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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 9/8

Sept. 8, 2006

LMU - 2
St. Francis - 0

Los Angeles, CA - Stefanie Baduria recorded a goal and an assist to help lead the LMU women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over St. Francis (PA) in the Lions' first game of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament at Sullivan Field this afternoon. Baduria gave LMU a quick lead with a goal in the third minute, and assisted on Tana Smothermon's insurance goal in the 66th minute. LMU remains undefeated on the season and improves to 2-0-2 overall.

Baduria became the first player to score on the Red Flash this season, as St. Francis recorded shutouts in all of its first three games of the season. Whitney Temple's pass found the midfielder 25 yards outside, and she chipped a high, lofting shot that went over the fingertips of SFU goalkeeper Melanie Stockman to give LMU a 1-0 at 2:56.

LMU easily controlled the flow of play in the first half and outshot SFU, 6-2. The Lions also held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first half.

St. Francis managed more opportunities in the second half, but still could not tie the game. The Lions added an insurance goal in teh 66th minute. Baduria found Smothermon inside the 18 yard box, and the senior captain launched a shot to the right side past a diving Stockman. The goal was Smothermon's second of the season.

The Lions outshot SFU 18-7 for the game, and 12-5 in the second half. St. Francis managed just one shot on goal, and Slovek made the save to record her first shutout of the season.

Harrison led LMU with five shots, and Smothermon added four. Kirsten Hoffsmith had three shots for SFU.

The loss is the first of the season for St. Francis who is now 3-1 overall.

Both teams return to action on Sunday for the final day of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. LMU will host Oklahoma State in the first game at 11:00am, and Cal Poly will take on St. Francis in the tournament finale at 2:00pm. Oklahoma State was a 1-0 winner over Cal Poly in the first game of the day.

Pepperdine - 3
Tulsa - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Receiving goals from three players, the Pepperdine women's soccer team continued its three-match unbeaten streak as it downed Tulsa, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. With the win, the Waves moved to 3-1-1 on the season while the Golden Hurricane fell to 3-3.

Both teams got off to a slow start as the ball was played back and forth for almost 20 minutes, but senior Lindsey Redlin saw a scoring opportunity and fed the ball from the left side to junior Samantha Hire. Hire controlled the ball and launched it into the right side of the net 15 yards out for her first goal of the season giving the Waves the one-goal lead at the 20:12 mark.

Tulsa wouldn't remain quiet, however, as the Golden Hurricane pressured the Waves. After a shot ricocheted off Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte, Shannon Locke found the loose ball and put it in the net to even the score at the 23:23 mark.

That would be the only scoring Tulsa would do as Pepperdine dominated the remainder of the game. With the match tied at 1-1 in the second 45 minutes, Redlin found her game as she pounded Tulsa goalkeeper Meredith Hart with two shots on frame before taking a corner kick. At the 56:07 mark, the Wave finally found space and tapped in a goal from the center after receiving the pass from sophomore Emily Wynne and Hire. Redlin recorded her second goal of the season as she gave the Waves the 2-1 lead.

It was only a matter of time before the Waves would score again as they continued to launch shot after shot in Hurricane territory. At the 79:58 mark, junior Jenna Shay delivered the ball to sophomore Amanda Rupp who continued up the right side where she lofted the ball into the left corner of the net to put the Waves' up 3-1.

Defenders Jennifer Brewer, Caitlin Mitchell, Courtney Nelson and Courtney Price kept Tulsa from getting too close in the last 10 minutes of play and were able to secure the victory for the Waves.

Pepperdine out shot the Golden Hurricane 19-8 as Redlin led all players with seven shots, including five shots on goal.

Stolte recorded three saves in the match and her third win of the season.

Pepperdine closes out its four-match home stand on Sun., September 10 when it hosts Wisconsin in a 1 p.m. match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif.

Portland - 5
Baylor - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Megan Rapinoe's torrid goal scoring streak continued with a first half hat trick Friday evening, lifting the Portland Pilots to a 5-0 victory over the Baylor Bears in the late game of the Nike Invitational at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland junior Angie Woznuk assisted on all three strikes, making the duo the first to ever accomplish that feat in a Pilot uniform, while freshman Michelle Enyeart added two late goals in her home debut.

A raucous crowd of 3,646, including 1,599 students, turned out to catch the Pilots' home opener and honor the 2005 national champions in a pregame banner unveiling ceremony. By night's end, the fans were treated to a championship-like performance from the 2006 Pilots (3-1-1).

Rapinoe, who has scored seven goals in the last three games, brought her season total to a team-leading eight. Enyeart came off the bench to score for the third consecutive game and is second on the Pilot roster with four goals.

