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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 9/10

Sept. 10, 2006

LMU - 1
Oklahoma State - 0 (2OT)

Los Angeles, CA - Jamie Bell scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lead the Lions to a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State in the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. LMU was the only team to go 2-0 in the tournament and Bell was named the Offensive MVP, while goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was named the Defensive MVP after recording two straight shutouts. LMU remains undefeated and is now 3-0-2 on the season, while Oklahoma State loses its first game and falls to 4-1-1 overall.

LMU struggled in the first half, but came alive in the second half. Oklahoma State outshot LMU 6-0 in the first 45 minutes, but Bell needed just 1:15 to get LMU's first shot of the day in the second half. The Lions outshot OSU 5-4 in the second half, but neither team could get on the scoreboard.

The Lions had two fantastic opportunities in the second half, but both shots hit post. Lauren Shanklin had a shot in the 55th minute hit off the crossbar. Bell had one of the wildest shots of the day. Her sharply hit ball from the right side crossed the face of the goal, hitting the far post, and traveling back across the face of the goal to hit the near post before OSU goalkeeper Jeanne Rankin was able to corral the ball and keep it from crossing the plane of the goal.

Tana Smothermon had LMU's first shot on goal in the first overtime period, but it was saved by Rankin and the teams went to a final overtime period.

It looked like the game would end in a 0-0 tie, but Bell had other plans. Defender Brandi Young crossed a ball from the right side to Bell who was just outside the six yard box. While facing away from the goal, Bell flicked the ball with her head towards the goal past a diving Rankin to hand the Lions the victory.

Bell led all players with five shots, while Yolanda Odenyo, Siera Strawser and Adriane Radtke had three shots each for OSU. Slovek finished with three saves to record her second straight shutout, while Rankin made two stops for the Cowgirls.

LMU was the only team to go 2-0 after Friday's 2-0 win over St. Francis. In the final game of the tournament, Cal Poly defeated St. Francis, 2-0.

The All-Tournament Team: Offensive MVP - Jamie Bell, LMU, Defensive MVP - Joslyn Slovek, LMU, Tiffany Harrison, LMU, Whitney Temple, LMU, Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State, Adriane Radtke, Oklahoma State, Siera Strawser, Oklahoma State, Kelsey Carroll, Cal Poly, Heidi McQuitty, Cal Poly, Kirsten Hoffsmith, St. Francis, Melanie Stockman, St. Francis Sportsmanship Award - St. Francis

San Diego - 3
Idaho - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team continues to roll in the first part of the 2006 season as they crush the University of Idaho, 3-0, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros have now won three consecutive matches and move to 5-1-0 on the season. With the loss, the Vandals remain winless and scoreless on the season as they fall to 0-6-0, suffering their sixth consecutive shutout.

In the 25th minute of the match, the Toreros would score the only goal they would need as junior forward Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading third goal of the season on a bang-bang play. Robinson found herself to the left side of the goal box with a wide open look at the net and fired a shot that was saved by UI's goalkeeper, but the ball bounced off her hands and to the feet of Natalie Vinti. Vinti then fired a rocket shot right back at the goalie and the ball was blocked, but Robinson was there for the rebound to punch the ball into the back of the net.

Veronica Ambort, USD's hero from Friday, then gave the Toreros a cushion when she hit a chip shot over the goalkeeper's head off a cross from Robinson to give USD a 2-0 advantage.

USD wasn't done scoring yet as freshman Jessica Larrabee tallied her first collegiate goal. Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for USD and placed the ball into a crowded goal box. The ball found the feet of Larrabee and she punched the ball into the back of the net to seal the 3-0 win for USD.

USD dominated the box score as they out shot the Vandals 17-3 and held a territorial advantage in corner kicks at 14-0. Both Robinson and Jackie Garcia led the team with three shots apiece.

USD will return to the pitch on Friday when they host UNLV in a 5 p.m. non-conference match at Torero stadium. This will be the first match of a double header with the USD men's team who will play Long Island University in the nightcap.

Santa Clara - 2
Texas A&M - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The third-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team bounced back from a sluggish first half Sunday afternoon to take control and defeat the No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies, 2-0, at the UCLA Women's Cup. The Broncos outshot the Aggies 7-3 in the second half as Meagan Snell's goal in her fourth straight match and the hustle of Brittany Klein were instrumental in earning the win.

Santa Clara (5-1-0) will now return to the Bay Area this week, traveling 30 minutes north to the Stanford campus to take part in the Stanford Nike Classic. SCU will face the No. 24 Boston University Terriers Friday night at 5 p.m. before wrapping up weekend action Sunday against the No. 12 Tennessee Lady Vols in an 11:30 a.m. battle.

