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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 8, 2006

Portland - 3
Gonzaga - 0

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team opened West Coast Conference play Sunday with a 3-0 loss to No. 4 University of Portland at Martin Field.

The Bulldogs fall to 6-6-1 overall, 0-1-0 in conference play with the loss, while the defending national champion Pilots improve to 11-2-1 and 1-0-0 in WCC play.

The Zags nearly avoided the shut out, when at the 86:12 mark Traci Dallas blasted a shot towards the net. The goal appeared to go in but the ball nearly missed the top of the goal, and rolled down the backside of the net.

Nanda McCormick led Gonzaga posting three of the Zags' 10 shots. Sarah Hall and Beth Drollinger each posted a pair of shots in the match.

Michelle Enyeart led the Pilots, posting two goals and one assist. The first goal came in the 35th minute, when Enyeart scored off of a rebound from GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman. Portland's Angie Woznuk kicked a shot that Thalman knocked out of the way right before Enyeart tapped it in for the 1-0 lead. Enyeart caught Thalman out of position at the77:11 mark for her second goal of the afternoon.

Enyeart's assist came on Portland's second goal of the match. The goal was scored by Rachael Rapinoe, who took an open shot from the top of the box.

Thalman posted six saves in the loss, while her counterpart Cori Alexander earned four.

The Bulldogs held a 6-3 corner kick advantage, while shots for both Gonzaga and Portland were even at 10.

The Bulldogs will play again next weekend when they host conference foes Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco at Martin Field. The Zags will play Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Friday and will play San Francisco Sunday at 11 a.m. as the first game of a doubleheader with the Gonzaga men's team.

Saint Mary's - 4
San Francisco - 1

Moraga, CA - Jessica Menzhuber scored in six seconds and Nikki Schrey scored two goals to help the Saint Mary's women's soccer team post a 4-1 victory the San Francisco Dons in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, Saint Mary's improved to 3-8-2 overall and 1-0 in WCC action, while San Francisco falls to 4-9-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Saint Mary's, which dawned its new red uniforms for the first time on Sunday, started the game with a bang. Off the opening kickoff, Menzhuber took a back pass from Nikki Schrey and hit a shot over the head of USF goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. The shot carried over Hodgson, who started the game at the top of the penalty box, and after one bounce the ball found the back of the net, giving the Gaels an very early 1-0 advantage. The goal by Menzhuber tied for the second fastest goal in NCAA Women's Soccer's history, just two ticks off the record set by North Carolina earlier this season in a 4-0 win over Yale.

The Gaels added to their lead when Allie Weiner netted her third goal of the season in the 13th minute. Weiner's goal was set up when Mika Matsui dribbled 20 yards through the USF defense and made a pass to Danielle Spann who one-timed a pass to Weiner. Weiner got in behind the USF defense and fired a shot to the lower right corner of the goal past Hodgson, who came out the goal to cut the angle.

Saint Mary's continued to add pressure to the Dons defense and added its third goal of the first half in the 20th minute. This goal was set up when Stefani Rocco made a pass to Ashley Dernbach, who came up from her right defensive back position. Dernbach's cross found Schrey behind the USF defense and the header went in off the left post.

Saint Mary's held the Dons scoreless in the first half and led 3-0 at the intermission. Saint Mary's took seven shots in the first half compared to six by USF.

The Dons came out of halftime with more intensity and scored their only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half. USF's lone goal of the game came off the right foot of Jenny Jarvie at the 53:44 mark off a cross by Chelsea Hunt from the right side of the penalty box.

The final goal of the game came in the 72nd minute, which was the fourth of the day for the Gaels. Schrey added her second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, following a corner kick by Joelle Gizzi. Gizzi's cross came in from the left corner and found off the right post. Schrey had enough time to control the cross and easily put home the shot in the goal vacated by Kelly Pohle, who tried to make a play on the cross by Gizzi.

Saint Mary's finished the game with 15 shots with nine shots on goal. USF goalkeepers Hodgson and Kelly Pohle combined for five saves and allowed four goals. SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich allowed one goal and had three saves against 12 shots by the Dons.

Saint Mary's will return to West Coast Conference action on Friday, October 13 when the Gaels travel to Spokane, WA for a 1 p.m. game against Gonzaga.

Santa Clara - 2
San Diego - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was one of those "same result, different day" kind of deals for the No. 3 Santa Clara women's soccer team Sunday afternoon as the defense flexed its muscle once more, recording its 10th shutout of the season, and sixth in a row, in the 2-0 win over the San Diego Toreros in the teams' West Coast Conference opener at Buck Shaw Stadium. While the back line held the Torero attack in check, two late goals by the front line provided the margin of victory.

The Broncos (11-2-0, 1-0-0 WCC) will now take to the road for the next two matches, beginning Friday, Oct. 13 at No. 21 Loyola Marymount, where a 4 p.m. battle with the Lions awaits. SCU will close the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 15 with a 1 p.m. clash with the Pepperdine Waves in Malibu.

Brittany Klein scored the winner at the 77:20 mark on a well-executed play off of a dead-ball situation, while Amanda Poach netted her second of the season with under a minute to go. Lexi Orand had an assist to continue her high-scoring week, while Jordan Angeli and Marian Dalmy also provided assists.

