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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 16, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
UAB - 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team won its third straight match Sunday, as the Bulldogs up-ended the University of Alabama-Birmingham 2-1 during the final day of the Vanderbilt University Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. With the victory, the Zags won the four-team tournament as they also defeated host Vanderbilt 2-0 on Friday.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-2-0 with the victory while the Blazers, a NCAA Tournament team in 2006, suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 4-1-1.

UAB jumped out to an early 1-0 edge when Sally Palmer scored during the 13th minute. Palmer connected with a pass from Allysha Chapman from 14 yards out before firing the ball past Gonzaga goalkeeper Jessie Thalman's finger tips.

The score remained unchanged until the Bulldogs' Lauren Dascenzo knotted the score 1-1 at the 60:02 mark. Dascenzo knocked the ball in on the right side just past UAB's goalkeeper, Kate Blankenship. Sarah Hall and Lauren Zuckerman earned assists on the goal.

Freshman Ashley Riley scored her second goal of the tournament during the 83rd minute to give Gonzaga the 2-1 victory. Riley, who hadn't scored a goal all year until Friday, fired the game-winner from 10 yards out on the left side. For her efforts on the weekend, Riley was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Thalman earned her fourth victory of the season as she posted three saves. Blankenship posted one save en route to the loss.

Gonzaga earned the victory, despite being out-shot by the Blazers 12-10. UAB also held a 2-1 corner kick advantage.

The Bulldogs will return to action this weekend when they host a pair of matches at Martin Field in Spokane. Friday, the Zags will face Utah State University at 3 p.m. before hosting UC Santa Barbara Sunday at Noon.

LMU - 3
Michigan - 0

Los Angeles, CA - LMU went on a second half barrage, scoring three times in the half to defeat Michigan 3-0 in the finale of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic at Sullivan Field Sunday in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions earn a share of the title at their home tournament for the fifth straight season and improve to 2-3-1 while the Wolverines fall to 1-3-1.

Following a goalless first half, the game picked up just after halftime with both sides pushing forward. It was LMU who was able to find the answer as freshman Gabby Parisella gave LMU the lead in the 52nd minute. Senior Jamie Bell earned the assist, playing a ball across the box from the left. Parisella beat her defender to the ball and slid in to poke it home for a 1-0 lead and her second goal of the season.

Less than a minute later, Bell almost made it 2-0. Junior Amanda Lernor found the senior with a long ball into the box. Bell did well to control it but her half-volley came back off the post.

With the Lions holding on to a slender 1-0 lead, Slovek came to the rescue in the 55th minute to keep the Lions in front. Michigan's Sarah Banco fired a long-range effort that was heading into the top corner but Slovek stretched her frame to tip the ball over the bar.

That was the Wolverines' last chance as Grandy gave the Lions a two-goal cushion in the 59th minute. LMU won a free kick on the right side, about 23 yards from the goal at an angle. With all the attention being paid on the Lions' forwards making runs, Grandy hit a low shot that skirted through everyone into the bottom left corner of the net for her first career goal.

Parisella earned the Lions a penalty in the 67th minute, hustling after a loose ball before being brought down in the area. Sophomore Lacey Bartels stepped up to take, flat-footing the keeper with a shot into the top left corner.

Michigan held a shot advantage for the game, 12-10, including seven on goal. Slovek was outstanding with a season-high seven saves for her second consecutive clean sheet and third of the season. She now has 21.5 shutouts for her career. LMU only had four shots on goal but made three of them count. Madison Gates made a single save for Michigan.

LMU dominated possession early but the Wolverine defense was up to the challenge. The Lions' defense held strong, as well, with each team having few chances. Michigan recorded the first opportunity of the game but Slovek was quick to react to a point-blank header by Amanda Bowery to tip over for a corner.

Shortly after, the Lions won a corner and a scramble in the box ensued. The ball appeared heading into the goal but the Wolverine defense cleared to keep the game scoreless.

