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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 7, 2007

Portland - 2
Cal State Fullerton - 1

SEATTLE, Wash. - Portland freshman Elli Reed scored her first collegiate goal and sophomore Michelle Enyeart recorded another assist as the top-ranked Pilots defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans 2-1 at the Nike Husky Invitational on Friday. The assist gives Enyeart a team-high five this season, as the Pilots improve to 3-0.

UP senior forward Rachael Rapinoe also scored, giving her a team-high four strikes this season. Rachel's sister Megan Rapinoe made her 2007 debut, playing about 15 minutes off the bench. Megan tore her ACL 11 games into the 2006 season.

"It was not a clean game by any standard and we definitely made it harder on ourselves, especially in the first half," said head coach Garrett Smith. "I thought at halftime we got everyone on the same page and we played much better defensively in the second half."

The Pilots struck early in the game to take a 1-nil advantage. Enyeart fed Rachael Rapinoe with a nifty pass right in front of the goal mouth. Rachael was then able to slide the shot just past UW keeper Shayla Sabin in the third minute.

Fullerton (0-2-1) wasted little time to respond. Off a cross from the right wing, Gibbens sent the equalizer into the back of the net to make it a 1-1 game in the sixth minute.

The match remained tied until the 36th minute when Reed cracked what proved to be the game-winner. Reed, in just her third collegiate contest, blasted a shot by the keeper from 15 yards out. The goal went unassisted.

"It was good to get Elli on the board with her first career goal," Smith said. "It was a quality finish and hopefully the first of many."

Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made five saves on the night to nail down the victory. The Pilots outshot the Titans 20-10. The Pilots also held an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.

Rachael Rapinoe finished with a game-high nine shots for the match.

Portland next plays Purdue on Sunday, the final day of the Nike Husky Invitational. The Pilots and Boilermakers are slated to start at 11:00 a.m. at Husky Soccer Stadium

San Diego - 1
Dayton - 0

DAYTON, Ohio - Leigh Ann Robinson's goal in the 15th minute of the match, lifted the 24th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (2-0-1) to a 1-0 victory over the University of Dayton (2-1-0) Friday evening in a weather burdened night at Baujan Field.

In front of an announced crowd of 1,100, the Flyers went to the attack putting up four shots to USD's one through the first 14 minutes of play. At the 14:47 mark, Amy Epsten found herself open on the right side of the field and served in a cross that found Robinson who headed the ball in for the eventual game-winning goal past the Flyers 'keeper Niki Reed.

As the teams went into the locker room for halftime, rain and lightning suspended play for the next 90 minutes. The game finally resumed at 7:20 p.m. but the field conditions would play rough, as players from both sides were sliding through puddles of water.

The UD women had several chances to tally a goal, but the Toreros defense was too strong and Brittany Cameron posted her second consecutive shutout in allowing no goals and recording an impressive seven saves. Cameron's counterpart, Reed, was saddled with the loss for the Flyers as she allowed one goal and recorded two saves.

The Flyers out-shot the Toreros 19-8, but the Toreros held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will remain in the state of Ohio, as they return to action on Sunday in a 10 a.m. match in Columbus against the Buckeyes of Ohio State University.

Santa Clara - 7
Notre Dame - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Kiki Bosio, Meagan Snell and Brittany Klein scored a pair of goals each to lead No. 3 Santa Clara women's soccer to a 7-1 upset of No. 2 Notre Dame Friday night in the second game of the 2007 Santa Clara adidas Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium. With the win, the Broncos improved to 2-0-0 on the season, while the Fighting Irish dropped to 2-1-0 overall.

Sophomore Courtney Lewis also added a goal for the Broncos. The seven goals scored by Santa Clara marked the most goals Notre Dame has allowed of its opponent since the 1989 season (the previous mark was six), as well as the Broncos grandest victory over the Irish since a 4-0 sweep in 2002.

"It has always been a good rivalry between Santa Clara and Notre Dame," said head coach Jerry Smith. "I have to give a lot of credit to the players. They really came together tonight. Before the game they told each other in order to have a great year they are going to have to be tough and they definitely played tough tonight. I'm really proud of them."

After taking a 3-1 halftime lead, SCU poured on four more goals in the second half to make a powerful statement to the rest of the country.

"Our backline was amazing tonight," said Smith. "The backline we have this year, is not what we expected it would be. Katherine [Reynolds], Anessa [Patton], Chioma [Igwe] and Lindsey [Johnson] are all playing new positions and they have really worked as a unified defensive unit to play against a very talented Notre Dame front line. To limit the star-studded front line that includes the 2006 National Player of the Year to just one goal is amazing."

