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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 17, 2006

Gonzaga - 2
Utah Valley State - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 win over Utah Valley State College at Martin Field.

With the win, the Zags improve to 4-3-1 for the season, including a 3-1-0 record when playing at home.

Jamie Blanche put the Bulldogs on the board early, when at the 20:04 mark, she posted her first goal of the season. Blanche took a pass from Sarah Hall to knock the ball in just past the fingers of Utah Valley State (3-4-1 overall) goalkeeper Kelley Thompson.

The Zags held onto the 1-0 lead until six minutes into the second half. At 51:20, the Wolverines' Natalie Hatfield took a cross from Rebecca Peterson before blasting the ball into the back corner of the net to knot the score at one.

Gonzaga's Cristin Leverson scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 advantage. From 10 yards out, Leverson caught the goalkeeper out of the net to register her second goal of the year.

GU held the shot advantage over Utah Valley State 12-6 for the match, including a demanding 7-3 advantage in the second half. The Bulldogs also held a 4-0 corner kick advantage.

The Bulldogs will return to action next weekend. They will travel to Moscow, Idaho to face the University of Idaho on Friday, before returning home Sunday to face nationally-ranked California State University - Long Beach.

Loyola Marymount - 3
Oakland - 2

Rochester, Mich. - The LMU women's soccer got back on track with a 3-2 win at Oakland this afternoon at the Oakland Soccer Field. Katie Osborne scored two goals, including the game-winner to lead LMU to the road win. Loyola Marymount improves to 4-1-2 and will return to Sullivan Field next weekend to host USC on Sunday.

The Golden Grizzlies (2-6) controlled play early, taking four shots and two corner kicks in the first 10 minutes. Loyola Marymount then swung the momentum in its favor, pressuring Oakland in the box and taking three rapid shots on goal, each of which sophomore goalkeeper Kim Herbst turned aside.

Katie Osborne gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute with assistance from Stefanie Baduria, shooting from about 20 feet out and slipping the ball inside the left post. Oakland took two shots late in the half but was unable to convert and the score remained 1-0 at intermission.

The second half began with alternating rushes up the field with both teams shooting on goal and testing the keepers in the first 10 minutes. The Lions' Tiffany Harrison was able to take advantage first, scoring in the 64th minute to put LMU up 2-0, but the Golden Grizzlies came roaring back as junior Kristi Tomczyk received a pass inside the box from freshman Susie Lee and fired a quick shot high into the net to bring Oakland within one 2-1 in the 69th minute.

Osborne netted her second score of the game off a rebound from Jamie Bell to regain the two-goal lead for LMU 3-1 in the 79th minute. Oakland fought back, controlling the ball in the attacking end with junior Kristi Mitchell and Tomczyk putting shots on goal and forcing the Lions' keeper Joslyn Slovek to make some tough saves. Sophomore Jessica Boyle converted on a free kick in the 87th minute to bring the Golden Grizzlies within one 3-2. Oakland made one more rush up the field in the final minute, but was unable to get a shot away and the game ended 3-2 in favor of LMU.

Herbst made 11 saves for the Golden Grizzlies, while Slovek turned aside eight shots for Loyola Marymount.

LMU outshot Oakland 25-20, with Harrison leading the Lions with six shots. Bell had five shots for LMU. Tomczyk led Oakland with six shots.

The Lions return to action on Sunday, hosting USC at Sullivan Field at 1:00pm. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team. LMU will host Portland in men's soccer action on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Pepperdine - 1
Arizona State - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Stretching its unbeaten streak to six, the Pepperdine women's soccer team picked up its second win on the road this weekend as it shut out Arizona State, 1-0, on Sunday evening at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. With the win, the Waves improved their record to 5-1-2 on the season.

After taking two quick shots, the Sun Devils (4-2-2) controlled the tempo of the game but the ball quickly went in the way of the Waves. After an Emily Wynne shot was saved, Pepperdine pushed forward and at the 16:42 mark, junior McKenzie Hill scored her second goal of the weekend after receiving a pass from Wynne to put the Waves on board.

Arizona State would not remain quiet as it would get off three more shots and take a corner kick as it attempted to equal the score, but Pepperdine answered with three shots and a corner kick of their own before the first period ended with the visiting team still leading 1-0.

The two teams played the ball back and forth early in the second period as senior Lindsey Redlin and Wynne each took two shots before the Sun Devils took control of the ball. Arizona State pressured Pepperdine as it continued to take 8 shots as the clock moved closer to the end of regulation. The Waves stellar defense kept their opponents out of the box as Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte earned her second solo shutout as she recorded four saves in the victory.

The Waves took 9 shots, including five shots on goal, as Wynne led the team with three shots, while Redlin added two.

The Waves return home to Malibu on Fri., Sept. 22 for a 3 p.m. match against San Diego State before facing local rival UCLA next Sunday for a 1 p.m. match in Los Angeles, Calif.

Portland - 4
Portland State - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior forward Natalie Budge scored two goals and freshmen Michelle Enyeart and Kendra Chandhoke added one each as the No. 6 Portland Pilots defeated crosstown rival Portland State 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.

