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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 6, 2008

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

September 5
Loyola Marymount def. UC Irvine 3 - 1
3 Pepperdine def. Iowa 1 - 0
4 Portland def. Kennesaw State 8 - 0
3 San Diego def Northwestern 3 - 2
Saint Mary's def. Portland State 1 - 0
San Francisco ties Nevada 0 - 0
USC def. Santa Clara 2 - 1

September 7
Gonzaga def. Cal State Bakersfield - 1 - 0
Loyola Marymount def. Harvard - 1 - 0
4 Portland def. Colgate - 6 - 0
3 San Diego def. Iowa - 1 - 0
Santa Clara def. Cal State Fullerton - 2 - 1
3 Northwestern def. Pepperdine - 3 - 2OT
Oregon def. Saint Mary's - 2 - 0
Eastern Kentucky def. San Francisco - 1 - 0

3 Pepperdine Nike Challenge (Malibu, CA); 4 Washington Tournament (Seattle, WA); All Times PST

SUNDAY'S RECAPS

Gonzaga - 1
Cal State Bakersfield - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On a day of player firsts, the No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team edged No. 21 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, off a Margueritte Aozasa game-winning goal in the 75th minute. Freshman Aozasa, who has started the last four games at midfield, stepped up to Katherine Reynolds' corner kick into the goal mouth, beat her defender and slid her shot past the Titans goalkeeper Shannon Simpson to score her first collegiate goal. Santa Clara delivered the 4-0 Titans their first loss of the season.

"She was a standout player this weekend and we have really seen her grow into one of our top players in the first three weekends of the season," said head coach Jerry Smith. "She is a solid player who can also step up and have a big impact, and deserves a tremendous amount of recognition."

The Aozasa - Reynolds combination led the Broncos to their first goal of the game in the 17th minute, when the pair assisted on Alyssa Chun's goal. Chun, who also scored her first career goal, shot from 20 yards out got SCU off to a 1-0 lead.

Fullerton answered Chun's goal ten minutes later when Tamara Dewey's penalty kick got past Santa Clara's freshman keeper, Bianca Henninger. Henninger started at goal and played the full 90 minutes for the Broncos in her first collegiate game. She posted four saves on the Titans ten shots, five of which were on goal. Fullerton kept pace with SCU the entire game and saw a final opportunity of evening the score in the 86th minute when Dewey's shot on goal was saved by Henninger.

The Broncos travel back to Northern California to take on UNC Greensboro on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m., and No. 4 North Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 14 at noon at the Stanford Invitational.

Loyola Marymount - 1
Harvard - 0

Los Angeles - Junior Tiffany Harrison scored for the second consecutive game to lead LMU to a 1-0 victory over Harvard on Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions (2-2-1) win their second straight game while handing the Crimson (0-2-0) their second consecutive loss.

Coming off their first victory of the season, the Lions took awhile to get themselves going. A goalless first half saw much of the play in the middle of the park with only one real chance for either side. For LMU, that came via a deflected cross from senior Shannon Omahen that bounced back off the top of the crossbar. At the other end, junior goalkeeper Allyssa Clark was called into action, stretching to turn over a shot by Nicole Rhodes.

The Lions came out stronger in the second half and started to push the tempo. Senior Lauren Shanklin had the best chance to open the scoring, latching on to a long ball from the back and trying to chip Harvard goalie Lauren Mann. Mann recovered enough to get her fingers to the ball and tip it over for a corner.

That corner kick started the progression that led to LMU's opening goal at 51:54. One corner led to another on the opposite side. Sophomore Gabrielle Parisella curled the corner in and it was headed down by senior Amanda Lernor to junior Lacey Bartels. Bartels redirected it to Harrison, who thundered a shot through a crowded penalty area and into the top corner of the net.

That would be all the Lions would need as their defense held steady throughout the remaining 38 minutes to record the team's first shutout of the season. Other than her excellent first-half save, Clark was rarely troubled, making two saves. Mann stopped four shots for the Crimson.

LMU takes to the road on Friday, playing at Cal State Bakersfield before coming back home next Sunday to face Utah.