Bosio netted the first goal for the Broncos just under the 16 minute mark. She sent the ball in from the sidelines in her usual flip fashion, to find it brush off the hands of Notre Dame goalkeeper Lauren Karas and hit the crossbar to send it into the goal. Not too long afterwards, Lewis stepped up to the box, receiving a cross from Bosio and sending the ball to the back of the net. SCU found itself in a bit of trouble in the box at the 23 minute mark, giving Notre Dame's Michelle Weissenhofer a penalty kick, which she sent right past junior Meagan McCray. McCray tallied seven saves on the night. Bosio found herself in a similar situation with 10 minutes remaining in the first period. Once again she threw the ball in, finding Lexi Orand's feet just left of the goal. Orand cross the ball to senior Snell who netted her first goal of the season.

Snell struck again in the beginning of the second half, putting the Broncos up by three, 4-1, with a left-footed shot into the upper corner. The Broncos leading scorer in 2006 took a pass from Klein on the right wing and ripped a shot to the far post upper corner for her second goal of the game.

The night wasn't over yet for the Broncos though as SCU continued to put pressure on Notre Dame. Klein netted back-to-back unassisted goals to give Santa Clara a 6-1 lead. Both shots were deflected by goalkeeper Kelsey Lysander right to the feet of Klein. Just as she opened the night for the Broncos, Bosio took a pass from freshman Patton to score the game-winning goal at the 79th minute.

Santa Clara takes on Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m., PT in the finale of the Santa Clara adidas Classic. Prior to the Broncos game on Sunday, Stanford plays Notre Dame at 11 a.m., PT. Both games will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Washington State - 2
Gonzaga - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team was unable to overcome regional rival Washington State University Friday, falling 2-1 in double overtime at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash.

The loss drops the Zags to 1-2-0 for the season. The Cougars improve to 2-0-0 with the victory.

Washington State opened strong in the first half of the match to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Allison Scurich scored the Cougars first goal of the match at 28:58 when she guided a free kick from 15 yards out into the goal.

The Bulldogs knotted the score 1-1 in the second half when, during the 56th minute, Jamie Blanche tapped the ball into the net just past the left side of WSU's goalie, Brynn Bemis. The goal was Blanche's first of the season and moved the senior into the Gonzaga career record books for total points. She has now amassed 20 career points and is tied for 9th with Kiera Silva, who played for the Zags from 1996-99.

The scored remained tied until the 108:34 mark, when the Cougars' Brooke Bemis connected with a corner kick from Anna Miller to earn the sudden death victory.

Washington State defense held the Zags to single digits shots on the afternoon, as the Cougars' out shot Gonzaga 15-6, including 6-0 in the two overtime periods. Leading the brigade for the Zags was Blanche, who recorded three shots, all on goal.

Both WSU and the Bulldogs each recorded five corner kicks apiece.

The Zags will continue play Sunday, as they take on another regional rival, Eastern Washington University. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Cheney, Wash.

Ohio State - 1
Pepperdine - 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte keyed another fine defensive effort with seven saves, but the Pepperdine women's soccer team was handed a 1-0 defeat at Ohio State on Friday evening.

The Waves dropped to 0-2-1 and are still looking for their first goal of the season.

"Kayla made some heroic saves and played out of her mind," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "She was a woman among girls tonight and she was fantastic. There were some valiant efforts all over the field, but collectively we need to do better. Any goal at this point, someone putting the ball in the back of the net, will take the burden off."

The Waves were outshot 21-4 by the Buckeyes (4-0), but they did keep National Player of the Year candidate Lara Dickenmann from scoring despite five shot attempts. Dickenmann did figure into the final outcome, however, as she assisted on Ashley Bowyer's goal in the 71st minute.

"There was a cross from the left side, and it was deflected and ended up on the back post where she scored," Ward said. "It looked like it was going to be cleared and it squirted to the only place where they could have scored a goal."

The Waves will be back on the field on Sunday (Sept. 9) with a game at Dayton at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

"Tonight's result was disappointing, but you have to give credit to Ohio State because they played very well and had a really good crowd," Ward said. "We'll have to learn from it. Offensively, we just have to figure out how to unlock our opponent. We'll get better because we have the talent."

Loyola Marymount - 0
Indiana - 0

Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded her first shutout of the season and the 19th of her career as LMU battled to a 0-0 tie at Indiana in the teams' opening game at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, IN. The Lions improve to 0-2-1 while the Hoosiers sit at 1-1-1 on the year.

Neither team was able to get on the board in the first half but the Hoosiers had a pair of golden opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. Lindsay McCarthy found the ball at her feet inside the 18-yard box in the sixth minute, but her shot sailed just high of the frame. Kelly Lawrence had two shots in the half, with one going just high and one getting deflected before it was saved by Slovek.

Each team got off five shots in the second half, with IU putting one on Joslyn Slovek and LMU putting a pair on Indiana GK Lauren Hollandsworth. LMU had its best chance of the night in the 75th minute, when freshman Lily Sorentino directed a shot toward the goal from inside the 18. Hollandsworth was able to come up with the stop to keep the game scoreless.

