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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 10/1

Oct. 1, 2006

Portland - 3
Oregon - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The No. 4 University of Portland women's soccer team recorded its sixth consecutive shutout victory, scoring three second half goals en route to a 3-0 win over the Oregon Ducks Sunday afternoon at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Playing without All-Americans Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Lopez for the second straight match, Portland (9-2-1) got a big lift from its freshmen strikers as Michelle Enyeart and Kendra Chandhoke each tallied goals.

Rapinoe and Lopez did their part to help the US WNT to a 10-0 shutout of Chinese Taipei in Carson, Calif. earlier in the day. Rapinoe came on in the 63rd minute and promptly scored her first two goals with the senior team, while Lopez came on in the 46th minute and helped the defense preserve the shutout. The duo will return to Portland on Monday and return to their normal class and practice schedule with the team.

Much to the delight of the 3,858 fans in attendance on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Portland, the Pilots showed their depth and talent by holding off a fiesty Oregon team that was eager to earn its first win in nine tries against the Pilots. For nearly 60 minutes, the Ducks (6-5-0) were able to keep the match scoreless and provide some quality attack opportunities. But Portland finally broke through in the 60th minute as both freshmen had a hand in the goal.

Junior All-American Angie Woznuk started the attack by playing a nifty ball into space in the left side of the penalty area. Chandhoke, who came off the bench just five minutes earlier, brought the ball to the endline and serviced a perfect ball across the goal mouth. Enyeart tapped in the easy finish from point blank range to break the scoreless tie in the 60th minute.

Senior forward Elsa Hume made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute after junior defender Kelli Cronkrite's shot attempt was deflected off the left post by Oregon goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield. Hume gathered the rebound and finished with her left foot to the open net.

Chandhoke capped the scoring in the 79th minute with a brilliant play in tight space at the top of the box. Woznuk sent a pass through traffic to Chandhoke who let the ball slide past and then split two Ducks defenders before flicking her finish past Chatfield to the right netting. Chandhoke, who scored a pair of goals on Friday in a 5-0 win over Washington, now has six goals and four assists on the season.

"We knew that if we stayed patient the opportunities would come, and they did," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "Oregon has a quality coaching staff and they had a great game plan to try and keep us off the scoreboard. The 4-5-1 (formation) made it difficult on us and they were able to keep it even for a long time, but we were very focused and did a good job of making sure we didn't give one up either."

Portland held a 14-11 edge in shots for the game, putting 10 on frame to Oregon's four. Chatfield stopped seven shots, while Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander made four saves in logging her third shutout of the season. She is now tied for the Portland career shutouts record of 35 with Cheryl Loveless (1996, 1998-00).

Oregon senior Nicole Garbin led the Ducks with five shot attempts on the day, including two on goal. Enyeart put four of her six shot attempts on frame.

The Pilots return home to Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex this Thursday for a nonconference match with Washington State Cougars at 7 p.m. Portland then opens West Coast Conference play on the road at Gonzaga on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

NOTES: Enyeart's goal was her ninth of the season to go with four assists, tying her with Rapinoe for the team points lead (22) ... Enyeart has started the last five games, recording five goals and four assists during that span ... UP has shutout eight of the last nine opponents, outscoring the competition 34-1 during the run ... the six straight shutouts are tied for second most in UP history, the school record is seven consecutive in 1995 ... Woznuk's nine assists lead the Pilots and give her 23 career helpers, three shy of cracking the UP top 10 list ... Cronkrite, normally a center back, had a goal and two assists in place of Lopez at left back this weekend.

San Diego - 4
Hawaii - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Leigh Ann Robinson and Ashley Kirk each tallied two goals to lift the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 4-2 win over the University of Hawaii Sunday evening in a non-conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-4-0 overall and move to 6-1-0 on their home pitch. With the loss, the Rainbow Wahnie fall to 6-4-2 overall.

USD jumped out to an early lead as in the second minute of the match Tara Hodgson sent a through ball behind the defensive back line of Hawaii and Robinson went with the ball on a breakaway. Robinson then punched the ball past the Hawaii goalkeeper for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Hawaii scored the equalizer in the 35th minute of the match when Taryn Fukuroku headed a cross from Alexis Choi past USD starting goalkeeper Karen Cook.

Shortly before the end of the first half of play, Hawaii was able to sneak in a second goal to take a 2-1 lead. At the 44:32 mark of the match, Fukuroku tallied her second goal of the evening as she scored from 15 yards out.

In the second half, the Toreros went on an offensive attack and in the 51st minute of the match San Diego was again on even playing terms with Hawaii. Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for the Toreros and placed the ball to the right side of the goal box, where Kirk was there to put the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

16 minutes later, the Toreros again found themselves with the lead as Kirk netted her second goal of the evening. Vella again took a corner kick for the Toreros and Kirk was there to redirect the ball with her head past the Hawaii goalkeeper for the 3-2 lead.

