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Women's Soccer Opening Weekend Recaps

After a busy opening weekend, five WCC schools come away with victories including a win for the Bulldogs at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field.

August 24
Gonzaga def. Portland State - 1 -0

August 23
Cal State Fullerton def. Pepperdine - 1 - 0
Portland def. Oregon - 3 - 1

August 22
Long Beach State def. Gonzaga - 4-0
Loyola Marymount ties UNLV - 1-1
Saint Mary's def. UC Davis - 2-1 OT
San Francisco def. Fresno State - 1-0
USC def. San Diego - 1-0
Santa Clara def. San Jose State - 3-0

Gonzaga - 1
Portland State - 0

Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Women's Soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Portland State University in front of 458 fans at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field Sunday afternoon. Junior Christi D'Agostino's first career goal proved to be enough for the Bulldogs who improved to 1-1-0 on the young season.

Portland State's record fell to 0-2-0.

The Bulldogs played most of the first period inside the Portland State zone, battling for every lose ball and continuing to move towards the goal. Gonzaga fired up seven shots and took six corner kicks in the first 45 minutes but was unable to find the back of the net as both teams went into the half knotted at 0-0.

The intensity picked up in the second half as both teams came out looking to pick up their first victory of the season. Gonzaga's offensive pressure eventually broke down a sold Viking defense. At the 52:40 mark, sophomore Ashley Riley sent a crossing pass into the Portland State box. Out of a group of players vying for the ball, D'Agostino fired a shot that glanced off of a Viking defender and snuck past a diving Portland State keeper Cris Lewis and into the left corner of the net to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 advantage.

Portland State's best chance to even the match came just minutes later as Kala Renard's shot from the right side was punched away by a leaping Lauren Ames. The Bulldog defense held strong the rest of the way and picked up the win in the first game played at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field.

"We took a step in the right direction today," said head coach Shannon Stiles. "Our young team responded well to a tough loss on Friday and produced a solid game on our new field and in front of our fans."

Gonzaga outshot the Vikings 14-8 and had the advantage in corner kicks, 8-4. Ames made three saves to pick up the win.

The Bulldogs travel to face the University of Idaho on Friday at 1 p.m. before hosting the University of Washington next Sunday at 1 p.m.

Portland - 3
Oregon - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Pilots women's soccer team kicked off the 2008 season in style, topping the Oregon Ducks 3-1 in front of a packed house at Merlo Field on a beautiful Northwest summer night. The Pilots, ranked No. 6 in the country in the pre-season NSCAA coach's poll, go to 1-0-0 on the season while the Ducks fall to 0-1-0.

"It was a good result," said Portland head coach Garrett Smith. "It's early in the season and we're a work in progress, but I like where we're headed."

Portland freshman Danielle Foxhoven started her Pilot career with a bang, scoring in the third minute on her first career shot. Foxhoven sent a blast inside the left post off of a short pass from Megan Rapinoe, who collected two assists on the night in her first game back since a knee injury early in the 2007 season.

The Pilots pushed the lead to 2-0 later in the first half when Michelle Enyeart made a run down the right side and sent the ball to freshman Charney Burk, making her first appearance in Pilot purple. Burk completed the give-and-go, crossing the ball back to a diving Enyeart who knocked the ball past Oregon keeper Cody Miles. Miles recorded three saves on the night.

The Ducks rebounded from the early deficit to make things interesting in the second half, eventually scoring a late goal in the 83rd minute when Jessica Goodwell netted a cross from Jen Stoltenberg.

"Oregon is a quality program that will be battling in the Pac 10," Smith said. "I thought their freshman goalkeeper was fantastic."

But the Pilots responded to the late challenge with aplomb, scoring a third and final time just 26 seconds after the Oregon goal when Megan Rapinoe led a charge down the field off the ensuing kick-off. After moving the ball around the box, Megan Rapinoe took a shot that was deflected by Miles and found the feet of her twin sister Rachael Rapinoe, who buried a shot from the right side.

Portland finished the night with 15 shots, including four from Megan Rapinoe and three apiece for Enyeart, Burk, and Rachael Rapinoe. Oregon tallied nine shots on the night, led by Jessica Goodwell's four and Stoltenberg's three.

Kelsey Davis got the win in goal for the Pilots, notching three saves for the game.

