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USD Opens with 5-1 Win Over San Jose State

Published: September 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0-0) kicked off the 2013 season with an impressive 5-1 victory over San Jose State Friday evening at Torero stadium. The Toreros were led by true freshman Jacqueline Altschuld and Michaela Dooley, who both chipped in two goals in their collegiate debut.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first after Dooley scored on a breakaway goal off a Caitlyn Kretzschmar assist in the eighth minute. Dooley attacked from the right side and was able to slip the ball past Spartans' keeper Sarah Peplinski into the lower left corner to give the Toreros an early 1-0 lead.

The Spartans answered back in the 20th minute when Lupita Estrada was able to finish a Kareli Rodriguez's pass Toreros' goalkeeper Michelle Craft.

The Toreros tacked on two more goals before halftime. Both goals came from Altschuld off assists from senior Kelley McCloskey. The first came in the 40th minute shortly after a corner kick when McCloskey fed Altschuld a short pass that set her up perfectly. McCloskey and Altschuld teamed up again right before halftime in the 45th minute to give the Toreros a 3-1 lead going into halftime.

Senior forward Emily Dillon joined the scoring party in the 56th minute when she struck a beautiful goal into the upper right corner from 15 yards out. The final Torero goal of the evening came from Dooley when she was set up by Dillon's cross from the right side. After the ball deflected off the Spartan's keepers, it landed right at Dooley's feet in front of an empty net. Dooley tapped it in for her second goal of the night to give the Toreros a 5-1 victory to start the season.

Sophomore Michelle Craft earned the win, while the Spartans Sarah Peplinksi was saddled with the loss.

The Toreros return to action on Sunday when they host USC at 1:30 p.m. The match will come after UC Riverside and San Jose State meet for an 11:00 a.m. showdown.

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