Portland (5-2-1) held a 27-4 edge in shots for the match and held the visiting Vikings (0-7-1) without a shot in the second half. An announced crowd of 2,238 turned out for the match.

Budge put the Pilots on top in the 17th minute after senior midfielder Lisa Sari dispossessed a Vikings player in the attacking third and sent a looping cross from right to left. Budge took one touch and finished to the upper left for her fifth goal of the season.

Enyeart made it 2-0 in the 41st minute on an unorthodox goal. After making a run into the penalty area, her initial attempt was blocked by PSU goalkeeper Rachel Jarvis. The deflection came right back at Enyeart who was jumping over the sliding Jarvis and the momentum of her fell directed the ball into the open net.

"I was kind of crawling and watching it roll in," Enyeart joked after the game.

Budge tallied her sixth goal of the 2006 season in the 56th minute on a nice pass from junior midfielder Angie Woznuk. Woznuk touched a ball through traffic that Chandhoke left for Budge. Her attempt from the top of the goal box snuck by Jarvis and just inside the right post.

Chandhoke capped the scoring in the 67th minute taking a ball down the right flank and weaving into the goal box before tapping in a close range shot on the right side.

Portland head coach Garrett Smith was pleased with the final score, but thought his team could have played better.

"I'm happy with the result, but very disappointed with the team's performance," Smith said. "We came out flat and did not play with the type of intensity we need to exhibit."

Jarvis made 10 saves in net for the Vikings, while UP goalkeepers Cori Alexander and Ruth Gilliam combined to record Portland's fourth shutout of the season.

Junior All-American defender Stephanie Lopez did not play for the Pilots. Lopez was given the day off for rest after a grueling traveling schedule between Portland and her national team commitments.

The Pilots will now turn their focus to an upcoming road trip through Arizona next weekend. Portland and the Arizona Wildcats meet at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in a match that will be televised on FSN Arizona. The Pilots will then travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. and face the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Santa Clara - 1 (OT)
Tennessee - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - Persistence paid off for the No. 3 Santa Clara women's soccer team Sunday afternoon as Meagan Snell's fifth goal in the last six matches, and third game-winner of the season, 2:38 into overtime clinched SCU's 1-0 victory over the No. 9 Tennessee Lady Volunteers at Stanford's Maloney Field.

The Broncos (6-2-0) return home to Buck Shaw Stadium to begin a five-match homestand this weekend, as they host a pair of home matches starting with Friday night's 8 p.m. contest against UCLA. The weekend closes out with a 1 p.m. match against CS Fullerton.

"We definitely came out more ready to play today against Tennessee than we did Friday against Boston, so I hope that we only have to learn that lesson only once this season about coming out ready to play," said head coach Jerry Smith. "I'm very pleased with the performance today and I thought several players played well for us."

Hillary Schwarzbach registered the assist on Snell's game-winner, while defensively, Meagan McCray made five saves to record her fourth shutout of the season. Her Lady Vol counterpart, Jaimel Johnson, made five saves of her own in a strong effort before surrendering the winner in overtime.

"Our team is very good on dead-ball situations, Amanda [Poach] can hit her free kicks just about anywhere she wants to, and Hillary [Schwarzbach] has been a killer on corners, scoring off one and hitting the post on another before today, and Meagan Snell is being what all good forwards should be, and that is opportunistic," Smith said of the winning goal.

Sunday's match saw the Broncos control much of the action, starting the contest by outshooting the Lady Vols (4-2-1) 10-4 in the first half (and 18-8 for the match), but only one of those chances was on frame. In the second 45 minutes, the Broncos continued to press the action, as Amanda Poach and Chioma Igwe both had fine opportunities to break the scoreless deadlock.

Poach managed to sneak a shot in from a tough angle, but Tennessee keeper Jaimel Johnson made a fine kick save which resulted in another SCU corner kick. Although unable to get a shot off of the corner, the loose ball came out to Igwe just outside the top middle of the box, but again, Johnson was equal to the task as she stopped Igwe's bullet and the Lady Vol defense cleared a dangerous rebound.

Santa Clara then dodged a couple of bullets of their own making. A clearing attempt that deflected off another Bronco gave Tennessee's Kylee Rossi a clear look but her shot went just wide right. Minutes later, McCray's throw from the box hit an unsuspecting Marian Dalmy in the head and bounced right to Rossi, who again just missed on an unabated run at goal.

Neither team threatened for the rest of regulation, but in the first overtime, Santa Clara finally broke through as Snell scored her fifth goal of the season to lift the Broncos to the victory. The winning sequence started with a Poach corner kick that found the head of Schwarzbach, whose header was blocked by Johnson but Snell pounced on the rebound, burying it to end the contest.

Saint Mary's - 0
Harvard - 0

Boston, MA - In a defensive struggle, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team played the Harvard Crimson to a scoreless tie on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Harvard Invitational at Ohiri Field. The two teams combined for only nine shots on goal with three going to the Gaels.

Saint Mary's controlled the middle part of the game but could not generate any scoring chances and had to hold off several early and late Harvard charges. SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson made two spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless, the first coming at the 60:10 mark of the game when she laid out to stop a one-timer off the foot of Erin Wylie. The second save came with under four minutes to go when she denied a header off the head of Megan Merritt on a corner opportunity.

Larson made four saves on the day to earn a spot on the all-tournament team, along with teammates McKenna Belzer and Stefani Rocco. Larson also benefited from two saves supplied to her from her back line after it cleared a pair of scoring bids off the goal line during the game.

Harvard netminder Lauren Mann was called on to make just three saves but her last one was big with the clock winding down in double overtime. Belzer collected a ball at midfield with 10 seconds to play and dribbled through the Harvard defense before leaving a pass to an open Mika Matsui in front of the Crimson net. Matsui lined up a scoring bid but a kick save from Mann at the final horn was the final save in the defensive stalemate.

Harvard controlled play throughout the first half but managed only one shot on goal when Rachael Lau's liner in the box was cleared off the goal line by an SMC defender. The Gaels had their only scoring bid midway through the half when Belzer took on two defenders to the near sideline and sent a shot to the near corner of the net only to be turned away by Mann with a diving stop.

Three Gaels were named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team. Field players McKenna Belzer and Stefani Rocco were named to the team, and freshman goalkeeper Tara Larson was named to the team after allowing just one goal in 220 minutes of action.

Saint Mary's returns to action on Wednesday, September 20 when the Gaels host the San Jose State Spartans. The game between SMC and SJSU will kick-off at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.

All-Tournament Team: Katie Schoepfer-MVP Penn State Sheree Gray Penn State Allie Long Penn State Ali Krieger Penn State Tara Larson Saint Mary's Stefani Rocco Saint Mary's McKenna Belzer Saint Mary's Laura Odorczyk Harvard Megan Merritt Harvard Kristin Kowalik Northeastern Laura Johnson Northeastern

San Francisco - 0
Hawai'i - 0

WAIPAHU, O`ahu - In its first overtime match of the season, the University of San Francisco played Hawai'i to a 0-0 draw in the championship match of the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Shootout Sunday night at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The teams shared the tournament title with identical 1-0-1 records and one-goal margin of victories over third-place Cornell.

Despite going into extra periods for the fifth time in the last 10 days, Hawai`i (5-2-2) dug deep and put pressure on the Dons (3-4-1) for the full 110 minutes. UH out-shot the Dons, 27-7, and saw two shots cleared by USF defenders at the mouth of the goal.

The Rainbow Wahine defense didn't allow a single shot by USF in the first half, while the Dons first and only shot on goal in the match came in the waning minutes of regulation when senior forward Chelsea Hunt had her one one one breakaway stuffed by UH sophomore goalkeeper Kori Lu. The Dons also had a opportunity to win it in the 98th minute when junior defender Katie Hoban found herself free in the box, but her shot skipped wide left.

Hawai`i's best opportunity came with three minutes left in regulation when sophomore midfielder Taryn Fukuroku sent a rocket from the right side of the box. USF sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hodgson punched the ball off the crossbar, before sophomore midfielder Kelli-Anne Chang nailed a rebound shot that was cleared in front of the goal by a USF defender. USF survived another UH scoring attempt in overtime when senior midfielder Kelly McCloskey's flying header made its way through traffic in the mouth of the goal, before again being cleared by a Don defender.

Four Dons were named to the All-Tournament Team, including forwards Hunt and freshman Jenny Jarvie and defenders, junior Kara Breithaupt and freshman Sasha Verruno.

USF returns to action at home on Friday, September 22 against Cal State Fullerton. Kick-off is set for 7:00 PM.

UC Irvine - 2
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team was upset by UC Irvine, 2-1, this afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 6-2-0 and saw their four-match winning streak come to an end. With the win, UC Irvine improves to 2-5-0 on the season.

The Anteaters jumped out to an early lead as in the 44th minute of the match, Christine Gorospe hit a chip shot over the head of USD's starting goalkeeper Karen Cook from 18 yards out to give UCI a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The Anteaters then added to their lead in the 55th minute of the match when Frankie Kelly redirected a cross from Brittany Coffin with her head past USD's Brittany Cameron to give UCI a 2-0 lead.

This sparked a furious offensive attack by the Toreros and in the 60th minute of the match, the Toreros cut the deficit in half. Freshman Hallie Huston tallied her second goal of the season when she hit a hard shot from 25 yards out that flew into the back of the net. But the Toreros could come no closer, leaving the match at its final of 2-1.

USD out shot the Anteaters 14-6 and had a 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Cook was charged with the loss in goal for USD allowing one goal and recording four saves. Erin Henry was credited with the win for UCI as she allowed one goal and recorded seven saves.

The Toreros will return to the pitch on Friday as they head to Los Angeles to battle the Women of Troy in a 3 p.m. non-conference match on the campus of USC.