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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 2, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
Montana - 0

MISSOULA, Mont. - Senior Christine Soma scored the lone goal of the match Sunday as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team defeated the University of Montana 1-0 at the South Campus Stadium in Missoula, Mont.

The Zags improve their overall record to 1-1-0 with the victory, while the Grizzlies drop to 0-2-0 for the season.

The game remained scoreless until 10 minutes into the second half, when at 55:13 Soma broke up the 0-0 tie. Soma connected with a pass from Sarah Hall before taking a shot from the right side that deflected off of a Montana defender to go into the net. The goal was the first of the season for both the Zags and Soma. The goal moves Soma into a tie for ninth place on the Gonzaga career total points list with 20.

Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman recorded four saves en route to her first win of the season. The shutout was the seventh of the sophomore's career, placing her second on the career shutout list. Montana's Grace Harris suffered the loss after allowing the one goal and recording four saves.

Gonzaga held a demanding 10-4 shot advantage in the first half of the match, before Montana rebounded in the second half to out shoot the Bulldogs 6-5. Ashley Riley, Hall and Soma all recorded three shots on the afternoon, with Hall and Soma each posting a pair of shots on goal.

Both the Zags and Grizzlies each posted five corner kicks apiece.

The Bulldogs will return to the field on Friday, September 7, when they host regional rival Washington State University at Martin Field. The game is slated for 2 p.m. and will be the first game of a double header with the Gonzaga men's soccer team. The men are scheduled to play the University of Washington at Martin Field at 4 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 2
Columbia - 1 (OT)

Berkeley, CA - For the second consecutive game, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team went into overtime. Sunday's contest would not get as far as a tie, as sophomore Jessica Menzhuber netted the game-winner a minute into overtime to defeat Columbia 2-1 from Edwards Field. With the win, SMC improves to 1-0-1 on the season.

One minute into the overtime period, sophomore forward Allie Weiner found Menzhuber on a corner kick that she was able to net to finish off the Lions and Saint Mary's stay at the California Tournament.

Columbia scored first when Allison Leonard took a Sophie Reiser pass and chipped SMC goalkeeper Cari Makino in the 11th minute.

The score would remain the same until the Gaels answered in the 74th minute. True freshman Alex Ciliento tallied her second goal in as many games when Weiner found the forward, who buried the shot from 12 yards out.

Saint Mary's out-shot Columbia 15-14 and 8-6 in the second half. Weiner led the Gaels with four shots and put two on goal. Junior Stefani Rocco and Ciliento rallied of three shots a piece. Weiner finished the tournament with a goal and three assists. Ciliento tallied two goals on the weekend.

Reiser led the Lions and all players with five shots. Three different Columbia players recorded two shots a piece.

Makino allowed one goal and recorded a career-high seven saves en route to her first collegiate victory. Allison Vespa made five saves and allowed two goals for Columbia.

The Gaels will continue in tournament mode as they host the Saint Mary's Tournament. The Gaels will open up against Vermont on Friday, September 7 at 4:30 PM. The early game will feature Cal against Bakersfield at 2 PM. All games will be played at Saint Mary's Stadium.

San Diego - 0
Duke - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team (1-0-1) battled to a scoreless draw with No. 22 Duke University (0-0-2) in the final game of the WCC/ACC Challenge Sunday afternoon at USD's Torero Stadium. With the tie, the Toreros claimed the championship of the tournament.

San Diego had its opportunities to score a goal, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the net. One of USD's best scoring opportunities came at the 80:50 mark, when Jen Mello was involved in a scramble in front of the Blue Devils net. She punched a ball hard to the Duke goalkeeper, Allison Lipsher, but Lipsher punched the ball away to prevent the goal.

Another great scoring opportunity came in the overtime period for USD at the 92:53 mark as Amy Epsten tried to lob a a shot over the head of the Duke 'keeper, but the ball was not out of the reach of the 5-9 Lipsher, preventing yet another USD goal.

Duke, who hasn't score a goal in a five regular season games, dating back to last season, also had several opportunities to score a goal, but were unable to get the ball past USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

Cameron picked up her first shutout of the season as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. Lipsher recorded her second shutout of the season as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves.

The Toreros, who defeated No. 19 Wake Forest University to open the tournament, out shot the Blue Devils 9-6 and held a slight advantage in corner kicks at 5-4.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Dayton, Ohio to take on the University of Dayton in a 4:30 p.m. match. The Toreros will then continue their road swing on Sunday as they play the Buckeyes of Ohio State University in a 10 a.m. match.

