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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 8/27

Aug. 27, 2006

San Diego - 2
UCSB - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Two first half goals stand as the University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-0-0) shutout the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (0-1-1), 2-0, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

Junior forward Amy Epsten got things rolling for the Toreros early in the match as at the 6:45 mark she corralled a cross from freshman Natalie Vinti and was able to punch the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season and first game-winning goal on the young season.

The Toreros then added another goal for a two goal lead in the 28th minute as junior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her first goal of the season. Freshman Hallie Huston skied a pass into the goal box and Robinson was there to head the ball out of the reach of UCSB netminder Katie Wright.

The Gauchos did out shoot the Toreros 11-9, but it wasn't until the 59th minute of play that Santa Barbara was able to even get a shot off as the Toreros defense clamped down on the Gauchos' front line not allowing them to get a good look at the net.

Junior Karen Cook picked up her first win of the season for the Toreros in the net as she recorded six saves, and her counterpart, Wright, suffered the loss allowing two goals while recording two saves.

USD will return to the pitch on Friday as they travel to Malibu, Calif. for the Pepperdine Tournament and open play against the University of Dayton in a 1 p.m. match.

Santa Clara - 1
Utah - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Another new face on the Santa Clara University women's soccer squad provided the game-winning goal Sunday afternoon as outside back Hillary Schwarzbach's first career goal gave the No. 2 Broncos a 1-0 win over the Utah Utes and their eighth Santa Clara adidas Classic title in the 12-year history of the tournament. Freshman Kiki Bosio was also recognized as the tournament's Most Valuable Player for the offensive threats she provided over the weekend.

Santa Clara (2-0-0) will now look ahead to a pair of matched at the Notre Dame Tournament in South Bend, Ind. next weekend, starting things off against the Harvard Crimson at 2 p.m. PT Friday before facing off with the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Despite outshooting the Utes 16-9 Sunday, the Broncos couldn't quite get the ball in the net until earning a corner kick late in the 73rd minute. Captain Marian Dalmy sent a looping free kick into the far end of the box, where Schwarzbach perfectly one-timed a bullet past Utah goalkeeper Ashley Mason for the game's lone score.

A senior transfer from USC, Schwarzbach has started the first two contests of 2006 at left back and today proved that she is capable of producing in that role. After notching four assists in over three-plus seasons with the Women of Troy, Schwarzbach broke through for her first collegiate goal in only her second contest as a Bronco.

"I saw the ball coming in, and I knew it was going to be pretty close. Tiff [Roberts] was going up for it, but I yelled for her to let it by, and I just nailed it," the Santa Cruz native said of her game-winner. "I t felt pretty good."

The Broncos had more chances to score throughout the day, just missing by mere inches in some cases. Bosio had two great chances, one when she took a textbook through ball from Kelly Giddings in the 15th minute but saw her shot go just inches over the crossbar. Lexi Orand also beat Mason in the 40th minute but her angled shot rolled across the yawning goal mouth just about two feet from the line.

But it spoke to the persistence of the team when they finally broke through with Schwarzbach's goal at the 74:00 mark.

"Today was really like a lot of soccer games, and you really have to stay focused, hopeful and optimistic," said head coach Jerry Smith. "It's a credit to our players, particularly a lot of our new players, that they really kept working and believing. Our front line was once again very dangerous and created a lot of opportunities for the team today, and Hillary just scored a great goal for us."

Utah also had its chances during the match, most notably in the six minutes following the SCU goal. The Utes hit the crossbar twice in that six-minute span following the goal, but the rest of the time Bronco goalkeeper Meagan McCray stayed strong in net, making three saves in equaling her 2005 shutout total with her second in two games.

Following the victory, the Broncos had four of their own named to the All-Tournament squad. Bosio, who assisted on Friday night's game-winner against Wake Forest and was a constant threat to score all weekend, took home MVP honors, while fellow newcomers Katherine Reynolds, who scored the game-winner Friday night, and midfielder Chioma Igwe were also named to the team. McCray rounded out the Bronco picks, having earned a pair of shutouts in net.

"It feels amazing, but as a team we really stepped it up," Bosio said after being named MVP. "In coming games it will make me less nervous, and if I can capitalize and score on more of these shots on goal that I am getting, I'll have more confidence in scoring."

In addition to her assist Friday night, Bosio also put five of her six shots on frame Sunday afternoon, including a free kick from the right corner just outside of the penalty area that was saved by Mason.