At the start of Sunday's match, the Broncos seemed to be battling the after-effects of Friday night's double-overtime victory over Connecticut, as the Aggies (3-2-1) were using their athleticism to get to more loose balls and were clearly the aggressors early on.

Santa Clara dodged a bullet early in the first half as an Aggie shot beat goalkeeper Meagan McCray but bounced off the right post and was cleared. As it turned out, that opportunity ended up being Texas A&M's best chance of the match, as McCray, who made six saves in earning her third shutout of the season, and the defense adjusted to counter the Aggies' athleticism and put the Aggie attack on lockdown the rest of the way.

"What we tried to do was limit the space behind our back four," Smith explained. "Once the game settled down to where we felt that we could anticipate and read it well, we felt that if we could keep their forwards in front of our back four, we could limit them offensively. The team put in a solid 90-minute effort today."

After being outshot 7-4 in the first half, the Bronco attack awakened early in the second, spearheaded by an alert Klein. The junior midfielder zipped in to beat an Aggie to a loose ball, poking it ahead to Snell, who dribbled her way towards the top middle of the box and then fired a laser beam that A&M keeper Kristin Arnold could not catch up to for the 1-0 lead. With the goal, Snell became the eighth different player in Santa Clara history to score a goal in four consecutive matches.

"Its been great that our one veteran player on the front line has had an impact for us," head coach Jerry Smith said of Snell's play. "Meagan is a great finisher and got a great shot off today. For her, it's just having the confidence of getting her shots off, and I think she has that right now."

SCU continued to apply pressure, looking to put the Aggies in a 0-2 hole, and almost did so as Hillary Schwarzbach's header off of an Amanda Poach corner kick hit the post. The Broncos kept at it, though, and finally broke through in the 74th minute thanks to another hustling effort by Klein. Following a poor A&M clearing attempt of a Poach free kick, Klein flew in and one-timed a line drive past Arnold and into the top of the net for her second goal of the year and the insurance the Broncos needed.

"Brittany is one of our hardest working players, and now that she's a captain, I think she's really shouldering the additional responsibility of being an example of what we want in terms of effort and intensity on the field," Smith said of the junior captain.

From there the defense stalled the Aggies to earn the team's fourth shutout.

Pepperdine - 1
Wisconsin - 1

Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team played Wisconsin to a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves moved to 3-1-2 to continue their unbeaten streak to four games, while the Badgers moved to 2-1-2 on the season.

The two teams played evenly until the 22:53 mark when Elise Weber charged forward after a Pepperdine goal kick and found the back of the net to give the Badgers the 1-0 lead. The Waves regained offensive control as midfielder Jenna Shay fed the ball to forward Sophia Medina. Medina found midfielder Emily Wynne in the center, but the shot sailed just over the goal. The Waves would get three more shots off before time expired in the first period.

Trailing by one goal, Pepperdine immediately sparked its offense as it took the first corner kick of the match. After a header by Wynne went wide, the ball fell in the favor of the Badgers' who took a shot on frame, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte was there to record her only save of the match.

Pepperdine would see two more corner kicks in the second period as the Waves continued to press the Badger defense. With less than 10 minutes to play and Pepperdine still down a goal, both teams were on. At the 82:19 mark, Wynne sent a pass to sophomore Rosanna Podesta, who rocketed the ball from the left side past Badger goalkeeper Stefanie Szczechowski to even the score at 1-1.

Pepperdine dominated in overtime as it took six shots and held the Badgers from taking any shots in both overtime periods. Wisconsin was able to keep the Waves out of the box to give both teams their second tie of the season.

The Waves out shot Wisconsin 16-8 in the match and had five total corner kicks compared to Wisconsin's one corner kick.

Pepperdine leaves Malibu next weekend and faces Kansas in a 3 p.m. (PDT) match on the road on Fri., September 15 before traveling to Arizona State on Sunday in a 1 p.m. (PDT) road match.

Pacific - 1
Gonzaga - 0

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team dropped its second match in a row Sunday when it fell to undefeated University of the Pacific 1-0. The match came on the final day of the Four Points Sheraton Cats' Classic hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.

Gonzaga dropped to 3-2-1 for the season with the loss. The match also marked the first time since September 9 and 11 of the 2005 season that the Zags have fallen in consecutive matches.

The lone goal of the game was an unassisted goal by Pacific's (5-0-1) Laura King at the 28th minute.

Freshman Taylor Hall led the Bulldogs with four shots, including one shot on goal. Jamie Blanche registered two shots for GU, while Lauren Zuckerman and Christine Soma each earned one shot. Overall, the Zags were out shot 21-8 but held a 7-5 advantage for corner kicks.