"It was an awesome performance all around," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "It sounded like we had 2,000 students, so it was a great way to start out our home schedule. We were playing as one today, working for each other and playing on both sides of the ball."

Rapinoe ignited the onslaught in the fourth minute as Portland was awarded a free kick just outside the right corner of the penalty box. Woznuk's low service took one bounce and found an unmarked Rapinoe for a tap-in finish past Baylor goalkeeper Ashley Holder.

In the 12th minute, Rapinoe ran onto a thru ball from Woznuk and finished with a firm 12-yard strike to the right post. She tallied again 33 seconds before the half, settling a ball from 28 yards out and driving it to the upper right.

"(Woznuk) is so good with the ball at her feet and she played some perfect balls tonight," Rapinoe said. "She requires so much attention and is amazing at pulling people to her and opening up space for everyone else. Angie just makes everyone around her better."

Enyeart capitalized on two quality chances late to put the finishing touches on the match. In the 85th minute, she received a ball from junior Natalie Budge with a defender on her hip. She side-stepped the Baylor defender and then finished past Holder from the top of the goal box. Four minutes later, Enyeart blasted a side-volley from the top of the penalty box off the underside of the crossbar for the final score of the night. Junior defender Kelli Cronkrite assisted on the strike with a well-placed service from the back line.

"I can't stop smiling," Enyeart said after the game. "I felt very comfortable out their tonight and I was not nervous at all. It was just an extremely amazing experience."

Portland outshot the Bears (1-3-1) by a 23-3 margin. Holder made seven saves between the pipes for Baylor, while UP senior keepers Cori Alexander and Ruth Gilliam combined for Portland's second consecutive shutout.

"I admire Portland's game," Baylor head coach George Van Linder said. "They do not rely on athleticism like so many other teams out there. They use the mental aspect of the game first and foremost, always making the right decision with the ball and sharing so well. I appreciate that kind of soccer and it's a style that we aspire to play."

In the early match, North Carolina defeated Washington by a 4-0 margin setting up a winner-take-all match on Sunday between the Pilots and Tar Heels. Washington and Baylor will play at noon followed by the much-anticipated Portland-North Carolina matchup which will conclude the Nike Invitational. Tickets for the Sunday's games are sold out, but the UP-UNC match will be televised locally on KPDX-TV (PDX-49).

NOTES: Friday marked the unveiling of the special edition photo essay book titled As One, commemorating the Portland's 2005 championship run...2005 seniors Kelsy Hollenbeck, Colleen Salisbury and Lindsey Huie returned to Merlo Field for the pregame presentation and received a rousing ovation from the crowd...Christine Sinclair, the reigning national player of the year, will return to The Bluff on Sunday and be honored in a special halftime presentation.

San Diego - 2
Cal State Fullerton - 1 (OT)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort's header in the 104th minute of the match lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team (4-1-0) to an upset win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton (2-1-1) Friday evening in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the game locked at 1-1, and in the final minutes of the match the Toreros turned to Ambort for some help, and she delivered. Freshman Natalie Vinti skied a pass into the goal box where Ambort was there to redirect the ball with her head past CSF goalkeeper Karen Bardsley for the match winner.

The Titans were the ones who struck first as in the 70th minute of the match Lauryn Welch sent a pass to the upper left corner of the goal box where Brianna Buffington hit a one-timer past USD goalkeeper Brittany Cameron for the 1-0 advantage.

The Toreros then went on the offensive attack, and in the 82nd minute USD responded. Jackie Garcia took a corner kick for USD and she sent a perfectly placed ball in the middle of a crowded goal box, where Vinti headed the ball past the Titans goalkeeper for the equalizer.

The Toreros outshot the Titans 13-10 and had a territorial advantage in corner kicks at 3-1.

Cameron picked up her second win of the season for USD allowing one goal and recording three saves, while her counterpart, Bardsley, suffered the loss for the Titans allowing two goals and recording seven saves.

The Toreros will continue their four-match home stand this Sunday as they host the Vandals of the University of Idaho in a 1 p.m. non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 4
Cal State Northridge - 0

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco welcomed the crowds to Negoesco for the second annual City by the Bay Classic with a drubbing of Cal. State Northrige (2-3-0) 4-0 on Friday night. The four goals are the most the Dons (2-3-0) have scored in a game since a 4-2 victory over Gonzaga in 2004.

Junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan continued her dominance on the ball as she scored first for USF at 12:08 when she shot the ball into an open goal after an assist by freshman forward Samantha Brand. USF took the 1-0 lead into half-time.

Less than two minutes into the second half, senior forward Chelsea Hunt lobbed a slow roller into the net off an assist from freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie. Jarvie added her first collegiate goal in the 63rd minute with a hard shot into the left side. Hunt and junior midfielder Lauren Tweet were credited with the assists. Three minutes later, Hunt put the lid on the game as she headed the ball into the net off Jarvie's corner kick.

