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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 28, 2007

LMU - 3
Idaho - 1

LOS ANGELES, CA - Senior Jamie Bell continued her goal-scoring binge, finding the net for the third consecutive game as LMU defeated 3-1 Idaho Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions have won five straight to post the program's longest winning streak since 1998 and tie the school record.

LMU (5-3-1) dominated possession from the opening whistle, out-shooting the Vandals (4-4-0) 10-3 in the first half. The Lions had three early chances to take the lead as Bell's shot in the seventh minute narrowly missed the near post. LMU continued knocking on the door with shots by junior Stefanie Baduria and senior Katie Osborne each producing saves from Idaho goalie Anna Sandman.

The defending West Coast Conference Player of the Week, Bell broke the deadlock in the 15th minute on a superb volley from the edge of the area. Freshman Gabby Parisella did all the hard work in the build-up, winning a ball in midfield and carrying past the Vandal defense to the by-line. Her cross arrived at the perfect height for Bell, whose volley beat Sandman in off the crossbar. For Bell, it was her team-leading fourth goal of the season, putting her over halfway to last year's total in just nine games.

LMU's second goal was also a thing of beauty, coming at 38:58. Freshman Lily Sorentino took on three defenders but had her shot blocked outside the area. It came back to her so she played a ball to the middle for junior Lauren Shanklin. Shanklin took a touch with her right foot and the ball sat up enough for her to swing a left-footed volley that beat Sandman to her left. Shanklin, who had entered the game four minutes earlier, broke her career-high set last season with her third goal of 2007.

The second half started in similar fashion as the first with LMU on the offensive. Osborne almost made it 3-0 with a long-range effort that bounced just wide but LMU would not have to wait long to establish its three-goal lead. Again, it came through a substitute as sophomore Katrina Chong entered the game at 59:23 and scored 72 seconds later. The Lions won a corner kick that was swung in by sophomore Leslie Grandy straight on to the head of Chong inside the six-yard box. It was her first goal of the season and third of her career.

Leading 3-0, the Lions continued to dominate possession and had numerous chances to extend their lead. Sandman showed good reflexes to stop back-to-back shots from Baduria and sophomore Lacey Bartels and Osborne fired just over.

Idaho pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute against the run of play. Melissa Canite caught senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek off her line, finding the upper corner to make it 3-1.

Osborne almost restored LMU's three-goal lead but saw her one-on-one attempt hit the side netting with seven minutes left.

LMU controlled the shot category, 22-8, forcing Sandman into nine saves. Slovek registered four saves in the win.

The five consecutive victories for LMU ties the longest winning streak in school history, set from September 20-October 4, 1998. The Lions go for the record and continue their five-match home stand on Sunday at 1 p.m. against UC Riverside.

San Diego - 1
Cal State Northridge - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson's goal in the 82nd minute lifted the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over visiting Cal State Northridge Friday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 5-1-2 overall and run their unbeaten streak to five matches. With the loss, the Matadors fall to 2-5-1.

Both teams had their chances to score a goal and with the second half nearing an end, the Toreros turned to one of its senior leaders, and she delivered. Sophomore Hallie Huston took control of the ball near midfield, then launched a almost perfect pass to a streaking Robinson. Robinson in turn controlled the pass and punched the ball into the right side of the net past the diving Matador goalkeeper to give USD the win.

CSUN had their best scoring opportunity come near the end of the first half. At the 43:45 mark, Carrie Faith Murphy was able to slip past the Toreros' defensive line and had a one-on-one situation with junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. Cameron wasn't intimidated by situation and dove on a shot attempt by Murphy to preserve the scoreless contest.

Cameron picks up the win in goal for USD and records her fifth shutout of the season, while recording five saves. Kellie Drenner was saddled with the loss for the Matadors in goal as she allowed one goal and recorded three saves.

San Diego held an 11-7 shot advantage and also had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will take their five-match unbeaten streak on the road on Sunday as they head to Stockton, Calif. for a 1 p.m. match with the University of the Pacific.

Santa Clara - 4
Cal Poly - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's soccer team compiled a 4-0 victory Friday night against Cal Poly in non-conference action in San Luis Obispo, Calif. With the win the No. 1 Broncos improved to 7-0-1 overall, while the Mustangs fell to 1-7-1 on the season.

"We played really well tonight," said head coach Jerry Smith. "It was an example of our team continuing to improve. We had better possession and better combination plays tonight. It's not often that you have the game well in hand before the very end and because of that we were able to put all of our players on the field tonight."

Courtney Lewis netted the first goal of the night off a corner kick from Kiki Bosio. She sent a short ball to Lexi Orand who then crossed it to Lewis.

The next goal for the Broncos came on a cross from Bosio. The ball found redshirt senior Tina Estrada, who slammed the ball past Mustang goalkeeper Alli Tramel to give Santa Clara what would be the eventual game-winner.

