational on Aug. 30, where they ran to a fifth place finish. The event was held in San Francisco at the Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

USF’s top finisher in the meet was senior Jarrett Moore, who placed 14th overall in the eight kilometer (4.97 mile) race with a time of 25:51.3. Moore is a natural runner who did not join a cross country team until after high school, and is now in his third year on the Dons’ squad. Continue reading Cross Country: Dorris, Moore Lead Dons at USF Invitational

Volleyball: Dons go 2-1 in Long Beach, Off to Best Start in Nine Years

Conor McDermott Welch
Staff Writer

The Dons continued their hot start to the 2014 campaign this weekend at the Mizuno Invitational at Long Beach State, which took place from Sept. 5-6. After winning the San Francisco Invitational with a win over Georgia last week, the Dons made it all the way to the final match before losing 3-1 to host Long Beach State.

In the tournament finale on Sept. 6, the Dons were prepared for the challenge and remained competitive. Though they lost the first two sets 25-19, 25-21, they responded with a gutsy 25-23 third-set victory. However, they ran out of gas in the fourth set, losing 25-13 and dropping the match 3-1. The loss was the Dons’ first of the season, bringing them to a record of 5-1, the best start for the team since 2005. Continue reading Volleyball: Dons go 2-1 in Long Beach, Off to Best Start in Nine Years

Women’s Soccer: Nakae’s Goal Gives Dons East Coast Split

Andrew Noerr
Staff Writer

The Dons played in two intense, hard-fought matches against Boston University and Harvard this past weekend, and wound up splitting the two games. They defeated Boston University 1-0 on Sunday morning, but lost to Harvard by the same score two days earlier. USF improved its record 3-2-1 overall after its win over Boston, which was the squad’s second game in a three-game road trip.

Against the Boston University Terriers, who were the Patriot League conference champions last season with a 8-1-0 conference record, the Dons broke through early with a goal from sophomore defender Jessica Nakae. In the ninth minute, Nakae was positioned in the center of the box when junior forward Sydnie Telson sent her a pass, and Nakae converted for her second goal of the year and the only goal of the match. Telson’s earned her first assist of the year as well, and junior goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel got her second official shutout of the young season. Continue reading Women’s Soccer: Nakae’s Goal Gives Dons East Coast Split

5 Places to Exercise (and Enjoy it!) in the City

Hayden Gehr
Staff Writer

Mission Cliffs:
Even if scaling steep cliffs isn’t a true passion of yours (which it probably isn’t), rock climbing can still be a fun, exhilarating way to spend a few hours. Also, rock climbing is a great upper-body workout, and it will have you well equipped for the wilderness trip that your parents want to take you on during summer break. Mission Cliffs offers walls for both advanced, experienced climbers, as well as beginners who have yet to fully conquer the fear of heights or falling. And, if the climbing gets overwhelming, the facility has its own weight room. To top it off, fitness courses are taught that involve boxing, cycling, yoga, and other activities. Continue reading 5 Places to Exercise (and Enjoy it!) in the City

Volleyball: 2014 Dons Prevail in Alumni Game, Ready for New Season

Andrew Noerr  
Staff Writer

The Dons can put a check mark next to their final test before the new season begins. USF held its annual alumni game on Saturday at War Memorial Gym, and swept the alumni in three sets by winning 27-25, 25-22, 25-23. The game featured the 2014 USF team taking on an assortment of former Dons volleyball players, and while it serves more as a fun and traditional event rather than a must-win contest, the 2014 squad still treated the game as a legitimate battle and a good warmup for the regular season. “It was a great atmosphere today, and had a real game feel,” head coach Gilad Doron told usfdons.com. “The alumni played very well and pushed our current team’s play, which was very important for us. Our players can learn from the game, and I hope it will help them build their trust and confidence in one another before we start the season next week.” The USF alumni were neck and neck with the 2014 squad in all three sets, and perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone considering the amount of talent that was present on this year’s alumni team. Some standout names from this year’s group include former All-West Coast Conference player Carly Babin Biolasky, 2007 WCC Defensive Player of the Year Haley Caroll and USF’s Most Valuable Player in 2012, Leanna Ludes. “After graduation, people go back home or go on other adventures,” Ludes told usfdons.com. “This is a time to reconnect, reminisce and have a good time with other alumni, whether you shared the court at the same time or not.” Now that the alumni match is behind them, the current Dons team is ready to embark on the journey that is the 2014 season. USF will be hosting the San Francisco Invitational on Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30. The other teams competing in the tournament are Georgia, Fordham, and SMU, and the first match for the Dons will be against the SMU Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. USF will then battle Fordham on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and Georgia at 7:00 p.m. that night. “I’ve heard that (the Dons have) got a good squad this year, and a lot of talent that could make them a very powerful unit this season,” Ludes said. 

