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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps 9-1

Sept. 1, 2006

Gonzaga - 4
Birmingham Southern - 0

Spokane, Wash. - Freshman Taylor Hall knocked in two goals as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team opened it's 2006 home schedule with a 4-0 win over Birmingham-Southern College on Friday afternoon at Martin Field.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 2-0-1 and remains undefeated for the season.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the 21st minute when Sarah Hallconnected with a Cristin Leverson pass from five yards out to take the early 1-0 lead.

GU added another goal at the 49:45 mark, when Lacey Castleberryknocked in an open shot from the top of the box for her second goal of the season.

Taylor Hall capped the Bulldogs scoring when she posted two goals within three minutes of each other for her first career goals. The first goal came at 55:49 when she sailed the ball over the finger tips of BSC goalie, Brittany Green. Taylor Hall then scored her second goal of the match at 58:19 off of an assist by Christine Soma.

The Bulldog defense poised a tough opposition to BSC, allowing only one Panther shot during the match, with the lone shot coming late into the second half. Gonzaga posted 11 shots during the match. GU also held the advantage on corner kicks, 6-0.

Gonzaga continues its home stand tomorrow when it faces regional foe Eastern Washington University. The match is scheduled to kickoff at Noon at Martin Field. The match marks the first time since 1997 that the Bulldogs have played back-to-back consecutive games at home.

Portland - 3
UW-Milwaukee - 2

Seattle, Wash. - Sophomore All-American Megan Rapinoe scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner as the Portland Pilots earned a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over UW-Milwaukee at the Husky/Nike Invitational on Friday night at Husky Soccer Field.

Portland (1-1-1) trailed by a 2-1 margin when Rapinoe scored the equalizer in the 78th minute on a free kick from 30 yards. Her rocket to the upper right was her second goal of the game and team-leading third of the season.

The Pilots took the lead for good in the 82nd minute as Rapinoe slotted a pass to freshman forward Michelle Enyeart who finished from eight yards for her first career goal.

"We were soft in the first half," said Portland head coach Garrett Smith, whose team was outshot 8-6 in the first stanza. "UW-Milwaukee was very efficient and gave us lots of problems. After the half I thought Emily Michaelson set the tone with her physicality and it was infectious to the rest of the team. She jump-started us and Rapinoe provided the world class strike we needed."

The Pilots dominated the second half by racking up a 10-0 margin in shot attempts.

For the third consecutive game, Portland grabbed the lead early as Rapinoe worked a give-and-go with junior forward Natalie Budge before depositing a 12-yard drive into the back of the net in the 11th minute.

UW-Milwaukee (2-1-0) then started to control possession and made it 1-1 in the 31st minute as Louise Vraney broke free and scored from 15 yards out to the right side.

The Panthers, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs last year, took a 2-1 lead in the 41st minute on a goal from Kate Megna. Amanda Winn serviced a free kick to Megna whose 10-yard header beat Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander.

Portland held a 16-8 shot advantage for the match and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Alexander made three saves for the Pilots, while UWM goalie Erin Kane stopped four Portland shots.

The Pilots will conclude their stay in Seattle on Sunday when they face the Rhode Island Rams at 11 a.m.

Santa Clara - 3
Harvard - 0

South Bend, Ind. - The Santa Clara University women's soccer team was victorious Friday afternoon in their first game as the No. 1 team in the nation since 2003, posting the third straight shutout to begin the 2006 season with a 3-0 victory over the Harvard Crimson in South Bend, Ind. The Broncos got early goals from Meagan Snell and Brittany Klein before Elyse Shelgersealed the deal late in the second half.

The Broncos (3-0-0), No. 1 in the Soccer Buzz poll, will now look ahead to Sunday's clash with the No. 1 team in the Soccer Times poll, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The match is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start and will be televised live on ESPNU.