Portland - 6
Colgate - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The No. 7 Portland Pilots concluded the Husky/Nike Invitational with a 6-0 win over Colgate Sunday afternoon at Husky Soccer Field. The shutout comes on the heels of an 8-0 dismantling of Kennesaw State on Friday. Freshman Danielle Foxhoven netted a hat trick to lead the Pilots offensive assault.

Junior Michelle Enyeart added a goal and an assist, while sophomore Keelin Winters and junior Kendra Chandhoke also tallied goals for the Pilots (4-1-0). Sophomore Elli Reed contributed two assists, while senior Megan Rapinoe assisted on the game-winner.

The Raiders (1-2-1) lost to Washington by a 4-1 margin on Friday night, before falling to the Pilots on Sunday. The tournament concludes with Washington and Kennesaw State playing this afternoon.

Foxhoven was again the early goal-scorer as she headed in the game-winner in the eighth minute off a cross by Rapinoe.

Enyeart added to the tally with a penalty kick goal in the 15th minute for her fourth goal of the 2008 season. It was her 32nd career goal as a Pilot, moving her into eighth place on the Portland career charts.

In the 23rd minute, the Enyeart-Foxhoven duo combined to put the Pilots up 3-0. Enyeart set up Foxhoven's team leading fifth goal with a nice cross. The assist also gave Enyeart 88 career points, which ties her with recently graduated striker Natalie Budge for ninth all time in UP history.

Chandhoke capped the first half scoring in the 32nd minute with her second goal in as many games. Reed created the play with a strong run down the left side and Chandhoke directed a firm header past Colgate goalie Rebecca Michlin.

Portland's first strike in the second half came in the 74th minute as USA Under-20 teammates Reed and Winters combined for the goal. Reed made another run down the left side and left a sitter for Winters who blasted it in from 12 yards out.

Foxhoven capped the scoring and recorded her first career hat trick with a 10 yard strike with 20 seconds left in regulation. She now leads the Pilots with six goals on the season.

The Pilots racked up a 14-5 edge in shots, including a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.

Portland junior goalkeeper Kelsey Davis earned her third consecutive shutout after making two saves.

The Pilots will return to the Clive Charles Soccer Complex next weekend to host the Nike Portland Invitational. The tournament begins with Washington vs. San Diego State on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by the Pilots and Northern Arizona at 5:30 p.m. The evening is capped with the UP men facing Washington live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m.

San Diego - 1
Iowa - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Stephanie Ochs' first collegiate goal lifted the 23rd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (3-2) to a 1-0 win over the University of Iowa (2-3) Sunday afternoon at the Pepperdine Nike Challenge.

In the 33rd minute of action, Ochs took control of the ball, dribbled it into the goal box and rocketed off a laser strike into the upper left corner of the goal and the ball found its way into back of the net to give the Toreros the victory.

The Hawkeyes weren't without their scoring opportunities as in the second minute of action Iowa's Kelsey Shaw headed a shot towards the Toreros goal, only to have USD's freshman goalkeeper Courtney Parsons record her first save of the match.

San Diego had a decisive 13-8 advantage in shots taken and held a slight 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

USD's Parsons got her second collegiate start and posted her second shutout in goal as she recorded three saves and in three appearances this season, she has yet to let a ball get into the back of the net. Her counterpart Kali Feiereisel was saddled with the loss in goal for the Hawkeyes as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they return to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium to take on La Salle University in a 7 p.m. non-conference match.

Santa Clara - 2
Cal State Fullerton - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On a day of player firsts, the No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team edged No. 21 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, off a Margueritte Aozasa game-winning goal in the 75th minute. Freshman Aozasa, who has started the last four games at midfield, stepped up to Katherine Reynolds' corner kick into the goal mouth, beat her defender and slid her shot past the Titans goalkeeper Shannon Simpson to score her first collegiate goal. Santa Clara delivered the 4-0 Titans their first loss of the season.

"She was a standout player this weekend and we have really seen her grow into one of our top players in the first three weekends of the season," said head coach Jerry Smith. "She is a solid player who can also step up and have a big impact, and deserves a tremendous amount of recognition."

