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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 14, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Vanderbilt - 0

Nashville, Tenn. - Freshmen Ashley Riley and Sheridan Jones of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team both recorded their first career goals Friday as the Bulldogs shutout Vanderbilt University 2-0 at the Vanderbilt Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

With the win, the Zags improve to 3-2-0 on the season, while the Commodores, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, fall to 2-2-1.

The game remained scoreless until Jones scored her first collegiate goal during the 57th minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. After taking a pass from senior Christine Soma, Jones fired a shot from just inside the box that reflected off of goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel's fingers.

Gonzaga added to their lead with Riley's goal at the 66:57 mark when the native of Taos, N.M. recorded her first goal as a Zag. Riley shot the ball from seven yards out after connecting with a rebound from senior Sarah Hall.

The Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned the victory as well as her third shutout of the season. The sophomore has now amassed nine career shutouts, listing her second on the Gonzaga career shutout ranks.

Vanderbilt held the shot advantage on the evening, 21-14, yet the Bulldogs held a 10-5 shots on goal advantage. The Commodores also held a 5-3 edge on corner kicks.

Gonzaga will return to action Sunday as it takes on University of Alabama-Birmingham during the final day of the Vanderbilt Tournament. Game time is slated for 9:00 a.m., PST.

LMU - 9
Lamar - 0

Los Angeles, CA - LMU broke its scoreless drought in spectacular fashion, slamming nine goals past Lamar University for a 9-0 victory on the first day of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic Friday at Sullivan Field. The Lions set program records for total goals scored (nine), goals scored in a half (five), assists (nine), and shots (36), while breaking the tournament record for combined goals by two teams.

Entering the game having not scored yet this season and in over 600 minutes dating back to last year, the Lions (1-3-1) were primed for a break-out and break out they did. LMU got two goals apiece from senior Katie Osborne and junior Lauren Shanklin, who also added an assist.

The Lions attacked from the opening whistle, going close in the game's early going and Lamar (0-5-0) had a chance of its own with Staci McGuire forcing senior GK Joslyn Slovek into a save. It took almost half an hour for the Lions to get on the scoreboard but once they did, the goals came in waves. Senior Jamie Bell got the ball rolling, rebounding her own shot that had hit the post for the game's first goal at 28:46. It was Bell's eighth career goal.

LMU scored five times in the ten minutes surrounding halftime to break the game open. Junior Shannon Omahen connected on a cross from freshman Gabby Parisella, knocking her shot in off the post in the 41st minute. Freshman Lily Sorentino, who was impressive all day, then was sent through by Shanklin, beating the goalkeeper in a one-on-one for her first career goal. Sorentino returned the favor six seconds from the break, setting up Shanklin for a one-time shot to send the Lions into the break ahead 4-0.

The four first half goals tied the school record for most goals in a half but that mark was soon to fall as the Lions put across five in the second. After being denied countless times in the first half by Lamar goalkeeper Kelsie Binetti, Osborne grabbed two goals in the half's first five minutes, each time cutting back to elude a defender before slotting home.

Leading 6-0 with 40 minutes still to play, LMU took advantage of its deep bench to give its young players plenty of action. The Lions played 24 players on the day, with five different players scoring and nine different players recording assists.

Shanklin picked up her second goal of the day on a well-worked move down the right that saw sophomore Kristen Garcia serve a low cross into the box that was met by the junior on a one-time shot for her fourth career goal. Parisella netted her first career goal in the 68th minute on a beautiful half-volley off a corner from Bell. Three sophomores capped the day in the 78th minute as Jill Sweetnam connected off a corner with Katrina Chong and Jessica Sharpe picking up assists.

Slovek played all 90 minutes, making two saves. Binetti stopped eight shots for the Cardinals, who are in their first season of play.

The nine goals tops the previous LMU record of seven, set November 5, 1999 against Utah State. The previous record for combined goals at the LMU Classic was eight, set by UCLA and Oakland in 2003.

On Sunday, LMU will face Michigan, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Oregon State in the tournament's opener. The day's play commences at 11 a.m. with Lamar taking on the Beavers, with the Lions-Wolverines following.

