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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 15, 2006

Pepperdine - 3
Kansas - 1

Malibu, Calif. - In its first road match in three weeks, the Pepperdine women's soccer team came from behind to upset No. 18 Kansas, 3-1, on Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex in Lawrence, Kan. With the win, the Waves improved to 4-1-2 on the season as they continued their five-match unbeaten streak, while the Jayhawks fell to 4-2 on the season.

Kansas got off to a quick start as it took a shot within the first minute of the match and after two Jayhawk corner kicks, the Waves charged forward and took possession as junior McKenzie Hill's shot fell wide. The Jayhawks found the ball once again and at the 36:42 mark, Jessica Kilpatrick found the back of the net after receiving the ball off of a corner kick to give Kansas the one-goal lead.

Their opponent would control the first half, taking nine shots and six corner kicks, but the game quickly took a turn the instant the whistle was blown to begin the second 45 minutes. Senior Jennifer Brewer scored the equalizing goal from 45 yards out, placing the ball carefully in the top corner of the net at the 46:51 mark.

Pepperdine continued to pressure the defense and after a Redlin shot went wide, the Waves attacked in front of the Kansas box. Freshman Kelly Reilly found a loose ball in front of the net and chipped it in to give the Waves the 2-1 lead at the 56:06 mark. The goal marked Reilly's first career goal as a Wave.

Feeling the pressure in front of its home crowd, Kansas was able to take two shots and a corner kick, but Pepperdine's defense stayed tight as it sent the ball back in the favor of the Waves. After a foul was called on Kansas, Redlin booted the free kick, which ricocheted into the Jayhawks' defensive wall and into Hill's possession. The midfielder took advantage of the shot and knocked in the Waves' third goal at the 80:12 mark.

With less than 10 minutes to play and down by two goals, Kansas attempted to pick up its game as two shots went high and wide. Jayhawk Holly Gault attempted one last shot, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte was there to make her fifth save of the game.

Courtney Nelson, Caitlin Mitchell, Jenna Shay and Courtney Price led the defense as it played a vital role in the victory with the Jayhawks taking 16 shots to Pepperdine's eight. Stolte picked up her fourth win of the season as she tied her career high of five saves.

Head Coach Tim Ward thought his team played exceptional, especially in the windy conditions. "The first half was tough for us, but we tested the keeper in the second half and it paid off," said Ward. "I thought our team showed so much character and heart and it's a great win against a great Kansas team. We know the weekend isn't over yet, but it's a good way to kick it off."

The Waves continue their road trip as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State in a 5 p.m. (PDT) match on Sun., Sept. 17 at Sun Devil Stadium.

Portland - 3
Oregon State - 0

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior forward Natalie Budge scored in the first half and the Portland Pilots added two late goals to defeat the Oregon State Beavers 3-0 in a non-conference women's soccer match Saturday night at Lorenz Field. It's the tenth straight win over the Beavers for the sixth-ranked Pilots, who improve to 4-2-1 on the season.

Oregon State is also 4-2-1.

Portland senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander made three saves for her 33rd career shutout. The Pilots held the Beavs to just six shots in the contest and only one in the second half. Portland attempted 21 shots, with 12 coming after the break.

"Tonight was a great win for the Pilots," head coach Garrett Smith said. "Oregon State held back and looked for a counter all game, but our back line held tough all night long. It was just a great performance for our back four."

Budge netted her fourth goal of the season in the 30th minute. In traffic, she ripped a shot in from 15 yards out that crazed the cross bar on its way into the corner of the net. Junior defender Rachel Rapinoe was credited with the assist.

The score remained 1-nil until the final two minutes of the game when the Pilots put two more on the board. Junior midfielder Michele Scifo score her first goal of the season in the 89th minute. She one-timed a pass from junior defender Stephanie Lopez in from 18 yards out. It's the first assist this season for Lopez.

Sophomore Megan Rapinoe then capped the scoring for Portland on a penalty kick in the final minute of the game. Rapinoe and Lopez are fresh off an appearance with the U.S. Women's National team, who defeated Mexico 3-1 on Wednesday.

"It's great to see us spread the scoring around," Smith said.

Portland next hosts crosstown rival Portland State on Sunday. The Pilots and Vikings are scheduled to play at 2:00 p.m. at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.

San Diego - 2
UNLV - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Veronica Ambort and junior Leigh Ann Robinson each tallied a goal in the second half to lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout win over UNLV Friday evening in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 6-1-0 overall, have recorded back-to-back home shutouts and have won four consecutive matches. With the loss the Rebels fall to 2-4-1.

Both teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half, despite the Toreros out shooting the Rebels 6-1. But USD would finally breakthrough in the scoring column in the 72nd minute of the match. Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for the Toreros and she skied a pass into a crowded goal box. The ball found the feet of Ambort and she punched the ball past the UNLV `keeper for her third goal in as many matches to give USD the only goal they would need.

Robinson then sealed the victory in the 85th minute as she tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Natalie Vinti took control of the ball in the midfield and sent a pass to a streaking Robinson who slipped behind the Rebels defense. Robinson then had a breakaway situation and rocketed the ball into the back of the net to put the game at its final of 2-0.

Brittany Cameron recorded her first shutout of the season in the net for the Toreros allowing no goals while recording one save. Alicia Lugo was credited with the loss for the Rebels allowing two goals and recording three saves.

The Toreros out shot the Rebels 13-1 and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

USD will return to the pitch on Sunday as they closeout their four-match home stand with a 12 p.m. match against UC Irvine at Torero Stadium.