"I think overall it was a fairly solid performance from the team. We got a chance to play everyone, which is a positive," said head coach Jerry Smith. "When you have two tough games on the weekend, it is good to get a good win where you're able to rest your starters in preparation for the second game. Today was an example of a good team effort, and so far this season we've had five different players score goals, and I think that the veterans are clearly looking for opportunities to step up after our newcomers had such a great weekend last week."

With the raucous SCU volleyball team, 3-0 victors over Valparaiso earlier in the day, in the stands sporting painted faces and wielding supportive signs, their women's soccer counterparts wasted no time jumping all over the Crimson (0-1-0), pressuring the opposing back line until hitting paydirt at the 09:04 mark. Katherine Reynolds penetrated the left flank of the Harvard defense and sent a cross into the box which found Snell, who flicked the header into the back of the net for her first goal of the season. For Reynolds it was her first collegiate assist.

"We went and watched the volleyball team this morning, and it was nice of them to return the favor this afternoon," Smith said of the volleyball team's support. "It's nice to have another team on the road so that we can lend support to each other for the matches."

SCU kept up the pressure, earning a pair of corners in the next four minutes before Reynolds recorded a couple of shots, one of which was on frame, forcing Crimson keeper Lauren Mann to make the save.

The persistence paid off in the 20th minute, as Kiki Bosio collected a Harvard turnover and found Klein, who netted her first of the year with a shot from 10 yards out on the left side which got by Mann for SCU's second score of the day.

After continuing to apply pressure and having a couple of shots blocked in the box in the second half, the Broncos finally punched through once more in the 73rd minute as Shelger made a nice turn through the Harvard defense and deposited a 14-yarder into the net for her first goal of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Julie Ryder saw her first action of the season, entering the game at the start of the second half. The DeKalb, Ill. native, playing in front of her family and friends, combined with Meagan McCray to preserve the team's third shutout to start the season, marking the first time since the 2001 national championship season that such a feat had been achieved.

The Broncos outshot the Crimson 10-4 in the match and earned six corner kicks to Harvard's two.

Following Sunday's match with Notre Dame, the Broncos will travel to Los Angeles next weekend for a pair of matches against No. 15 Connecticut on Friday, and No. 4 Texas A&M Sunday morning.

Pepperdine - 2
Dayton - 2 (2OT)

Malibu, Calif. - After 110 minutes of play, the No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team battled Dayton to a 2-2 tie on Fri., September 1 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in the second match of the Puma Classic. The Waves moved to 1-1-1 on the season, while the Flyers picked up their second tie of the season and stand at 0-0-2.

Pepperdine controlled the ball from the start of the match and at the 18:17 mark, senior Lindsey Redlin delivered the ball to sophomore Emily Wynne, who launched it in the back of the net to give the Waves the 1-0 lead. But in less than a minute, Dayton answered back as Caitlin Proffitt scored off of a corner kick by Kim Sacher.

With the game knotted at one goal a piece, Pepperdine boosted its momentum, finding space in the Flyers' territory. At the 26:10 mark, Wynne knocked in her second goal from the left side, eight yards out. Once again, the Waves' lead would not last long. After a foul, Dayton goalkeeper Niki Reed shot a free kick from 45 yards out sailing the ball in the top right corner of the net to end the first period in a 2-2 tie.

The score remained tied for the remainder of the match despite the 20 total shots that were taken on both sides. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte, who replaced Cumming in the second half, came up big for the Waves as she recorded five saves to shut out the Flyers for the rest of the game.

Junior goalkeeper Kathryn Cumming recorded five saves in the first period, while the Waves totaled 17 shots, including seven shots on goal.The day's action began at 1 p.m. with Ohio State defeating San Diego, 4-1.

The Waves conclude play in the Puma Classic on Sun., September 3 when they face Ohio State in a 2 p.m. match after Dayton and San Diego face-off in an 11:30 a.m. match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

Cal St. Fullerton - 2
Saint Mary's - 1

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered its second straight loss, this time a 2-1 defeat to the No. 15 ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans on Friday afternoon from Edwards Stadium in the California Invitational. Fullerton's Desiree Flint scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute.

