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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 22, 2006

Santa Clara - 3
UCLA - 0

Santa Clara, Calif. - Facing the last team to defeat them at home and with 3,471 pumped-up and emotional fans on hand, the No. 5 Santa Clara women's soccer team came out firing from all cylinders and ran roughshod over the No. 3 UCLA Bruins, 3-0, Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Meagan Snell continued her scoring tear with a pair of goals in the match, while Kiki Bosio netted her first collegiate goal.

The Broncos (7-2-0) will now go on to face CS Fullerton Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Bruins fall to 6-2-0 with the loss.

"I thought that our team really came out to play, and we were able to get ahead early and force UCLA onto their heels a little bit," said head coach Jerry Smith. "An early goal combined with a large, supportive crowd gave us the momentum, and we carried that momentum to a second and then a third goal and an eventual win."

"Coming into the game, our team prepared so much for UCLA, and that really motivated and inspired us to come out here and win this game," Snell said afterwards. "A lot of these goals occur because the team has built them together, and there are others that have been easy to finish, and I know that if I didn't finish them, I'd be running a lot of fitness."

In addition to the scoring of Snell and Bosio, Hillary Schwarzbach, Jordan Angeli, and Chioma Igwe all registered an assist, while defensively, the foursome of Marian Dalmy, Lauren Zealear, Dani Potts, and Hillary Schwarzbach teamed up to keep the powerful Bruin attack in check to give goalkeeper Meagan McCray her fifth shutout of the season. The shutout was also the first dealt to the Bruins this season.

"Defensively we were outstanding, it was a good team defensive effort, but the back four of Marian, Lauren, Dani and Hillary along with Meagan [McCray] played really well tonight," said head coach Jerry Smith.

Santa Clara wasted little time getting on the board Friday night, weathering an initial UCLA rush for the first few minutes before counterattacking and earning a corner kick at about the 12-minute mark. Amanda Poach's corner was accurately placed into the box, where Schwarzbach got a head on it, but saw her effort bounce off the crossbar. Yet the rebound stayed alive and went right to Snell, who buried it into the net past UCLA keeper Val Henderson to draw first blood at the 12:16 mark.

With the vast majority of the crowd of nearly 3,500, the fifth-largest regular-season women's soccer crowd in Santa Clara history, firmly and raucously behind them, the Broncos continued to apply pressure, eventually reaping the rewards 14 minutes later. Jordan Angeli worked her way into the box and threaded a cross between a pair of UCLA defenders which found Bosio on the near side of the goal, and despite Henderson forcing her into a shot from a difficult angle, Bosio's line was true and just like that, SCU was up 2-0 as the large pack of Ruff Riders in attendance went crazy.

With a two-goal lead, the most dangerous one to have in soccer, in their possession, the Broncos opened the second half of play looking to stay on the attack in search of that back-breaking score. They got it in the 49th minute as a free kick found its way into the box, and was then headed by Igwe towards the net where an onrushing Snell got her foot on the ball, sending it rolling past Henderson and across the goal line for the clincher and her seventh goal in the last seven matches.

"Meagan obviously has a lot of confidence in front of the net right now, and is making plays and making things happen," Smith said of Snell's stellar offensive play. "Her being able to put the ball into the net takes a lot of pressure off our team."

McCray, backed up by a solid back line, made two saves on the night, including a critical stop on Danesha Adams' free kick from just outside the top of the box. Adams' effort got through the SCU wall, but McCray got in front of it and blocked it, and the UCLA follow-up went wide, and the Bruins came away empty after their only true threat of the night.

San Francisco- 2
Cal State Fullerton - 1

San Francisco, Calif. - With less than 15 minutes left in the game, senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored on a breakaway to earn the 2-1 victory over No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. The win for the Dons (4-4-1) is their first over a ranked team since last season's 2-1 victory over then No. 19 Pepperdine. The loss drops the Titans to 4-2-4 on the season.

USF came out of the gate strong, getting on the board first. At the 29:27 mark, junior midfielder Lauren Tweet (2) headed the ball into the right corner of the net. Sophomore defender Jessica Duty was credited with the assist.

Tweet commented on the goal. "I really feel my game has changed and I'm playing really well right now. That was a play we had been working on in practice and it worked out. I'm at full strength and I'm really excited with how the team is playing."

Ten minutes later, Fullerton evened the score at one when junior midfielder Brianna Buffington (2) scored, just putting it passed Don sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson (1-1-1). Titan freshman forward Mandy Puffinberger was credited with the assist off the corner kick. Fullerton had a legitimate scoring chance earlier in the game, when at the 9:25 mark, senior midfielder Lauren Welch knocked a shot into the crossbar, narrowly missing a goal.

In the 77th minute, the Dons would take the lead as Hunt (3), charging with the ball from midfield, beat four Titans and knocked in the ball off the right post and into the open goal.

After the game, Hunt spoke about the team. "We are playing so well and really coming together right now. Tonight we earned a great team win. We are on the rise, and beating a ranked team shows that."

USF held the advantage in both shots (15-11) and corner kicks (8-2). Both USF's Hodgson and Fullerton's senior goal keeper Karen Bardsley had four saves on the night.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski had this to say about her team, "We battled for 90 minutes and Fullerton just wouldn't go away. Our defense and offense came together so well tonight and this was just an amazing team win. Tweet has been working on that play in practice and it paid off and Hunt is just getting better and better every game. Hodgson and Kara Breithaupt had great games as well."

The Dons return to action on Sunday, September 24, meeting the No. 19 Cal Bears in Berkeley. Game time is set for 3:30 PM.

Gonzaga - 3
Idaho - 0

Moscow, Idaho - Lacey Castleberry, Jessie Sorenson and Christine Soma all posted goals for the Gonzaga University women's soccer team as the Bulldogs shutout the University of Idaho 3-0 Friday afternoon in Moscow, Idaho.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 5-3-1 for the season, while Idaho slips to 0-10-0 overall.

The Zags first got on the board at the 23:32 mark when Sorenson scored the first goal of her college career on a breakaway.

It didn't take long into the second half for the Zags to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Thirty-one seconds after the kick off of the second half, Taylor Hall took a free kick that fell behind the Vandal's goalkeeper, Caylee Ketchum. Castleberry then tapped the ball into the net for her team-leading third goal of the season.

Less than five minutes after the second goal, Soma took on Ketchum in a one-on-one situation at 50:13. Soma's first shot was saved by Ketchum but the junior was able to tap in her second goal of the season off of the rebound.

Gonzaga had a chance to add another goal at the 80:00 mark with a Traci Dallas penalty shot but Idaho goalkeeper Anna Sandman was able to secure the save.

The Zags posted a season-high 25 shots, while holding the Vandals to only four shots. The Bulldogs also held a demanding 8-0 corner kick advantage, including six in the second half.

Goalkeepers Jessie Thalman and Laura Higby combined for GU's fourth shutout of the season. Thalman earned the win while posting three saves.

The Bulldogs return to the pitch Sunday when they return home to face No. 21 Long Beach State. The match marks the first time this season Gonzaga has faced a nationally-ranked foe. The match is slated for 1 p.m. at Martin Field.

Pepperdine - 1
San Diego State - 0

Malibu, Calif. - McKenzie Hill's late goal at the 78:13 mark broke a scoreless tie to lift No. 19 Pepperdine past San Diego State, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves captured their third straight victory as they extended their unbeaten streak to seven, improving their record to 6-1-2 on the season.

The Aztecs (4-6) came out strong from the start as they immediately put pressure on the Waves' defense, recording two shots on goal. Senior Jennifer Brewer returned with a shot on frame, while sophomore Emily Wynne and Hill also found room to attempt shots. After 45 minutes of play, the score remained tied with both teams taking five shots.

The visiting team battled to get Pepperdine out of the box as the Waves repeatedly took corner kicks. After the Waves saw several scoring opportunities, the home team ultimately took the lead after a Wynne shot hit the crossbar, but Hill followed through to knock in the loose the ball past San Diego State goalie Cat Burson. Hill has scored a goal in Pepperdine's last three matches, totaling her season goals at four.

With less than 10 minutes to play in the second period, the Aztecs had a chance to equal the score after taking two corner kicks, but Pepperdine was able to secure the 1-0 shutout.

Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded two saves and her second consecutive shutout. Hill, Wynne and senior Lindsey Redlin totaled six of the Waves' eight shots.

After returning home from a 2-0 road trip, head coach Tim Ward was happy with today's result. "San Diego State played really well in first half, but our team was able to weather the storm in the second half. We're really proud of the response our girls had and they made some great scoring opportunities."

Pepperdine's four-match road trip begins on Sunday when it makes a short trip to Los Angeles to face No. 3 UCLA on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match at Frank W. Marshall Field.

Portland - 2
Arizona - 0

Tucson, Ariz. - Megan Rapinoe scored her tenth goal of the season and freshman Kendra Chandhoke pitched in her third as the No. 5 University of Portland women's soccer team defeated Arizona 2-0 on a warm, windy day in Tucson. Portland improves to 6-2-1 on the season while Arizona falls to 6-3.

The Pilots controlled the game from the opening kick-off, dominating possession throughout the game and leading the Wildcats 17-6 in shots, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal. Portland snapped a four-game winning streak for the Wildcats and handed Arizona its first home loss of the year. It was also the third consecutive shutout for the Pilot defense, which has not allowed a goal in over 225 minutes of play.

Sophomore Megan Rapinoe gave the Pilots the lead in the 17th minute, besting Arizona keeper Chelsea McIntyre with assists going to freshman Michelle Enyeart and junior Natalie Budge. Rapinoe, who entered the weekend the nation's leading goal scorer, tallied her tenth goal of the season and 25th of her career.

The Pilots kept up the offensive pressure throughout the first half, notching 10 shots, but were unable to knock another shot in before the break despite several good chances.

"We've been working in practice on patience in the offensive third, and I think it shows by the quality of the chances we created tonight," head coach Garrett Smith said. "We looked a lot more dangerous in front of the goal today."

Freshman Kendra Chadhoke pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 78th minute on the second assist of the night for Enyeart. The dynamic freshman duo of Chandhoke and Enyeart has combined for 8 goals and 5 assists thus far this season. Enyeart was especially dangerous in the game, notching three shots on goal out of five shots total to lead the Pilots.

It was a slow night for senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander, who made just one save while tallying her fifth shutout of the season. Arizona's best chance came shortly after Chandhoke's goal, when a shot was chipped over Alexander's head and bounced off the post.

Portland improves to 3-0 all-time against Arizona, having defeated the Wildcats twice during the 2005 season during its march to the national championship, including a 4-0 win at Merlo Field in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Next up for the Pilots is a match at Northern Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 24 before returning home to Merlo Field to face Washington on Sept. 29 and Oregon on Oct. 1.

USC - 2
San Diego - 0

Los Angeles, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of Southern California Trojans defeated the University of San Diego women's soccer team, 2-0, Friday afternoon in a non-conference match at McCallister Field.

With the loss the Toreros fall to 6-3-0 on the season and have lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season. With the win, the Trojans improve to 7-1-1.

USC jumped out to an early lead as in the 10th minute of the match Rosa Anna Tantillo took a corner kick and sent he ball into a crowded a goal box where Lauren Brown redirected the ball with her head past USD goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

The Trojans then added to their lead in the 83rd minute of the match as Tantillo was on the receiving end of a pass and slipped the ball into the back of the net to put the match at its final of 2-0.

Veronica Ambort led the team in shots taken with two, and both Vanessa Vella and Jackie Garcia tallied one shot in the match.

The Trojans out shot the Toreros 12-4, but USD had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Cameron was charged with the loss for the Toreros as she allowed two goals and recorded one save. Her counterpart, Veronica Siminton, was credited with the win for the Trojans allowing no goals and recording one save.

USD will return to the pitch on Sunday s they host another PAC-10 opponent in Arizona State University in a 12 p.m. non-conference match at Torero Stadium.