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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Aug. 31, 2007

San Diego - 2
Wake Forest - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Ashleigh Shoughro's first collegiate goal in the 81st minute of the match lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0-0) to a 2-1 upset win over No. 19 Wake Forest University (0-1-0) Friday evening in the nightcap of the WCC/ACC Challenge at USD's Torero Stadium.

After the Demon Deacons had knotted the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick, the Toreros didn't panic as they turned to their young freshman and she delivered. At the 81:13 mark, Leigh Ann Robinson dribbled around a Wake Forest defender and crossed the ball to Shoughro, who was on the left side of the goal box. Shoughro corralled the past and hit a one-timer past the WFU goalkeeper, Laura Morse, to lift USD to victory.

Junior Amy Epsten, after sitting out all of last year with a medical redshirt, retuned to form as the striker tallied the first goal of the match. Wake Forest committed a penalty just to the right of the top of the goal box, which set up a free kick for the Toreros. Vanessa Vella bended a pass into the goal box and Epsten controlled it, then punched it into the back out the net to give USD the early momentum at the 25:07 mark.

At the 76:34 mark, the Toreros committed a foul inside of their own goal box, to set up a penalty kick situation for the Demon Deacons. Amy Smerdzinski took the penalty shot and just got the ball out of the reach of USD's goalkeeper Brittany Cameron to even the score up at 1-1.

Cameron picked up the win for the Toreros, as she allowed one goal and racked up six saves. Morse was saddled with the loss for Wake Forest as she allowed two goals and recorded one save.

Wake Forest out shot the Toreros, 12-6 and held an advantage in corner kicks as well at 10-2.

San Diego will return to action on Sunday as they conclude play in the WCC/ACC Challenge against No. 22 Duke University at 1:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Torero Stadium.

Santa Clara - 3
San Jose State - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The eighth-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team won a hard-fought battle against San Jose State Friday night in their season opener at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos narrowly escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Spartans in the first event of the 2007 Rivalry Series. Santa Clara now owns a 12-0-0 overall record against San Jose State.

"There was a lot of good energy in the stands tonight," said head coach Jerry Smith. "That aided in the energy on the field. The crowd was extremely supportive of both teams and that's what you expect in a rivalry game. It was also a tight game and, because of that, it is a great learning experience that will prepare us for next weekend's tournament. We have a young team and we played a lot of subs tonight, but the players that came in off the bench really contributed they way we expected them to."

Just under four minutes into the game, Tina Estrada, in her re-debut with the Broncos after missing last season due to a knee injury, netted the first goal for Santa Clara. Estrada wanted quickly to return to her scoring ways, leading her team with a total of five shots, with four shots on goal. After the SCU goal, San Jose State took four consecutive shots to try and knot the score, but goalkeeper Meagan McCray was fast to make the save. Senior Chioma Igwe sent a shot slightly wide of the net just under 15 minutes in and sophomore Kiki Bosio followed suit, but the ball found its way in to the arms of Spartans' goalkeeper Marissa Dayton. With just four seconds left on the clock before the half, Estrada tried once again to bring the Broncos lead to two goals, but the shot was just wide of the net. Santa Clara ended the first half with seven shots, while San Jose State recorded six.

In the second half, the Broncos more than doubled their opponent's shots, 14-6, finishing the game with 21 total. Sophomore Katherine Reynolds got a touch that she attempted to send to the back of the net, but was unfortunately stopped by Dayton. Redshirt sophomore Courtney Lewis took her lone shot on goal, which was deflected to the feet of senior captain Brittany Klein by San Jose State's Jessica Scott. Klein found the back of the net for the unassisted goal at 66 minutes. Leading 2-0, it seemed as though the Broncos were ready to repeat their 2006 6-0 victory over the Spartans, but a scuffle in the box gave San Jose State a penalty kick and their first goal of the game from Kristin Krale.

Yet, the Broncos continued their dominance of the game as sophomore Lexi Orand attempted her first goal of the season but the ball was sent back into play right to the feet of freshman Jessie Baddley, who netted her first collegiate goal, at 86 minutes. But San Jose State gained control of the ball and, three minutes later, Jackie Zabek scored the Spartans second and last goal of the game on an assist from Liz Behlen.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, Sept. 7 in their first match of the 2007 Santa Clara adidas Classic. Santa Clara will host No. 2 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m., at Buck Shaw Stadium. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 9, the Broncos will face the Cavaliers of Virginia at 1:30 p.m.

Pepperdine - 0
Duke - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite outshooting #22 Duke and putting 11 shots on goal, the Pepperdine women's soccer team was held to a season-opening 0-0 tie in the first game of the WCC/ACC Adidas Challenge, hosted by the University of San Diego.

