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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 30, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
UCSB - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nanda McCormick scored the lone goal Sunday as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team continued its unbeaten streak with an 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara at Martin Field at Spokane, Wash.

The win extended the Bulldogs' unbeaten streak to six matches and improves their overall record to 6-2-1. The Gauchos dropped to 3-5-2 with the loss.

Both squads remained scoreless until the 64:20 mark, when McCormick scored her 18th career goal. Off of a Gonzaga corner kick, Lauren Dascenzo tipped the ball before it was knocked into the net by McCormick.

The Gauchos threatened to tie the game late, when during the last few minutes of the match UCSB fired off three shots that barely missed the net.

Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman posted two saves en route to the victory as well as her fourth shutout of the season. Thalman has now posted 10 career shutouts, ranking her second on the career shutout list. Her four shutouts this season rank fifth in the single season record books. UCSB goalkeeper, Cassi Franklin, suffered the loss after posting one save and allowing the lone goal of the match.

Gonzaga held the slight shot advantage of the afternoon, 11-9, and both teams posted an equal number of shots on goal with two a piece. The Gauchos held the 6-4 corner kick edge, including a 5-1 advantage in the second half.

The Bulldogs will conclude a four-math home stand Tuesday when they host Boise State University in a mid-week match. The contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Martin Field.

LMU - 2
UC Riverside - 0

Los Angeles, CA - Second half goals from senior Katie Osborne and sophomore Lacey Bartels paced LMU to a new school record with its sixth consecutive win, 2-0, over visiting UC Riverside Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The six straight wins breaks the previous program record set in 1998.

LMU (6-3-1) entered the game hot at both ends of the field, outscoring opponents 19-2 during the win streak, including three shutouts. In the Highlanders (6-4-0), LMU faced an equally talented squad that had won four of their last five with a goal advantage of 11-4 and three shutouts of their own. The Lions had never lost to the Highlanders, however, winning both contests via shutout and today would be no different.

A scoreless first half gave way to the home side stepping up the intensity and putting the Highlanders on the defensive. Not long after the restart, LMU was in front through the tremendous individual skill of Osborne. The senior collected the ball on the halfway line and went straight at the UCR goal. After dribbling more than 30 yards with no defender closing her down, she uncorked a swerving right-footed shot that beat UCR goalkeeper Deanna Borgelt to her upper left. It was Osborne's third goal of the season.

The Lions kept pushing forward and came close to extending their lead on two occasions before the second goal arrived. Junior Stefanie Baduria had her point-blank header go over the bar and senior Jamie Bell slid in a moment too late to connect on a cross from freshman Gabby Parisella.

The second goal came at 57:16 after Osborne had turned the Highlander defense and sent in a cross that was handled in the area. Bartels had no problem with the penalty kick, sending Borgelt the wrong way for her second goal of the year, both from the spot.

Senior GK Joslyn Slovek produced two brilliant saves to preserve her fifth shutout of the season. In the 74th minute, she went low to her right to turn away a 25-yard effort by Loana Holness. Two minutes later, Denise Thomas unleashed a long-range shot that was heading for the top corner until Slovek stretched to tip it over for a corner. She made three saves on the day while Borgelt stopped five shots.

The first half saw LMU out-shoot UCR 9-4 but neither side could find the goal. Jen Bunch had the best chance for the visitors, hitting a free kick that came back off the outside of the left post. The Lions finished the match with a 16-6 shot advantage.

The Lions close out their five-game home stand next week, hosting Hawai'i on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sacramento State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 3
Cal State Northridge - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshmen Kylie McDonald and Nicole Romanowski scored their first collegiate goals as the Pepperdine women's soccer team defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-1, extending the Waves' unbeaten streak to four games, on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

McDonald (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake HS) scored the first goal of the game in the third minute and Romanowski (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) scored a big insurance goal in the 82nd minute. In between, sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) gave the Waves a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute.

"It was a chippy game but I thought our girls handled themselves very professionally," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "I'm very pleased that we were able to win the game. It's a bit of a local rivalry and it was an emotional game. We've now gone four games without a loss and we've been able to score a bunch of goals, and it's been fun to see so many different players put the ball into the back of the net."

It didn't take long for the Waves (2-4-3) to get on the board. Senior midfielder Mackenzie Hill (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canyon HS) chased down a deflection into the left corner, then sent a cross back across the goal. McDonald put herself in the perfect position in front of the right post, and tapped the ball home at 2:59.

