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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 9, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Eastern Washington - 0

CHENEY, Wash. - Seniors Lauren Zuckerman and Nanda McCormick each scored as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team downed regional rival Eastern Washington University 2-0 Sunday at Cheney, Wash.

The Zags evened their record at 2-2-0 with the victory, while the Eagles dropped to 1-2-0 for the year.

Zuckerman scored the Bulldogs' first goal of the game at 18:31 when the forward connected with a pass from junior Kelcey Goddard. The goal was the first of Zuckerman's collegiate career, as she has primarily played as a defender during her first three years at Gonzaga.

During the 35th minute, McCormick added the Zags' second tally of the afternoon when she connected with a corner kick from Goddard to give the Bulldogs the 2-0 advantage.

Gonzaga goalkeeper sophomore Jessie Thalman earned her second victory of the season, posting a pair of saves. The shutout was also the eighth of her career, solidifying her position as second in the GU career shutout ranks. Eastern Washington goalkeeper Ashley Renz suffered the loss, allowing the pair of goals while posting seven saves.

The Bulldogs held a demanding advantage in both shots and corner kicks for the afternoon. Gonzaga out-shot the Eagles 14-5 in the first half en route to a 19-9 advantage for the afternoon. The Zags posted 12 total corner kicks, including 10 in the first half, to hold the 12-2 benefit.

Gonzaga will return to the pitch Friday, September 14 when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. for the Vanderbilt University Tournament - the only tournament the Zags will play in this season. The Bulldogs will face host Vanderbilt Friday at 5:30 PT, before matching up with the University of Alabama - Birmingham at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Santa Clara - 0
Virginia - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 2007 Santa Clara adidas Classic finale ended in a stalemate as the Santa Clara women's soccer team tied the University of Virginia, 0-0, in double overtime. The Broncos improved to a 2-0-1 record this weekend and finished second in the tournament to the Cardinal of Stanford. Brittany Klein, Kiki Bosio and Meagan Snell received all-tournament team honors.

Over the course of the weekend, Klein and Bosio compiled five points each by netting two goals and dishing out one assist. Klein was perfect in shots-on-goal and produced a .667 overall shooting percentage. Snell jumped between forward and midfield for the Broncos this weekend, scoring one of her two goals from the midfield position.

"The type of game we saw this afternoon is what we expected from this tournament," said head coach Jerry Smith. "There should have been four very tight games given the quality of the teams participating in this year's tournament. Both teams were very tough defensively and we were the fresher team going into the second half and the overtime periods."

The Broncos defense was crucial in both games this weekend, limiting the Fighting Irish to one lone goal and successfully holding off the Cavaliers to no goals. Goalkeeper Meagan McCray tallied 11 saves and a .917 saves percentage this weekend to her opponents, seven saves. Aiding in SCU's defensive plays this weekend were Katherine Reynolds, Anessa Patton, Chioma Igwe and Lindsey Johnson.

"I have to give a lot of credit to our back four players and to Curtis McAlister who works a lot with them," said Smith. "They played against two very tough teams and came together really well to put a stop to both of them. I also have to give credit to our goalkeeper, Meagan McCray. Although she didn't make a ton of saves today, those that she did make were smart. She definitely made her job look easy this afternoon."

Against Virginia, redshirt senior Tina Estrada led the Broncos with three total shots, with one on goal. Freshman Jessie Baddley made two attempts for a goal for SCU, while Snell, Johnson, Klein and Alyssa Chun each attempted one shot.

Santa Clara returns to action next weekend at the 2007 Stanford Invitational. In their first game of the tournament, the Broncos will face the Scarlet Knights of Stanford at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 14. SCU concludes action next weekend against Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. PT.

All-Tournament Team
MVP - A. Falk (STAN)
A. George (STAN)
R. Bueller (STAN)
K. O'Hara(STAN)
K. Bosio (SCU)
M. Snell (SCU)
B. Klein (SCU)
B. Sauerbrunn (UVA)
C. Miskel (UVA)
B. Bock (ND)
L. Fowlkes (ND)

Maryland - 3
LMU - 0

LMU's defense stayed strong in the first half but Maryland scored three second half goals for a 3-0 victory Sunday morning at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, IN.

The Lions (0-3-1) entered the game having conceded just two goals in 308 minutes of play this year and a scoreless first half bode well for LMU. Maryland (2-1-1) was not without its chances in the opening 45 minutes, attempting the game's first six shots and forcing LMU senior GK Joslyn Slovek into a pair of saves before halftime.

