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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 5, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
Oregon State - 0

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A goal by Lauren Zuckerman provided Gonzaga University's women's soccer team with a 1-0 victory over Oregon State University in Corvallis Friday as the Zags set a school record by extending their unbeaten streak to eight matches.

The Bulldogs' record improved to 8-2-1 for the season with the victory, while handing the Beavers their first loss at home this season, while they dropped to 7-3-1 for the year.

The victory marked the eighth consecutive match in which the Bulldogs have not suffered a tally in the loss column. The school record for an unbeaten streak was set in 2005, when Gonzaga won seven straight matches. The last time the Zags suffered a loss this season was on September 7, when they fell to Washington State University in double overtime.

Zuckerman scored the match's lone goal earlier, giving the Zags a 1-0 edge at the 6:33 mark. The senior connected with a pass from Ashley Riley before knocking the ball in from ten yards out.

Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her sixth shutout of the season, as well as the 11th of her career. The sophomore currently ranks second on the career shutout list and her six shutouts this season ranks tied for third. Thalman posted four saves against the Beavers, while improving to 8-2-1 this season. Oregon State goalkeeper Ashley Wood posted eight saves while suffering the loss.

Gonzaga held the corner kick advantage for the match, 5-1, while both team posted 10 shots a piece.

The Bulldogs will look to continue their unbeaten streak Sunday round out the non-conference season with a match against the University of Oregon in Eugene. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Portland - 4
Oregon - 0

EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 8 University of Portland women's soccer team got a much needed boost by World Cup veterans Stephanie Lopez and Sophie Schmidt in a 4-0 shutout of Oregon Friday night at Pape Field. Lopez, a starting defender for the U.S. National Team, made her season debut for the Pilots and recorded an assist, while Schmidt scored two goals in her first appearance as a forward at the collegiate level.

Schmidt, a defender/holding midfielder throughout her career with the Canadian National Team, came off the bench late in the first half and played up top. She recorded two second half goals, one off of a corner kick taken by Lopez, and looked very comfortable in her new position.

"It was like when a coach lets a goalkeeper play the field," Schmidt joked, regarding head coach Garrett Smith's decision to play her at forward. "I was so excited because I haven't played up there since I was a little kid."

The decision paid immediate dividends for a Pilots team that has struggled offensively since the loss of sisters Rachael and Megan Rapinoe to season-ending knee injuries.

Schmidt scored her first collegiate goal in the 61st minute, taking a through ball from senior Angie Woznuk and beating Oregon goalie Jessie Chatfield to the low right. She struck again in the 65th minute, heading home a corner kick from Lopez.

Woznuk started the scoring for Portland (8-3-0) in the 20th minute, catching Chatfield by surprise with a looping shot attempt from the corner of the penalty box to the upper left of the goal. The ball snuck just inside the crossbar and post for a 1-0 Pilots lead.

Sophomore Janelle Jacka capped the scoring in the 89th minute, running onto a ball sent by freshman Elli Reed and deftly finishing to the right post after sneaking past two defenders.

UP goalkeepers Kelsey Davis and Hailee DeYoung played a half each to record the team's fifth shutout of the season. DeYoung made Portland's only save of the game midway through the second period.

The Pilots held a 16-7 shot advantage and 7-5 edge in corner kicks over the Ducks (6-4-0).

The Pilots will now get a full week off before opening West Coast Conference play by hosting Gonzaga on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 1
San Jose State - 0

San Jose, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team got a goal by Alex Ciliento in the 87th minute to earn a 1-0 road win over the San Jose State Spartans on Friday afternoon from Spartan Field. The victory improves the Gaels record to 5-4-2 while the Spartans fall to 1-8-2 overall.

With just under four minutes remaining in regulation, junior midfielder Stefani Rocco played a ball down the right side of the field to freshman forward Alex Ciliento. Ciliento ran onto it and touched it past Spartan goalkeeper Nina Butera before calmly shooting into the empty net for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The goal by Ciliento marks the fifth of the season for the freshman, which is the most on the team. She also has a team-leading three game-winning goals this year.

The Spartans outshot Saint Mary's 25-14, but only had eight shots on goal. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson made all eight stops en route to her third shutout of the season.

Both teams had several long-range scoring attempts during the early part of Friday's game on what was a windy afternoon in San Jose . The first chance from close-in came from Saint Mary's in the 13th minute, when junior forward Mika Matsui crossed from the right and sophomore forward Allie Weiner put a point-blank header on it that went straight at Butera for the save.

The Gaels will return to action on Friday, October 12 with a road game at UC Davis, which begins at 4 p.m. from the Aggie Soccer Complex.

San Diego - 5
Cal State Bakersfield - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five different players tallied a goal as the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team throttled visiting Cal State Bakersfield, 5-0, Friday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-1-2 overall and run their unbeaten streak to seven. With the loss, the Roadrunners fall to 2-9-1 overall.

USD wasted no time in scoring, as freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro tallied the only goal USD would need in the fifth minute of the match. Freshman Erika Wesley fed the ball to a streaking Shoughro, who in turn hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD a 1-0 lead.

Eight minutes later, the team's leading goal scorer, junior forward Amy Epsten, got in on the scoring frenzy as she tallied her team-best sixth goal of the season. Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson tapped a cross to Epsten who then hit a one-timer past the CSUB goalkeeper to give USD a 2-0 lead.

USD wasn't done scoring yet, as in the 31st minute, the Toreros were able to put the game out of reach. Robinson took control of the ball near midfield and went streaking down the sideline, blowing past all the Roadrunner defenders and took the ball to the left corner of the goal box. Robinson then fired off a rocket shot into the back of the net, moving the Toreros' advantage to 3-0.