The Pilots return to action Labor Day weekend, when they host No. 2 UCLA on Saturday, August 30 and No. 1 USC on Monday, September 1. The match with UCLA is scheduled to be shown live at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

Pepperdine - 0
Cal State Fullerton - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - A Tiffany Craig goal in the 70th minute off a busted set piece held up as the game-winner in Cal State Fullerton's 1-0 victory over Pepperdine Saturday afternoon before 402 fans at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Today's match served as the season opener for both teams.

The Titans' goal was initiated by a throw in from the far side deep inside the attacking third. The long toss was hammered down by Waves' goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) coming over the top, but the ball quickly found its way over to Craig as she blasted a sharp diagonal from 12 yards back.

"It was a broken play off a set piece, where they threw the ball in, it bounced down and they we're just quicker to it than we were - it was a half-chance, but they delivered," Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said.

Stolte went on to finish the match with six saves, while her CSF counterpart Shannon Simpson made four. Simpson's biggest save came on Amanda Rupp's (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) penalty kick in the 84th minute.

Rupp was presented the game-tying opportunity after Simpson was yellow carded for a hard foul inside the six-yard box. But Simpson redeemed herself by reading the ball off Rupp's foot in making a diving save at the far post.

The Waves' offense created another flurry late inside the 86th minute; however, shots by Kelly Reilly (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Ashley Copp (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) were saved by Titan defenders stationed on the goal line, while another attempt from Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./Whittier) was blocked.

Three more Pepperdine corner kicks would soon follow, but the Waves could not find their desired equalizer.

"We set up a number of good chances for ourselves, so I can't feel too badly about this loss," Ward said. "Our team had about three or four clear chances to score and win the game and it's just unfortunate we couldn't put the match away. But it's a young season, we have experienced players, and I'm confident we'll bounce back."

Pepperdine recorded a total of 14 shots - seven in each half - and placed six of them on goal. Emily Wynne led all players with four shots.

Pepperdine continues its homestand next weekend with matches Friday and Sunday against Arizona State and UC Santa Barbara.

Saint Mary's - 2
UC Davis - 1

Moraga, CA - Stefani Rocco came off the bench midway through the second half, and scored both goals for the Saint Mary's women's soccer team in a 2-1 overtime win over UC Davis in the 2008 season opener from Saint Mary's Stadium. The overtime goal for Rocco marked the first game-winning goal of the senior's career at SMC. With the win, Saint Mary's is 1-0 while the Aggies fall to 0-1.

After a scoreless first half, UC Davis got on the scoreboard first when Gabina Bohlman scored in the 60th minute off a cross by Lisa Kemp. Kemp returned to the game at the 57:38 mark, and less than two minutes later, assisted on the Bohlman goal. Kemp collected a loose ball in the right side of the penalty box, and made a pass into the middle of the Gaels' defense. A SMC defender deflected the ball and Bohlman was there to put coral the pass, and score off a one-timer from about eight yards out.

Rocco entered the game at the 62:50 mark, which was shortly after the Bohlman goal. Rocco made the most out of both shots she took in the game. She scored two goals for the first time in her Saint Mary's career, and matched her three-year career total in just once game.

With UC Davis leading 1-0 will less than 10 minutes remaining, it was crunch time for the Gaels. At the 83:59 mark, Rocco made a run through the Aggies defense, and Alex Ciliento made a perfect pass to Rocco who was streaking toward the goal. Rocco collected the pass, took one dribble and evened the score with a shot into the left corn er of the goal, past a diving Sarah Peters.

The score remained tied for the final six minutes, setting up the overtime dramatics. Only UC Davis would record a shot in the final minutes of regulation, that coming from Rachel Kahn with 1:33 remaining in the game. Kahn's shot did not threaten the goal.

Saint Mary's held UC Davis without a shot in the overtime period, but the Gaels took three shots in the final nine minutes of play. The game-winner came with 57 seconds left in the first overtime period, and was a beautiful play by Rocco.

Rocco collected a throw in from Ciliento from the right sideline. After chestin g the ball to the ground, Rocco chipped the ball over the Aggies defender, giving her an opening at the top of the penalty box. From there she is a shot from 16 yards out over the head of Peters, finding the back of the net in the far left corner of the goal.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, August 29 when the Gaels host the Saint Joseph's Hawks. The game between SMC and Saint Joseph's will kick-off at 4 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

San Francisco - 1
Fresno State - 0

San Francisco - Senior forward Katherine Kimure scored on a breakaway in the 88th minute lifting USF to a 1-0 non-conference victory against Fresno State Friday night at Negoesco Stadium in the season opener for both teams. The Dons (1-0-0) collect their first win in a debut since 2003 and avenge a shutout loss to the Bulldogs (0-1-0) last season.

San Francisco dominated play for most of the first half with three strong scoring chances turned away by the Fresno State defense. The Bulldogs controlled play for portions of the second half before freshman forward Kelli Woodard found and fed a streaking Kimure for the only tally of the match.

"I think tonight it was a great collective team effort," USF head coach Mark Carr said. "I thought we dominated for a large period of the game and had some good chances. Fresno State caused some problems in the second half, but I'm so proud of my players and how they hung around and just got the job done. Overall it was a great team effort."

Senior goalkeeper Anika Steig (1-0-0) recorded her first career shutout for the Dons and finished with six saves. Sophomore keeper Kaitlyn Revel (0-1-0) enjoyed a solid match for the Bulldogs and also registered six saves.

USF started six freshmen and two sophomores in the contest. The Dons held an 11-6 advantage in shots and attempted eight corner kicks, compared to five for the Bulldogs. Kimure led the way for San Francisco with four shots, three on goal, while Woodard added three with one on frame. Sophomore defender Lauren Maris added two shots, while freshman forward Nicole Moore and junior midfielder Kristina Hall each tallied one.

Nicole Guttierez recorded a match-high five shots for Fresno State, four of them on target.

USF returns to action when it travels to Colorado for a pair of matches, beginning Friday, August 29 at Northern Colorado. Kick off against the Bears is set for 6:00 PM (PT) in Greeley, CO.

NOTES: USF owns a 4-3-0 advantage in the all-time series dating to 1995 and snaps a two-match winning streak by Fresno State... The Dons last win in a season opener came in a 1-0 shutout against Rice in the 2003 Oregon Duck Invitational... The goal was the first game-winner for Kimure and fifth of her career.

Santa Clara - 3
San Jose State - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team defeated San Jose State, 3-0, extending their all time record to 13-0-0 over the Spartans. The Broncos controlled the ball most of the first half and the defense only allowed one shot all half. Scoring the first goal of the 2008 campaign for Santa Clara was Lexi Orand, who's shot crossed into the far post off a Lindsey Johnson assist. Freshman Jenny LaPonte scored her first collegiate goal off a cross from Orand that sailed past SJSU's goalkeeper Jordan Santos.

On a night where head coach Jerry Smith's Broncos dominated their opponent, he was also able to see what his No. 12 ranked freshman class was able to produce. Seeing action was Margueritte Aozasa and Bridgett Miller, who subbed in the first and second halves, and making her collegiate debut and starting at defender was Kathleen Matthew, who played solid at right back the entire game.

"Five players played in their first college game," said Smith. "It was good to give our young players the opportunity to play because traditionally you do not play as well due to nerves. The exception would be Jenny who scored her first goal fairly soon after she subbed in."

Less than five minutes into the second half Anessa Patton scored off Kiki Bosio's shot that deflected off Santos to improve the Broncos lead to 3-0. Goalkeepers Meagan McCray and Lisa Lahman shared time in goal, in Santa Clara's first shutout of the season. San Jose was not able to get any shots on goal, only shooting four shots all game.

The Broncos resume action next week when they travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Tournament. On Friday, Aug. 29 they will face No. 10 West Virginia at 2:00 p.m. PT, and on Sunday, Aug. 31 they will play No. 4 Notre Dame at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Loyola Marymount - 1
UNLV - 1

Los Angeles - LMU battled back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with UNLV in Friday's season opener in front of 215 fans at Sullivan Field. The Rebels (0-0-1) grabbed a first-half lead, only to see the Lions (0-0-1) reply early in the second half as the teams held each other in check through two overtime periods.

The Lions entered the game riding a 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season that was put to the test as Ashleigh Shoughro gave UNLV a 1-0 lead after just 16 minutes. Amanda Forrester intercepted an LMU clearance and fed Shoughro, who chipped an on-rushing Allyssa Clark from 20 yards for the first goal of the season.

LMU controlled the play in the opening half hour but it was UNLV who had the better chances. Two minutes after taking the lead, UNLV almost doubled it when Kelly Labor rattled a shot off the crossbar. The ball bounced straight down but did not cross the line and rebounded into Clark's arms.

The Lions regrouped at halftime and came out with a purpose in the second, keeping possession and stretching the Rebel defense. Five minutes into the half, LMU would pull level. After being awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, junior Lacey Bartels sent a fearsome shot that was parried by UNLV goalie Alicia Lugo. The rebound came to senior Lauren Shanklin, who headed it in before Lugo could recover. Her equalizer was her sixth career goal.

LMU pushed forward in the second half looking for the winning goal and almost got it were it not for Lugo's heroics. The UNLV keeper went low to her right to deny sophomore Gabrielle Parisella on a diving header to keep the score level as the teams headed into overtime.

After a defensive first overtime period, the game opened up in the second 10 minutes, with each team having one clear-cut chance. For LMU, it came via Bartels, who was again denied by Lugo as she pushed Bartels' free kick onto the crossbar. At the other end, Forrester could not direct an open header toward the target and Shoughro watched her chip of Clark roll wide. The Lions also had a chance through sophomore Lily Sorentino but her shot was straight at Lugo.

UNLV held a 13-10 shot advantage. Making her second career start, Clark finished with five saves, as did Lugo.

LMU takes its first road trip of the year with Head Coach Joe Mallia looking for his 100th career victory. The Lions travel to South Bend, IN, next weekend for the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic, where they will face a pair of ranked Big East teams in #5 Notre Dame and #12 West Virginia.

Gonzaga - 0
Long Beach State - 4

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team lost its 2008 season opener 4-0 at Long Beach State University Friday afternoon.

The Zags (0-1-0) were pressured by Long Beach State (1-0-0) all afternoon as the 49ers outshot the Bulldogs 22-2 and used a 10-0 corner kick advantage to pick up the victory.

Kristen Kiefer gave the 49ers a 1-0 lead at the 21:53 mark with her first of two goals, taking a header from Bo Rael and finding the back of the net. With under a minute until the half, Keifer got the rebound off a 49er missed shot and punched in her second goal to put LBSU up 2-0 at the break.

The 49er offense continued to crash the Gonzaga goal in the second half. Two LBSU corner kicks produced a pair of second-half goals as Nicole Hubbard (54:50) and Hayley Bolt (76:38) each headed in goals to make it 4-0.

Sophomore Ashley Riley and junior Christi D'Agostino each recorded a shot for the Bulldogs. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ames had six saves. Breanna Truelove made one save to pick up the win for LBSU.

The Bulldogs had won their last four matches when opening the season in the road. The Zags are now 4-2 in season openers since 2003.

Gonzaga returns home to host Portland State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the inaugural match at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field.

San Diego -0
USC - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The defending national champion and top-ranked University of Southern California Trojans scored a goal in the 93rd minute to sneak away with a victory over the 25th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team Friday evening in the season opener for both teams at Torero Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 1,503.

Just three and a half minutes into the overtime period, USC's Marihelen Tomer took advantage of a defensive misplay by the Toreros, and slipped the ball over the head of the Toreros senior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron on a chip shot to lift the Trojans to victory.

San Diego looked extremely impressive in their season debut, as they went toe-to-toe with the defending national champs forcing an overtime period. In the first half, the Toreros dominated the time of possession and outshot the Trojans 6-3.

San Diego had one of its best scoring opportunities come in the 35th minute of action as Jackie Zinke took a corner kick for USD, and bowed the ball into the middle of a crowded goal box. Junior midfielder Christine Mock then rose above all players and headed the ball with authority towards the goal, but USC's goalkeeper stretched her body as high a she could and just got her hands on it to prevent the goal.

The Toreros also had another good scoring opportunity come in the 84th minute, when Elissa Magracia rocketed off a shot, that was saved by the USC 'keeper to preserve the scoreless contest.

The Trojans also had several good scoring opportunities not go their way as in the 77th minute of action, Ashli Sandoval hit a laser strike towards the USD goal, but Cameron made a great play on the ball and prevented it from hitting the back of the net.

The Trojans outshot the Toreros 9-5, but San Diego held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks.

Cameron was saddled with the loss for the Toreros in goal as she allowed one goal and recorded three saves. Her counterpart, Kristin Olden, was credited with the win in goal for USC, as she allowed no goals and had three saves.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Santa Barbara for a 5 p.m. showdown with the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.