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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 7, 2007

Loyola Marymount - 2
Sacramento State - 0

Los Angeles, CA - Late goals from freshman Gabby Parisella and junior Michelle Kanama lifted LMU to its eighth consecutive victory, a 2-0 win over visiting Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions close out their five-match home stand with a perfect 5-0 mark, winning four of the five matches by a 2-0 scoreline.

A goalless match turned in the 78th minute when Sacramento State (6-3-2) saw its cries for a penalty waved off. They believed that the Lions (8-3-1) had handled the ball in the penalty area but the referee disagreed, leading to an LMU attack. The ball came right back down the field to senior Katie Osborne on the left wing. Her cross cleared all defenders to a wide-open Parisella, who had time to settle and slot the ball under Trojan into the bottom right corner for her third goal of the season.

Sacramento State pushed forward in the final 10 minutes looking for the equalizer but only opened itself up to the counter-attack. The Lion defense remained firm and, with two minutes remaining, a long clearance from senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was settled by senior Jamie Bell at midfield and she fed junior Lauren Shanklin on the left. With the Lions streaming forward in numbers, Shanklin crossed back to Bell, whose shot was blocked by a defender but straight to Kanama. The left-footed finish was perfect, curling into the top right corner for her first goal of the season and putting the game out of reach.

LMU dominated all the major statistical categories, out-shooting the Hornets 13-7 with nine of those shots going on target. The Lions also took eight corner kicks to CSUS's three.

The defense in front of Slovek protected her to the point where she was not forced into any saves in picking up her seventh shutout of the season and third in a row. Trojan registered six saves for the Hornets.

LMU was accurate on its three first-half opportunities, forcing Trojan into a trio of saves. Bell had back-to-back shots in the 25th minute. The first was a long-range effort that Trojan turned away for a corner with a low save to her right. After the Lions won another corner, Bell found the ball at her feet but her right-footed shot from 10 yards was straight at Trojan.

Sacramento State also had several chances in the first half, mainly through Katie McCoy. McCoy had the game's first shot, firing over from 15 yards. After Kylee Blatz's looping shot hit the post in the eighth minute, McCoy had a volley in the 28th that went just wide.

Finding themselves tied at 0-0 at halftime for the third straight game, the Lions pressured the Hornet defense from the second half kick-off, gaining four corners and six shots in the first 20 minutes. The Lions had a strong offensive sequence where they hounded the Hornet goal for a good five minutes. First, sophomore Lacey Bartels saw Trojan off her line and tried a sneaky chip, only to see Trojan tip it over for a corner. On the resulting set piece, Bartels had a wide-open header at the six-yard box but could not direct her header on goal. Minutes later, a long cross from the left by freshman Lily Sorentino found the head of Osborne, whose header was blocked for another corner. The subsequent corner came to Bell, who unleashed a low shot that was cleared off the line by the Hornet defense.

That seemed to open up the game as both sides sensed that a goal was just around the corner. Sorentino had her shot saved by Trojan while Rebeccah Phillips' wide-open shot was skied over at the other end. The breakthrough would come eventually for the home side.

LMU takes to the road for the next three matches as it opens West Coast Conference play. The Lions face local rival Pepperdine next Sunday at 1 p.m. before traveling to San Diego and Santa Clara the following week.

San Diego - 1
Arizona State - 0

TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro's goal in the 88th minute of the match lifted the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 win over host Arizona State University Sunday evening in USD's final West Coast Conference tune-up at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

With the win the Toreros run their unbeaten streak to eight as they improve to 9-1-2 overall. With the loss, the Sun Devils fall to 6-5-0 overall.

With the match winding down and both teams trying to break the scoreless contest to capture a win, the Toreros once again turned to their freshman forward, and she delivered her second game-winning goal in as many games. Shoughro found herself in the right place at the right time, as a ball was deflected off the ASU goalkeeper, and Shoughro was there to punch the ball into the back of the net to give USD the win.

Both teams had their chances to get a goal with USD's best scoring opportunity coming in the 20th minute of the match when junior forward Amy Epsten fired off a shot that was saved by the ASU goalkeeper.

The Sun Devils also had several opportunities to tally a goal as in the 15th minute of the match Alexandra Elston fired off a shot, but to no avail as USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was there to record the save and preserve the scoreless contest.

Cameron picked up the win in goal for the Toreros posting her sixth shutout of the season as she allowed no goals and recorded a season-best eight saves. Her counterpart, Briana Silvestri, was saddled with the loss for the Sun Devils, as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.

The Sun Devils out shot the Toreros 19-6 and also held a territorial advantage in corner kicks at 6-5.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they begin West Coast Conference action against No. 2 Santa Clara University at USD's Torero Stadium at 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 1
Hawai'i - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team set a dubious school record with its fifth tie of the season after settling for a 1-1 draw against Hawaii on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The Waves (2-4-5) are riding a six-game unbeaten streak, but four of the ties have come in the last five games. Pepperdine finished its seven-game homestand today with two wins, one loss and four ties.

The Waves scored on a first-half goal from junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), but the Rainbow Wahine evened the game in the 80th minute on a goal by sophomore forward Ambree Ako.

