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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps - 10/22

Oct. 22, 2006

Portland - 2
San Diego - 1 (OT)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For the seventh time this season, Portland freshmen forwards Michelle Enyeart and Kendra Chandhoke each scored goals in same game as the No. 5 Pilots prevailed with a come-from-behind, 2-1 overtime victory Sunday afternoon against West Coast Conference rival San Diego at Torero Stadium. Junior striker Rachael Rapinoe assisted on both goals for the Pilots.

Portland improves to 13-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in WCC play. The Toreros drop to 9-8-0 overall and 1-4-0 in league action.

Enyeart, who entered the week as the top goal-scoring freshman in the nation, provided the thrilling game-winner in the seventh minute of the first overtime period. Enyeart received a pass from Rapinoe and fired a hard shot at USD goalkeeper Karen Cook. The ball was deflected by Cook, but managed to get behind her and into the net, giving the Pilots the win.

It was anything but easy for the Pilots, who for just the second time this season allowed the first goal of the game. The Toreros scored first late in the opening period, despite being outshot 9-5 in the first 45 minutes. Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 41st minute after beating the Pilot defense on a long ball sent by Giuliana Longmire.

Chandhoke tied the score at 1-1 in the 69th minute, taking a cross from Rapinoe and sending her 10-yard shot past Cook. It was Chandhoke's ninth goal of the season, while Rapinoe is now second on the Pilots' roster with seven assists.

Portland held a 21-9 shot advantage for the match. Cook stopped three shots for the Toreros, while Portland goalkeeper Cori Alexander made four saves on the day.

In addition to being the seventh game in which both Enyeart and Chandhoke have each scored goals, at least one of the two has scored a goal in 13 of Portland's 17 matches and they have combined to account for 24 of the team's 52 goals.

Enyeart's points streak is now extended to 11 games and coincides with her move into the starting rotation. She has scored a goal in each of the last five contests, has 11 strikes in her last 11 outings, and leads the team with six game-winners. Enyeart is already tied for fifth on Portland's freshman single-season goals list.

Portland returns home to the Clive Charles Soccer Complex this Sunday for its final regular season home match of the season as part of a Pilot soccer doubleheader. The Pilots will take on Pepperdine at 2:30 p.m., following the Portland men and Washington at noon. It will be Senior Day, as Portland's senior class will be recognized prior to kickoff.

San Francisco - 2
Pepperdine - 0

San Francisco, CA - USF dominated No. 22 Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 2-0 West Coast Conference victory. The Dons (5-11-2, 1-3-1) post their third straight upset victory over the Waves (9-5-3, 3-1-1), who carried a top-25 national ranking into three of the last four meetings between the two clubs.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who had five saves in the game, posted her first career WCC shutout as USF collected its first blanking of their Southern California foes since taking a dramatic 2-0 decision against the No. 16 Waves on the Hilltop November 2, 2001. Current USF goalkeepers coach Stephanie Beall was the Don between the posts in that contest. The Dons now lead the all-time series against Pepperdine 8-6 since 1994.

Sophomore forward Alexis Mielke earned her first career goal and game-winner for the green and gold. At 9:37, Mielke got off a shot from eight yards out that Pepperdine's sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte tried to punch over the crossbar, but it crept into the left side. Freshman forward Samantha Brand was credited with the assist. Stolte had eight saves on the afternoon.

Sophomore midfielder Katherine Kimure would cap the scoring in the game with her first goal of the season. In the 39th minute, Kimure kicked in a long shot from the right side into the upper corner of the goal after senior forward Chelsea Hunt passed her the ball from midfield.

Pepperdine held a commanding shot advantage, 19-9, but couldn't covert their chances.

The Dons hold a 6-2 scoring advantage in the last three contests against Pepperdine. USF dispatched the No. 18 Waves 2-1 last October 21 at Negoesco and took a stunning 2-1 victory in Malibu against Pepperdine during the 2004 campaign.

Head Coach Pamela Kalinoski praised her team on the upset victory. "I am thrilled at how my girls played today. After a though loss on Friday, they came out prepared and ready to battle. The level of play today was tremendous. I want to commend Alexis and Katherine for their great goals. We finished our chances today and it showed. Our defense was fantastic; Katie had an amazing game in goal. Bottom line, it was just a tremendous win to beat a team in the top-25."

USF returns to action Saturday, October 29 against the Broncos in Santa Clara. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 6
Gonzaga - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The ripples of momentum created by Thursday night's big win over Portland grew into killer waves by the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, as the No. 4 Santa Clara women's soccer team overwhelmed the Gonzaga Bulldogs 6-2 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Coupled with Pepperdine's loss in San Francisco on Sunday, SCU's win leapfrogs the Broncos to the top of the WCC standings with two conference matches remaining.

SCU (13-3-1, 3-1-1 WCC), Pepperdine, and Portland now share the conference lead with 10 points apiece heading into the final two WCC matches. The Broncos finish WCC play off with San Francisco next Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium before closing out the season Saturday, Nov. 4 at Saint Mary's. Pepperdine and Portland square off next Sunday in Portland, then the Waves conclude WCC play on Nov. 4 at home against Gonzaga, while the Pilots finish things the same day on the road at Loyola Marymount.

The Broncos conclude their final homestand of the regular season with Senior Day next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium, hosting the San Francisco Dons in the final regular-season home match for the 10 SCU seniors.

Jordan Angeli and Brittany Klein each netted a pair of goals in Sunday's win, with Angeli also adding an assist. Kiki Bosio scored her third goal of the season to open things up, while Marian Dalmy added two assists.

"Especially coming after a big win like the Portland game, its easy to have a little bit of a letdown in your next game, but at the same time, when you score three goals against a very good team like Portland it gives you some goal-scoring confidence, so I thought we had that going into today's game and just kind of rode that momentum through the first half," said head coach Jerry Smith. "I'm very happy for Jordan today, too, she got two goals today and sometimes what you need more than anything else is your first one, and sure enough she then got her second immediately after. I'm happy that she is getting on track and I expect that it will really help her goal scoring confidence."

Goalkeeper Julie Ryder made a pair of saves and also earned an assist on Bosio's match-opening goal, crushing a long ball that outdistanced the Gonzaga back line and found Bosio in stride. The freshman from Mission Viejo had no problem beating Bulldog keeper Jessie Thalman on the breakaway for her third goal of the season.

"I saw that the ball was bouncing and hoped that it would go over [the Gonzaga defenders], so I just ran onto it and stayed as composed as I could and finished the goal," Bosio said about the goal.

"We used to do that on my team back in high school, but this is the first one I've gotten in college, and I'm just happy that Kiki got on the end of it, it's a pretty cool and rare thing.," Ryder said of her assist on the goal. "Jerry has us punt the ball between the center circle and the sideline, so I just hit it and the wind carried it."

The Broncos had a chance early, as Angel's shot from a Bosio cross got past Thalman but was cleared off the line by Gonzaga's Christi D'Agostino. The Bulldogs then countered just a minute later, but Ryder was equal to the task, making a nice lunging save to her left to corral a shot from Jamie Blanche.

Yet once Bosio put SCU ahead at the 10:45 mark with her goal from Ryder's long ball, the Broncos quickly engulfed the Gonzaga back line, as Angeli netted her first goal of the year only 22 seconds later by burying a breakaway opportunity after receiving a through ball from Chioma Igwe.

Angeli's assault continued nine minutes later as she positioned herself perfectly on the near side of the box, where she executed a textbook header off of a Dalmy cross for what eventually would be the game-winner. Klein finished off the scoring in the first half with her fourth goal of the year, cashing in with a diving header from seven yards out off Amanda Poach's cross into the box.

Gonzaga got on the board in the 52nd minute, as a Cristin Leverson volley was deflected in off of a Santa Clara defender, cutting the Bronco lead to 4-1. But Klein answered four minutes later, re-establishing the four-goal advantage by heading in a rebound after Thalman could not contain Angeli's initial opportunity.

Nanda McCormick netted the second Bulldog goal at the 73:55 mark as her volley into the box went off of Ryder's punchout attempt as Ryder was jostled in traffic. Lexi Orand closed out the scoring on the day as she converted a breakaway goal off of Bonnie Bowman's assist in the 83rd minute.

"To have two good wins against Portland and Gonzaga after a tough last weekend was what we needed," Smith said. "Hopefully that gives us confidence going into our last match on Senior Day against USF. I think we put ourselves in a good position to win the conference championship, which was our goal going into conference play."

LMU - 0
Saint Mary's - 0 (2OT)

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team and the Loyola Marymount Lions played to a 0-0 draw in a West Coast Conference game on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. Following the tie, the Gaels' overall record is now 3-11-3 and their WCC record is 1-3-1. The Lion are now 8-2-5 overall and 1-1-3 in conference play.

In what proved to be a very even game statistically, both Saint Mary's and LMU finished the game with 17 shots each. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich recorded four saves en route to her second shutout of the season. The shutout SMC marked the third of the season for the Gaels. LMU keeper Joslyn Slovek made five saves to record her sixth shutout of the year, and seventh of the season for the Lions.

Saint Mary's best opportunity to score came with 26 minutes left, when the Gaels took three straight shots against the Lions defense. Following a corner kick, SMC's first shot came off a header from Joelle Gizzi. After an LMU defender stalled Gizzi's shot, SMC forward Nikki Schrey took a shot from seven yards out that was stopped by Slovek. Ashley Dernbach collected the rebound and fired a shot from 10 yards out and Slovek made a diving save before the LMU defense cleared the ball to prevent the goal.

LMU's best opportunities to score came on long shots, with the most dangerous coming off the foot of Whitney Temple at the 73:20 mark. Temple's shot from 35 yards out was on frame and Zenovich reached over her head to grab the ball just in front of the goal line. Zenovich's momentum carried her into the goal, but the ball never crossed the line.

Saint Mary's recorded five shots on goal with McKenna Belzer putting two shots on frame and Schrey, Danielle Spann and Dernbach had one shot on goal each. For the Lions, Temple and Katie Osborne had two shots on goal.

Saint Mary's will return to action in a non-conference game on Thursday, October 26 when they travel to UC Santa Barbara. The game between SMC and the Gauchos will kick off at 7 p.m. from Harder Stadium.