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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 15, 2006

Gonzaga - 1
San Francisco - 0

Spokane, WA - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team earned its second shutout in as many matches Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over the University of San Francisco at Martin Field.

The victory lifts the Bulldogs to an 8-6-1 overall record including a 2-1-0 record when playing West Coast Conference opponents. USF fell to 4-10-2 overall and 0-2-1 in WCC play.

Nanda McCormick's team-leading fourth goal of the season nine minutes into play was the difference in the match. At 8:48, McCormick took a pass from Christine Soma five yards out and was able to catch USF goalkeeper Kelly Pohle out of the net to give the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead. The goal was McCormick's second in as many matches, and lifted her to 10 total points for the season.

GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her second shutout of the weekend and her fifth of the season. The match also marked the second time this year that the rookie goalkeeper has posted back-to-back shutouts. Against the Dons, Thalman posted three saves, while her counterpart, Pohle, earned five saves in the loss.

Gonzaga held the 12-9 shot advantage including a 6-2 edge in the first half. The Dons came out of the half strong, posting a 7-6 shot advantage in the second half. GU also held an 8-5 corner kick advantage, including a 5-0 edge in the first half.

The Zags will return to the pitch on Thursday when they begin a two-match road trip to the University of San Diego and third-ranked Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs will face USD Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing No. 3 SCU Sunday at 1 p.m. The match against the Broncos will mark the third time in as many weeks that Gonzaga has faced a team ranked nationally in the top-five.

Pepperdine - 1
Santa Clara - 0

Malibu, CA - Backed by a stout defense and a late goal by Sophia Medina, the Pepperdine women's soccer team upset No. 3 Santa Clara, 1-0, in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. After today's win, the Waves improved to 8-4-3 overall are one of only two teams which remain unbeaten in conference with a 2-0-1 record.

Santa Clara (11-3-1, 1-1-1 WCC) set the tempo of play as it quickly managed the ball out of the gate. After taking shots from the corners, Pepperdine took its turn with offense. Forward Lindsey Redlin fed the ball to midfielder Emily Wynne who rocketed the pass toward the net, but Bronco goalkeeper Meagan McCray was there to make the save. Minutes later, the Waves would see another scoring opportunity on a corner kick.

The WCC foes headed into the second period deadlocked at a scoreless tie with both teams fighting to find a gap. The Broncos had several chances to knock in a score after taking numerous corner kicks, but Pepperdine's solid defense denied any chance of that.

The home team took charge of the match as defender Jennifer Brewer and Redlin took shots, while the Broncos' frustration was apparent. As Redlin received the ball, she lobbed the ball to freshman Sophia Medina who beat a defender to face McCray head on. Medina knocked in the ball six yards out for the lone goal of the game at the 80:24 mark to give the Waves the lead.

With less than a minute left in regulation, the Broncos weren't out of the game just yet as a foul was called on Pepperdine outside the box. A Bronco corner kick followed, but Pepperdine would regain possession as time ticked down to zero and Tim Ward's squad notched the upset.

"Today's win was huge for our program," said head coach Ward. "We needed both wins this weekend and we got them and now we know what's at stake. We're really proud of the performance our team had this weekend."

Today's 1-0 victory marks the second consecutive year Pepperdine upset a nationally-ranked Santa Clara program. Last season, the Waves defeated then-No. 6 Santa Clara, 1-0, at home.

Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded five saves in the shutout--her fifth of the season.

The Waves leave Malibu for a four-match road trip which begins on Friday, Oct. 20 with conference match against Saint Mary's at 3 p.m.

Portland - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

Portland, OR - Freshmen Michelle Enyeart scored an early goal and fellow strikers Rachael Rapinoe and Kendra Chandhoke added insurance goals as the No. 4 Portland Pilots shut out Saint Mary's 3-0 Sunday afternoon at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland (12-2-2, 2-0-1 WCC) extends its unbeaten streak to 10 games with the win, while the Gaels drop to 3-10-2 overall and 1-2-0 in the West Coast Conference.