San Francisco - 3
San Jose State - 3

San Jose, Calif. - San Francisco women's soccer (0-0-1) tied San Jose State (0-1-1), 3-3, in the Dons' 2007 season opener Sunday afternoon. The match also marked the coaching debut of USF Head Coach Mark Carr.

"Overall, I'm happy with what we did," Carr said with regards to his first match in Green and Gold. "I was excited with our energy on our field and we showed great character being behind, coming back to tie the score and then taking a lead. We had some good goals and I think it helps our mentality."

On a bright sunny day, USF junior defender Katherine Kimure began the scoring with a shot over the goalie at 18:43 following a pass down the flank from sophomore forward Kristina Hall. The Spartans took back the lead with 2-1 goals by Heidi Romswinckel at 45:15 and Jackie Zabek at 62:10.

Sophomore forward Samantha Brand registered a new career game high assisting in the Dons' final two goals. She setup senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan with a goal at 70:47 and then sent a cross into the box which was tapped in by freshman forward Elizabeth Van Buskirk at 72:57. The goal, the first of Van Buskirk`s collegiate career, temporarily gave San Francisco the lead.

SJSU's Kristin Krale made a penalty kick at 73:55 to tie the score at three.

The Spartans out-shot the Dons 24 - 18 in the contest. O'Sullivan had a match high six shots, all on goal. Kimure ended the day with four shots and freshman forward Lauren Maris had two.

Zabek and Romswinckel tied for the San Jose State team lead with five shots.

Spartans' goalkeeper Marissa Dayton had eight saves in the draw, while USF junior Kate Hodgson had three.

San Francisco will next play at the UCLA Women's Cup against Cal State Northridge and UCLA. Illinois will also be in attendance. Competition at the four team event begins Friday.

Dayton - 1
LMU - 0 (OT)

Los Angeles, CA - Dayton's Lauren Maybury broke a goalless tie with a header in the 108th minute as visiting University of Dayton upended Loyola Marymount 1-0 in double overtime Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions drop their home opener to fall to 0-2-0 on the young season while the Flyers complete their West Coast road trip with a 2-0-0 record.

On a day that saw stifling heat and two well-matched teams take their tolls on each other, neither side budged for nearly 110 minutes. Both sides had chances throughout the game but it was Dayton who pounced on the opportunity. With the game looking to end in a scoreless tie, the Flyers won a corner on the right side. The ball was delivered into the box and a scramble ensued with UD's Colleen Gibson getting off a point-blank header that was parried by LMU senior Joslyn Slovek. The ball popped up to Maybury, who headed in from four yards for her first goal of the season and the game-winner.

Each team took turns dominating the game in spurts. Dayton took the offensive at the beginning, registering the game's first four shots and forcing Slovek into her first save after just two minutes. LMU found its stride shortly thereafter, pounding three straight shots at the Flyer goal. The third, a breakaway by senior Jamie Bell, produced a fine kick-save from UD keeper Niki Reed.

After the teams went into the locker room for halftime, it was LMU who came out looking for a goal, outshooting Dayton 7-2 in the second half. In the 60th minute, sophomore Tiffany Harrison came close on a header from a free kick but Reed dove low to her right to keep it out. Five minutes from time, senior Katie Osborne chased down a long clearance and maneuvered past her defender, only for her left-footed shot to sail high. Right at the end of regulation, Dayton had a free kick from 25 yards but the LMU defense stayed strong to send the game into overtime.

Dayton had the two best chances in the second OT, with Mandi Back shooting just high and Gibson firing a long-range effort that was saved at full-stretch by Slovek before the corner kick that decided the game.

Each team took 12 shots. Reed had six saves and Slovek made five.

The Lions take to the road next week for the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Indiana. On Friday, they face the hosts Indiana at 4:30 p.m., then take on Maryland Sunday at 8 a.m.

Wake Forest - 2
Pepperdine - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Wake Forest proved worthy of its #19 preseason national ranking, as the Pepperdine women's soccer team went down to a 2-0 defeat to the Demon Deacons on Sunday as part of the WCC/ACC Adidas Challenge, hosted by the University of San Diego.

After starting their season against strong competition, the Waves are now 0-1-1, which includes a scoreless tie against 22nd-ranked Duke on Friday night.

Wake Forest (1-1-0) outshot Pepperdine, 13-3, and got goals in the fourth minute by Caitlin Farrell and in the 76th minute by Allie Sadow. Junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) made four saves for the Waves.

In its next set of games, Pepperdine will travel east to face Ohio State on Friday (Sept. 7) and Dayton next Sunday (Sept. 9).