The Aozasa - Reynolds combination led the Broncos to their first goal of the game in the 17th minute, when the pair assisted on Alyssa Chun's goal. Chun, who also scored her first career goal, shot from 20 yards out got SCU off to a 1-0 lead.

Fullerton answered Chun's goal ten minutes later when Tamara Dewey's penalty kick got past Santa Clara's freshman keeper, Bianca Henninger. Henninger started at goal and played the full 90 minutes for the Broncos in her first collegiate game. She posted four saves on the Titans ten shots, five of which were on goal. Fullerton kept pace with SCU the entire game and saw a final opportunity of evening the score in the 86th minute when Dewey's shot on goal was saved by Henninger.

The Broncos travel back to Northern California to take on UNC Greensboro on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m., and No. 4 North Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 14 at noon at the Stanford Invitational.

Northwestern - 3
Pepperdine - 2(OT)

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's soccer dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. Alicia Herczeg scored the game-winner in the 94th minute after redirecting a Laura Janowitsch cross at the near post.

Herczeg's goal was her first of the season and completed Northwestern's comeback from an early 2-0 deficit.

The Waves (1-3-1) could do no wrong in the first half as they jumped out to their biggest lead of the season. Senior Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS) connected with freshman Laura Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) in the 12th minute and her rebound shot found its way back to Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) in the 37th.

Rupp has scored her team-leading three goals in consecutive matches, starting with the Aug. 31 game vs. UC Santa Barbara. She's been very accurate with her shot selection as well, placing eight of her 14 shots on goal.

Wynne's multi-assist game was her first since providing three against Gonzaga in November of 2006.

Rupp, Cole and Wynne went on to represent the Waves on the Pepperdine Nike Challenge All-Tournament team, which is comprised of three players - chosen by the coaches - from each of the four participating teams.

Pepperdine continued to develop scoring chances in the second half, but only the Wildcats (3-2) were able to convert their opportunities.

Northwestern cut the Waves' lead in half in the 56th minute on a free kick. Sam Greene's hit bounced inside the goal mouth where it was first tapped by Jenny Dunn before Emily Langston booted it home past Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS).

The Wildcats' second goal was initiated by Greene's deep throw-in that landed at Dunn's feet. Firing from a tough angle outside the 18-yard line, Dunn punched a diagonal that rolled under Stolte's diving arms in the 66th minute.

"They were three dreadful goals and our goalkeepers are going to be disappointed when they watch the tape and see how they went in," Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. "I knew Northwestern would bring energy and we that we had to match or surpass it - and we didn't."

Stolte was replaced by freshman Lacey Heck (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) after suffering an injury leading up to Northwestern's first goal. Stolte remained in the match for another 15 minutes before Heck came in to play the final 24 in her collegiate debut.

NU's Carolyn Edwards finished the match with six saves, all of which came in the first half. She was named to the all-tournament team along with Greene and Herczeg.

Pepperdine's seven-match homestand comes to an end next weekend with matches Friday and Sunday against #20 Tennessee and Washington State. The Waves have to win both contests in order to get their record over .500 at 3-3-1.

"Once again this team has to pick itself up and dust itself off," Ward said. "There are only so many lessons to be learned. We have to do better."

Pepperdine kicks off against Tennessee Friday at 3 p.m. and welcome the Cougars Sunday at 1 p.m.

San Diego won the Pepperdine Nike Challenge with a 2-0 record. The Toreros beat Northwestern 3-2 on Friday and blanked Iowa 1-0 Sunday morning. Stephanie Ochs delivered an unassisted game-winner for USD in the 34th minute.

Northwestern and Pepperdine both finished the weekend with a 1-1 mark and Iowa went winless at 0-2.

Pepperdine Nike Challenge All-Tournament Team
Iowa: Kelsey Shaw, Stephanie Hyink and Jenna Aleo
Northwestern: Carolyn Edwards, Alicia Herczeg and Sam Greene
Pepperdine: Laura Cole, Amanda Rupp and Emily Wynne
San Diego: Jackie Garcia, Elissa Magracia and Jen Mello

Oregon - 2
Saint Mary's - 0

Eugene, OR - In the second game of a two-game road trip, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 defeat to Oregon on Sunday afternoon from Pape Field. Oregon got an own goal in the first minute of action, and then added an insurance goal in the 60th minute by Jen Stoltenberg. With the loss, SMC falls to 3-2-0 on the season, while the Ducks improved to 3-2 with the win.