"Kiki did everything that we hoped she would do when we were recruiting her," Smith said of the dynamic freshman. "She worked hard all over the field, made a lot of unselfish runs that you won't see on the stat sheet, and I thought she was the most dangerous player out on the field today."

"Its pretty typical for us going into a new season to really look at our new players and give them an opportunity to prove themselves right out of the gate, and they definitely did," Smith explained about the impact of all the new Broncos on this Opening Weekend. "You look at our players chosen for the All-Tournament team, and Meagan was a backup goalkeeper last year, Chioma is a transfer player, and Katherine and Kiki are freshmen. So we're very, very happy with the new players that we've added to the team."

Gonzaga - 0
Washington State - 0

PULLMAN, Wash. - The 25th-ranked Gonzaga University women's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw against Washington State University Sunday afternoon in the final match of the 2006 Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash.

With the tie, the Bulldogs recorded the program's inaugural tie and shutout against the Cougars, as well as improving to 1-0-1 for the season. Prior to Sunday's meeting, the Zags were 0-12-0 record against WSU.

GU freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her first career shutout in her second career start. Thalman recorded three saves, picking up the tie for the Bulldogs. Washington State (1-0-1) goalkeeper Brynn Bemis also picked up three saves.

The Bulldogs came out with strong offense to start the match, firing three shots in the first nine minutes of the opening half. The two teams continued to trade possession and scoring opportunities in the second half, but neither team could score before the end of regulation. WSU nearly put the match away in the fourth minute of the first overtime period when Angela Fajardo nailed a shot that sailed just high of the goal.

The Cougars held an 11-5 shot advantage over the Bulldogs in the match, including a 3-0 advantage during the two overtime periods. WSU also held the advantage on corner kicks, 4-2. with the pair of Gonzaga corner kicks both coming in the first half of regulation.

Gonzaga will open its 2006 home schedule with two matches at Martin Field this weekend. The Zags will host Birmingham-Southern on Friday at 3 p.m. in their home opener. Gonzaga will take on Eastern Washington on Sunday at noon.

Cal Poly - 2
Pepperdine - 1 (OT)

Malibu, Calif. - With a 1-0 deficit in the second period, the No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team forced Cal Poly into overtime with a late goal from Lindsey Redlin, but was defeated, 2-1, in the first overtime period on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Complex in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Pepperdine moved to 1-1-0 on the season, while Cal Poly improved to 1-1-0 on the season.

The defense played a huge role in the match as both teams held scoreless for more than 70 minutes. With a pass from Carrie Andrews, Kelsey Carroll gave the Mustangs the one-goal lead at the 73:39 mark.

At the 83:54 mark, senior forward Lindsey Redlin scored the equalizer off a cross from sophomore Emily Wynne, shooting the ball into the left side of the net past Mustang goalie Alli Tramel.

Cal Poly captured the win when Jessica Rodriquez scored the game-winning goal off of a corner kick at the 93:48 mark to give the Mustangs the 2-1 victory in the first overtime period.

Despite the loss, the Waves out shot Cal Poly 14-7, including nine shots on goal, while Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded three saves in the match.

"I thought our team played great today," said head coach Tim Ward. "We really learned a lot about being the dominate team, but still allowing our opponent to stay in the match. I'm really proud of the way everyone played."

The Waves are back in action on Friday, September 1 when they host Dayton, Ohio State and San Diego in the Puma Classic. Pepperdine faces Dayton at 3:30 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. Kicking off the day's action is San Diego and Ohio State, which meet in a 1 p.m. match.

Florida State - 2
Portland - 1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles scored two late goals to cap a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked and defending national champion Portland Sunday afternoon at Seminole Soccer Complex. Junior All-American Angie Woznuk gave the Pilots the early lead, but the Seminoles got second half goals from India Trotter and Mami Yamaguchi to secure the win.

It was the season opener for Florida State (1-0-0), while Portland opened the 2006 campaign on Friday with a double overtime draw at Florida. Amid hot and humid weather, FSU was the fresher team down the stretch and was finally able to capitalize in the 69th minute and even the score with a goal from All-American India Trotter.

The sequence started with a free kick near midfield taken by defender Becky Edwards. The service found Sel Kuralay in the 18-yard box, who back-heeled a pass to an oncoming Trotter. Unmarked, Trotter finished to the upper right from 15 yards.