"What's unfortunate is that we have been playing really well, and we played really well again today, but the same thing keeps happening," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "We need to be able to kill a game off or put the final nail in the coffin. A lot of teams would be pleased with ties but the way we're playing, it's unfortunate. I'm proud of our team because we're playing positive attacking soccer and we're playing to win. We just have to get better."

Pepperdine held Hawaii (7-3-2) without a shot in the first half and the game looked like it would be scoreless at the break until junior defender Kelsey Baker (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School), from the Waves' defensive end, sent a long pass upfield for Rupp. Rupp sprinted past the defense, took the ball into the box and beat the goalkeeper for her team-high fourth goal of the season at 44:09. Rupp has scored the first goal of the game in three of the last four contests, though all three ended in ties.

The second half saw more chances for both teams, and Hawaii made one count late. Freshman midfielder Nicole Mikula dribbled her way out of trouble in the left corner, then sent in a cross that met the foot of Ako right in front of the goal. It was Ako's fifth tally of the season and it came at 79:11.

Pepperdine outshot Hawaii, 14-6, and had a 7-3 edge on corner kicks. Hawaii junior goalkeeper Kori Lu made eight saves, while Pepperdine junior Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) made three.

The Waves play their final non-conference game this Thursday (Oct. 11) at UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m., then begin West Coast Conference play on Sunday (Oct. 14) at home against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.

Oregon - 4
Gonzaga - 1

EUGENE, Ore. - Lauren Zuckerman's goal during goal during the 85th minute helped the Gonzaga University women's soccer team avoid a shutout, but it wasn't enough as the Zags fell to the University of Oregon 4-1 Sunday in Eugene, Ore. The loss snaps a school-record eight match unbeaten streak for the Bulldogs.

The loss drops Gonzaga to an 8-3-1 recording heading into West Coast Conference play, while the Ducks improve to 7-4-0.

Zuckerman's goal was her fourth of the season, as well as her third in as many matches. The senior tallied the goal thanks to a penalty kick at the 84:55 mark.

The Ducks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, were led by Teresa Bowns who recorded a goal and three assists, an Oregon single-game record. Bowns first assist came during the 15th minute when Dani Oster connected with a corner kick to knock the ball into the left side from 15 yards out. Bowns second assist came at 23:07 when Danielle Sweeney beat the Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman in a one-on-one situation. Bowns recorded an unassisted goal at 25:47 when she fired a sharp shot from 19 yards out into the right corner. Bowns final assist of the day came at 51:01 when Darcie Gardner connected with a free kick.

Thalman suffered the loss, her third of the season, allowing four goals and posting three saves. The Zags' Lauren Ames played 27 minutes in the net, allowing no goals. Oregon's Jessie Chatfield earned the win allowing one goal while adding two saves.

Gonzaga held the 14-11 shot advantage, including out-shooting the ducks 8-3 in the second half. Oregon held the Bulldogs to one corner kick, while holding the 5-1 advantage.

The Bulldogs return to the field Saturday, October 13, when they open conference play at No. 10 University of Portland. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Fresno State - 1
San Francisco - 0

FRESNO, CALIF.- Fresno State midfielder Ali Sill followed up a number of rebounds within the box to score a goal in the 45th minute and send the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over San Francisco Sunday afternoon. The scoreless loss was the third straight for the Dons , who close out their non-conference schedule with a record of 0-8-3. Fresno State, the 2006 WAC regular season champion, evened it's record at 5-5.

The Bulldogs played stingy defense all day holding USF to only six shots, while attempting 16. Fresno State goalkeeper Kaity Revel had to just make one save between the pipes. Despite the loss, USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson continued her good play of late making eight saves in her 90-minutes of work.

Sill totaled a match-high five shots, four on goal, during the match. FSU defender Andrea Alires was close behind with a four shots, all on goal. For USF, junior midfielder Katherine Kimure and senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan led with two shots a piece.

San Francisco opens up West Coast Conference play next Sunday at Negoesco Field against Saint Mary's.

UCLA - 4
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's soccer team fell 4-1 in a hard-fought battle against second-ranked UCLA Sunday afternoon at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. With the loss the Broncos drop to 7-2-2 overall, while the Bruins improve to 6-1-2 on the season.

"I'm very proud of the effort our athletes gave in today's game," said head coach Jerry Smith. "Those 13 players we used today were the same 13 we used on Friday and they gave everything they had on the field today. UCLA is a very good team and they just beat us to every ball. Yet, we look to getting healthier down the road and having another shot to play them in the NCAA Tournament when it is a little more of a leveled playing field."

Senior captain Brittany Klein scored the lone goal for the Broncos in the 21st minute of the contest. Klein received the ball from freshman Kendra Perry before chipping it just over UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson's head. About seven minutes later, the Bruins tied the score, 1-1, on a long-distance shot from Lauren Cheney. Cheney struck again at the 32nd minute to give UCLA the one goal advantage before the half.

Coming back from the break, the Broncos were limited to just one shot on goal, while the Bruins continuously peppered junior goalkeeper Meagan McCray, giving her a busy second half. UCLA tacked on two more goals to take the 4-1 victory. Christina DiMartino netted the third goal for the Bruins in the 57th minute, while Caitlyn MacKechnie found the back of the net in the 75th minute.

The Broncos remain on the road next weekend as they face Cal State Fullerton in Friday, Oct. 12, in their second to last non-conference contest of the season. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Titan Stadium.