Oregon got on the scoreboard early on an own goal by the Gaels just 23 seconds into the game. The goal came when a Saint Mary's defender was trying to clear the ball from in front of the goal. The clear bounced off the back of a defender and went into the goal, giving Oregon a 1-0 advantage.

Oregon opened the game with a flurry, as the Ducks took three shots within the first three minutes of action. Oregon went on to out shoot the Gaels 11-3 in the opening half. Of the three first-half shots by the Gaels, just one was on goal, that coming from Alex Ciliento in the 23rd minute. SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson made four saves in the opening half.

The Ducks added to their lead in the 60th minute on the second goal of the season by Jen Stoltenberg. The Stoltenberg goal was set of up a long pass from Danielle Sweeney into the SMC penalty box. One-touch later, Stoltenberg scored past Larson to the far post.

Oregon finished the game with 22 shots with 10 shots on goal, while the Gaels took night shots with five shots on goal.Larson finished the game with eight saves, while Oregon goalkeeper Cody Miles made fives saves to record the shutout. Ciliento was the only SMC player to record more than one shot, as she had two shots, both on goal, while eight other players recorded one shot.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, September 12 when it hosts the 2008 Saint Mary's Invitational. The Gaels will play the second game of the tournament, against the Boise State Broncos at 4:30 p.m. The first game of the tournament will feature the No. 24 ranked California Golden Bears and the Cal State Northridge Matadors, which will kick-off at 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

Eastern Kentucky - 1
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco women's soccer out-shot Eastern Kentucky 14-7 in the match, but didn't convert on their chances and fell to the Colonels (2-1-1) 1-0 in non-conference action at Negoesco Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Dons fall to 2-2-1 with the loss.

EKU's Heather Bruce beat a Don to the ball, and crossed it into the upper right hand corner of the goal. Don's senior goalkeeper Anika Steig jumped, but the ball sailed over her head into the net. Steig had two saves in the first half. Freshman goalie Sarah Garland made her Dons debut, earning a save in the second half.

Freshman forward Nicole Moore led the Dons offense with four shots, two on goal. Her shot at the 29 minute mark was USF's most legitimate scoring chance. Moore pounded the ball into the left side of the goal box, but the Colonels Stephanie Lynch dove for the ball, saving a goal for her team.

Senior midfielder Katherine Kimure touched the ball twice, as did freshman forward Kelli Woodard (one on goal). Also getting two shots with one on goal was freshman midfielder Lauren Abarca. Freshmen Alyssa Simbahon, Angela Vuona, and Megan Bucci each added a shot on the afternoon.

"I'm disappointed in the result," said head coach Mark Carr. "At this level you must put in two performances on Friday and Sunday. If you can't do it, you lose games. We only played for the last 15 minutes today."

USF heads to Stockton, CA next weekend to participate in the Pacific Fall Classic. They will meet Tennessee-Martin at 4:00 PM on Friday and Hawai'i at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

FRIDAY'S RECAPS

Loyola Marymount - 3
UC Irvine - 1

Los Angeles - Home cooking was just what LMU needed as it snapped a two-game scoreless drought with a 3-1 victory over visiting UC Irvine Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions (1-2-1) got two assists from sophomore Lily Sorentino to pick up their first win of the season and give Head Coach Joe Mallia his 100th career victory.

Having been held without a goal for their previous 240 minutes did not deter the Lions from hitting the gas on offense from the opening whistle. Barely a minute into the game, LMU won a corner kick from which junior Kim Feeney's 18-yard shot was saved by UCI goalkeeper Erin Henry. The ball bounced straight to sophomore Nickey Ha, who headed past Henry only to see her attempt cleared off the line by a defender.