The Lions dominated possession in the first overtime period but were unable to put any balls on net in the period. Freshman Gabrielle Parisella put a shot just wide in the closing seconds of the frame but that was all LMU could muster. The Hoosiers a narrow miss in the second overtime. Whitley Wynns broke in on goal and put a shot that Slovek turned aside, and the rebound came to a wide open Liz Holby, who was ruled offside before she could get a shot off.

Slovek made four saves on the night with Hollandsworth stopping two. Indiana outshot LMU 12-9 in the contest but the visitors had seven corners to Indiana's four. It was the second consecutive double overtime game for the Lions, who competed in seven such contests last season.

LMU concludes its play at the Hoosier Classic Sunday against Maryland, who lost to #13 USC on Friday, 2-1 in overtime.

Saint Mary's - 1
Vermont - 1

Moraga, CA - In the opening round of the 2007 Saint Mary's College Fall Soccer Classic, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team played the Vermont Catamounts to a 1-1 tie on Friday evening from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the result, Saint Mary's is now 1-0-2 on the year and Vermont is now 1-1-1 overall.

Saint Mary's played Vermont to a 1-1 tie, but the Gaels feel like they should have won the game. SMC finished the game with 25 total shots, with 18 coming in regulation. In the second overtime period, Saint Mary's put a lot of pressure on the Vermont goalkeeper, firing seven shots in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Saint Mary's took a 1-1 lead when Allie Weiner found the back of the net in the e 39th minute of action. Weiner took a pass from Marina Baham, and from the right corner of the penalty box, she one-timed a shot over the out stretched arms of Vermont goalkeeper Eliza Bradley.

The Gaels would hold a 1-0 advantage until the 76th minute, when Vermont reserve midfielder Eileen Cirilli scored an unassisted goal. Cirilli collected a loose ball and hit a high looping shot over SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson from 20 yards out.

After the goal by Cirilli, Larson, who finished the game with seven saves, produced three outstanding saves to help the Gaels post the tie. With the game tied 1-1, Larson made two huge saves on back-to-back Vermont shots. She jumped to get a hand on a shot by Jessica Becker, and when the ball bounced of the post, she made a diving save on the ensuing shot by Susie Cirilli. Larson's last save of the game came on a Kaitlin Francis shot at the 97:48 mark as she knocked the ball over the crossbar to keep the game tied.

Vermont goalkeeper Eliza Bradley was big in net for the Catamounts, as she collected 17 saves. Bradley's biggest save came with 41 seconds left in the second overtime when she made a diving stop on a shot by Alex Ciliento from less than five yards out.

In the first game of the tournament between Cal State Bakersfield and California, the Golden Bears defeated the Roadrunners 3-0 from Saint Mary's Stadium. Cal held a 1-0 lead at halftime then added two goals over the final 45 minutes to post an easy win over CS Bakersfield. California out shot the Roadrunners 13-0 for the game.

The tournament will conclude on Sunday with a double-header beginning at noon in Saint Mary's Stadium. California will take on Vermont in the first game and then Saint Mary's and CS Bakersfield will play the final game of the tournament at 2:30 p.m.

San Francisco - 0
Cal State Northridge - 0

WESTWOOD, CALIF. - Defenses prevailed as San Francisco (0-0-2) and Cal State Northridge (0-2-1) finished tied 0-0 after double overtime Friday night.

"Tonight we had a game plan and we stuck together and executed that plan," Head Coach Mark Carr said. "I'm happy with how this match was played."

A total of four shots were taken in the first half. The first shot came in the 24th minute off the foot of USF sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie and was wide. Cal State Northridge senior midfielder Susie Mischenko and freshman midfielder Sonia Espitia attempted back-to-back shots at 37:07 and 37:15, with the first shot hitting the crossbar and second going high mid-goal. Mischenko also had an attempt in the 44th minute.

Cal State Northridge topped the Dons in shots, 5-2, through two halves. Despite additional shots by sophomore forward Kristina Hall and freshman forward Keonna Robinson the game ended with a blank slate after two overtime periods.

Goalkeepers Katie Hodgson for USF and Ivette Esqueda for CSUN played all 110-minutes. Hodgson ended the night with two saves. Esqueda had one.

The Matadors' Mischenko led all scorers with three shots. Along with Jarvie, Hall and Robinson, senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan was credited with one shot.

San Francisco plays in the concluding match of the UCLA Women's Cup on Sunday versus the host Bruins (1-1-0).

"Obviously, we're looking to build on tonight," Carr said. "UCLA has talent and is a great team. They are the kind of team that when you play them you can get a sense of where you are as a program."

DONS' NOTES - Friday's match was the Dons' second straight overtime contest, both ended in ties... USF is now 3-2-1 against Cal State Northridge all-time... Sunday's match versus UCLA will mark the first time USF Head Coach Mark Carr faces the Bruins, the school which he served as assistant coach at from 2003-2006... USF is 0-5-0 versus UCLA all-time... live statistics for the match can be found at www.uclabruins.com.