The Matadors really only had one legitimate chance to score when junior midfielder Susie Mischenko drove for the nets, but Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle snagged the ball. Pohle (2-2) earned the win and USF's first shutout victory of the year.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski praised her team on the win. "This was a great team win. Everyone played really unselfishly out there tonight and it showed in how we spread the ball around. Our defense was fantastic, Kara Briethaupt had another great game. We really dominated on offense and it was great to see Chelsea and Jenny get on the board. I also want to commend Alexis Mielke, she played tremendously off the bench tonight and did exactly what we asked her to do."

Northridge held the 11-8 shot advantage, but just couldn't convert. USF held the corner kick advantage, 6-2.

In the nightcap, No. 24 Long Beach State scored the victory over Utah State 2-0.

The City by the Bay Classic continues on Sunday at Negoesco Stadium. Utah State will take on Northridge in the noon game, with USF and Long Beach closing the tournament with a 2:30 start.

Santa Clara - 2
UConn - 1 (2OT)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Although not agents on "Her Majesty's Secret Service," Jordan Angeli and Amanda Poach returned to the Santa Clara lineup "From Russia With Love" in most James Bond-esque fashion, playing crucial roles in the third-ranked women's soccer team's 2-1 double-overtime victory against No. 9 Connecticut.

Angeli assisted on Meagan Snell's equalizer in the 55th minute, and Poach earned an assist as her corner kick in the 104th minute found the head of Chioma Igwe, who redirected it into the back of the net for the game-winner in the opener of the UCLA Women's Cup.

The No. 3 Broncos (4-1-0) will end the weekend Sunday in a nationally-televised contest against another team ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Texas A&M Aggies. The match is set for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPNU.

"They had a major impact in the match on both ends, Jordan and Amanda definitely helped us control most of the match so it was really good to have them out there," said head coach Jerry Smith.

Santa Clara controlled the match early on, keeping UConn goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe busy as she was forced to make a couple saves in the first 18 minutes. But the Huskies caught a break in the 25th minute when Brittany Tegeler made a quick steal on the offensive end and found Brittany Taylor at the top of the box. Taylor's shot, which ended up being UConn's only one of the first half, was true and the Huskies stole the game's first goal for the 1-0 lead.

Playing from behind for only the second time this season, the Broncos bounced back in the second half, striking only nine minutes in as Angeli's shot was blocked in front, but right to the opportunistic Snell, who buried the deflection for her third score of the season, making it a 1-1 tie.

The UConn offense woke up at this point, registering its first shots since Taylor's goal in the first half. Neither team really threatened until the 62nd minute, when in a 50-second span the Broncos had two shots blocked, a corner kick, and an Angeli shot hit the post.

SCU keeper Meagan McCray made her two saves in the latter half of the second period, keeping things square as the Broncos failed to get a shot off after Angeli's attempt off the post.

It took just over 13 minutes of extra time for matters to be settled, as Poach had a shot deflected out-of-bounds for an SCU corner kick. On the ensuing corner, Igwe managed to get her head on the ball and into the net for her first goal as a Bronco and the clincher.

"You like to say that you've come from behind from really good teams. We gave up an early goal against the run of play, and that can be very deflating, especially because Connecticut is a very good defensive team," Smith continued. "But the girls came back, and it's always good to know that you can come from behind against a really good team."

The Broncos outshot the Huskies 13-9 in the contest, putting seven of those shots on frame. They also took six corner kicks to UConn's two, keeping the game in the Connecticut half.

"We were definitely controlling and especially very dangerous tonight," Smith said of the team's performance. "That's very encouraging because that is a necessary step you need to make in order to become a team that can score multiple goals in a game. We're creating chances and the goals will come."

Arizona - 1
Gonzaga - 0

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell to the University Arizona 1-0 Friday night as part of the Four Points Sheraton Cats' Classic.

The loss was the first of the season for the Bulldogs, who fell to 3-1-1.

Arizona's (3-2-0 overall) London King scored the lone goal of the game at the 29:15 mark, when she connected with a pass through the middle by Kaity Heath.

The Bulldogs were unable to capture the victory, despite holding an advantage on both shots and corner kicks. GU held the 13-12 advantage for shots, as well as the 4-2 advantage for corner kicks, including a 3-1 advantage in the second quarter.

Nanda McCormick and Christine Soma led Gonzaga with three shots a piece.

Jessie Thalman earned her first loss of the season allowing the lone goal while earning four saves. Wildcat goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre earned five saves en route to the shutout.

The Zags will return to action Sunday at 11 a.m. when they play Pacific on the final day of the classic.