USD wasn't done yet, as Robinson put the match out of reach with her second goal of the evening. Allison Wolters took a throw in for the Toreros on the left side of the field. The ball was thrown directly to Robinson who then drilled the ball over the head of the Hawaii goalkeeper to put the match at its final of 4-2.

USD's Brittany Cameron was credited with the win in the goal for the Toreros after coming in for the Toreros in the second half and not allowing any goals. Kori Lu was charged with the loss for Hawaii allowing four goals and recording five saves.

The Toreros out shot the Rainbow Wahnie 14-6 including an 8-1 advantage in the second half. USD also held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they open West Coast Conference play against Santa Clara on the road in a 1 p.m. match.

UCLA - 1
Gonzaga - 0

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell 1-0 to fifth-ranked UCLA Sunday in Los Angeles. The match was the Bulldogs final tune-up before the start of West Coast Conference play.

With the loss, GU falls to 6-5-1, while UCLA improves to 9-2-0. Gonzaga also fell to 0-2-0 when playing top 25 opponents. On Sept. 24, the Bulldogs fell to then-No. 21 Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime.

The Zags held the Bruins scoreless until 37 seconds into the second half, when at 45:37; UCLA's Lauren Cheney took a cross from Lauren Switzer before heading it in for the lone goal of the game.

Gonzaga was held to two shots on the day, one registered by Lacey Castleberry and the other by Christine Soma. For the match, UCLA held the shot advantage 15-2, as well as a 6-2 corner kick advantage.

GU rookie goalkeeper Jessie Thalman took the loss, posting four saves. Her counterpart, the Bruins' Valerie Henderson earned two saves in the shutout.

The Bulldogs will begin WCC play with one game next weekend. The Zags will host No. 5 University of Portland on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Martin Field. The game is a scheduled doubleheader with the GU men's soccer team, who are slated to play Saint Mary's College at 1 p.m.

UNLV - 1
Pepperdine - 0 (OT)

Malibu, Calif. - After 90 minutes of regulation and a scoreless tie, the No. 20 Pepperdine women's soccer team battled UNLV in overtime, but ultimately fell to the Rebels, 1-0, in the second overtime period at Peter Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev. The Waves fell to 6-4-2 on the season, while the Rebels moved to 5-6-1.

The Waves did not waste any time taking three shots in the first 10 minutes of the match. After an Emily Wynne shot fell wide, Lindsey Redlin followed with a shot on frame, while forward Sophia Medina pushed ahead with a shot that was saved by a Rebel defender.

After one more shot by Jenna Shay, Pepperdine would see UNLV take over in offense as the home team took five shots in a four minute span. After two Pepperdine corner kicks, Shay would get one more shot on frame before the first 45 minutes ended with a scoreless tie.

The Waves took four shots and had two corner kicks in the second period as both teams battled to be the first on board. The Waves defense stayed tight as UNLV took five shots in the second 45 minutes with Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recording her third and final save of the match to keep the score tied and send the game into overtime.

The Rebels kept the visiting team from taking any shots in both overtime periods and at the 106:36 mark, Tanya Roberts scored on a header off of a free kick to give the home team the 1-0 victory.

Redlin and Shay led Pepperdine with three shots each.

Pepperdine is back in action on Sun., Oct. 8 when it opens West Coast Conference play at Loyola Marymount. The 1 p.m. match will conclude the Waves' four-game road trip and will return to Malibu on Oct. 13.

Northern Arizona - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

Albuquerque, NM - On the final day of the New Mexico Tournament, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team fell to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks by a score of 1-0. NAU's game winning goal came with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation. The Gaels finished the New Mexico Tournament with an 0-2 record and are now 1-8-2 overall, while Northern Arizona improved to 5-6 on the season.

Northern Arizona's Kylie France netted her first goal of the season at the 81:36 mark with a shot from 25 yards out. France took a pass from Kaitlin Baum and took the shot from the middle of the field, getting it past SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich. Zenovich had two saves for the Gaels.

Saint Mary's controlled the flow of play for much of the game and out-shot the Lumberjacks by a 19-9 differential. Although the Gaels took more shots, SMC only had four shots on goal and Northern Arizona had three shots on frame.

Four Gaels had at least three shots as Danielle Spann led the team with five shots with two on goal. Stefani Rocco took four shots and both McKenna Belzer and Allie Weiner had three shots each. NAU goalkeeper Elizabeth Winkelblec earned the win as she collected four saves.

Saint Mary's will return to action on October 6 when the Gaels host UC Davis. The game between SMC and the Aggies will kickoff at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.