The Waves (0-0-1) held a 15-9 overall advantage on shots and a 9-4 edge on corner kicks. In the overtime frame alone, Pepperdine outshot Duke 3-0 and put all three shots on target. Junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) made three saves to post the shutout.

In its next match, Pepperdine will face #19 Wake Forest on Sunday (Sept. 2) at 11 a.m. in San Diego.

Saint Mary's - 2
Colorado College - 2

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team opened its 2007 season with a 2-2 tie against Colorado College Friday afternoon in the California Tournament from Edwards Field. The Gaels scored two first half goals against the 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Tigers.

SMC handled Colorado College in the first half with two goals on seven shots. The Gaels opened the scoring with a tally in the 11th minute.

Sophomore Allie Weiner recorded the first SMC goal of 2007 with a strike from the right side of the box that found net far post off a Mika Matsui setup.

Just over 10 minutes later the Gaels would add on to their lead. Freshman forward Alex Ciliento recorded her first collegiate goal when she volleyed a Weiner pass into the back of the net from the center of the box.

Saint Mary's would hold onto the 2-0 cushion until the 80th minute when Colorado College finally broke through.

Molly Uyenishi scored on an unassisted strike that found the upper-V on the right side. Five minutes later the Tigers evened the score.

Emily Beans knotted the game at two when she buried a Jessica Beinlich pass that was started off a corner kick.

The Tigers out-shot the Gaels 12-5 in the half while both teams tallied one shot over the two overtime periods. Colorado College out-shot Saint Mary's 17-13 in the contest.

Ciliento led the Gaels with four shots, putting three on goal. Danielle Spann rallied off three shots while Weiner tallied two with a goal and an assist.

Tiffany Brown led all players with five shots for Colorado College, putting two on goal. Beans and Uyenishi tallied three shots a piece.

In net, freshman Cari Makino allowed two goals and made six saves in her collegiate debut for the Gaels. Geneva Sills also allowed two goals and made six saves on the afternoon.

Saint Mary's will continue tournament play against Columbia. The two teams will square off on Sunday, September 2 at Noon at Edwards Field.

Idaho - 2
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team dropped its first match of the 2007 season Friday to the University of Idaho 2-0 at Martin Field in Spokane.

The loss drops the Zags to 0-1-0 for the season, while the Vandals improve to 1-0-0.

Both teams were held scoreless until the 55:25 mark when Idaho's Anna Edmonds gave the Vandals an 1-0 advantage. Edmonds connected with a corner kick from Britta Rustad to knock the ball in just past the fingertips of the Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman.

Idaho's Jennifer Hull posted the second goal of the game when, from ten yards out, she broke loose to fire a shot into the goal at 75:32.

Gonzaga had multiple scoring opportunities late in the game, including at 74:55 when Lori Conrad unleashed a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Once hitting off the crossbar, Christine Soma posted one of her two shots on goal for the match, but a diving stop by Vandal keeper Anna Sandman kept the Zags from breaking up the shutout. Soma finished the afternoon with a team-high five shots.

The Bulldogs were unable to capture the victory, despite holding an advantage on both shots and corner kicks. Gonzaga held a 19-6 advantage on shots, including holding the Vandals to only a pair of shots in the first half. On corner kicks, the Zags held a 6-2 advantage.

Thalman, a 2006 Soccer Buzz All-West Region honoree, suffered her first loss of the season with the loss allowing the two goals while posting three saves. Vandal goalkeeper Sandman earned the victory and the shutout while posting eight saves.

Gonzaga will return to the field Sunday, when they travel to Missoula, Mont. to face the University of Montana at 1 p.m., PT.

UCSB - 1
Loyola Marymount - 0

Santa Barbara, CA - UC Santa Barbara scored early in the second half for the game's only goal to spoil Joe Mallia's LMU head coaching debut, 1-0, in Santa Barbara on Friday night.

Freshman Kailyn Kugler scored the first goal of her career at 47:02 as Katrina Wright started the move from the left, feeding Linda Allen in the box. Allen touched a pass to Kugler, who slotted in from 10 yards out.

The teams battled through a scoreless first half, combining for just seven shots. The Lions put all four of their shots on-frame but UCSB goalkeeper Katie Wright was equal to the task with four saves.

In the second half, the Gauchos went on the offensive early. Sarah Stoltz had a solid opportunity at the 46:02 mark but her shot on goal was deflected wide right by LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. Exactly one minute later, UCSB struck for the only goal of the match.

The Lions swarmed in front of the goal in the final minute but Katie Wright kept the clean sheet. UCSB finished the match with a 9-6 shot advantage. LMU was paced by Jamie Bell, who had four of the team's six shots.

With the victory, the Gauchos end a six-match winless streak to the Lions and open the season with a 1-0 record. LMU drops to 0-1.

LMU hosts Dayton on Sunday in its home opener, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.