Saint Mary's - 1
Northeastern - 1

Boston, MA - On the opening day of the Harvard Invitational, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team posted a 1-1 draw with Northeastern University from Ohiri Field on Friday afternoon. Danielle Spann scored the lone goal for the Gaels, whom improved to 1-5-1 overall this season. The Huskies are now 4-1-1 on the season.

Spann scored the initial goal on a one-time off a cross from the far corner from Joelle Gizzi, giving SMC a 1-0 advantage. Spann, who missed the last two games with an injury, scored her team-leading third goal of the season in the 43rd minute.

Saint Mary's held the lead for 14 minutes, until Caitlin Whelan evened the score off a header in the 56th minute. The pass was a double cross from Siobhan Howard and Kristin Kowalik and SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson had little chance to make the save.

Larson was making her first start in goal for the Gaels and collected eight saves against 24 shots by the Huskies. NU goalkeeper Annie Petrofsky also recorded eight saves against 19 shots by the Gaels.

Saint Mary's had a great chance to win the game at the end of the second over time when Amy Massey got her head on the corner kick by Allie Weiner. The only thing that prevented the game-winning goal was a Huskies defender that was knocked Massey's shot away at the goal line.

Saint Mary's will complete the Harvard Invitational on Sunday when the Gaels take on the Harvard Crimson at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time from Ohiri Field.

Oregon - 1
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell to the University of Oregon 1-0 Friday at Martin Field. The loss snapped the Zags' five-game win streak when playing at home.

The match remained scoreless until the 85:56 mark when Oregon's (3-3-0 overall) Nicole Garbin scored the lone game of the afternoon. Garbin scored after breaking loose just inside the midfield to take on Gonzaga (3-3-1 overall) goalkeeper Jessie Thalman in a one-on-one situation. Garbin's shot slid through Thalman's fingertips on the way to finding the back of the net.

Thalman registered seven saves in the match including a beautiful diving save at the 40:25 mark off of a shot from Garbin. Zaler registered three saves for the Ducks.

Sarah Hall led the Bulldogs with three shots, including a shot off of a free kick in the 35th minute that was stopped by the Ducks' goalkeeper Emily Zaler. Hall also barely missed a goal at the 52:48 mark when she blasted a ball that sailed inches high of the net.

The Bulldogs look to break their three-game losing streak when they host Utah Valley State Sunday at Martin Field. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.

Michigan - 1
Loyola Marymount - 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - LMU's undefeated streak came to an end on Friday night as the Lions fell to the University of Michigan 1-0 at the U-M Soccer Field. Michigan scored the game-winner in the 40th minute and the Lions could not equalize. The Lions (3-1-2) look to rebound when they play Oakland on Sunday afternoon.

Michigan scored its game-winner at 39:41. Melissa Dobbyn raced down the right flank and sent a long feed toward the goal that Joslyn Slovek could not handle. The rebound came out to Katie Bohard, who had substituted into the game in the previous minute, and the junior placed a shot into the open net for her first career tally to put the Wolverines up 1-0.

The Wolverines produced the first scoring chance of the second stanza in the 59th minute. Banco flicked a through ball to a streaking Danelle Underwood, who took three touches and from 12 yards out fired a shot that was blocked by the LMU defense.

Jamie Artsis nearly added to the lead with 17 minutes remaining. Dobbyn sent a cross from the right side to Artsis on the back post inches from the goal line, but her deflection fell right into Slovek's arms.

LMU stepped up the pressure in the back half of the second period, forcing Michigan to take fouls and defend counterattacks. The Lions' best opportunity came on a restart kick from beyond the 18-yard box that sailed just over the crossbar in the waning minutes.

Alicia Lloyd led LMU with two shots, and Shannon Omahen had LMU's only shot on goal. Slovek made two saves to take her first loss of the season.

The Lions look to rebound when they face Oakland on Sunday afternoon.

Boston - 1
Santa Clara - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - Riding high following a weekend sweep of two Top-10 teams down in Los Angeles, the No. 3 Santa Clara women's soccer team was jolted back down to earth Friday night as the No. 24 Boston University Terriers shocked the Broncos 1-0 at the Stanford Nike Classic.

"I think that after coming off of a great weekend and having a great season so far, the players fell into the trap that you sometimes do when you get off to a good start and that is that you just have to show up and you're going to win," said head coach Jerry Smith. "We didn't do a lot of the details that we're normally proficient at, and the most important lesson we learned today that you have to come to play and it doesn't matter if you're playing a highly-ranked team or not."

The Broncos will return to Stanford Sunday afternoon to finish tournament play as they take on the No. 9 Tennessee Lady Volunteers at 11:30 a.m.

Boston's Lauren Erwin broke a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute, taking a feed from Marisha Schumacher-Hodge and blasting a shot past SCU keeper Meagan McCray to put the Broncos in the 0-1 hole.

The first half was an uneventful affair, as the Broncos outshot the Terriers 4-1 but created only one threatening scoring opportunity, as Brittany Klein's one-timer in the 36th minute was saved by BU keeper Stephanie Dreyer.

In the waning minutes of the half, SCU missed a potential opportunity at a penalty kick when an apparent hand-ball violation on Boston was deemed inadvertent, and play continued on.

The final 45 minutes played out in similar fashion to the first 45, as, outside of Erwin's goal, both teams received fairly limited opportunities. Santa Clara got off seven shots and outshot the Terriers 11-5 for the match, but was unable to seriously threaten Dreyer until the last few minutes, and when Tiffany Roberts' last-ditch shot from 20 yards out went high, the Broncos had exhausted their final chance.