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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 21, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, Calif. - Jamie Blanche recorded one goal and an assist as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team posted their first win in West Coast Conference play Sunday, thanks to a 2-0 shutout over Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 9-5-1 overall and 1-2-0 in league play. The Gaels dropped to 6-7-2 overall and 0-3-0 in conference action.

Blanche led the Zags on the afternoon thanks to her goal and assist. She earned her sixth career assist at the 6:55 mark when freshman Ashley Riley gave the Zags an early 1-0 lead. Riley took a shot off of a rebound from six yards out.

Blanche then extended Gonzaga's lead to 2-0 with her 10th career goal. Her goal came from five yards out off of a save from SMC's goalkeeper, Tara Larson.

Lauren Ames earned her first collegiate shutout in her first start for the Bulldogs. Ames recorded two saves en-route to the victory. Larson suffered the loss allowing two goals while recording four saves.

The Zags' held an overwhelming 14-8 shot advantage, as well as a 4-2 corner kick edge.

The Bulldogs will return home this week to host a pair of nationally-ranked WCC foes. Thursday, Gonzaga will face Santa Clara University at 1 p.m. at Martin Field before hosting the University of San Diego Sunday at noon.

Portland - 6
San Francisco - 0

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - University of Portland sophomore forward Kendra Chandhoke tallied a career-high four goals as the No. 6 Pilots women's soccer team moved to the top of the West Coast Conference standings with a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Sunday.

San Francisco (2-9-3, 2-1-0) entered the match on a two-game win streak and tied atop the league standings with Portland and No. 11 San Diego. USF went winless in the non-conference season before opening league play with wins over Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.

The Pilots (11-3-0, 3-0-0 WCC) snapped that streak and are now alone at the top of the league standings after San Diego and Pepperdine played to a 1-1 draw earlier today. Portland has now won four straight by a combined 14-1 margin since the return of All-American defender Stephanie Lopez from the Women's World Cup. Lopez added an assist and helped the Pilots record their third shutout in the last four matches.

"It was nice to see us get after it like we did today on the second game of a weekend road trip," Portland coach Garrett Smith said. "We were able to score a lot of goals and get everyone into the game. Kendra got some good rest on Friday (versus Saint Mary's) and came out on fire today."

Chandhoke started the scoring onslaught in the sixth minute, taking a bouncing corner kick from Lopez and volleying it past USF goalkeeper Katie Hodgson.

Senior All-American midfielder Angie Woznuk gave Portland a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute after turning around a USF defender and depositing her shot to the upper left. It was Woznuk's fifth goal of the season.

Chandhoke recorded three second half goals over a 16 minute span beginning with a sharp-angled finish from the left side off of Hodgson and inside the left post in the 55th minute. She blasted home a cross from from Sophie Schmidt in the 61st minute and then collected a rebound on a shot from Michelle Enyeart and finished for her fourth and final goal.

Chandhoke becomes the 12th player in Portland history to score at least four goals in one game. The last to accomplish the feat was Christine Sinclair, who tallied five strikes in a 6-0 win at Oregon on August 31, 2005.

Enyeart, who is among the national leaders with 11 assists, added her third goal of the year in the 84th minute to cap the scoring.

Portland now returns home and will host a pair of nationally televised games against ranked opponents. On Thursday, Oct. 25 the Pilots will welcome No. 11 San Diego at 8 p.m. live on Fox Soccer Channel. The Pilots then welcome No. 13 Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. in a game televised live on ESPNU.

Pepperdine - 1
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Pepperdine University in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium Sunday afternoon.

With the tie, the Toreros move to 11-2-3 overall, 2-0-1 in the WCC and run their program-best unbeaten streak to 11. Pepperdine now moves to 3-5-6 overall and 0-2-1 in the WCC.

Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half, but were unable to put the ball into the back of the net. One of USD's scoring opportunities came about 38 minutes into the match when Amy Epsten burned past a defender and appeared to have a break away opportunity, but she was unable to control the ball and the Pepperdine defenders were able to prevent a USD goal.

Pepperdine also had several opportunities, as in the 52nd minute of the match, Cammie Burk rocketed off a shot from a corner kick and the ball hit the crossbar and fell almost straight down. Then USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron punched the ball away. The ball in turn fell to the feet of Pepperdine's Joanna Idom and she in rocketed off a shot, only to have the USD defenders block it and preserve the scoreless contest.

San Diego finally broke into the scoring column first as in the 78th minute of action, Vanessa Vella took a free kick in the Pepperdine side of the field. Vella rocketed the ball off the cross bar and it fell into a crowded goal box and fell to Epsten's feet. Epsten in turn fired off a shot to the top right corner of the goal for her eighth goal of the season.

In the 87th minute, Pepperdine was able to tie tings up as McKenzie Hill got off a shot in a crowded USD goal box that got past Cameron to force the overtime period.

In the second overtime, USD had a couple of opportunities to put the game away with one of their best opportunities coming in the 104th minute of action. Freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro broke free of the Pepperdine defense inside the goal box and hit a laser strike at the goal, but Pepperdine's goalkeeper Kayla Stolte made a diving save to preserve the 1-1 tie.

Hallie Huston, Leigh Ann Robinson and Epsten all took two shots apiece to lead the USD offense.

Pepperdine outshot the Toreros 14-10 and had a slight 8-7 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will take their 11-game unbeaten streak on the road to Portland, Ore. to take on the University of Portland on Thursday an a Nationally Televised match on the Fox Soccer Channel. The match is set for a 8 p.m. start.

Santa Clara - 2
Loyola Marymount - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 9 Santa Clara women's soccer team rallied back in the second half of Sunday's contest against West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount to post a 2-1 victory. Senior captain Brittany Klein scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute to give the Broncos their 10th overall win of the season and their second league triumph. Santa Clara improved its overall record to 10-3-3 and its WCC record to 2-1-0 with the win, while LMU dropped to 9-5-1 on the season and 1-2-0 in WCC action.

"I'm very happy with the outcome of this week," said head coach Jerry Smith. "We had five tough games in eight days and did a great job in the tail end of this week. Today's game was eerily similar to Friday's game against Pepperdine. We allowed an early goal in the first half and then tied the game on a great individual effort. Friday it was Kiki Bosio, today it was by Tina Estrada. Then we scored the game-winning goal in an amazing way by an amazing player, Brittany Klein."

Klein's goal was a long-range chip over goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek's head. Since 2001, the Broncos have compiled a 6-0-1 record against the Lions and now own an all-time series record of 13-2-1.

Despite an early first half goal by LMU's Jamie Bell, the Broncos' offense did a tremendous job keeping the ball in the Lions' half for the majority of the game. In the first half, SCU attempted seven shots to LMU's two. Although Santa Clara applied intense pressure on Loyola Marymount, it wasn't until the 56th minute that SCU was able to get on the scoreboard.

Redshirt senior Estrada scored the equalizing goal for the Broncos. It was her 31st career goal and fifth of the season. The Fremont, Calif., native is now only one goal shy of tying former Broncos Kathleen Celio (1997-00) and Brandi Chastain (1989-90) for the No. 10 spot on the all-time goals list.

The Broncos return to action on Thursday, Oct. 25 against the Bulldogs of Gonzaga. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash. In the all-time series, Santa Clara has gone undefeated against Gonzaga with an impressive 13-0-1 record.