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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 8/25

Aug. 25, 2006

Gonzaga - 2
Oregon State - 1

PULLMAN, Wash. - Lacey Castleberry's goal in the 61st minute lifted the Gonzaga University women's soccer team to a 2-1 season opening non-conference win over Oregon State University, Friday at the Cougar Classic, hosted by Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Whitney Goodell caught GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman out of position to take the early lead.

Gonzaga responded at the 29:18 mark, knotting the game 1-1 when Nanda McCormick scored an unassisted goal after beating OSU goalkeeper Melissa Onstad in a one-on-one situation.

GU earned the come-from-behind victory when Castleberry was able to knock in a deflection by McCormick in front of the goal at the 60:55 mark to score the game winner.

Thalman recorded four saves, picking up the win for the Zags, while her counterpart Onstad also recorded four saves during the loss for the Beavers.

The Bulldogs out-shot Oregon State 17-9, including holding an 8-2 advantage in the second half.

Gonzaga will return to the pitch on Sunday against Washington State in the final game of the Cougar Classic at 2 p.m. in Pullman.

Pepperdine - 5
Idaho - 0

Malibu, Calif. - The No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team kicked off the 2006 season with a 5-0 shutout over Idaho on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves' five goals marked a program high for a season and home opener as Pepperdine received goals from four different players, while five players on the field recorded nine total assists.

The Waves (1-0-0) started off slow in the match, but by the end of the first period, Pepperdine took the 1-0 lead over the Vandals (0-1-0) after sophomore midfielder Emily Wynne knocked in the ball at the 22:28 mark, recording her first goal of the season. Seniors Lindsey Redlin and Caitlin Mitchell were credited with the assists.

With just over a minute played in the second period, freshman Sophia Medina scored her first goal as a Wave as she sailed the ball over Idaho goalie Caylee Ketchum's head to put Pepperdine up 2-0 at the 46:23 mark with junior midfielder Samantha Hire and Mitchell picking up assists.

The Waves continued to dominate in Vandal territory and with a sea of orange in front of the net, junior midfielder Jenna Shay, along with Hire, helped senior Jennifer Brewer score the Waves' third goal of the match at the 53:19 mark. Idaho found room to pressure the defense, but sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte secured the net as she record three saves before junior Kathryn Cumming replaced her late in the second period.

With a three-goal lead, Pepperdine was not done scoring just yet. At the 74:53 mark, junior McKenzie Hill knocked in a header from the left side past Ketchum, receiving assists from Shay and Wynne. Minutes later, Medina raced down the field with the ball and moved right to pass the goalie. With an open net, Medina knocked in her second and Pepperdine's final goal of the match at the 80:20 mark.

Stolte and Cumming, who recorded one save in the match, combined for Pepperdine's first shutout of the season.

The Waves out shot Idaho 21-6, which included eight shots on goal. Wynne led the Waves with six shots, while Redlin added three shots.

"Without a scrimmage, we weren't sure what we really had, but we felt confident we had a special group of girls," head coach Tim Ward stated. "It was great to see all the different players involved with the goals and the assists; it's a very nice way to begin the season. Seeing our defense help our two goalkeepers to a shutout is great."

The Waves see their first road match of the season on Sunday, August 27 when they travel to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for a 1 p.m. match.

Saint Mary's - 3
Long Island - 1

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team posted a 3-1 victory over the Long Island Blackbirds to open the 2006 season. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann scored two goals to help the Gaels post a two-goal win over the Blackbirds, giving first-year head coach Kelly Lindsey her first career victory.

The Gaels got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Redshirt freshman Allie Weiner made an immediate impression, scoring SMC's first goal of the game just seven minutes into the contest. Weiner took a through pass from Nikki Schrey and chipped her first collegiate goal over the head of LIU goalkeeper Stephanie Kansky.

