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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 19, 2007

Portland - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, Calif. - University of Portland senior defender Stephanie Lopez tallied an 83rd minute strike as the No. 6 Pilots women's soccer team held off a pesky Saint Mary's Gaels squad 1-0 Friday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium. The Pilots (10-3-0, 2-0-0 WCC) outshot the Gaels (6-6-2, 0-2-0) 13-2 in the match, but were held scoreless until Lopez netted her first goal of the season.

After the Pilots earned a free kick just outside the penalty box on the right side, Lopez stepped up and curled her left-footed shot to the low left, past Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson. It was the second career goal for Lopez, who appeared in just her third match for the Pilots since returning from the Women's World Cup in China.

The goal provided relief for the Pilots after a frustrating match with many opportunities that came up empty. Larson did her part in goal for the Gaels, recording seven saves in the match.

"Saint Mary's made it difficult on us today with lots of numbers on the defensive half," Portland coach Garrett Smith said. "Our patience and maturity really came through today and we were able to finally get one. This was a tough pitch to play on, but our team showed great composure and came away with a good result."

The Pilots nearly scored early on as freshman phenom Sophie Schmidt turned and cracked a 10-yard attempt in the third minute off of the right post. Schmidt, Lopez and freshman midfielder Keelin Winters each tallied three shots to lead the Pilots.

Portland would finish the first half with a 7-1 advantage in shots and 4-0 edge in corner kicks, but the score remained 0-0 at intermission.

Freshman goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung was not forced to make a save in earning her second shutout of the season and fifth overall for the team.

The Pilots will look to remain undefeated in conference when they travel to San Francisco and face the Dons on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 3
Loyola Marymount - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three second half goals lifted the 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over visiting Loyola Marymount University Friday evening in a West Coast Conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros run their program-best unbeaten streak to 10 matches and improve to 11-1-2 overall and remain unblemished in WCC action with a 2-0-0 record. With the loss, the Lions saw their eight-match winning streak snapped and fall to 9-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the WCC.

The Toreros dominated the time of possession in the first half and outshot the Lions 9-3. But in the eighth minute, the Lions were able to sneak one by USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. Stefanie Baduria sent a cross into the USD goal box and Jamie Bell was there to redirect the ball into the right corner of the net to give LMU a 1-0 lead.

San Diego had several chances to tie the match up in the first half, but were unable to. In the final seconds of the first period, sophomore midfielder Christine Mock rifled off a shot that just went over the cross bar to preserve the 1-0 Lions lead.

San Diego however, wasted no time in scoring in he second half, as senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson got control of the ball near midfield and sprinted with the ball tearing through the Lions defense. Just 13 seconds into the half, Robinson hit a laser strike from 10 yards out into the top right corner of the goal to even things up at 1-1.

San Diego continued its offensive dominance in the second half by again having an advantage in time of possession, and 79th minute of the match, the defending WCC Player of the Week, Amy Epsten, tallied her conference-leading eighth goal of the season, as junior midfielder Jackie Garcia sent a cross to the right side of the goal box, where sophomore midfielder Hallie Huston redirected he ball to Epsten, who in turn headed the ball past the LMU goalkeeper, giving USD a 2-1 advantage.

Freshman Ashleigh Shoughro then put the match out of reach in the 88th minute of the match. Robinson fed the ball to Shoughro, who in turn dribbled past two defenders and the LMU 'keeper for a wide open net shot to put the match at its final of 3-1.

Cameron was credited with the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded four saves.

The Toreros outshot the Lions 18-5 for the match and held a decisive 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will put their 10-match unbeaten streak on the line on Sunday as they host Pepperdine University in a 12 p.m. Match at Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SAN FRANCISCO - Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie scored two goals and sophomore forward Samantha Brand added another as San Francisco (2-8-3, 2-0-0) topped Gonzaga (8-5-1, 0-2-0), 3-0, Friday night at Negoesco Field. With the victory, the Dons open WCC play 2-0 for the first time since 1997 when USF finished 5-2 in league play.

Behind high intensity in the first ten minutes of action, the Dons looked offensive-minded. In fact, USF led the Bulldogs in shots, 9-6, at half time and would top Gonzaga in the category 17-8 after the final bell.

In the ninth minute, Brand sped ahead of the Gonzaga defense and then shoveled a pass to Jarvie, who kicked the ball high over Zags goalkeeper Jessie Thalman and into the left corner of the net. Brand was credited with her third assist of the season.

Following intermission, in the 49th minute, Jarvie would again lift a ball just out of Thalman's reach and find the net on a helper from senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan. The goals were the second and third of the year for Jarvie, a new career high.

Continuing to attack, junior Jessica Duty found Brand inside the box. She would drop in a goal of her own with a tap to the right at 50:47.

Jarvie led all players with three shots including four on goal. USF junior midfielder Katherine Kimure was just behind with four shots. Gonzaga midfielder Lauren Zuckerman led her team with three.

Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson won her second straight match after making two saves to improve to 2-7-3 on the year. Thalman, who made seven saves on the night, is now 8-5-1.

USF sits in first place in the West Coast Conference with a big test coming against No.6 Portland on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Negoesco Field.

"They've been improving and getting better all year," Head Coach Mark Carr said. "Tonight I thought we dominated the game for large periods. Our effort, energy and possession has been the best it's been all year. Samantha Brand scored a great goal and was a difference maker tonight. I'm super pleased for Jenny with both her goals. We look forward to Sunday to play a very talented Portland team."

DONS' NOTES - San Francisco improves to 12-3-0 all-time versus Gonzaga... the three goals scored for USF was the most by the Dons since scoring three in the season opener versus San Jose State... the two net finders by Jarvie set a career-best for the San Diego native for goals in a single match... in three matches at home in 2007, USF has out-shot it's opponent 64 to 40, registered 36 to 17 on goal and had 26 corner kicks compared to nine by the opposition... in the last four matches opponents have scored only three times... USF is 0-18-1 against the Pilots all-time with the tie coming last season in Portland.

Santa Clara - 2
Pepperdine - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior captain Brittany Klein's header in the 75th minute of Friday night's game gave the ninth-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer a 2-1 victory over West Coast Conference foe, Pepperdine. With the win the Broncos improved to 9-3-3 overall and 1-1-0 in league play, while the Waves dropped to 3-6-5 on the season and 0-2-0 in the WCC.

The all-time series between the two teams has a 10-4-0 overall record in Santa Clara's favor and, with Friday night's win, the Broncos remain undefeated against the Waves at Buck Shaw Stadium (7-0).

"We had good intensity and a great effort was made by our team," said head coach Jerry Smith. "We were the more aggressive team and, ultimately, it was a hard-fought win with two very special goals."

Both the Broncos and the Waves came out of the gates running in the first half. Pepperdine registered not only the first shot of the night, but the first goal as Sophia Medina took advantage of a fast break down the right side of the field early in the second minute. Medina sent the ball into the left side of the net to put the Waves up, 1-0. The pressure did not stop there for SCU's goalkeeper Meagan McCray, who collected seven saves in the contest on Pepperdine's 10 total shots. However, it wasn't until the middle of the second half that the Broncos were able to get on the board.

An unassisted goal from sophomore Kiki Bosio equalized the game for Santa Clara, 1-1, in the 74th minute. The forward fought her way through several Waves defenders and then went one-on-one with goalkeeper Kayla Stolte before striking the ball into the back of the net. Just a little over a minute later, sophomore Katherine Reynolds found Klein in the middle of the box, who then headed the ball in for the game-winning goal.

The Broncos will closeout their brief home stand with a Noon contest against the Lions of LMU on Sunday, Oct. 21.