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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 9/30

Sept. 30, 2006

Santa Clara - 2
Stanford - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Precision and good, old-fashioned hustle lifted the No. 3 Santa Clara Broncos to a 2-0 victory over the No. 18 Stanford Cardinal Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Amanda Poach netted her first collegiate goal and Meagan Snell continued her stellar season by scoring her eighth goal of the season, while the SCU defense stood firm once again to post its fourth consecutive shutout.

The Broncos (9-2-0) will conclude their five-match homestand with two contests next week at Buck Shaw Stadium. Santa Clara will host the San Jose State Spartans in a midweek Rivalry Series battle Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., and then will battle the San Diego Toreros Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in the West Coast Conference opener. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by clicking here.

Although outshot 15-2 by the Cardinal, the Broncos made both of theirs count, while goalkeeper Meagan McCray made eight saves, including four from point-blank range, to preserve her sixth shutout of the season. Kiki Bosio also assisted on both Bronco goals.

I thought we did take our chances well and did make the most of them," said head coach Jerry Smith. "Our defense is set up for letting teams take long shots on us, and if you're going to take long shots at our goal, it is going to take a heck of a shot to beat our keeper. When Stanford did have some good chances, Meagan came up with some good saves or they hit the ball right at her."

Saturday night's battle between the two Bay Area rivals began in similar fashion to many of the past Santa Clara-Stanford matches, with defenses taking center stage and scoring opportunities hard to come by. It wasn't until the 35th minute that the first real scoring chance presented itself, and the Broncos wasted no time capitalizing.

Bosio's grit and determination made the first goal of the match possible, as she battled a pair of Cardinal defenders and managed to slide a pass into the center of the field that Poach one-timed from 25 yards out and into the top half of the goal off the hands of Stanford keeper Alex Gamble.

"Amanda's got this wicked shot that you never know where it is going to go," Smith said of the sophomore midfielder. "Amanda scored about two or three minutes after I switched her and Brittany Klein, and she hit that rocket shot and it must have knuckled and moved a couple of times. It was a great goal and great for the team."

"Kiki did all the hard work, she managed to play a great ball to me, and I didn't see anyone in front of me so I took a touch and shot it and it just went in," Poach said about her first career goal as a Bronco.

Carrying the 1-0 lead into the second half, Santa Clara attacked from the outset and closed the walls in on the Cardinal. Another Bosio pass found Jordan Angeli, who found a streaking Snell, who beat Gamble one-on-one for the second SCU goal.

"It was important, because we just needed to keep going down their throats," Snell said about the effect her goal had on the match. "In the end it became dangerous, because 2-0 is a dangerous lead to have, but it was good."

From there, the defense took over, weathering Cardinal attacks as Stanford outshot the Broncos 12-1 in the second half, but the team kept the Cardinal off the board for its fourth shutout in a row, and eighth on the season.

BYU - 1
San Francisco - 0

Provo, UT - USF played tough defense and battled for 90 minutes, but fell to No. 14 BYU 1-0 in non-conference soccer action at South Stadium on Saturday night. The Dons fell to 4-7-1 while the Cougars improve to 9-1-1.

BYU controlled the action throughout the first half of play, out shooting the Dons 9-3 but still could not manage to take advantage of several close opportunities.

Cougar's senior forward Annie Zwahlen came very close early in the half when the ball came free in front of her about 10 yards out on the right side. However USF's sophomore keeper Katie Hodgson came over to make a diving save. A couple minutes later junior forward Carolyn Swenson drove the right side between a pair of Don defenders and sent a pass across to junior midfielder Natalie Nate on the left side but her header went just wide of the goal.

USF had a chance to break through in the 11th minute but sophomore defender Jessica Duty's shot came up just wide of the net.

The Cougars controlled the action the rest of the first half but a tough Don defense kept them away from the nets.

BYU had another close chance late in the half when senior midfielder Jenavieve Phillips fired a rocket from 20 yards out that bounced off the cross bar and out.

The Cougars came out in the second half and continued to control the action, keeping Hodgson on her heels almost the entire half. She made several tough saves in the half as BYU once again out shot the Dons 11-2 in the half.

BYU finally got on the board in the 78th minute when sophomore forward Jessica Aquino sneaked the ball passed Hodgson after an assist from sophomore forward Katie Larkin.

Head coach Pamela Kalinoski took the positives from the loss. "Our defense played so well today. To hold a top 15 team to one goal is great. The girls came out and battled for 90 minutes. A game like this is a measuring stick for us and it will just prepare us for our tough WCC schedule."

USF returns to action on Monday, October 2 in Logan, UT. The match against Utah State begins at 2:00 PM.