Just 5:34 into the game, Saint Mary's (1-2) gave up a goal to Fullerton's Candice Byler. CSF's Erica Janke crossed the ball from the right side into the middle of the box, a Saint Mary's defender misplayed the cross and Byler was there to clean up the missed attempt. Byler bent her right-footed shot past SMC keeper Noelle Brown just inside the right post.

Saint Mary's would answer the Byler goal just 20 seconds later when sophomore forward Nikki Schrey tallied her first goal of the season. Schrey took a through ball from McKenna Belzer and beat Fullerton (2-0) goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with a left footed shot the finished inside the left post.

SMC controlled the flow of the game in the first half, which ended tied 1-1. The Gaels took five shots in the first 45 minutes. All five shots were on goal as Bardsley recorded four saves in the first half and 10 saves for the game, while allowing one goal.

Fullerton scored the game winner in the 74th minute when Desiree Flint scored on a header from eight yards out. After the ball was crossed in from the left corner, Flint headed the loose ball over the outstretched arms of Brown for the game winner. Brown finished the game with four saves.

Saint Mary's out shot the Titans 12 to nine and had 11 shots on goal. CS Fullerton put six of its nine shots on frame.

Saint Mary's will return to action in the California Invitational on Sunday when the Gaels face Kansas. The game between the Gaels and Jayhawks will kick off at 10 a.m. from Edwards Stadium.

Ohio State - 4
San Diego - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Ohio State University (2-0-1) handed the University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-1-0) their first loss of the season, 4-1, in the first match of the Pepperdine Tournament Friday afternoon.

The Buckeyes struck first as they tallied a goal in the 24th minute of play when Lisa Collison was able to get one by USD netmider Brittany Cameron on a penalty kick.

OSU then added a second goal at the 32:47 mark as Collison scored her second goal of the match when she redirected a cross from Lara Dickenmann.

The Toreros responded with their only goal of the match at the 32:57 mark. FreshmanHallie Huston was able to ski a pass into the center of the goal box and Leigh Ann Robinson was there to corral the pass and punch the ball into the back of the net from six yards out to cut the lead in half.

It was all OSU from there on as they scored two more goals late in the second half to put the match at its final of 4-1.

The Toreros outshot the Buckeyes 14-11 and held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Cameron suffered the loss for USD allowing four goals while recording five saves. OSU goalkeeper Lauren Robertson picked up the win allowing one goal and recording three saves.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when they close out play in the Pepperdine Tournament against the University of Dayton.

Stanford - 3
San Francisco - 0

Palo Alto, CA - After a slow start in the first half, Stanford came on strong with a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. USF (0-3) played strong defense early, holding the Cardinal (1-2) scoreless through the first 32 minutes.

Stanford found the back of the net late in the first half when senior midfielder Shari Summers (1) shot the ball into an open goal off an assist from junior midfielder Lizzy George. Five minutes into the second half, George added her first goal of the season, an unassisted shot from five yards out. At 70:29, Stanford pushed in their final scoring strike off the foot of freshman midfielder Kristin Stannard (1) with an assist from sophomore midfielder Kate Mannino.

USF's leading shot taker, junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan, took the first strike for the Dons in the game but was blocked by Stanford's sophomore goalie Alex Gamble. Senior forward Chelsea Hunthad a legitimate chance to score in the second half, a header that was kept out of the net by a diving Gamble. Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had a season high nine saves on the day including a great jumping deflection. Pohle also had a nice save off a Stanford corner kick, jumping into a group of Cardinal red to grab the loose ball.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski praised her defense against the tough Stanford attack. "The back line played hard today under a lot of pressure. Stanford is a great team. I feel we had a solid first half, but it is hard to sustain that pace with such a talented team. Right now we are struggling and we just need to get that first goal under our belts."