After the half, Orand scored a goal of her own in the 59th minute, while Santa Clara's final goal of the night was crafted by a foul in the box on Tramel and penalty kick from Estrada.

Junior goalkeeper Meagan McCray earned her fourth shutout of the season, posting four saves. Lisa Lahman also saw her first taste of playing time this season. She played the last 14 minutes between the posts for the Broncos and registered five saves.

Santa Clara returns to Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 30, to host No. 22 California. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Gonzaga - 1
Idaho State - 1 (2OT)

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Idaho State University Friday at Martin Field at Spokane, Wash.

The tie was the first of the season for the Zags, who now are 5-2-1 for the season and have not suffered a loss in their past five matches. The Bengals, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, are now 4-3-2 for the year.

The match remained knotted 0-0 until just after halftime, when at 45:52 Sheridan Jones knocked in a goal from outside the box on the left side. The ball went flying past the finger tips of the Bengals' goalkeeper to provide the Zags with the 1-0 advantage. Jones led the Zags on the afternoon with three shots on goal.

The score remained unchanged until the 85th minute, when Idaho State's Karissa Henage connected with a corner kick from Kilee Quigley to tie the score at 1-1.

The tie was the first of the season for the Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman, who posted a season-high seven saves on the afternoon. Idaho State's goalkeeper, Maren Eves, recorded six saves while allowing the lone Gonzaga goal.

The Bulldogs held the match advantages in both shots and corner kicks. Gonzaga out-shot Idaho State 19-12, including a 15-8 advantage during regulation. The Zags held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks, including an eight to one ratio during the first and second periods.

Gonzaga returns to Martin Field Sunday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at Noon. Please note the game time is scheduled for Noon, as some schedules may reflect a different time.

Pepperdine - 2
Utah - 2 (2OT)

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine and Utah women's soccer teams battled to a hard-fought 2-2 tie on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The Waves, who got goals from junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) and sophomore forward Courtney Price (Corona, Calif./Colony HS), haven't lost in their last three games and are now 1-4-3.

Utah, which got its 10th and 11th goals of the season from junior forward Adele Letro, is now 5-2-2.

Pepperdine was the first team to score, and it came midway through the first half. Freshman forward Sage Coralli (Plano, Texas/John Paul II HS) outmuscled a Utah defender in the left corner, then moved with the ball back toward the goal. Her perfectly placed cross found Rupp a few yards in front of the goal, and Rupp one-timed it home for her second goal of the season at 26:51.

"We knew it would be a tough game," Rupp said. "We had a tough time against them last year (a 2-0 Utah win in Salt Lake City). We were unlucky not to win today, but that's the way it goes sometimes."

The Utes countered late in the first half when sophomore midfielder Kelly Isleib popped a ball up into the box. Letro challenged Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) on the high ball, and it got past them both. Letro was the first one to the loose ball and scored at 39:13.

The Waves went back up in front at 68:01. The Utes tried to put together a series of passes deep in their own defensive end, but sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) intercepted one and slid a pass left to Price. From about 20 yards away, Price hit a fantastic swerving shot that went over the head of the Utah goalkeeper and into the back of the net. It was her team-high third goal of the season.

Utah was awarded a penalty kick at 77:55 when the referee called a foul in the right corner of the box. Letro scored again to tie the match at 2-2.

The only strong scoring chance in overtime came with less two minutes to go when Letro got free for a short-range attempt from just in front of the goal, but didn't get enough on it and the shot was saved by Stolte.

Pepperdine ended up outshooting Utah, 8-5.

"We're pleased with the team's play today, but a little disappointed in the result," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "Utah is a great team. We've played them the last three years and had a win, a loss and now a tie, so we've seen some very even matches. We're headed in the right direction. This is our toughest schedule ever so we've taken some lumps. The two goals we scored today were very good. The penalty kick was unfortunate but that's part of the game."

The Waves continue their seven-game homestand on Sunday (Sept. 30) against Cal State Northridge at 1 p.m.

UCLA - 2
Portland - 1 (OT)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 8 UCLA edged No. 2 Portland 2-1 in overtime courtesy of an obscure goal from Canadian International Kara Lang, her second of the game Friday night at Drake Stadium. After allowing an early strike to Lang, the Pilots sent the contest to overtime with a late goal from senior Natalie Budge, but the ball bounced UCLA's way in the extra period.

After a back-and-forth five minutes in overtime, UCLA midfielder Danesha Adams sent a long pass to Lang in the final third. The ball bounced over Pilot defender Kelli Cronkrite right to Lang, who launched a 25-yard attempt right at Portland goalkeeper Kelsey Davis. Davis, a transfer from UCLA, was well positioned, but the ball caromed off her gloves and trickled over the goal line.