Saint Mary's added another goal just 1:13 later when Spann hit a one-touch volley from 18 yards out over a diving Kansky at the 8:15 mark. The cross came from Weiner into the middle of the field before McKenna Belzer flicked a header to Spann. The ball bounced once before reaching Spann, who one-timed a right-footed shot into the back of the net.

After holding onto a 2-0 lead into halftime, SMC came out in the second half and added to its lead. At the 60:52 mark of the game, Spann hit the left-footed shot from 25-yards into the upper left corner of the goal. The goal was set up by Mallory Lee pass.

The Blackbirds cut the deficit to 3-1 when reserve forward Aly Hanson stole the ball from a Saint Mary's defender for a one-on-one opportunity against SMC's freshman goalkeeper Noelle Brown. Brown got a piece of Hanson's first attempt, but Hanson collected the rebound and scored on the open net. Brown also posted one save in the game.

The Saint Mary's defense played solid in front of Brown, holding Long Island to just four shots in the game, with three shots allowed in the second half. Saint Mary's took nine total shots in the game and LIU goalkeeper Kansky had three saves.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Tuesday, August 29 when it travels to Sacramento to battle the Sacranemto State Hornets. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 3 p.m. from Hornet Field.

San Diego - 3
Cal Poly - 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0) scored two goals in a 66-second span, including an own goal, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat Cal Poly (0-1) 3-2 in a season-opening non-conference women's soccer match Friday evening at the Sports Complex.

With the score knotted two goals apiece the Cal Poly defense misplayed a ball inside of the goal box which led to the own goal, and a Toreros victory.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of the match. Freshman Natalie Vinti found herself dribbling down the middle of the field and launched a rocket shot from 25 yards out that flew over the Cal Poly goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

Vinti's goal would stand until the 70th minute of play when Cal Poly's Ashley Vallis would sneak one past USD's sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Cameron for the equalizer.

Vallis would then score her second goal of the night just two minutes later as she redirected a cross from Danielle Cam arena with her head to give the Mustangs a very brief lead.

54 seconds later USD would score an equalizer of their own. Leigh Ann Robinson squeezed a pass through the stingy Mustang defense to a sliding Amy Epsten who was able to net the ball, knotting the score at 2-2.

Cameron picked up the win for the Toreros allowing two goals while recording six saves on the evening. Her counterpart, Alli Tramel, was saddled with the loss for Cal Poly, allowing three goals and recording five saves.

The Toreros will hit the pitch again on Sunday as they return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium for their home opener against UC Santa Barbara. The match is set for a 2:30 p.m. start, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the USD's men's soccer match against the University of Albany.

Santa Clara- 1
Wake Forest - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Ranked fourth in the nation, the incoming class of freshmen for the Santa Clara University women;s soccer team wasted no time showing what they were capable of Friday night. Katherine Reynolds bagged the lone goal of the contest and Kiki Bosio recorded an assist in the second-ranked Broncos' 1-0 win over No. 23 Wake Forest at the Santa Clara adidas Classic from Buck Shaw Stadium.

"I think a lot of new players had an impact for us in the game tonight. Katherine certainly was the most dangerous player on the field, and Kiki was constantly the second-most dangerous player on the field, so both of those players had a tremendous impact," said head coach Jerry Smith. "But I also think that Chioma Igwe won a lot of balls for us in the midfield and Hillary Schwarzbach stepped in at right-back and did a nice job. So, we had a lot of new blood contributing to our team today, and that's always good to see early in the season."

The Broncos will return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against the Utah Utes, 2-1 victors over Stanford in Friday's opener.

Five of Santa Clara's starters were newcomers to the squad, and combined with three sophomores, made up a relatively fresh-faced group wearing the red and white.

Yet it didn't take long for these new Broncos to announce their presence in town, as Reynolds found the net early on Friday night, beating the Wake Forest defense to a through ball from Bosio and then besting Demon Deacon goalkeeper Kaitlyn Doe one-on-one in the ninth minute. Sophomore Hayley Siegel was also credited with an assist for starting the sequence.

"I was just very excited, and when I was dribbling all I was thinking was `I gotta score this, I gotta score!' and after I did I just figured, hey, good start!" Reynolds said about her game-winner. "It definitely gave me confidence for the rest of the game, and probably for the rest of the season."

From there both teams clamped down much the rest of the way, only taking 17 shots total. Santa Clara's Meagan McCray's first of three saves was a clutch one, stuffing a Kristen Kemp header from point-blank range in the first half to preserve the one-goal advantage. Defender Lauren Zealear also made a clutch save of her own in the 71st minute, hustling back to knock away an Amy Smerdzinski shot that got over the head of McCray, who had come out too far from goal.

Santa Clara also had a highlight-reel goal disallowed late in the second half, as Reynolds' picture-perfect cross met a soaring Brittany Klein in the middle of the box for the easy finish, but an offsides flag nullified the play.

Following Sunday's contest, the Broncos will head out to South Bend, Ind. to face off with Harvard followed by Notre Dame on Sept. 1 & 3, respectively.

LMU - 1
San Jose State - 1

Los Angeles, CA - The LMU women's soccer team had a strong opening to the 2006 season, tying San Jose State 1-1 in double overtime action at Sullivan Field this afternoon. The Lions controlled the action and had several opportunities stifled by the Spartan goalkeeper. In addition, LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek stopped a penalty kick in the second half. Tiffany Harrison scored LMU's goal in her Lion debut, heading in a kick from Amanda Lernor. Both teams are now 0-0-1 following today's season opener.

The Lions took an early lead in the game. After a foul in the San Jose State half of the field, Lernor lofted a perfect ball to the back post where Harrison was waiting. The freshman from Murrietta, CA used her 5-11 height to jump above the Spartan defense and knock it in for LMU's first goal of the season at 9:19.

LMU was close to taking a lead into the halftime break, but the Spartans put one in in the 42nd minute. Kaila Waitley crossed the ball to the front of the net, where the Lion goalkeeper attempted the intercept the cross. She couldn't get a handle on the ball and Nicole Martinez was waiting to take advantage.

The second half provided thrilling moments for both teams, but no goals. Katie Osborne had several great opportunities to score, including a one-on-one with the keeper, but Spartan goalkeeper Marissa Dayton made six saves in the second half to keep the game tied.

San Jose State had its best chance of the game in the 77th minute of the game. After Jessica Scott was tackled from behind in the box, she was awarded a penalty kick. Her low hard shot to the left side of the goal was saved by Slovek to keep the game tied.

LMU outshot San Jose State 5-0 in extra time, but could not convert.

Several Lions made their LMU debut, including starters Harrison, Kacey Doherty, and Kim Feeney. In addition, Leslie Grandy, Jessica Sharpe, Lacey Bartels and Katrina Chong also wore the LMU jersey for the first time.

For the game, LMU outshot SJSU 17-12, taking 10 shots on goal to SJSU's 7. Dayton made nine saves for SJSU, while Slovek finished with six saves. Harrison and Tana Smothermon led the way for LMU with four shots. Scott led the Spartans with four shots.

The Lions return to action on Sunday, facing Kansas in Lawrence at 1:00pm CST. Fans can follow the action live on Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 1
Florida - 1

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The defending champion and preseason No. 1 Portland Pilots were played to a 1-1 draw by the No. 11 Florida Gators Friday evening at James G. Pressly Stadium in the season opener for both schools. Preseason All-American Megan Rapinoe gave the Pilots an early lead with a goal in the 16th minute, but the Gators capitalized on a late miscue by the Portland defense and converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute.

With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Portland senior defender Kari Evans tried to send a pass to her left but drilled the attempt into the back of a Gator player. KeLiegh Hudson retrieved the ball and was sprung free with a head of steam and only Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander to beat. UP junior defender Rachael Rapinoe was on Hudson's back hip and tried to slide tackle the ball away, but was whistled for a penalty on the play. Stacy Bishop lined up the PK attempt and beat Alexander to the low left.