The Lions ran their winning streak in their home tournament to 10 games and have now outscored opponents 24-1 at the LMU Classic. They have never lost a game in their home tourney. Coupled with their 9-0 win over Lamar on Friday, the Lions set a new tournament record for goals over the weekend with 12.

LMU heads to nearby Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NCAA First Round affair, won by the Titans. The Lions return home on Sunday to commence a five-game home stand against Fresno State at 11 a.m.

All-Tournament Team:
Offensive MVP: Loretta Nixon, Oregon State
Defensive MVP: Joslyn Slovek, LMU
Lamar: Leslie Myers
Michigan: Amanda Bowery, Katie Miler
Oregon State: Loretta Nixon, Jodie Taylor, Monica Storm, Rachael Axon
LMU: Joslyn Slovek, Katie Osborne, Leslie Grandy, Gabby Parisella

Pepperdine - 3
Denver - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore forward Courtney Price scored the Pepperdine women's soccer team's first two goals of the season on Sunday and the Waves went on to a 3-0 victory over Denver at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

Price (Corona, Calif./Colony HS) did not score any goals as a freshman in 2006, but ended the Waves' season-long scoreless streak with her first tally in the 22nd minute and added another in the 80th minute. Junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) added the last goal in the 90th minute of play.

After being shut out in each of the first five games of the season, Pepperdine (1-4-1) was able to take out its frustrations on Denver (2-2-1), as the Waves had a 12-2 advantage in shots and junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills) didn't need to make a save to record the shutout.

"We had been playing really well the last couple of weeks but not getting results," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "I wanted them to enjoy the game because we were starting to feel tight after not scoring a goal for so long. Our team has the potential to be very good, and hopefully this will be the start of bigger things. Everybody played a role today and played very well."

On the first goal, sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) won a deflection on the left side, then dribbled toward the middle of the box. She slid the ball across the middle to Price, who took the ball with her feet, turned, and took a hard shot from about 14 yards away that found net inside the right post at 21:56.

The game stayed 1-0 for a long time, though Pepperdine had control of the match. On the second goal, with the ball bouncing around in the middle of the field, senior forward Loretta Younkin (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade Prep) flicked it forward to Price, who got behind two Pioneer defenders and scored on a breakaway at 79:59.

"I seriously don't know where the two goals came from, except from God," Price said. "Now they're going to start coming for everybody. Our goal is to win the rest of our games and to get to the NCAA Tournament."

The Waves added a third goal just 32 seconds before the end of the game. A Pioneer defender misplayed the ball and gave Pepperdine a 2-on-1 opportunity. Freshman forward Kylie McDonald (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake HS) took the gift at the top of the box and passed it left to Rupp, who scored from about eight yards away at 89:28.

The Waves' seven-game homestand continues next weekend with a single game, and it's a big one as top 10-ranked UCLA visits Malibu on Friday (Sept. 21) for a 3 p.m. matchup.

Portland - 1
Yale - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior midfielder Natalie Budge scored in the 81st minute as the No. 4 Portland Pilots beat Yale 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Merlo Field in the final match of the Nike Portland Invitational. Freshman Jessica Tsao came off the bench to record her first career assist, while the Pilots posted their second consecutive shutout with the win.

The Pilots, who defeated Kansas on Friday by a 2-1 margin, claimed the Nike Invitational title by way of goal differential over the Washington Huskies. UW defeated Yale 2-1 on Friday and held off Kansas 1-0 in the early game on Sunday.

Portland sophomore forward Michelle Enyeart was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Pilot freshman Keelin Winters earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.

Sunday's game-winner came on the team's eighth corner kick of the afternoon. Senior midfielder Angie Woznuk played the ball short to Tsao, who dribbled inside the penalty box on the right side. Tsao found Budge unmarked in front of the goal and her eight yard, right-footed shot went between the legs of a defender and caromed off the left post and into the net. It was her fourth goal of the season and the first collegiate point for Tsao.