The shots continued to rain down as LMU attempted eight shots in the game's first six minutes. That pressure led to the opening goal, when the deadlock would be broken in the sixth minute through another rebound. Senior Amanda Lernor sent a long ball over the top for sophomore Lily Sorentino, who niftly turned her defender and struck a left-footed shot that beat Henry to her left but came back off the post. Ever the opportunist, senior Lauren Shanklin reacted first to turn the ball in for her team-leading second goal of the season and seventh of her career.

Shanklin's goal seemed to relax the Lions, who opened up the field and were able to put together some promising attacks. They would make it 2-0 in the 34th minute on a well-taken corner kick. Sophomore Gabrielle Parisella floated a cross in from the right for junior Tiffany Harrison, who rose up above the crowd to head in and double the Lions lead. It was Harrison's fourth career goal.

Sorentino was again in the middle of the play for LMU's third goal, which came at 52:30. After two UCI shots where charged down, Sorentino took the ball down the left side and turned her defender to the outside before crossing into the box. Sophomore Julie Gallaudet arrived first with an excellent first touch that took her away from the defense and fired home low past Henry for her first career goal.

The only question remaining was if junior Allyssa Clark could gain her first career shutout but her hopes were dashed as UC Irvine picked up a consolation goal with just four seconds remaining. Gilly Acedo collected the ball just inside the penalty area and sent her left-footed shot to Clark's right to ruin the shutout.

Clark finished with three saves in the Lion goal while Henry stopped four shots for the Anteaters. Sorentino, who led the Lions with six assists last season, collected two more to give her eight for her career, one shy of entering the LMU career top-10.

Mallia picks up his 100th victory on the fourth attempt this season after finishing the 2007 campaign, his first at LMU, with 99 career wins. Mallia collected 87 of those victories as head coach of Loyola College (Md.) before winning 12 last year and one this year at LMU.

LMU remains at home on Sunday when it hosts Harvard at 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 1
Iowa - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's soccer earned its first win of the season in thrilling fashion Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field, defeating Iowa 1-0 on a goal from senior Amanda Rupp 3:38 into overtime.

The victory snapped the Waves' (1-2-1) three-match winless streak and knocked the Hawkeyes back to .500 (2-2).

Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was attempting to steal a pass between two Iowa defenders right before the game-winner was scored. The ball appeared to reach the center back's foot just as Rupp was rushing forward, and the force of their contact created a bloop shot that arced over the head of goalkeeper Emily Moran.

"Rupp did a good job of pressuring the defense and worked hard to make it happen," Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. "It certainly wasn't our best performance today, but we deserved and really needed this win."

Rupp's goal was her second of the season.

Pepperdine dominated all sides of the stat sheet from start to finish, outshooting Iowa 17-2, controlling time of possession, winning jump balls, and earning five corner kicks to the Hawkeyes' five.

The Waves should have won this match walking away based on those numbers alone, but the Hawkeye goalkeeping tandem of Moran and starter Kali Feiereisel was too tough to crack in combining for nine saves.

Feiereisel played the entire first half and made four saves, robbing Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS), Samantha Hire (El Cajon, Calif./Christian HS), Ashley Copp (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) and Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS). Three of those saves were made in a seven-minute span, and then Iowa didn't allow another shot after the 32nd minute.

As has become a second-half tradition, the Pepperdine offense came out fired up and sprayed Moran with seven shots in the first 20 minutes. Three of those attempts were saved by Moran while another was cleared off the line by an Iowa defender.

By comparison, Iowa could not find its offensive rhythm in either half as the Waves' defense limited the Hawkeyes to just one shot per half.

Starting defenders Haleigh Guertin (Corona, Calif./Santiago HS), Myriah Stockman (Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS), Cammie Burke (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Kelsey Baker (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) made it an easy day for senior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS), who walked away unscathed in earning the 10th shutout of her career.

Cole and Copp led Pepperdine with five shots each and both placed three of their shots on frame. Wynne recorded two shots and Hire was credited with three.

The Waves' next home match is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. against Northwestern in the fourth and final contest of the Pepperdine Nike Challenge. San Diego and Iowa will be on the field beforehand at 10:30 a.m.

The Wildcats (2-2) are coming off a 3-2 loss to San Diego (2-2) in the first half of Friday's doubleheader at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

Northwestern jumped out to 2-0 first-half lead after scoring off a pair of set pieces in the 11th and 41st minutes, but the Toreros stormed back with three unanswered goals in the second-half from Jackie Zinke, Jackie Garcia and Jen Mello.