Portland controlled possession for a majority of both overtime periods, but could not find the back of the net.

"It was a game we should have won," Portland coach Garrett Smith said. "We showed an early season lack of maturity by not closing the game like we needed to. Florida gave a gutsy performance and never quit, so give them credit, but I thought we should have escaped in regulation with a 1-0 win."

The Pilots held a 17-13 advantage in shots for the match, while Florida gained a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. Alexander made five saves for the Portland, while Gator keeper Brittni Goodwin stopped eight shots.

Rapinoe, who is Portland's leading returning scorer after logging 15 goals and 13 assists as a freshman in 2005, got the Pilots on the board off a nifty cross from fellow preseason All-American Angie Woznuk. The pass lofted across the goal mouth from the right side and found Rapinoe at the far post for a six yard finish.

Woznuk nearly gave the Pilots another goal in the 35th minute when she volleyed a 25-yard shot over the head of Goodwin and off the crossbar.

Portland was playing without junior All-American defender Stephanie Lopez, sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Davis and freshman midfielder Sophie Schmidt. All three players are currently competing at the Under-20 FIFA World Championships in Russia. Davis and Schmidt are redshirting the entire season due to national team commitments, while Lopez will return to the collegiate pitch next month.

Florida was also shorthanded as All-American defender Melanie Booth is also redshirting for Canadian National Team duty.

Three freshmen saw their first collegiate soccer action for the Pilots on Friday. Forward Kendra Chandhoke and defender Megan Sweeney both earned starts, while Michelle Enyeart came off the bench to play 50 minutes.

"We have a bright future with our freshmen," Smith said. "All three players gave us a big lift tonight in a grueling double overtime game. Megan is playing out of position based on our needs and has learned so much so soon. Kendra showed why she will be a premier forward for us, and Michelle created lots of opportunities when she was on the pitch."

The duo of Chandhoke and Enyeart nearly combined for the game-winner early in the second overtime. Chandhoke broke free down the right flank and crossed to an unmarked Enyeart in front of the goal, but she was unable to get much foot on her attempt and it sailed wide.

Rachael Rapinoe made her first career start for the Pilots and played well, taking the place of Lopez at left back.

Evans, the team captain, did not start but came on as a sub in the 61st minute.

The road trip continues for Portland as the team travels to Tallahassee for a match against No. 4 Florida State on Sunday at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The Pilots will then play at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash. on Sept. 1-3 before returning for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 8 against Baylor as part of the Nike Invitational.

Fresno State - 2
San Francisco - 0

Fresno, CA - In the season opener for both teams, Fresno State capitalized on their chances as they took a 2-0 victory over San Francisco. The Bulldogs (1-0) and the Dons (0-1) were even with 13 shots and eight shots on goal in the contest.

Bulldog junior forward Andrea Salvador got the scoring started for Fresno State at 36:57 with an unassisted goal off of a rebound from the hands of USF sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Pohle. The insurance goal came in the 77th minute off the foot of senior forward Cortney Sobrero. After assists from sophomore midfielder Yvette Flores and junior defender Christina Gilbert, Sobrero scooted the ball through the right side of the goal.

Don junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan showed her aggressiveness, leading the game with four shots on goal and seven total. Her closest scoring chance came at the 74 minute mark when she headed the ball, narrowly missing the net but hitting the crossbar. Four other Dons had shots on the night, freshman forward Kristina Hall and freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie each had two shots, with freshman forward Samantha Brand and sophomore defender Jessica Duty adding one a piece. Pohle had six saves on the night.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski saw a lot of positives in the loss. "We played pretty evenly throughout the game; they just finished on their chances. But we came away with a lot of good things to build on and we'll get back to work to prepare for Sunday's game. It really was a great first effort."

USF returns to action on Sunday, hosting non-conference foe UC Davis at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons first home game of the season starts at 1:00 PM and is followed by a 7:00 PM men's match versus Stanford.