"San Diego is a very good defensive team and they really concern themselves with defending us first, so we have to really continue to grind, and that's what we did today and ultimately got a break on the goal off the free kick on a good heads-up play by Jordan knocking it to Brit for the classic finish," said head coach Jerry Smith. "The hardest part of this type of game is getting that first goal, and it took us awhile to get it. San Diego is an outstanding defensive team and very organized and disciplined so that's why it took us awhile to break it down."

"[Getting this first conference win] gives us a lot of confidence as a team, we know we're capable of winning big games out there, so it will help us going ahead this season," Klein said afterwards.

The teams engaged in an evenly-matched affair right from the start, as both sides alternated making headway into the other's attacking third, but could not follow through with strong chances. San Diego (8-5-0, 0-1-0 WCC) nearly got on the board in the first minute of the match, as Hallie Huston turned the corner on the Bronco defense found herself in a foot race to the loose ball with SCU goalkeeper Meagan McCray closing in. Although Huston got to the ball a split second before McCray, the sophomore keeper was already sliding into Huston's sightline and stuffed the attempt.

"The ball came down the line real fast at the top of the box, so I thought I might as well come out, sprawl out, and hope the ball deflects off me, and it did," McCray said of her stop of a potential Torero scoring opportunity.

Amanda Poach had SCU's best opportunity of the half, nearly cashing in on a free kick from nearly 40 yards out from the near side. Poach's looping bomb looked headed for the top of the goalmouth, but ended up just inches high, catching the top of the crossbar.

Santa Clara outshot San Diego by a 6-4 margin over the scoreless first 45 minutes, but in the second half, it would be the Broncos defense which took over until the attack could put the match away.

"This feels great, I think it comes down to having a strong back four and defensive mids working real hard for us," McCray noted after the defense's 10th shutout of the season. "It's a total team effort."

With San Diego's attack nullified by the smothering SCU defense, the Bronco attack finally solved the USD defense in the 78th minute with a heads-up play off of a direct free kick. Instead of setting up for a cross into the box, Angeli instead sent a perfectly-timed quick-kick to Klein, who streaked past the discombobulated Torero wall and beat keeper Brittany Cameron with a shot that ricocheted in off the far post.

"We were aware that this kind of play was going to play a role in this game, so Jordan and I just made eye contact, and it worked for us," Klein said of the scoring sequence.

"That is something that we trained on this week, so we talked about the various ways that we could utilize our free-kick opportunities this week," Smith said of Angeli and Klein's scoring play. "Jordan and Brittany's experience and the team being well-prepared for free-kick situations really helped us."

Now playing in a one-goal hole, the Toreros tried to break out and assault the Bronco attacking third, but the defense, along with McCray, who made three saves to record her seventh shutout of the season and extend her streak to 415:17 without allowing a goal, dug in and surrendered only one shot to USD in the second half.

With 16 seconds left, Poach got her second goal of the season, taking a feed from Orand to beat the Torero back line, which had surged forward, and come one-on-one with goalkeeper Karen Cook, who replaced an injured Cameron in the 86th minute. Poach's bullet whizzed by Cook to cap SCU's victory.

Pepperdine - 0
Loyola Marymount - 0

Los Angeles, CA - The #21 Loyola Marymount women's soccer team outshot Pepperdine 24-9 but neither team could find the back of the net and the two teams had to settle for a 0-0 tie in today's West Coast Conference opener at Sullivan Field. LMU dominated the final 65 minutes of the game, outshooting Peppedine 17-4, but Kayla Stolte made 13 saves on the day for the Waves. Joslyn Slovek stopped six shots to record her fourth shutout of the year. LMU remains undefeated at home and moves to 7-1-3 on the season.

The first half was fairly even, with LMU taking a 7-5 advantage in shots. The play was mostly in the midfield, and was physical with LMU (7-1-3, 0-0-1) recording 13 fouls while Pepperdine (6-4-3, 0-0-1) made 11.

The Lions picked up the pressure in the second half, outshooting Pepperdine 10-4. The Waves mounted a strong offensive attack with 20 minutes left in the game, with four shots on goal in a five minute span, but Slovek was up for the challenge, stopping every shot to keep the game scoreless. Pepperdine did not get off a shot in the final 35 minutes of the game.

LMU nearly broke the scoreless tie late in the game. In the 88th minute, Lacey Bartels had an open shot from the right side of the goal. Stolte was able to get a hand on her low hard shot to the far post, and the ball looked like it might dribble into the net, but it went just wide and the game headed into overtime.

Both overtime periods were easily controlled by LMU. The final 20 minutes were played almost entirely on the Pepperdine half of the field, and the Lions outshot the Waves 7-0 in the two overtime periods. But again, Stolte came up big for the Waves, making six saves in the extra time to record the shutout.

Jamie Bell led the Lions with seven shots, and Katrina Chong added four shots. Emily Wynne led Pepperdine with three shots in the game.

LMU returns to action on Friday afternoon, hosting Santa Clara in a crucial WCC matchup. The Broncos defeated San Diego 2-0 this afternoon and are currently ranked in the top 5. Game time is set for 4:00pm at Sullivan Field.