"What we said before the game was that we wanted to score in the first five minutes," McDonald said. "It helped set the tone for a while. I'm excited about the way we're playing because we keep getting better every game."

CSUN (2-6-1) had some tremendous chances midway through the first half, with four excellent shot attempts coming in quick succession. Pepperdine junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) was up to the task and stopped three shots in three minutes, including one on a breakaway and another on a dangerous free kick.

The Waves got through that stretch to take a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute. Junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) sent in a cross from the right side. There was a scramble in front of the box, and the ball made its way to Medina in front of the left post. She knocked it in for her second goal of the season.

After halftime, CSUN continued to press and cut the deficit in half in the 71st minute. Sophomore defender Sydney Vermillion sent a long ball up the field and freshman forward Salma Tarik moved it on toward the goal. Sophomore forward Poirsha Woolfork got to the ball first and scored from just a few yards away, her first of the season.

Though the Matadors were aiming to tie the game up, Romanowski gave the Waves an important insurance goal in the 82nd minute. She took a long pass from junior forward Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS) and unleashed a bomb from 35-plus yards away. Her shot had such force that CSUN's goalkeeper couldn't handle it and the ball found the back of the net.

"It felt good to get one," Romanowski said. "It was time because I've missed a few shots like that. But I've been practicing and hitting a lot of them. I think it helped give the team some reassurance at the end of the game."

The Waves' seven-game non-conference homestand comes to an end next weekend when Pepperdine hosts Sacramento State (Friday, Oct. 5) and Hawaii (Sunday, Oct. 7).

San Diego - 2
Pacific - 1

STOCKTON, Calif. - Behind two goals from junior striker Amy Epsten, the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team, defeated the University of the Pacific, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Stagg Memorial Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros run their unbeaten streak to six as they improve to 7-1-2 overall. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 5-3-2 overall.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as at the 9:10 mark, Epsten tallied her first goal of the match. Sophomore Natalie Vinti fed Epsten the ball and Epsten hit a quick one-timer past the Pacific goalkeeper to give USD an early 1-0 lead.

Epsten wasn't done just yet though, as she was able to tally one more goal. Junior defender Ashley Kirk fired off a shot in the 76th minute that was deflected and bounced to Epsten's feet. Epsten then rocketed off a shot that flew into the back of the net to give USD a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the 85th minute as Bunny Dickson snuck one past USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron to put the match at its final of 2-1.

Cameron picked up the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded three saves. Jamie Souza was saddled with the loss in goal for the Tigers, as she allowed two goals and recorded an impressive eight saves.

San Diego once again dominated on the offensive end as they out shot the Tigers 22-10 and also held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host Cal State Bakersfield in their final home non-conference match of the season at 7 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 0
Cal State Bakersfield - 0 (2OT)

SAN FRANCISCO - The USF women's soccer team (0-6-3) opened up the 2007 home schedule by tying Cal State Bakersfield (2-7-1), 0-0, Sunday afternoon. Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure had a match-high seven shots and the Dons out-shot the Roadrunners, 19-10.

Both teams began the match with excellent scoring opportunities. In the 2nd minute, Cal State Bakersfield defender LeAnn Tucker hit a shot on goal which was grabbed by USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. Coming after a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie, senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan hit a header towards goal that was also muffled.

At the end of the first period, in what was the best scoring chance for both teams, Cal State Bakersfield had a shot in the 33rd minute off the foot of sophomore forward Alexa Vickroy hit the top post and the ricochet shot from freshman midfielder Liz Controneo meet Hodgson's mitts.

After the initial period, which saw CSB attempt six shots and USF nine, the Dons had six more attempts than the Roadrunner attack. Along with Kimure, O'Sullivan had five shots over the course of the match. Vickroy finished with three shots to pace the Roadrunners.

Between the pipes, CSB freshman goalkeeper Nicole Padilla registered seven saves on way to her first career shutout. Hodgson had a total of six saves on the day.

"I thought we had a great game today," Head Coach Mark Carr said. "I felt we dominated the game from start to finish. we need to work on taking our chances. Our kids played with a great attitude and they were very disappointed we didn't get the win."

San Francisco will be back at Negoesco Field Friday, facing UC Irvine. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.

USC - 2
Portland - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 14th-ranked USC Trojans used a second-half goal to defeat the second-ranked Portland Pilots 2-1 in a non-conference women's soccer game on Sunday. Amy Rodriguez scored the game-winner for USC in the 69th minute.