GU's goalkeeper freshman Jessie Thalman posted eight saves in the loss, while her counterpart, Pacific's Jamie Souza, earned her sixth shut out of the season. With the clean sheet over GU, the Tigers have yet to surrender a goal this season.

The Bulldogs look return to action Friday when they open a two match home stand at Martin Field. GU will host the University of Oregon Friday at 3 p.m. before hosting Utah Valley State College Sunday at 1 p.m.

North Carolina - 1
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Casey Nogueira provided the only goal as the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels beat the No. 6 Portland Pilots 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Nike Invitational. A sellout crowd of 4,892 at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex watched as North Carolina claimed the tournament title.

Portland sophomore Megan Rapinoe was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while senior teammate Lisa Sari took the Most Outstanding Defensive Player award, as voted on by head coaches from the four competing teams.

Washington defeated Baylor in the early match by a 4-0 margin.

The Tar Heels (6-1-0) extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 7-0-1 all-time against the Pilots (3-2-1). The loss was the first for Portland at home since a 2-0 defeat to Washington on September 26, 2004 and snapped a 19-game home winning streak.

"The environment was great and it was the type of competitive game you'd expect from these two teams," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "It came down to a bounce, and the bounce went their way."

Preseason All-America Heather O'Reilly had two quality chances in the first ten minutes for North Carolina, the first on a through ball that UP goalkeeper Cori Alexander took off her foot in the first minute. In the 10th minute, O'Reilly blasted a shot from the top of the box off the crossbar.

Portland's defense settled down and the teams exchanged balanced possession late in the half before the Tar Heels capitalized on some miscommunication from the Portland defense in the 42nd minute. Nikki Washington sent a long bouncing ball into the penalty box as Portland defender Emily Michaelson and Nogueira ran onto the service. Alexander came off her line as Michaelson tried to shield Nogueira, but the Tar Heel forward squirted through and took one touch around Alexander before finishing to the open net.

"The ball got through and it was just miscommunication between Emily and I," Alexander said. "We'll sort it out and make sure it won't happen again."

The teams matched each other with four shots each in the second half. Portland's best opportunity came in the 55th minute when freshman Kendra Chandhoke broke free down the left flank. With a defender on her hip, Chandhoke's shot sailed just wide to the right of the goal.

Rapinoe, who had scored seven goals in the previous three games, led the Pilots with four shot attempts on the day. She had a firm header off a corner kick from Angie Woznuk snagged by UNC keeper Anna Rodenbough in the sixth minute.

North Carolina held a 15-10 edge in shots and 3-2 advantage on corner kicks. Alexander and Rodenbough made three saves each.

"We are still a team trying to establish who we are and how we play," Smith said. "The season is young and now we have some information that will make us better."

NOTES: The game was televised in the Portland market on KPDX (PDX-49)...Christine Sinclair, the reigning national player of the year, received a rousing ovation from the packed house when she was presented with a series of national awards at a halftime ceremony...Portland All-American defender Stephanie Lopez made her first appearance with the Pilots this season after returning from her stint in Russia as captain of the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the FIFA World Championships...Lopez is headed to New York along with UNC's Heather O'Reilly for a U.S. National Team match against Mexico on Wednesday, Sept. 13...Portland will next head to Oregon State on Friday, Sept. 15 for a 7 p.m. match and return to the Clive Charles Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 17 for a 2 p.m. game against Portland State.

Long Beach State - 1
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco women's soccer played tough defense against No. 24 Long Beach State, falling late 1-0. The Dons (2-4) took second place in the four team City by the Bay Classic, going 1-1, while the 49ers (5-1) took the top spot with two wins at Negoesco Stadium.

Long Beach freshman defender Sarah Strohl found the net in the 83rd minute, heading the ball into the upper left hand corner off sophomore midfielder Kim Silos' corner. That would be all the 49ers would need as both teams played outstanding defense, keeping opposing offenses on the run. LBSU held small advantages in shots (11-10) and corner kicks (7-5). Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had five saves on the day.

Dons head coach Pamela Kalinoski commended her team on its defense. "It was definitely a hard fought battle today. We didn't convert on our chances and that was the difference. But our defense played aggressive and kept a top 25 team out of the net nearly the whole game. A game like this will prepare us for our upcoming matches with top ranked teams. We are improving our play every day and the girls demonstrated they can play with these top teams."

In the early match of the day, CS Northridge took a 2-1 victory over Utah State.

USF resumes action in the Hawai'i tournament this weekend in Honolulu. The Dons take on Cornell on Saturday and Hawai'i on Sunday. Times are TBA.