The victory pushed UCLA's home unbeaten streak to 31 games, and marked yet another emotional match between the two national powers. It was UCLA's second win in as many years over the Pilots at Drake Stadium. Last year, the Bruins (5-1-2) overcame an early deficit to pull out a 2-1 win in the NCAA quarterfinals, avenging a 4-0 loss to the Pilots (7-2-0) in the 2005 NCAA Championship match.

On Friday, the Bruins controlled the opening minutes and went up 1-0 when Lang teed up a long distance strike in the ninth minute. Lang, making her first appearance of the season after participating in the World Cup with Canada, took one touch on a pass from forward Lauren Cheney and blasted her attempt just under the cross bar and over the outstretched glove of Davis.

Portland settled in to the game and took over much of the possession after the first 15 minutes, but failed to generate any significant scoring threats in the first half.

That changed after the break. Both teams came out firing early in the second period with UCLA junior All-American midfielder Christina DiMartino testing Davis with two quality attempts in the first five minutes. Davis fully extended on the first to grab DiMartino's attempt at the left post in the 47th minute. A few plays later, DiMartino sprung free for a 1-v-1 with Davis and struck early from 20 yards out. Davis knocked the shot down from well off her line and pounced on the ball to stop the attack.

Portland then went on the offensive, outshooting UCLA 6-5 in the period and controlling the run of play.

The equalizer came in the 85th minute as sophomore forward Michelle Enyeart earned a free kick 25 yards out after a hard tackle. Enyeart popped up for a quick restart and led Budge perfectly into the left side of the box. Budge finished to the right post past a diving Valerie Henderson. It was Enyeart's team-leading ninth assist of the season and Budge's team-best fifth goal.

Portland continued to threaten in the closing minutes, but settled for extra time, setting up Lang's game-winner.

Lang, a teammate of Portland redshirt freshman Sophie Schmidt on Canada's World Cup team, made her first appearance of the season for UCLA. Schmidt also made her Pilots debut in the match, coming off the bench late and the first half and playing the rest of the way at both outside back positions. The duo returned to their respective schools last weekend after Canada was eliminated in group play.

For the game, UCLA held an 11-7 edge in shots, while UP gained a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Portland's tough schedule continues on Sunday, when the Pilots face No. 14 USC at McAlister Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and their will be a free audio broadcast courtesy of portlandpilots.com.

California - 4
Saint Mary's - 0

Berkeley, CA - California forward Alex Morgan netted three goals to propel No. 22 California to a 4-0 victory over the Saint Mary's women's soccer team on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. T the Gaels dropped to 4-3-2, while the Golden Bears improved to 7-2 overall.

Morgan sent Cal into the locker room with a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal in the 21st minute. Senior midfielder Caroline Lea's shot wasn't saved cleanly by Saint Mary's goalkeeper, Tara Larson, and Morgan easily knocked in the rebound.

Cal scored its final three goals in a seven-minute stretch of the second half, beginning with an unassisted goal by Morgan in the 53rd minute. The Diamond Bar, Calif., product dribbled around the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into the open net.

Lea gave the Bears a 3-0 edge when she headed in a shot in the 56th minute for her third goal of 2007. Senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan registered the assist, as it was her shot that was deflected out by the goalkeeper that led to the goal.

Morgan capped the scoring in the 60th minute after also capitalizing on a shot that wasn't properly cleared by Saint Mary's. Junior defender Nkechi Kanu earned an assist on the play.

Cal held a 23-5 shot advantage, including a 12-2 edge in shots on goal. Morgan led the Bears with seven shots (four on goal), and Lea launched five shots, all of which were on goal. Danielle Spann led the Gaels with two shots on the afternoon.

Sophomore Gina Pellegrini and freshman Jorden Kussmann each played a half and recorded a save apiece to help Cal earn its seventh shutout win.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday against the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal. The game between SMC and Stanford will kick-off at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field in Stanford, CA.

Stanford - 3
San Francisco - 1

STANFORD, CALIF. - San Francisco (0-6-2) sophomore forward Jenny Jarvie scored her first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Stanford (8-1-0) Friday evening. Jarvie's goal off a penalty kick in the 59th minute.

Cardinal senior midfielder Shari Summers recorded her fourth and fifth goals of the season in the match. Her first score came in the 4th minute following a foul by the Dons which also resulted in a penalty kick. Summer then executed a free shot that swished the upper left corner of the net at 35:52.

Off a pass from sophomore forward Kelley O'Hara, junior defender Allison Falk topped off the Cardinal night with a header goal in the 87th minute. Overall, Stanford outshot the Dons 16 - 4. Along with Jarvie, junior midfielder Katherine Kimure, freshman midfielder Kelsey Shibuya and freshman forward Elizabeth Van Buskirk each attempted a shot.

San Francisco junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson played all 90-minutes in the match, making four saves. Cardinal freshman goalkeeper Kira Maker was forced to make one.

San Francisco opens it's 2007 home schedule against Cal State Bakersfield this Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.