Portland - 2
Kansas - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Michelle Enyeart scored a goal and added an assist as the fourth-ranked Portland Pilots shutout the Kansas Jayhawks 2-0 at the Nike Invitational Friday night at Merlo Field. Sophomore Kendra Chandhoke also scored for Portland, which improves to 4-1-0 on the season.

UP sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made three saves on the night to record her first shutout as a Pilot.

Chandhoke, who replaced the injured Rachael Rapinoe in Portland's starting line up, scored the first goal of the night with a strike in the 25th minute. Enyeart initiated the play by making a run down the right side of the field, stopping just short of the endline. When KU's keeper Colleen Quinn came out to challenge Enyeart, she fed an unmarked Chandhoke in the middle of the box. Chandhoke easily finished into the open net for her first strike this season. It's the sixth assist this fall for Enyeart, who matches last year's season total.

Enyeart then found the back of the net in the 39th minute to give Portland the 2-nil lead. Senior Angie Woznuk, who gained possession at the top of the Kansas 18-yard box, fed Enyeart in the middle of the field. Enyeart then ripped a low shot just inside the right post. It's her first strike of the season and Woznuk's first assist.

After the brake, Kansas (0-4-1) had a couple of good looks at the UP frame, but Davis made a handful of saves to preserve the shutout. Portland's best look in the second half came with eight minutes left on the clock. Senior Kelli Cronkrite sent a frozen rope towards the KU frame from 35 yards out. Quinn was forced to make a diving, one-handed save.

Portland outshot Kansas 18-6 and held an 8-1 edge in corner kicks. 12 of Portland's shots were on goal, with Quinn making 10 saves. Four Pilots had at least three shots on the night.

The game marked the first match without Rachael Rapinoe for Portland. Rapinoe tore her left ACL last Sunday against Purdue in Seattle, Wash.

In the Nike Invitational's first game, Washington topped Yale 2-1 Friday afternoon.

The invitational concludes on Sunday with a pair of matches. Washington faces Kansas at 10:30 a.m. before the Pilots battle Yale at 1:00 p.m. at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.

Santa Clara - 2
Rutgers - 1 (OT)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In their first game of the 2007 Stanford Tournament, the No. 1 Santa Clara women's soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat No. 12 Rutgers, 2-1 in overtime. With the win the Broncos improved to 3-0-1 on the season, while the Scarlet Knights faced their first lost of the year, 4-1-0.

"Once again it goes back to Brittany Klein," said head coach Jerry Smith. "Tonight we made the decision to move her to holding midfielder at halftime, which helped us steady out our pace. We also added in Kendall Doherty and Jessie Baddley in the second half. Those changes opened up a lot of opportunities for us."

Courtney Lewis netted the first goal for Santa Clara with just two minutes left in the game. The action began with a corner kick that ended up in the middle of the scuffle at the net. With two minutes left, the Broncos had all their players in the box, attempting to score, but it was Lewis' left foot that made the touch to tap the ball in.

With the score tied 1-1, Santa Clara and Rutgers went into overtime. With the attack coming down the left side of the field, the ball was crossed all the way to the opposite side of the penalty box and landed at the feet of Reynolds, who shot it to the lower right of the goal.

The Broncos return to action on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Stanford Tournament. Santa Clara will face No. 20 Missouri at 11 a.m. PT.

San Diego - 0
UCLA - 0 (2OT)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With a solid defensive effort, led by Brittany Cameron's season-high eight saves in goal, the University of San Diego women's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw with No. 6 UCLA Friday evening at Torero Stadium.

With the tie, the Toreros move to 2-1-2 overall and record only the second tie in program history with the Bruins. UCLA now moves to 2-1-1 on the young season.

Cameron recorded her third shutout of the season as she allowed no goals, on 24 shot attempts and picked up eight saves. Cameron has now lowered her West Coast Conference-leading goals-against-average to 0.55. Her counterpart for UCLA, Valarie Henderson, was also credited with a shutout as she allowed no goals and recorded one save.

Both teams had golden opportunities to score, especially late in the match. In the first overtime period, the Toreros' freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro found herself deep in the Bruins goal box, was able to shake a defender off he and launched a rocket shot at the goal, and the ball just flew wide right, preserving the scoreless contest.

The Bruins also had a golden scoring opportunity come to them in the second overtime period. At the 102:29 mark, Christina DiMartino hit a laser shot straight from the left side of the goal box to the right corner of the goal, but Cameron played the ball perfectly and punched the ball up and over the cross bar to preserve the tie.

The Bruins outshot the Toreros 24-6 and also had a 14-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Shoughro, led the team in shot attempts as she recorded three and Amy Epsten was also effective on the offensive side of tings as she tallied two shots in the match.

USD will return to action on Sunday as they host the Cal Poly Mustangs in a 1 p.m. non-conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.

UNLV - 1
Pepperdine - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team hit UNLV with everything it had down the stretch, but came away with yet another 1-0 loss on Friday afternoon in the 2007 home opener at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The Waves (0-4-1) continued their season-long scoreless streak, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Seven of the Waves' 10 second-half shots were on goal, but UNLV sophomore goalkeeper Alicia Lugo made a number of big saves.

UNLV (3-2) notched the game's only goal in the 25th minute as Brianna Moore came in from the left side, and then slid the ball into the middle for Erica Jensen. Jensen got past the Waves' defense and into the box and scored her first goal of the season.

"The first half started okay for us, but we weren't challenging their goalkeeper a lot," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "Their goal felt like it came a little out of nowhere, but the girl made a good run. We looked a little stunned after that.

"In the second half we saw more heart and spirit. As I told our team, I just can't believe one of those shots didn't go in. I'm proud of the way we played, and I know we will get better from here."

Pepperdine looked certain to score goals on a pair of chances in the final two minutes, but UNLV's Lugo made tremendous stops each time. On the first, Pepperdine sophomore midfielder Courtney Price (Corona, Calif./Colony HS) sent a header across the goal, through a crowd and toward the left post, but Lugo somehow dove and pushed it out for a corner kick. Then, Pepperdine freshman defender Cammie Burke (Dal Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) hit a close-range header that looked like it would make it just under the crossbar, but Lugo jumped up and knocked it away.

The Waves ended up outshooting the Rebels 11-3, and held UNLV without a second-half shot.

Pepperdine has now lost three straight 1-0 games. This was the first of a seven-game homestand for the Waves, which continues on Sunday (Sept. 16) at 1 p.m. against Denver.

UAB - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

Nashville, TN - In opening round play of the Vanderbilt Tournament, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team was defeated 1-0 by UAB at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. UAB's Danya Barsalona scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute, dropping SMC's overall record to 1-2-2. UAB improved to 4-0-1 on the year.

In a scoreless first half, Saint Mary's controlled the flow of the game and outshot the Blazers 14-5. UAB goalkeeper Kate Blankenship held the Gaels scoreless over the first 45 minute, and collected three first half saves. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Cari Makino, who faces five shots in the first half, did not have to make a save.

UAB struck quickly in the second half when Danya Barsalona struck a shot from 14 yards at the 48.25 mark. Barsalona took a pass from Caitlin Marple and hit a shot over the head of Makino for the games only goal. UAB outshot the Gaels 12-6 in the second half, and Makino ended the second half, and the game, with six saves. Saint Mary's put three of their six second half shots on goal, and Blankenship made three saves to bring her season shutout total to four in five games.

Saint Mary's had five players take more than one shot in the game, and junior midfield Stefani Rocco led the way with four shots, with two on goal. Alex Ciliento, Allie Weiner, and Jessica Menzhuber had three shots each, and Mercede Koning had two attempts.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday, when the Gaels take on the tournament host, the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game between SMC and Vandy will kick-off at 1 p.m. Central Time from the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.

UC Davis - 3
San Francisco - 1

Davis, CA - USF women's soccer continued its eight match road trip Friday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision at UC Davis, fueled by a Dayna Dumont first half hat trick. The Dons (0-2-2) actually out-shot the Aggies (3-2-0) 17-13, but the damage was done.

Freshman Lauren Maris scored her first goal for the Dons in the 31st minute off a feed from senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan - her first of the year. Sophomore midfielder Kristina Hall finished with three shots to lead USF.

Junior goalkeeper Anika Steig recorded 45 shutout minutes in the second half, while junior starter Katie Hodgson recorded three saves in the first period.

USF travels to Reno to play Nevada Sunday afternoon. Match time against the Wolf Pack is set for 1:00 PM at Mackay Stadium. Nevada (0-3-1) fought to a double-overtime 3-3 draw against Sacramento State Friday.