The loss drops Portland's overall record to 7-3-0, while USC improves to 8-1-1.

USC got on the scoreboard first with a strike in the 31st minute. Alyssa Davila found the back of the net to give the Trojans a 1-nil advantage. Megan Ohai and Kasey Johnson assisted on the play.

Portland equalized 11 minutes later. With four minutes remaining until halftime, senior Angie Woznuk converted from point-blank on a long feed from sophomore Michelle Enyeart. It's the second strike this season for Woznuk and the ninth assist for Enyeart.

Stanford - 4
Saint Mary's - 1

Stanford, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered a 4-1 defeat to the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday afternoon from Maloney Field. Junior forward Mika Matsui netted her first career goal, but it was not enough as the Gaels fell to 4-4-2 overall. The win improves the Cardinal record to 9-1-0 in 2007.

Christen Press paced the Cardinal to the win, as she collected five points in the game on two goals and assist. In the 22nd minute, Press scored an unassisted goal, her second of the season, to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. Stanford added to its lead before halftime as Morgan Redman scored her fourth goal of the season, off an assist from Press at the 42:17 mark of the half.

Stanford controlled the flow of the game, as the Cardinal out shot the Gaels 22-4 in the contest. Saint Mary's did not get a shot off until the second half, as the Cardinal out shot SMC 12-0 over the first 45 minutes. Two of those first half shots found the back of the net, as Stanford held a 2-1 advantage at the intermission.

Leading 2-0, Stanford extended its advantage to a 3-goal deficit when Rachel Buehler scored her first of the season at the 64:29 mark off an assist from Kristin Stannard.

SMC's Mika Matsui would score her first collegiate goal just over a minute later, when she scored an unassisted goal at the 64:38 mark to cut the deficit to two goals. Stanford would put the game out of reach when Press scored her second goal of the game in the 81st minute off a double assist from Redman and Stannard. Press finished the game with eight of Stanford's 22 shots. Matsui took three of the four shots by SMC and freshman Caitlin Wallace had SMC's fourth shot.

Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded six saves in the game, while the Stanford duo of Kira Maker and Alex Gamble made two saves, with Gamble making both stops in the second half.

The Gaels will return to action on Friday, October 5 with a road game at San Jose State Kick-off for the game against the Spartans is slated for 3 p.m. at Spartan Field.

California- 2
Santa Clara - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The top-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team dropped its first match of the season Sunday afternoon to No. 22 California 2-0. With eight players out due to injury, the short-handed Broncos fell behind by two goals in the first half and could not get back into the game. With the loss, SCU falls to 7-1-1 on the season, while Cal improves to 8-2-0.

Already playing with a short bench, SCU also lost starters Courtney Lewis and Lindsey Johnson to injury following the team's match on Friday at Cal Poly. Freshman Maxine Goynes got her first career start in place of Johnson, while Tina Estrada moved to midfield for Lewis and Lexi Orand got the start at forward.

The Broncos came out of the gate strong and had a chance to grab the lead in the opening minutes. Freshman Kendra Perry picked up a loose ball at the top of the box and fired a low shot. Captain Brittany Klein was in position to re-direct the shot, but a bad bounce caused it to skip over the end-line for a Cal goal kick.

Bronco goalkeeper Meagan McCray kept the game scoreless with a beautiful diving save nine minutes into the match. Cal's Alex Morgan got in alone on McCray and hit a shot to the far post, but the junior goalkeeper dove and got her right hand to the ball to keep it out of the net.

However, in the 29th minute, Morgan would not be denied. Receiving a ball over the top from Cal goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini, Morgan got behind the defense and blasted a low shot to the far post for a 1-0 Cal advantage.

Just five minutes before halftime, the Bears would strike again. Megan Jesolva found Nikki Schrey 20 yards from goal. Schrey eluded a defender and hit a long shot that found the near post to put Cal up 2-0 heading into the break.

Early in the half, SCU searched for the equalizer, but the Broncos could not break through. Klein and Meagan Snell were both denied on consecutive shots 10 minutes into the second half. Two minutes later, Katherine Reynolds low cross skidded just past Jessie Baddley in front of goal.

The Broncos last opportunity came in the final minutes off the foot of Kiki Bosio. Bosio slipped through two defenders and hit a shot that was deflected and came right back to her. She fired another shot that Pellegrini blocked and then covered up.

Santa Clara gets back in action next Friday, Oct. 5 with a showdown at No. 4 Stanford at 7:30 p.m. PT at Laird Q Cagan Stadium.