Just before the end of the first half, San Diego punched in another goal. Junior forward Tara Hodgson got her first goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Giuliana Longmire dumped off a pass to Hodgson outside of the goal box, where Hodgson corralled the ball and hit a high shot to the top left corner of the goal, and it sailed in for the fourth goal of the half.

San Diego capped the evening in the 88th minute as sophomore Jessica Larrabee tallied the third goal of her career. Senior defender Vanessa Vella took a corner kick for the Toreros and bent the ball into the center of the goal box, where Larrabee was able to redirect the ball with her head past the CSUB goalkeeper to put the match at its final of 5-0.

Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and senior goalkeeper Karen Cook combined to shutout Bakersfield in goal, as neither allowed a goal and Cook recorded four saves. Nicole Padilla was saddled with the loss in goal for the Roadrunners, as she allowed five goals and picked up two saves.

San Diego held a 10-7 shot advantage and also had a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State University in their final West Coast Conference tune-up at 4:30 p.m.

Pepperdine - 1
Sacramento State - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Despite taking season highs of 23 shots and 13 corner kicks, the Pepperdine women's soccer team had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Sacramento State on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

Though the Waves (2-4-4) extended their unbeaten streak to five games, they were left wondering how this one got away after the Hornets (6-2-2) scored the game-tying goal in the 89th minute.

"This game had some pros and cons," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "The positive was that we created some tremendous scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, the better team didn't win, and anyone here today saw we had our chances to put them away. But goals change the game. Had we gone up 2-0 and 3-0, we wouldn't have been in the position we were. Sacramento State fought back. You have to live and learn."

The Waves got their goal shortly before halftime. Freshman forward Sage Coralli (Plano, Texas/John Paul II HS) sent a ball into the box, and Hornet goalkeeper Mandy Trojan came out to get it. She dove for the ball, but couldn't quite hold on to it, and junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was there to drive it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at 41:55. It was Rupp's team-high-tying third goal of the season.

Pepperdine continued to attack over the remainder of the contest and finished with a 23-7 shot advantage, but the Hornets' Trojan made seven of her nine saves after halftime, including a couple of stops on Pepperdine breakaways.

With the clock winding down in regulation, Sacramento State made one good chance count. Katie McCoy sent in a free kick from midfield, and it was headed on by Amanda Gray. The ball dropped to Sarah Howard right in front of the goal, and she scored her first goal of the season at 88:15.

Both teams had their chances to win in overtime, as the Hornets had a couple of near-miss headers, while Coralli hit a header inches wide right at the end of the first overtime, and Trojan stopped a point-blank shot by Rupp in the 106th minute.

"Results have to follow performance," Ward said. "At this point we need to win games. We need to bounce back on Sunday."

The Waves complete their seven-game non-conference homestand on Sunday (Oct. 7) against Hawaii at 1 p.m.

Santa Clara - 0 (2OT)
Stanford - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2 Santa Clara women's soccer team battled through a tough match against local rival No. 1 Stanford Friday night. The Broncos finished the night 0-0, as they handed the Cardinal its first tie of the season. Junior Meagan McCray posted a season best 12 saves and earned her fourth shutout of the season with an excellent effort. The Broncos are now 7-1-2 on the season, while the Cardinal stands at 9-1-1 overall.

Leading the attack for Santa Clara were Kiki Bosio and Tina Estrada, who each attempted two shots. However, the night belonged to the Bronco defense as they shutout a quick and talented Cardinal front line.

"We did what we needed to do tonight," said head coach Jerry Smith. "We only had one usable sub against a healthy, fast and deep Stanford team. I'm very proud of how my team played tonight. They played a much disciplined game and tonight the post was our friend. Our defense worked hard to limit the space in the penalty box and did a great job stopping what is probably the fastest front line in the nation."

Contributing to SCU's defense was freshman Maxine Goynes, who earned her second start of the season as she replaced an injured Lindsey Johnson.

"Maxine started at center back for us tonight," said Smith. "A due to the tactful choices we made tonight, her job was a bit simpler, but she played very well given the circumstances of tonight's game."

Taken to overtime, neither team could see the back of the net despite seven shots attempted by the Cardinal. Stanford's Christen Press had the final shot of the night at one minute remaining, but the ball hit the crossbar.

The Broncos continue play on the road this weekend as they travel south to Los Angeles to face the Bruins of UCLA. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

UC Irvine - 1 (2OT)
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco - UC Irvine's Kim Horn scored in the 105th minute of double overtime to seize a 1-0 decision at USF on a cool Friday night non-conference action at Negoesco Stadium. One match removed from battling Cal State Bakersfield to a scoreless draw, the Dons (0-7-3) played in their second consecutive contest requiring two periods of bonus soccer against the Anteaters (6-3-1).

Although San Francisco owned a modest 5-4 shots advantage in the first half, UC Irvine held an 8-5 edge in the second period and out-shot the Dons 4-2 in the extra sessions. Sophomore forward Samantha Brand tallied a team-high three shots, while sophomore forward Kristina Hall and junior midfielder Katherine Kimure notched a pair apiece.

USF got a solid start in goal from junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson , who collected five saves on the night. Freshman Danielle de Seriere recorded seven in 104:06 minutes between the pipes for UC Irvine.

Tanya Taylor recorded a match-high four shots for the Anteaters, while Horn and Kate Berrini each added a pair.

San Francisco returns to action when it travels to Fresno for non-conference showdown against Fresno State. Match time against the Bulldogs is set for 2:00 PM at Bulldogs Stadium.