Yamaguchi tallied the game-winner in the 80th minute, finding the ball at her feet after a scrum in front of the net and depositing her shot to the lower left.

"It's tough coming off of a Friday night double overtime match and then having to play again early Sunday, but we knew it was going to be that way and we expected it to be a tough game anyway," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "I think (our fatigue) showed late in the game."

The Pilots (0-1-1) grabbed the initial lead in the 29th minute on a brilliant strike by Woznuk. Finding space just outside the box on the right side, Woznuk ripped a 22-yard bullet to the upper right as FSU goalie Ali Mims was left flat footed with no chance. Freshman Megan Sweeney was credited with her first career assist on the play.

Following the goal, the possession favored the Seminoles who tested Pilot senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander often. Alexander was phenomenal between the pipes, defusing numerous Seminole attacks and recording seven saves.

In the 61st minute, the Portland keeper turned away what looked like a sure thing by Trotter, coming off the goal line to take the ball of her foot. Three minutes later Alexander thwarted an attempt by Kuralay from close range off a corner kick.

"Cori was the player of the game," Smith noted. "She came up with huge plays on numerous occasions and showed why she is one of the best (goalkeepers) in the nation."

Portland was able to penetrate into dangerous scoring positions twice in the closing minutes, but was not able to get a shot off in either sequence.

FSU gained a 25-5 edge in shots and 7-3 advantage on corner kicks. Mims surrendered the one goal, but was not forced to make another save throughout the match.

The Pilots will look to return to their winning ways when they travel back to the Pacific Northwest next weekend to compete at Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash. on Sept. 1-3. Portland will play Rhode Island on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and UW-Milwaukee on Sunday at 11 a.m. The team's home opener will be on Friday, Sept. 8 against Baylor as part of the Nike Invitational.

NOTES: The loss snaps a 26-match unbeaten streak for the Pilots, dating back to the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals at Notre Dame...the 1,625 attendance was the second largest in FSU history...Portland has been held without a win through two matches only one previous season since 1990: 2002 when the team went on to win its first national championship...for the fourth time in the last five years Portland has been on the losing end of its second regular season game.

UC Davis - 3
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco, CA - In a hotly contested non-conference match, UC Davis came away with the 3-0 win over the University of San Francisco at Negoesco Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies (1-0-0) drop the Dons to 0-2-0 on the season.

Davis scored the only goal they would need 20 minutes into the first half. Junior forward Dayna Dumont (1) headed the ball passed USF sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson (0-1-0) off a cross from sophomore defender Molly Scott. Ten minutes later, senior defender Katie Snyder (1) scored on a free-kick just outside the box. USF held the Aggies for the rest of the period, but Davis added another insurance goal two and a half minutes into the second period. Midfielder Lacey Cobb shot the ball toward the Dons goal which brought Hodgson away from the posts, and junior forward Annie McAllister (1) took advantage of the open goal, striking it in from the left side.

Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan lead the Dons attack for the second straight game, with four shots, including a penalty kick that would have been a goal if not for a spectacular diving catch by UC Davis' junior goalie Megan Daws (1-0-0). Also getting in on the shooting action for USF was senior forward Chelsea Hunt and freshman forward Samantha Brand.

The game was filled with aggressive play on both sides as each team was going for the win after a tie last year. USF had 24 fouls and three Yellow Cards, while UC Davis had 19 fouls and two Yellow Cards in the contest. Davis had a seven to six shot advantage while USF held a six to two corner kick lead.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski commented on the unfortunate loss. "Today was just kind of an unlucky day as far as creating opportunities and taking advantage of them. We just aren't finishing the chances we get and the other team is. We had a great scoring opportunity on that Penalty kick but their goalie made a fantastic save. On a high note, Kara Breithaupt played very well today. She really solidified her spot in the mid-field and played strong defense."

USF returns to non-conference action in Palo Alto, CA on Friday, September 9. The Dons take on No. 19 Stanford at 7:00 PM.

LMU at Kansas Rained Out

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sunday's Kansas-Loyola Marymount women's soccer match has been cancelled due to heavy rains in the Lawrence area. The match was initially scheduled for 1 p.m., but had to be moved back because of the weather. The contest will not be made up.

The Lions will return to action next Sunday when they host Oregon at Sullivan Field at 1:00pm.