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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps 9-3

Sept. 3, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 2
Oregon - 1

Los Angeles, CA - The LMU women's soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over the visiting Oregon Ducks this afternoon at Sullivan Field. Jamie Bell gave the Lions an early lead in the 16th minute and Tana Smothermon scored what was eventually the game-winner early in the second half. The Lions improve to 1-0-1 on the season while Oregon drops to 0-3. LMU will host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00pm.

Oregon attacked quickly, with a dangerous opportunity in the opening minutes. Nicole Garbin got behind the Lion defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. The 6-0 junior stopped the close range shot to give the Lions an early boost.

Bell put the Lions on the scoreboard at 15:46. She got the ball from Katie Osborne and dribbled along the top of the box. After getting past a few Duck defenders, she let loose with a hard low shot that got past Oregon goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield to put the Lions on the board.

The first half remained 1-0, although the shots were fairly even. LMU outshot Oregon 8-6, including six shots on goal to Oregon's three. Slovek made three first-half saves, and Chatfield made five.

Early in the second half, LMU added to its lead. Michelle Kanama launched a high cross in front of the goal. Stefanie Baduria flicked it back to a waiting Smothermon, who blasted a header to the near post to put LMU ahead 2-0.

However, the Ducks battled back to make it a one goal game in the 66th minute. Off of a corner kick by Danielle Sweeney, Dylann Tharp flicked the ball to Allison Newton near the back of the net who got off a shot to the near post from close range. Slovek tried to get a hand on it, but was just short.

LMU remained strong and held onto the lead for the victory. Bell and Smothermon led LMU with three shots each, and Slovek finished the day with five saves. Garvin led Oregon with five shots, and Chatfield made six saves in goal for the Ducks.

The Lions return to action on Tuesday afternoon, hosting UC Santa Barbara at Sullivan Field at 5:00pm.

Pepperdine - 1
Ohio State - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Behind an offense that kept pushing and a defense that stayed tight, the No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team defeated Ohio State, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Puma Classic at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves improved to 2-1-1 on the season, while the Buckeyes fell to 2-1-1.

The Buckeyes broke out first with an early corner kick as they took two shots, but Pepperdine would gain control shortly after with senior forward Lindsey Redlin taking two corner kicks before senior Jennifer Brewer took a shot on goal. Sophomore Emily Wynne and junior Samantha Hire, whose shot went wide left, pressured Buckeye goalkeeper Lauren Robertson as the Waves tried to find space to score before the first period ended.

With the match scoreless in the second period, Pepperdine came out strong. After an Ohio State corner kick, the Waves pressed in their opponent's territory where a foul (hand ball) was called on Ohio State 15 yards from the box. At the 52:45 mark, Wynne took advantage of the shot as her free kick sailed into the back of the net to give the Waves the 1-0 lead.

With the clock winding down, the Waves felt the urgency to keep the ball in their control as they pressured the Buckeye's with 10 shots in the second period. Ohio State closed in on the Waves attempting to even the score, but with Pepperdine's resilient defense, which included Kelsey Baker, Courtney Nelson, Ashley Copp and Caitlin Mitchell, Tim Ward's squad recorded the victory.

"It was a great way to end the weekend. We played a very, very good team today and it was very even,"said head coach Ward. "I expect Dayton and Ohio State to be in the NCAA tournament this year."

Pepperdine out shot the Buckeyes 16-10 with Brewer leading all players with four shots. Wynne and Redlin added three shots each and combined for three of the Waves' five shots on goal.

In addition to picking up her first solo shutout, sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded four saves in the match. Redlin, Brewer and Emily Wynne, who was named the tournament MVP, were named to the Puma Classic All-Tournament team.

"We're really proud of Emily Wynne," Ward commented. "She really has the ability to be one of the best in the country. We're really pleased her hard work is paying off."

The Waves, who led all teams in the tournament with a 1-0-1 record, are next in action on Fri., September 8 when they host Tulsa in a 3 p.m. match in Malibu, Calif.

Puma Classic All-Tournament Team:Mandi Back, Dayton; Jennifer Brewer, Pepperdine; Lisa Collison, Ohio State; Lara Dickenmann, Ohio State; Lisa Grubb, Ohio State; Hallie Huston, San Diego; Christine Mock, San Diego; Caitlin Proffitt, Dayton; Lindsey Redlin, Pepperdine; Niki Reed, Dayton; Leigh Ann Robinson, San Diego; Emily Wynne, Pepperdine-MVP

Portland - 8
Rhode Island - 0

Seattle, WA - Junior forward Natalie Budge scored three goals to record her first career hat trick as the Portland Pilots raced to an 8-0 shutout against the Rhode Island Rams Sunday afternoon to claim the Husky/Nike Invitational title at Husky Soccer Field. The Pilots (2-1-1) did not allow a shot in the game, racking up a 31-0 edge as five different Portland players scored goals.

Sophomore All-American Megan Rapinoe added two goals and an assist for the second game in a row and was named the tournament's Offensive MVP. Portland junior defender Emily Michaelson took Defensive MVP honors.