Portland - 8
Kennesaw - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. --- Portland junior Michelle Enyeart and freshman Danielle Foxhoven both notched two goals as the Pilots poured it on for an 8-0 win over Kennesaw State at the Nike Husky Invitational at Husky Soccer Field on Friday evening. The eight goals are the most scored by the Pilots since UP defeated Rhode Island by the same margin in 2006.

The Pilots scored twice in the first six minutes of the match and never looked back. With the win, Portland improves to 3-1 on the season, while the Owls drop to 3-0-1.

UP dominated every aspect of the game, finishing with a 25-2 advantage in shots. 16 of Portland's shots were on goal. The Pilots also held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

"Sometimes you have to put your head down and take your opportunities to score," head coach Garret Smith said, "and I think we did exactly that."

Enyeart and Foxhoven both scored once during the first half and once during the second. Enyeart opened the scoring with a strike in the fifth minute when she took a feed from Foxhoven and buried a shot into the right corner of the net, giving UP the early 1-0 advantage.

Foxhoven joined the party 1:30 later. Sophie Schmidt set up the play by finding Foxhoven near the top of the box. Foxhoven then found the lower right corner from about 15 yards out.

Portland wasn't finished. In the 19th minute, freshman Charney Burk gave the Pilots a 3-goal cushion when she scored her first goal with the Pilots. The strike was unassisted from 15 yards out and made it 3-0 at the break.

It was more of the same after the half as Janelle Jacka tallied her first goal of the season, coming in the 49th minute. Jacka, a first-half sub who started the second half, finished on a feed from Enyeart to make it 4-nil in UP's favor.

Enyeart found the back of the net once again moments later. It was junior Kendra Chandhoke who set up Enyeart for the strike. Enyeart cracked a shot from 15 yards out inside the far post from the right side.

Not to be out-done, Foxhoven tallied her second strike of the evening 46 seconds later. Sophomore Elli Reed, who handed out two assists for the game, fed Foxhoven. Foxhoven then found the top-left corner of the net from just outside the right post.

With Portland now leading 6-0, Chandhoke capitalized on a penalty kick to make it a seven-goal advantage in the 74th minute. Sophomore Keelin Winters then capped the scoring for Portland in the 80th minute. Reed assisted on the play, sending a perfectly place cross into the box from the left flank. It's the first goal this fall for Winters.

Kelsey Davis went the distance between the pipes to pick up the shutout for the Pilots.

The seventh-ranked Pilots are schedule to next face Colgate on Sunday, the final day of the Husky Nike Invitational. UP and the Raiders are set to go at 11:00 a.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Saint Mary's - 3
Portland State - 1

Portland, OR - Alex Ciliento scored her first goal of the season in the 86th minute to lift the Saint Mary's women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the Portland State Vikings in Friday night from PCC Park. With the win, the Gaels improve to 3-1-0 under third-year head coach Kelly Lindsey. The Vikings drop to 0-5 on the year.

Saint Mary's took 13 shots in the game, with none bigger than the last one of the game for the Gaels, which came at the 85:11 mark. The Ciliento goal was set up of a long pass from junior midfielder Jessica Menzhuber, who led the Gaels with four shots. Ciliento finished the game with two shots and Danielle Spann added three shots.

Goalkeeper Tara Larson picked up the win for the Gaels, making two saves en route to her first shutout of the season and sixth of her career. The Vikings fired off 12 shots, but could only put two shots on frame. PSU goalkeeper Cris Lewis had four saves, with three coming in the second half. Dolly Enneking paced the Vikings with four shots.

Saint Mary's is 3-1 to start a season for the first time under Kelly Lindsey, and it's the best start since the 2005 campaign. The last time SMC opened a season with a 4-1 record was in 2004. Saint Mary's will look to match the start of the 2004 season when it completes the two-game road trip with a Sunday afternoon match against the Oregon Ducks. The game between SMC and Oregon will kick-off at 1 p.m. from Pape Field in Eugene, OR.

