Oct. 15, 2006
Portland, OR - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to the no. 4 ranked Portland Pilots on Sunday afternoon from Merlo Field. Portland scored two first-half goals, and added a third late in the second half to give the Gaels their second loss on the road trip to the Pacific Northwest. The loss drops the Gaels record to 3-10-2 overall and 1-2-0 against West Coast Conference opponents. Portland improves to 12-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in conference play.
Portland got off to a quick start when Michelle Enyeart, the team's leading scorer, netted her 13th goal of the season just eight minutes into the contest. Enyeart headed in a cross from Michele Scifo from seven yards out to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead.
Portland's Rachael Rapione, the team's second leading goal scorer, netted her 11th goal of the season at the 33:42 mark when she took a pass from Natalie Budge and scored from 10 yards out. Rapione's shot beat SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich to the lower right corner.
Portland added to its lead late in the second half when Kendra Chandhoke scored her seventh goal of the season in the 82nd minute. Chandhoke beat Zenovich to the left post on a shot from 16 yards out. Elsa Hume was credited with the assist.
Portland goalkeeper Cori Alexander recorded her fourth shutout of the season and finished the game with three saves. Zenovich faced 16 shots and recorded six saves, with four saves coming in the first half. Saint Mary's took eight shots and Jessica Menzhuber was the only Gael to record two shots. Joelle Gizzi, Allie Weiner and Menzhuber recorded shots on goal for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, October 20 when the Gaels host the Pepperdine Waves. The West Coast Conference game will kick off at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.