It was a grind from start to finish for the Pilots (5-1-0) who had just 16 active players this weekend due to injuries and World Cup participation.

"I am just thankful that we have freshmen who are capable of stepping in right away to fill some holes," Pilots coach Garrett Smith said. "We are in survival mode right now with a limited number of available bodies, but I thought our freshmen really stepped up. Keelin played spectacular all weekend and Jessica created our only goal today."

Portland held a 17-7 edge in shot attempts for the match and 7-4 advantage in shots on goal over Bulldogs (1-4-0). Pilots goalkeeper Kelsey Davis made four saves to earn her second straight shutout. Yale's Susan Starr stopped three shots in the first half, while Ayana Sumiyasu made three saves in the second half for the Bulldogs.

Despite a decisive edge in time of possession in the first half, the Pilots mustered just three shots on goal in the first 45 minutes.

Portland's best chance came in the 18th minute when sophomore striker Kendra Chandhoke blasted a shot from 17 yards to the right side of the frame. Starr made a diving save to push the ball wide.

The Bulldogs had two quality chances in regulation on breakaways where Davis was left one-on-one with an attacking player. The first came in the 44th minute as Hannah Smith broke free and tried to beat Davis to the left post, but the goalkeeper snuffed the angle and made the save.

In the 63rd minute Maggie Westfal intercepted a pass among the Portland backline and charged toward the left post. Davis again came off her line and forced Westfal to rush her attempt, which sailed wide left.

The Pilots are next scheduled to travel to Seattle, Wash. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 to face the Washington Huskies at 7 p.m. Portland returns to Merlo Field and will host Portland State on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 3
Vanderbilt - 2

NASHVILLE, TN - Alex Ciliento's goal at the 96:43 mark in overtime lifted the Saint Mary's women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Vanderbilt in the final match of the Commodore Invitational Sunday afternoon at the VU Soccer Complex.

Ciliento's goal, her third of the year, came as she broke away and shot over Vanderbilt keeper Rachel Bachtel to get the win for the Gaels. SMC went 1-1 in the tournament to improve to 2-2-2 on the year, while the Commodores dropped their second straight to fall to 2-3-1.

Statistically, Vanderbilt controlled the flow of the game, holding a 30-10 shot advantage and a 10-0 corner kick lead. Sarah Dennis had six shots to lead VU, while Lindsay Ratterman, Katie Schulz, Mary Rachel Reynolds, and Amy Wilcox each had two shots on goal in the attack.

Gael goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded 11 saves in the game, while Bachtel had three saves for the Commodores.

Saint Mary's jumped on the board three minutes into the game when Allie Weiner scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year when she took her own deflected shot and scored into the left side of the net.

The Commodores came back at the 12:01 mark to tie the game when Lindsay Ratterman took a feed from Sarah Dennis and blasted it in from 15 yards out past the keeper.

The Gaels stormed right back, scoring 42 seconds later when Mercede Koning's shot from the left side into the right side of the net off an assist from Jessica Menzhuber to make it 2-1.

Vanderbilt tied the game up at the 59:14 mark in the second half when Meredith Kohn took a corner kick from Dennis and scored in front of the goal to tie it up.

Saint Mary's will be back in action on Friday, September 21 when the Gaels host the Sacramento State Hornets. The game between SMC and Sac State will kick-off at 4 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.

San Diego - 1
Cal Poly - 0 (OT)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson's goal in the 98th minute of the match, lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team (3-1-2) to a 1-0 overtime win over the visiting Cal Poly Mustangs (1-5-0) Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium.

With the game knotted at 0-0 heading into overtime, the Toreros, who had out shot the Mustangs 9-8 in regulation, went on the offensive attack and as time was winding down USD was able to put away the Mustangs. Junior midfielder Jackie Garcia sent a long lead pass through the stingy Mustang defense, and Robinson corralled the ball, then left the defender behind her and took on the Cal Poly goalkeeper one-one-one. Robinson punched a rocket shot into the back of the net to lift the Toreros to victory.