Head Coach Eddie Soto Headlines New-Look Dons Squad

Hayden Gehr Staff Writer

The Dons’ first-year head coach Eddie Soto has seemingly excelled at every level of soccer. He was a collegiate star at Cal State-Fullerton in the early 1990’s, a member of the USA Pro Beach Soccer Team, and an assistant coach for the past eight years at UCLA, which earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Foghorn’s Hayden Gehr met with Soto to discuss the start to the season, the team’s new mentality, and the importance of fan support.

coachOn Wednesday’s win at UC Berkeley:

It’s a scrimmage, it’s hard to get too excited about it. But as a starting point, it was good. There was a lot of good things that came from the game, and some things that we really need to work on some more, so it was a good test. Obviously, we’re heading to Madison (Wisconsin) next week, and they’re going to be a really tough opponent, so it was good to play a team like Cal to see what we need to work on.

On applying his UCLA coaching experience at USF:

Wherever you coach, you take the good and bad to help develop you into the coach you want to be. The time I spent at UCLA was great, and I learned a lot about coaching, about managing, about being a better person, and I’m putting all of those things together here to help develop my brand to this program.

On respecting USF soccer’s history and making his own imprint:

It’s important to know the history and respect the history, but I need to keep working on what I’m doing here now. I don’t want our guys or myself to forget what’s been done here, but it was a different time. You know, the game is different, it evolved from when they were coaching here. It’s our opportunity, we’re the stewards of the ship now, and we’re going to do the best we can to compete and hopefully put a product on the field that everybody’s proud of.

On the team’s new mindset:

When I got hired, the one thing I really focused on was changing our mentality, you know, what guys brought every day to training. So it was good to see that, during the spring, the guys really bought in, and really committed themselves off the field. I think the lifestyles that some of these guys lived weren’t suited for a Division 1 athlete, so it was nice to see that they recommitted themselves and were refocused on the cause, which was our program. They came into camp fit, and the freshmen that we brought on are really excited, and that’s why they’re here – to help elevate this program back up.

On putting players in positions to score this year:

It’s through training, and putting them in environments in training that resemble the game. Putting a lot of pressure on them in tight spaces within the Final Third, and training in a lot of game-like situations. Again, everything comes down to what we do on the practice field, and hopefully, that will translate into a game. The practice sessions are key, and what we put together for them is very important.

On what fans can expect to see from the team this season:

I think (fans can expect) a more exciting brand of soccer. We all witnessed the great World Cup this summer, and we all enjoy watching entertaining, attacking soccer. And our fans, our community, our alumni are going to be able to come to a game and sit down and enjoy good soccer, attacking soccer. Hopefully, with that brand comes some wins, so we’ll see.

On increasing attendance at games:

We’d really like to get our student body out and supporting this soccer team. One of our goals as staff here is to fill our stadium and get some people into the stands. Our guys are doing a lot to work on that, our staff is going to be working a lot with the community. We’d really like to get our stadium going, and obviously we know we need to win and put a good product on the field, but if we can get some support, these guys need it. We want to make it a fun, lively environment for our fans, and for our players to play in.

Women’s Soccer: Dons Bounce Back After Rough Season Opener

John Holton Staff Writer

The Dons rebounded from their loss to UC Berkeley on Friday with a decisive 3-0 win over Nevada in Reno just two days later. This was USF’s second game of the 2014 season, and it brought their overall record to 1-1. Nevada was put at a disadvantage early when Kelsey Quintos, the Wolfpack’s starting goalkeeper, was injured while saving a shot by sophomore defender Jessica Nakae. The Dons started the scoring soon after when senior midfielder Jaciara Mello received the ball on a corner kick and sent it into the goal just out of the reaches of Nevada backup goalkeeper Devyn Bryer.

The Dons did not wait long to strike again. Just a minute later, Nakae notched her first goal of the season to put USF in the driver’s seat with a commanding 2-0 lead. From then on, both teams went for nearly the rest of the game without another goal, but the Dons struck for a third time in the 89th minute when freshman forward Maddy Glaser sent a shot into the top right corner, earning herself her first goal in collegiate play.

The Dons took 14 shots, with nine of them on goal. The Wolfpack, on the other hand, managed just six shots all game.

In their first game of the season, the Dons did not fare nearly as well, losing to UC Berkeley at Goldman Field by a score of 3-1.

Both teams were silent throughout the first half, but the Golden Bears did not wait long to strike in the second, with UC Berkeley’s Lorin Hom scoring the first goal of the game just after the break. The Dons would not go down scoreless, however, and sophomore midfielder Amanda Whittle managed to score her first goal of the season, evening the score to 1-1. Suddenly, the Dons were in prime position to leave Berkeley with a comeback road win.