With the defense playing well, LMU only needed to snatch a goal at the other end but it was the Terrapins who grabbed the lead in the 56th minute. After Slovek had produced a save off a shot from Kylie Ricker right after halftime, a corner kick by Caitlin McDowell, Maryland's fifth of the match, was met by Ricker, whose header beat Slovek.

The Terps picked up an insurance goal less than two minutes later when a foul by a Lion player gave Maryland a free kick from about 40 yards out. Ashly Kennedy took the free kick and placed it into the left side of the Lions' net past Slovek.

The Lions came close to pulling a goal back in the 69th minute but senior forward Jamie Bell's shot was denied by the post. Redshirt freshman Eugenia Miranda made her first collegiate appearance, replacing Slovek in the 74th minute, and produced a nice save five minutes later. There was nothing Miranda could do about Maryland's third, as Aimee Bresani dribbled into the box and beat Miranda with a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

Overall, Maryland outshot Loyola Marymount 19-4 and took nine corner kicks to the Lions' one. Bell took two of the Lions' four shots.

Slovek finished with a season-high seven saves while Miranda was called into action twice. Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun did not register a save in the match.

The Lions return to California this weekend for the fifth annual LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic. LMU faces Lamar University on Friday at 4 p.m. following the opener between Michigan and Oregon State at 1 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday with Oregon State vs. Lamar at 11 a.m. and LMU-Michigan at 1 p.m.

Dayton - 1
Pepperdine - 0

DAYTON, Ohio - The season-opening offensive troubles of the Pepperdine women's soccer team continued Sunday afternoon as the Waves fell 1-0 at Dayton.

Though the defense is playing impressively, Pepperdine (0-3-1) is still looking for its first goal of the season and lost both of its road games this weekend by 1-0 scores. The Waves lost at Ohio State on Friday night.

"Today was the best game we've played all year," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "We played some pretty good soccer this weekend. We're just not scoring. We played really well today, and it was unfortunate that we played this well and didn't win the game 2-0 or 3-0. But this game is about scoring goals, and right now we're not doing that. I have faith that we will. As soon as we get one, it will open up. If we continue to play this hard, we'll win."

Ward said that the Waves had several quality chances, including one shot that hit the crossbar and several close-range shots that barely misfired.

The game was scoreless until the 59th minute when Dayton (3-1) got a goal by Lauren MacCormick, who headed in a cross off a set piece from Courtney Sirmans.

After playing their first four games of the season away from Malibu, the Waves get to come home and begin a seven-game non-conference homestand next weekend as they host UNLV on Friday (Sept. 14) and Denver on Sunday (Sept. 16).

Purdue - 1
Portland - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 1 Portland Pilots were the latest highly ranked team to lose an early season match, falling to Purdue 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Husky Soccer Field. The Boilermakers struck in the 58th minute with a goal from Shauna Stapleton to secure the Husky/Nike Invitational title.

After a defensive stalwart through the first two-thirds of play, Stapleton and the Boilermakers (3-1-1) broke through with the lone goal of the match. Jessica Okoroafo and Parissa Eyorokon were credited with assists on the strike.

Portland (3-1-0) peppered the goal in the closing minutes to no avail. Seven of Portland's 10 shots in the match came in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Purdue was held to just five shot attempts, three coming from Okoroafo.

All-American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, returning to form after a season-ending knee injury last year, came off the bench for the second consecutive match for the Pilots. Rapinoe played the final 40 minutes of regulation and attempted three shots.

Purdue goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch logged three saves, while Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis had one save.

Senior midfielder Natalie Budge put all three of her shot attempts on frame, while senior forward Rachael Rapinoe - the team's leading scorer with four goals - was held to just one shot for the match.

Portland moved from No. 4 in the preseason national polls all the way to the top after one week as all three teams ahead of the Pilots either lost or tied in the first week of competition. The Pilots join the list of early season favorites to drop a match as the top five teams in the NSCAA preseason poll - North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA, Portland and Texas A&M - each have at least one loss two weeks into the regular season.

The Pilots will return to the friendly confines of Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex next weekend and serve as host of the Nike Portland Invitational. The Pilots will face Kansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and then take on Yale Sunday at 1 p.m. The University of Washington is the other competing team at the tournament.

Cal State Bakersfield - 2
Saint Mary's - 1

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Bakersfield Sunday afternoon in the Saint Mary's Classic finale. Alexa Vickroy struck twice for the Roadrunners to hand the Gaels their first loss of 2007. After the day, SMC moves to 1-1-2 on the season.

The Gaels began the game in total control, rallying off nearly 10 shots before the Roadrunners capitalized on a SMC mistake.