Enyeart, who entered the weekend as the national goals scored leader among freshmen, added to her total early on Sunday with a strike in the eighth minute. After a series of midfield passes, Rachael Rapinoe played a ball wide to Michele Scifo down the right flank. Scifo sent a cross that found Enyeart's head. Her firm header was expertly placed to the upper right for her 13th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. It marked the ninth consecutive game that Enyeart has either scored a goal or had an assist. It is also her ninth goal since joining the starting lineup nine games ago.

Portland continued to apply the pressure as Rapinoe made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Rapinoe received a pass from junior Natalie Budge and ripped a shot from 10 yards out. Gaels' goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich got a glove on the shot, but it still found the netting on the right side.

Portland's final goal came in the 83rd minute courtesy of Chandhoke. Senior Elsa Hume slotted a pass to Chandhoke at the top of the box. She sent her first touch on a line past Zenovich into the left side netting. It was Chandhoke's seventh goal of the season and Hume's first assist on the year.

Combined, the freshmen combination of Enyeart and Chandhoke has accounted for 20 of Portland's 48 goals scored this season.

The Pilots doubled the Gales in shot attempts with a 16-8 advantage, including 9-3 edge in shots on goal. Portland also racked up nine corner kicks without surrendering one.

Senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander made three saves for the Pilots to become the school's career leader in shutouts with 36. Zenovich stopped six shots for the Gaels.

Portland improves to 12-0 this year when scoring multiple goals in a game.

SMC had a couple of quality scoring opportunities early in the contest, first when senior forward McKenna Belzer sent a 35 yard attempt off the crossbar in the second minute. The Gaels were then awarded a penalty kick in the 13th minute when Belzer was clipped in the box by Pilots goalkeeper Cori Alexander after beating the Pilots defense. Senior defender Joelle Gizzi stepped up to take the PK attempt but sent it wide left.

Portland will now prepare for a nationally-televised match-up against WCC rival and No. 3 Santa Clara this Thursday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff and will air live on Fox Soccer Channel.

San Diego - 2
Loyola Marymount - 1

Los Angeles, CA - San Diego scored two second half goals and held off a furious LMU comeback to defeat the #21 Lions, 2-1 in West Coast Conference women's soccer action this afternoon. The Toreros took a 2-0 lead in the 70th minute, but LMU battled back to cut the lead to one goal on a Katie Osborne header in the 84th minute. The Lions pressured the Torero defense in the final six minutes of the contest but came up just short. LMU drops just its second game of the season to fall to 7-2-4, 0-1-2 in WCC action.

The first half was sluggish and played mostly in the midfield, as each team managed just three shots apiece. In the second half, both offenses finally started clicking. USD (9-6, 1-2) scored the game's first goal of the game in the 56th minute. Leigh Ann Robinson found Veronica Ambort just inside the six yard box and Ambort touched the ball past LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek to give USD the 1-0 lead.

The Toreros added what would eventually be the game-winner in the 70th minute. Robinson streaked down the right side of the field and crossed the ball to the far post where she found Tara Hodgson waiting. Hodgson headed the ball in the goal to put San Diego ahead 2-0.

LMU cut the lead to one goal in the 84th minute of the game. Tana Smothermon crossed a perfect ball to the far post where Osborne was waiting with a crowd of players. The 5-2 junior flicked the ball with her head into the goal to make it a one goal game.

The Lions pressured the Toreros in the final minutes, but were unable to get the tying goal. The Lions outshot San Diego 14-9, with a 6-5 shots on goal advantage. Osborne led the team with three shots, while four different players had two shots for the Toreros. Slovek made three saves on the day, and USD's Karen Cook made five stops to record the win.

LMU will return to action next weekend on the road in the Bay Area as they will face San Francisco on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon.