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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 24, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 2
USC - 1


Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy guided the Lions to victory for the 100th time this afternoon as LMU used two late goals to defeat #16 USC 2-1 at Sullivan Field. After the Women of Troy took a lead in the first half, Stefanie Baduria tied things up with a header at 83:00, and Whitney Temple launched a free kick from 40 yards out passed the fingertips of the USC goalkeeper for the game-winner at 84:46. The Lions improve to 5-1-2 overall, while USC's six-game winning and scoreless streak was snapped with the loss.

The Lions had several dangerous scoring chances on goal early in the game, with USC (7-2-1) goalkeeper Veronica Simonton making a pair of big saves in the half. Two offsides calls also put a stop to LMU attacks, and then in the 23rd minute of play the Trojans were able to mount a strike of their own. Rosa Anna Tantillo slipped a pass to Lauren Brown in front of the goal. Brown got the ball out to Nini Loucks on the right side, and Loucks ripped in a crosscage goal for the Women of Troy to put USC ahead 1-0.

In the second half, neither team had too many scoring opportunities until late. Tana Smothermon passed a perfect ball to Baduria who was waiting in front of the net. The 5-3 midfielder found room, and headed the ball past Simonton into the net to tie the game at 83:00. It was the first goal that USC had allowed since a 2-0 loss to #1 Notre Dame, a span of six shutouts that resulted in six straight Trojan victories.

The Lions were not content to tie the game, and Temple provided the game-winner in fine fashion in the 85th minute. After a Trojan foul near the LMU bench, about 40 yards away from the goal, the senior central defender launched a perfect ball over all players, including Simonton, who could not reach the ball as it sailed past her outstretched hands.

Besides LMU's two goals, each team managed just one shot in the second half. For the game, LMU outshot USC 9-6, with a 4-2 shots on goal advantage. Jamie Bell led the team with three shots. Rosa Anna Tantillo led the Women of Troy with three shots.

Joslyn Slovek made one save to pick up her fifth win of the season, and Simonton made two saves in the loss for USC.

In his 11th season at LMU, Murphy now has an LMU record of 100-76-23, and an overall mark of 158-128-27. He earned his 150th career win last season.

The Lions return to action on Thursday when they travel to Riverside to face the Highlanders at 4:00pm.

Portland - 4
Northern Arizona - 0


Flagstaff, Ariz. - The No. 5 University of Portland women's soccer team registered its fourth consecutive shutout Sunday, besting Northern Arizona 4-0. Four different players scored goals, including junior All-America defender Stephanie Lopez (pictured) who recorded her first career goal as a Pilot. Portland improves to 7-2-1 on the year while Northern Arizona falls to 4-5-0.

Lopez got things started for the Pilots in the first half, scoring the first goal of the game at the 39:20 mark. Lopez sent a ball into the goalbox that appeared to be a cross but ended up finding the net, giving Portland a 1-0 lead after nearly 40 minutes of pressure on the Lumberjack goal.

"Stephanie does so much for us," head coach Garrett Smith said, commenting on Lopez's first collegiate goal. "I was really happy to see her get a goal. She has been in great scoring position before, and it was nice to see her finally get one on the board."

Junior Angie Woznuk was credited with the assist, her team-leading sixth on the season. The Pilots did not allow a Lumberjack shot in the first half, outshooting Northern Arizona 7-0.

After taking nearly 40 minutes to score in the first half, Portland didn't waste any time coming out of the halftime break. Freshman Michelle Enyeart tallied her sixth goal of the season one minute and 21 seconds into the second half to give the Pilots a 2-0 lead. Juniors Natalie Budge and Rachael Rapinoe got assists on the goal.

Just five minutes later, senior Lisa Sari knocked in an unassisted goal to put Portland up 3-0 at the 51:18 mark. Six minutes after Sari's strike, Budge completed the Pilots scoring by sending her seventh goal of the year ino the net on a ball from Rachael Rapinoe, who tallied her second assist of the game.

The Pilots outshot Northern Arizona 10-4 in the second half, giving them a 17-4 edge for the game. Senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander played 70 minutes of shutout ball, and senior Ruth Gilliam came in with 20 minutes to go and maintained the shutout, earning a save in the 75th minute on Northern Arizona's only shot on goal for the game. The Pilot defense has not allowed a goal in over 400 minutes of play. The Portland backline benefited from the presence of senior defender Kari Evans, who played 51 minutes of solid defense on Sunday after missing several games due to injury.

Playing their second game in three days, Portland was able to keep fresh legs on the field by playing eighteen players in the game. Every Pilot who traveled to Arizona made an appearance.

"We relied on our whole team today, something we needed to do, and we kept scoring in the second half with a lot of subs on the field, which was great," Smith said. "It was good evidence of a team performance, and it was a great win for the Pilots."

Portland finished the trip to Arizona with a two shutout victories, outscoring its opponents 6-0 and outshooting its opponents 34-10.

The Pilots return home this weekend for two matches at Merlo Field, facing Washington at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and in-state rival Oregon at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.

San Diego - 1
Arizona State - 0


San Diego, Calif. - Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort's fourth goal of the season in the 25th minute lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 1-0 shutout win over the visiting Arizona State University Sun Devils Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 7-3-0 overall and avoid their first losing streak of the season. With the loss, the Sun Devils fall to 4-3-2 on the season.

The Toreros took control of the tempo early on in the match as they put the offensive pressure on the ASU defense from the get go, and in the 25th minute of the match, USD tallied the lone goal of the match. Freshman midfielder Hallie Huston found herself deep in the Sun Devils goal box just next to the right post. Huston threaded a pass to Ambort who was there to put the ball into the back of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Brittany Cameron picked up her second shutout of the season recording four saves in the process. Her counterpart, Kim Bingham, was saddled with the loss for Arizona State as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.

The Toreros and Sun Devils were even in shot attempts at nine apiece and USD held a territorial advantage in corner kicks at 10-4.

The Toreros will return to the pitch on Friday as they head to Los Angeles to play their third PAC-10 opponent in as many matches as they take on the Bruins of UCLA in a 6 p.m. non-conference match.

Santa Clara - 2
Cal State Fullerton - 0


Santa Clara, Calif. - Any fears of Sunday's women's soccer contest being a "trap game" after Friday's emotional 3-0 defeat of No. 3 UCLA were quickly put to rest by the No. 5 Santa Clara Broncos as they dominated Sunday's contest against the No. 14 CS Fullerton Titans. Outside back Marian Dalmy accounted for both Bronco goals and the defense recorded its seventh shutout of the season in the 2-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Broncos (8-2-0) will continue their current five-match homestand Saturday night, Sept. 30, as they take on the Stanford Cardinal in a 7 p.m. contest at Buck Shaw Stadium. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by clicking here.

"This weekend was huge, I think that we knew we needed to play real well against UCLA, and we did," Dalmy, one of the team's captains, said of the momentum that the weekend's wins give the Broncos. "To carry it on is such a big part because we're moving deeper into our season now and playing well every game and getting better is what we need to focus on."

Santa Clara outshot CS Fullerton (4-4-1) by a staggering 23-5 margin Sunday afternoon, getting plenty of solid opportunities from a variety of players as seven different Broncos put at least one shot on frame. Only a gutsy performance in defeat by Titan keeper Karen Bardsley kept the match from becoming a complete rout, as she made nine saves on the day, including a couple from point-blank range.

Dalmy netted her first two goals of the season in the contest, the first coming off of a nice feed from Kiki Bosio on the far side, which Dalmy took in stride and walked in along the far post and beat Bardsley from a tough angle for the match's opening score. For Bosio it was her fourth assist of the season.

"Kiki was able to hold the ball so well that it helped me get around for her pass, and once I took the touch, I looked up, saw I had room and realized that no one was coming at me so I took the shot," Dalmy said of her first goal.

About 15 minutes into the second half, Dalmy again penetrated the box along the goal line, this time coming from the near side, when she was tripped up and taken down and awarded a penalty kick just after the 60-minute mark. Her shot skipped past Bardsley and into the lower-left corner of the goal to give SCU the two-goal advantage.

The Broncos continued to press, outshooting the Titans 16-2 in the second half, but only the play of Bardsley kept them from doing further damage. Lexi Orand had a few chances stopped, while Chioma Igwe got off a bending shot from about 21 yards that looked headed into the upper-left corner but Bardsley got enough of the ball to deflect it just wide. A Brittany Klein shot was blocked wide in the 75th minute, and after a loose-ball scramble on the ensuing corner kick, Kelly Giddings got off a rocket from just inside the top of the box that Bardsley just managed to get in front off and keep out of the net.

Meagan McCray and Julie Ryder each took a half in goal and made a save for the Broncos Sunday, while Carrie Schuler made her first appearance back on the pitch since suffering a knee injury over two years ago on Sept. 5, 2004 at Notre Dame, entering the match and playing on the back line.

Long Beach State - 1
Gonzaga - 0


Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell to No. 21 Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Martin Field.

With the loss, the Zags drop to 5-4-1 overall, including a 3-2 record while playing at home. The two losses at Martin Field this season marks the first time since the 2003 campaign that Gonzaga has lost multiple games at home. Over the past two seasons, Gonzaga has posted a 16-3-1 record when playing at Martin Field.

Long Beach State (8-2-0 overall) grabbed the victory at the 95:05 mark, when Sara Baca brought the ball down the left side before passing it to Kim Silos, who knocked in the match winning goal.

The Bulldogs' had two opportunities in the second half to capture the victory. In the 67th minute, Christine Soma took on LBSC's goalkeeper Liz Ramos is a one-on-one situation and knocked a ball into the net, but was the goal called back due to offsides.

Lacey Castleberry then nearly captured the victory for Gonzaga with two seconds remaining in the match. At the 89:58 mark, Castleberry fired a shot that bounced off of the crossbar in the upper left hand corner of the goal.

Gonzaga controlled the second half offensively, holding a 8-1 shot advantage as well as a 4-1 corner kick edge. Overall, GU out shot the 49ers, 12-8, and held a 6-3 corner kick advantage.

The Zags will now travel to California for a pair of games next weekend. UC Santa Barbara will host Gonzaga Friday night at 7 p.m., before the Zags travel to third-ranked UCLA Sunday at Noon.

Schedule Note: The Oct. 1 match versus UCLA will be played on UCLA's campus in Los Angeles. Some 2006 Gonzaga University women's soccer schedules may incorrectly indicate the location of the match. The match will be held at Drake Stadium at noon on Oct. 1. The match will mark the first meeting between the two programs. The Bruins are currently ranked third in the national polls.

UCLA - 3
Pepperdine - 0


Malibu, Calif. - The No. 19 Pepperdine women's soccer team fell to No. 3 UCLA, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Frank W. Marshall Field in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins broke Pepperdine's seven-game unbeaten streak as the Waves fell to 6-2-2 on the season.

Immediately, UCLA (7-2) came out strong taking four shots and three corner kicks before taking the lead at the 11:04 mark when Lauren Cheney scored off of a free kick outside the box. Midfielder McKenzie Hill, who has scored a goal in the last three of the Waves' matches, stormed forward to pressure the Bruin defense. Hill took two shots, one on frame and one that hit the post, as she attempted to equal the score.

The Bruins continued to take shots in the first half and at the 32:24 mark, Cheney scored her second goal to put UCLA up 2-0 as the first period ended.

Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte stopped five shots in the second 45 minutes to total seven saves for the match, but the Bruins would add one more goal at the 84:25 mark.

The Waves continue their four-match road trip next weekend when they face Utah on Sept. 29 in a 6:30 p.m. (PDT) match and UNLV in a 1 p.m. (PDT) match on Oct. 1.

Cal - 4
San Francisco - 0


Berkeley, Calif. - No. 13 California capitalized on goals from four different players in the second half to secure a 4-0 shutout of San Francisco Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 7-1-2, while the Dons fell to 4-5-1.

After a scoreless first half, Cal senior forward Katie Ratican scored in the 47th minute. Ratican streaked down the right flank and sent a 30-yard shot just under the cross bar. Junior midfielder Laurie Gartrell extended Cal's margin to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when she received a pass inside the penalty box from fellow midfielder Caitlin Hannegan and sent a shot off the far post and into the goal.

Junior reserve forward Bri Wiles gave the Bears a 3-0 edge in the 78th minute with a tap-in from about four yards. Senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami and junior forward Stephanie Wieger were credited with the assists on the goal. Wieger, solidified the victory with a goal with under three minutes to play. Sophomore forward Valerie Barnes fed Wieger inside the 18-yard box, and Wieger slid on the ground to get the ball past USF goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who came far off her line to contest the shot.

Cal held a commanding 19-4 shot advantage in the game, including an 11-1 edge in shots on goal. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt, who led USF with two shots, posted the Dons only shot in the first half. Freshmen Kristina Hall and Jenny Jarvie also added a shot each in the game.

Hodgson grabbed six saves for the Dons, and Bears goalie Anna Key tallied one save to give the Bears their seventh shutout of the season.

USF returns to action against Pacific, Tuesday, September 26 at Negoesco Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 PM.