Whittle’s goal was where the scoring ended for the Dons, though, while it had only just begun for the Golden Bears. A 64th-minute goal by Arielle Ship put UC Berkeley up 2-1, and Ifeoma Onumonu supplied the dagger in the 79th minute, scoring to cement the Golden Bears’ lead and guide them to eventual victory.

The Dons will play their home opener against Portland State on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the USF Tournament. They will also take the field to play LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. to round out the tournament. 

Men’s Soccer: Dons Topple No. 7 UC Berkeley in Regulation

Nicholas Welsh

Staff Writer

With a reshaped roster, a new coach, and a new year ahead of them, USF kicked off the preseason on a positive note, outplaying host UC Berkeley last Wednesday on its way to a 2-1 win in regulation. Although the match was only a scrimmage, it was a major win and confidence booster for the Dons.

The match was head coach Eddie Soto’s first game at the helm of the USF soccer program. Prior to being hired at USF, Soto was an assistant coach at UCLA, which he helped lead to a No. 1 ranking in the country last year. He had no trouble acclimating to life as a head coach in his inaugural game with the Dons, coaching them to a victory against the seventh-ranked team in the nation.

USF scored early in the preseason matchup, registering a goal in only the ninth minute of regulation. Freshman defender Manny Padilla passed the ball to cutting sophomore midfielder Davi Ramos, who headed the ball towards the UC Berkeley goal. The shot was deflected by the Golden Bears’ goalkeeper, but senior midfielder Jesus Del Toro was able to reach the deflected ball and place it in the back of net, vaulting the Dons ahead 1-0. 16 minutes later, UC Berkeley answered with a goal of its own to tie the game 1-1.

The match remained tied until the 72nd minute, when sophomore forward David Garrett found Ramos, who was presented with another scoring opportunity. This time, Ramos shot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, ensuring that there would be no deflection.

The Dons led 2-1 at the end of regulation, but the teams’ coaching staffs elected to continue the game for another 20 minutes in an effort to give the reserve players some extra time on the field. In this additional period, UC Berkeley was able to tie the score at 2-2.

Even though the first game of the Eddie Soto era was only a scrimmage, USF’s performance against an elite team has set the bar high for the rest of the season. The Dons will look to improve upon last year’s 7-11-2 overall record, and the next step towards that goal comes when they travel to Madison, Wisc. to play the No. 21-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. 

Koret: Your Answer to Fighting Inactivity

Nicholas Welsh

Staff Writer

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Once again, we all face the start of another school year. By now, many have turned to sharpening their minds for their upcoming classes, looking to shed off the summer rust that has built up in their brain. You can kiss goodbye to that rock-hard summer body, now it’s time to binge eat after you bomb your first midterm that you forget to study for, or gain the “Freshman 15″ like everyone says you will. Midnight pizza will become a food staple in the dorms, as well as the delicious snickerdoodle cookies baked fresh in the cafeteria. With the independent college lifestyle comes the overzealous caloric intake. Many are unprepared for the sudden change college brings, but there is a solution: USF’s gym, the Koret Health and Recreation Center.

Located a block away from campus, the Koret Center is just close enough to not have an excuse to not exercise. Koret is fully equipped; from a state of the art weight room to a 50-meter by 25-yard pool. If lifting or swimming is not your thing, rows of treadmills and other exercise machines line the second and third floors. Swig Pavilion and Hagan Gym provide multiple basketball courts, and there is also an equipment check-out area which stores basketballs, towels, locks, and other items. Access to these items is granted through your USF ID card, which is also your key to getting into the building. An extra incentive to exercise is that there is no fee when you visitthe Koret Center!

If you prefer organized, team-oriented activities, there are many club sports that you could join. Club sports offered include water polo, badminton, boxing, soccer, as well as less traditional sports such as Brazilian jiu jitsu, taekwondo, and table tennis. There are also many intramural sports that are a hit amongst USF students. On Thursday nights, many students can be found playing intramural basketball, which includes referees and jerseys that are provided by Koret. Indoor soccer, flag football, and kickball are just a few other popular intramural sports that are available. There is a small fee to join an intramural team, but as many students will tell you, it is well worth it.KoretSwim_v2

If you are looking to advance your workout routine, Koret also offers group exercise classes. Zumba, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) training, boxing conditioning, and self defense are a few of the classes offered.

Koret also provides services to help students adapt to their new college environment. On campus you will notice flyers advertising Welcome Weekends, which present chances for freshmen and transfer students to explore the city and make new friends early in the semester. Upcoming events include a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf on Aug. 23, and a bike ride around Golden Gate Park on Sept. 7.  Students can also travel and meet other students through Outdoor Adventures, a program where groups of Dons come together to attend Giants games, visit Alcatraz, go horse riding, and more.