Freshman striker Kendra Chandhoke tallied her first career points with a goal and three assists, while senior Elsa Hume and freshman Michelle Enyeart also added goals for the Pilots.

The eight goals established a new tournament record for the Husky Invitational, breaking the previous mark of six scored by Washington in 1994. Portland's 11 combined goals for the tournament also set a new record.

"This was a great team effort from start to finish," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "We carried over a great second half performance against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday into a superb game today. The starting eleven established the flow from the start and the bench did a superb job as well."

The Pilots jumped on the Rams (1-3-0) early, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of action. Budge started the onslaught in the fifth minute, running on a through ball from Chandhoke and finishing from 10 yards for her first goal of the season. Chandhoke made it 2-0 four minutes later with a close finish on a sequence of passes from All-Americans Angie Woznuk and Rapinoe. Rapinoe converted a penalty kick a minute and a half later for her fourth goal of the season.

After intermission, Enyeart tallied her second goal in as many games, beating URI goalkeeper Danielle van Vierssen in a one-on-one situation. Rapinoe scored again in the 68th minute after beating the Rams defense and deftly finishing from eight yards. She leads all Portland scorers with five goals and two assists through the first four games. It was also the 20th goal of her career.

Hume scored her first goal of the season and fifth of her career in the 71st minute to make it 6-0 Pilots. Chandhoke found Hume unmarked at the top of the box and her shot found the right side netting.

Budge scored her second goal of the game in the 75th minute, taking a short cross from sophomore Katie Brown and finishing past van Vierssen. Budge got her hat trick three minutes later on another assist from Chandhoke, this time dialing it in from 15 yards.

It is the second time in the last two years that the Pilots have held an opponent without a shot. Portland outshot then-No.19 West Virginia 23-0 on September 11 last season.

Van Vierssen was tested often on Sunday and finished with eight saves, while UP goalkeepers Cori Alexander and Ruth Gilliam played a half each and recorded the Pilots first shutout of 2006.

"No shots allowed is an awesome accomplishment," added Smith. "Scoring lots of goals is great, but getting the shutout is just as special. Now we're excited about returning home and welcoming everyone back to the team on Monday," added Smith, referring to the return of U.S. Under-20 national team players Stephanie Lopez and Kelsey Davis, who are scheduled to return from the FIFA World Championships in Russia.

Portland now sets its sight on a much-antipated return to Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex next weekend. The Pilots will host the Nike Invitational on September 8-10 in an action packed weekend of soccer and tributes. Friday's home opener at Baylor, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will be preceded by a national championship ceremony recognizing the members of the 2005 team that claimed the school's second NCAA title in four years. It will also be the unveiling of the special edition photo essay book titled As One, commemorating the team's 2005 championship run. The limited edition books may be purchased on site at Merlo Field.

On Sunday, the Pilots will face perennial power North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. The game, which is nearly sold out, will feature a halftime presentation honoring graduated senior Christine Sinclair, the 2005-06 Honda-Broderick Cup winner for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

San Diego - 2
Dayton - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Freshman Christine Mock's goal in the 82nd minute of play lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team (3-1-0) to a 2-1 non-conference win against the University of Dayton (0-1-2) at the Pepperdine Tournament Sunday afternoon.

With the score knotted at 1-1, the Toreros turned to Mock for some help and she delivered. Mock was able to control a pass from senior defender Brittany Young and punch the ball into the back of the net to give USD the 2-1 victory.

The Toreros jumped out to an early lead as in the 24th minute Leigh Ann Robinson skied a pass to the left side of the goal box, where freshman Hallie Huston hit a one-timer past the Dayton goalkeeper for her first collegiate goal and a 1-0 USD lead.

The Flyers didn't fade away as they were able to knot the score at 1-1 when Dara Elk was on the receiving end of an Annette Bonasso pass, and was able to get sneak the ball past USD's goalkeeper Karen Cook.

The Flyers had a shot advantage over USD at 14-8, and the two teams were even on corner kicks at four apiece.

Cook picked up the win for the Toreros in the goal allowing one goal while recording three saves. Tasha Dittamore was charged with the loss for Dayton as she allowed one goal and registered no saves on the afternoon.

The Toreros will return to the pitch on Friday as they host Cal State Fullerton in a 7:30 p.m. non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 3
San Jose State - 1

San Francisco, CA - The proverbial monkey has been lifted from the shoulders of USF Women's Soccer as they score their first goals and earn their first win of the season, and on their Head Coach's birthday, none-the-less. The Dons (1-3-0) took the 3-1 win over San Jose State (0-2-1) on a cloudy and cold Sunday at Negoesco Stadium.

Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan had a career day as she posted a hat-trick in the win. On her first touch of the game, O'Sullivan dropped in a header off the throw in of junior midfielder Lauren Tweet at 25:32. Her second goal was an unassisted strike to the left side of the net from ten yards out in the 33rd minute. Eleven minutes into the second half, O'Sullivan connected for her third goal of the night, a shot into the left corner off a Spartan block. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski praised O'Sullivan. "Fiona had an amazing game today. For her to open up her scoring this season with a hat trick, that's just incredible."