In regulation, both teams had their opportunities to score a goal, with one of USD's best scoring opportunities coming in the early going of the second half. USD received a free kick just to the top left of the Cal Poly goal box. Vanessa Vella took the kick and sent the ball into the center of the goal box, where a streaking Christine Mock was all by herself and just missed connecting on the ball to redirect it past the Cal Poly 'keeper, to preserve the scoreless contest.

Cal Poly also had good scoring opportunities as in the 66th minute the Mustangs had a golden opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net. Kendahl Stein found herself with the ball inside of the USD goal box and had no one on her. She rocketed a shot at San Diego's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, but Cameron made a great play on the ball and saved the goal, to keep the game scoreless.

Cameron, recorded her fourth shutout of the season and lowered her West Coast Conference-leading goals-against-average to 0.46, while recording four saves. Her counterpart, Alli Tramel, was saddled with the loss as she allowed one goal and recorded eight saves.

The Toreros out shot the Mustangs 11-8 and both teams had four corner kicks a piece.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to play UC Irvine in a 7 p.m. non-conference match.

Santa Clara - 2
Missouri - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 1 Santa Clara women's soccer team concluded play at the 2007 Stanford Tournament with a 2-1 triumph over No. 20 Missouri. Scoring the game-winning goal for the Broncos was redshirt senior Tina Estrada, who found the back of the goal on a deflection off of Tigers' goalkeeper Mallory Forst in the 72nd minute. With the win the Broncos improved to 4-0-1 overall, while the Tigers dropped to 4-2-0.

Missouri opened the game with a breakaway goal from Michelle Collins off a pass from Kristin Andrighetto. The remainder of the first half saw the Broncos take five shots that found the hands of Forst. Yet, just under the 33 minute mark, sophomore Kiki Bosio found redshirt sophomore midfielder Courtney Lewis dead center, who chipped the ball in to tie the score 1-1.

The majority of the second half was equally matched as each team found it hard to take any shots. Yet, that all changed when Estrada subbed back into the match. Freshman defender Maxine Goynes had a shot that hit the post and bounced off the hands of Forst, landing right at the feet of Estrada in the 72nd minute. The goal was her second of the season.

With the one-point edge, the Broncos continued to fight aggressively for the ball with Estrada attempting two more shots to widen SCU's lead. The Tigers' Collins tried again at the 83rd minute to knot the score, but senior goalkeeper Meagan McCray was ready to stop anything that came her way. Santa Clara's defense stepped in to hold back Missouri and finished the weekend, 2-0.

The Broncos remains on the road next weekend as they travel to Arizona for two contests. Santa Clara beings action in the Grand Canyon State on Friday, Sept. 21 against Arizona State at 7 p.m., PT. The Broncos then face the Wildcats of Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., PT.

Nevada - 2
San Francisco - 0

RENO, NEV. - San Francisco women's soccer (0-3-2) was defeated 2-0 by Nevada (1-3-1) Sunday afternoon as shots by Wolfpack sophomore defender Devin Noe and Samantha Miller found the back of the net. The Dons were led by senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan, who attempted two shots.

Coming at the 22nd minute, Noe hit a long range shot following passes from senior midfielder Blaine Dugan and junior midfielder Jessica Thompson. Junior midfielder Miranda Montejo lobed a pass to Miller, who was behind two USF defenders, for her goal at 45:44.

Junior goalkeeper Anika Steig got the start Sunday for the Dons. The Seattle, Wash., native recorded four saves on the afternoon.

USF will travel to compete at the Duke Tournament this upcoming Friday and Sunday versus the host Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels, two of the nation's Top-25 teams. Kickoff for Friday's match is set for 4:30 p.m. PT, while Sunday's match will start at 10 a.m. PT.