Vickroy tallied her first goal of the game when she gathered a pass back from the SMC defense and beat Tara Larson one-on-one to hand CSUB a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.

Saint Mary's finally found the back of the net when Allie Weiner buried a one-timer. The sophomore forward gathered a long clearance and drilled a volley far post in the upper left corner in the 59th minute.

The Roadrunners then sealed the game when Vickroy struck again. On a set play, Vickroy took a pass from Natalie Haigh hidden in the wall on the free kick and turned to find net far post in the 65th minute.

Saint Mary's controlled the game with 22 shots compared to the 13 by Bakersfield. The Gaels out-shot the Roadrunners 11-4 in the first half.

Jessica Menzhuber led all players with five shots, putting three on goal. Four other Gaels rallied off three shots a piece. Moriah Neville led CSUB with four shots.

Nicole Padilla earned the win in net for the Roadrunners after making 10 saves and allowing one goal. Larson made two saves and was tagged for two goals for SMC.

Saint Mary's will return to action when they head to Nashville, TN to face the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Kickoff is slated for Friday, September 14 at 5 p.m. from the Vanderbilt campus.

Ohio State - 2
San Diego - 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 24th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team dropped their first match of the young season, 2-0, to host Ohio State University Sunday morning.

With the loss the Toreros fall to 2-1-1 overall and have recorded a split on their first road trip of the season, as she defeated the University of Dayton this past Friday, 1-0. With the win, the Buckeyes remain undefeated on the season and improve to 5-0-0.

Both teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half of play with the Toreros having a 9-6 advantage in shot attempts. The Toreros had their chances to score, but were unable to get the ball past the OSU goalkeeper. Amy Epsten had a great scoring opportunity come in the seventh minute of the match, when she fired a rocket shot from the top of the goal box, but the OSU `keeper made a great save to preserve the scoreless contest.

Later in the first half, freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro had back-to-back opportunities to put the ball into the back of the net, as both in the 10th and 11th minute Shoughro took shots from inside of the box, but the OSU goalkeeper made saves on both shot attempts.

The Buckeyes would then score the only goal they would need in the 61st minute, as Lisa Collison drew out USD's goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, then she slid a pass to teammate Lara Dickenmann who put the ball into the back of the net. Ohio State would added one more goal in the 81st minute, as Alex Burzynski was able to get the ball past Cameron, putting the match at its final of 2-0.

Ohio State out shot the Toreros 15-13 and held a 4-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Cameron was saddled with the loss in goal for the Toreros as she allowed two goals and recorded three saves. Her counterpart, Lauren Robertson was credited with the win for the Buckeyes, as she allowed no goals and recorded seven saves.

Shoughro led the team in shot attempts with four and both Leigh Ann Robinson and Epsten tallied three shots a piece for USD.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they play host to the UCLA Bruins in a 7:30 p.m. match at USD's Torero Stadium. The Toreros will also play host to Cal Poly on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match at Torero Stadium.

UCLA - 3
San Francisco - 0

WESTWOOD, CALIF. - Strong early season defense continued to be San Francisco's (0-1-2) calling card despite a 3-0 loss to UCLA (2-1-0) Sunday afternoon. The Bruins attempted 21 shots in the match but were held to finding the net only three times.

"Obviously it's not the result we wanted but we can take a lot of positives from our performance," Head Coach Mark Carr said. "We were organized, worked hard and defended very well against a talented UCLA team. May have been a different story if we had sneaked a goal in before half time and gone into the second half, 1-1."

For USF, their best scoring chance in the 15-minute mark as sophomore forward Jenny Jarvie hit a lead pass for freshman forward Keonna Robinson who fired in the box.

The Dons also made it interesting on a break away at the 29th minute when Robinson fed sophomore forward Samantha Brand whose shot was just wide. The Dons had a total of five shots on the afternoon.

Bruins' senior forward Danesha Adams had two of the Bruins' goals. She scored the first goal of the game at 10:36 on a pass from junior midfielder Christina DiMartino and sophomore defender Lauren Wilmoth. She also made goal on a free kick just outside the box at 71:19.

DiMartino had the Bruins' third goal at 75:44. Freshman midfielder Sarah Salazar and sophomore forward Lauren Cheney were credited for assists.

In 78-minutes between the pipes, USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson recorded a game-high six saves.

USF now turns its attention to their next match, Friday at UC Davis.

DONS' NOTES - Sunday's match marked the first time Head Coach Mark Carr has faced UCLA where he served as assistant coach from 2003-2006... USF is now 0-6-0 against the Bruins all-time... Dons' freshman midfielder Shannon Reimer made her collegiate debut in Sunday's match.