San Jose State's sophomore forward Jessica Scott earned her first goal of the year with assists from senior midfielder Cristin Murphy and sophomore forward Liz Behlan.

USF and San Jose State played a close match, with the Dons just edging out the Spartans in shots (19-13), and the Spartans taking the lead in corner kicks (6-5).

Kalinoski commended her team on the win. "What a great win today, it was the perfect birthday present. Now we know what it feels like to get a win and I hope this is contagious. We made a lot of opportunities for ourselves today and we capitalized on them." She added, "I really want to spotlight Kara Breithaupt for her tremendous effort out there today. She is really coming into her own in the midfield position and was a difference maker in today's game."

USF hosts the second annual City by the Bay Classic this weekend, opening up the action on Friday at 1:00 PM against CS Northridge. Utah and Long Beach State will meet in the evening game.

Kansas - 4
Saint Mary's - 2

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer suffered a 4-2 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday morning to close the California Invitational with an 0-2 record. The loss drops the Gaels overall record to 1-3 on the year.

Kansas opened the scoring very early into the game, when Lacey Novak scored her second goal of the season just 1:39 into the game. Saint Mary's answered at the 6:03 mark of the contest, when McKenna Belzer scored her first goal of the season.

The score remained tied 1-1 through halftime. Saint Mary's took eight shots in the first 45 minutes while holding Kansas to just three shots in the first half.

Kansas opened the second half with three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with just over 25 minutes left to play in the game. The first of the three goals came at the 53:42 mark when Monica Dolinsky fired a shot of the hands of SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich.

Michelle Rasmussen scored her first goal of the season seven minutes later when she took a shot from 25 yards out that deflected off a Saint Mary's defender into the right corner of the goal. KU's final goal came from six yards out following a corner kick for the Jayhawks. Saint Mary's failed to clear the ball from the box and Holly Gault was there to put home the loose ball at the 63:32 mark.

Saint Mary's answered at the 65:44 mark when Allie Weiner scored her second goal of the campaign. Weiner took a feed in the left of the penalty box from Jessica Menzhuber and fired the shot to the right corner of the goal for SMC's second and final goal of the game.

The Gaels took 12 shots compared to the 10 taken by the Jayhawks. SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich, who was making her first collegiate start, had four saves and allowed all four goals. KU goalkeeper had two saves and two goals allowed in earning the win.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Thursday, September 7 when the Gaels host the 2006 SMC Fall Soccer Classic. Classic action will begin at 2 p.m. when Air Force and Cal kick off, followed by Saint Mary's and Vanderbilt at 4:30 p.m.

Notre Dame - 3
Santa Clara - 1

South Bend, IN - Despite leading by a goal at the break, the No. 1 Santa Clara University women's soccer team could not keep the Notre Dame attack at bay for the final 45 minutes, giving up three unanswered goals in falling 3-1 to the Irish at Alumni Field.

The Broncos will look to rebound from this setback Friday evening as they travel to the UCLA campus next weekend to battle No. 15 Connecticut before taking on No. 4 Texas A&M Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Sunday's match against the Aggies will be televised on ESPNU.

Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the Soccer Times poll, outshot Santa Clara 21-14 for the match, but it was the Broncos who got on the board first Sunday. Freshman Kiki Bosio started a sequence late in the 12th minute which saw her send a pass ahead to Brittany Klein, which the midfielder threaded ahead to Meagan Snell in the box. Snell then beat Irish keeper Lauren Karas to the lower right corner for her second goal of the season. Bosio's assist was her third of the year.

But Notre Dame came out attacking in the second half, pressuring the SCU back line until finally, in the 64th minute, an Amanda Cinalli pass found Jill Krivacek all alone on the left side of the box and the Irish midfielder rifled a shot from 14 yards out that skimmed off of SCU keeper Meagan McCray's fingertips and into the back of the net for the equalizer.

With momentum firmly on their side, the Irish continued the assault, as Cinalli, the eventual tournament MVP, netted the game-winner little more than five minutes later at the 68:43 mark with a header before slamming the door on things by burying a shot past McCray and into the upper-right corner of the net to complete an solo drive to the goalmouth.

"I think we tended to get conservative in our play in the second half, and that let Notre Dame get on top of the match," said Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith. "Our team showed some road-weary legs in the second half, which can happen in situations like this. Most of all, we lost to probably the best team in the country on their home field."

Smith continued: "But these are the types of challenges you want early in the season, so that we can now go out there and work on our weaknesses and improve as the season progresses."

Karas made nine saves in the match for Notre Dame, including five in the second half. McCray made seven saves for the Broncos.

In a post-match awards ceremony, the Broncos had three players named to the All-Tournament team as Bosio, Snell, and midfielder Chioma Igwe were honored for their play over the weekend.