San Diego - 3
Northwestern University - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - Three second half goals lifted the 23rd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 3-2 non-conference win over Northwestern University Friday afternoon at the Pepperdine Nike Challenge.

After the Wildcats had tallied two first half goals to take a commanding 2-0 lead into the break, the Toreros wasted no time in responding in the second half as at the 50:36 mark, senior Jackie Garcia bowed a pass into the goal box on the far side, where sophomore Jackie Zinkie corralled the pass and hit a one-timer into the lower corner of the goal past NU's goalkeeper for her first goal as a Torero, and cutting the lead in half.

Just three minutes later the Toreros were back on even playing terms with the Wildcats, as Elissa Magracia sent a pass to senior Jen Mello, who in turn then crossed the ball to Jackie Garcia, who punched in the ball on a diagonal strike from just outside of the six yard line for her first goal of the season.

Then with just under 10 minutes to go at the 82:28 mark, Jackie Garcia sent a pass to Mello, who then hit a laser strike into the back of the net for her first goal of the season to give USD the win.

The Northwestern goals came in the first half, as at the 10:42 mark, Amanda Hoffman headed the ball into the back of the net from about the six yard line. The Wildcats second goal came in the 40th minute of action as Jessica Palo was able to slip one past the USD defense.

Courtney Parsons was credited with the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed no goals and recorded one save. Her counterpart, Carolyn Edwards, was saddled with the loss in goal for Northwestern as she allowed three goals and recorded five saves.

After being outshot in the first half 8-5, San Diego went on the offensive attack in the second half and tallied 12 shots while holding their opponents to just two shots, to give USD a 17-10 advantage in shots for the match. USD also edged NU in corner kicks 5-4.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. non-conference match against the University of Iowa in Malibu.

San Francisco - 0
Nevada - 0

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco women's soccer played an aggressive 110 minutes with the Nevada Wolf Pack, to come away with a 0-0 tie on Friday night at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (2-1-1) earn their first tie of the season against a very physical UNR (0-3-1).

USF won the shot total, coming away with a season high 16 against Nevada's 11, but the Wolf Pack was more accurate, with seven on goal to the Dons' five. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Pohle played the entire 110 minutes, saving seven would be goals.

Senior midfielder Katherine Kimure led the Dons attack with six shots, four on goal. Also getting in on the action was junior forward Kristina Hall (three), sophomore forward Keonna Robinson (2) freshman forward Nicole Moore (2), sophomore defender Lauren Maris (1), freshman midfielder Kallie Caldwell (one on goal), and freshman forward Molly Hall (1).

"This was a solid performance," said head coach Mark Carr. "We played with eight freshmen on the field and I thought our play was worth the win, but I'm happy with the tie."

USF returns to action this Sunday, hosting Eastern Kentucky at Negoesco Stadium. Kick off is set for 1:00 PM.

USC - 2
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team fell 2-1 to No. 1 USC off a late second half goal by the Women of Troy. Sophomore midfielder and WCC Player of the Week, Kendra Perry, scored her third goal in three games. Anessa Patton's shot towards the right post was knocked away by Southern California's goalkeeper Kristen Olsen, but Olsen could not control the ball and Perry followed through and kicked the ball into the far right post to tie the Trojans 1-1.

Three minutes prior to Perry's equalizing goal, USC's Ashley Freyer scored the first goal of the game after 70 minutes of scoreless play. Freyer received a headed pass from Marihelen Tomer, and scored on a one-on-one with Meagan McCray.

The Broncos kept pace with the 2007 National Champions throughout the game. McCray posted five saves on the Trojans seven shots on goal and SCU posted five shots on goal, three from the boot of Patton.

"We played a hard fought game," head coach Jerry Smith said. "It was a fairly even game until late in the second half when USC scored the game-winning goal."

In the 79th minute the Trojans took the lead off an Alyssa Davila goal. Minutes before, the Broncos cleared out a USC corner kick, but unfortunately forward Kiki Bosio fell near the box leaving Davila onsides to score the game-winner off of an Ashli Sandoval assist.

Santa Clara looks to come back and get their third win of the season on Sunday, Sept. 7 when they take on No. 21 Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m.