Oct. 25, 2007
Gonzaga - 2
Santa Clara - 1
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team enjoyed the program's first win over Santa Clara University Thursday, as the Bulldogs upset the No. 12 Broncos 2-1 in West Coast Conference play at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash.
The Bulldogs' victory marked the first time in a 14-game all-time series with Santa Clara that Gonzaga has posted a victory. Prior to the match Thursday, the Zags had posted a 0-13-1 record against the Broncos. In 2005, the Bulldogs played SCU to a double-overtime 0-0 tie. Thursday's win was also the Zags' first victory over a ranked opponent since a 1-0 victory over then-No. 10 Pepperdine University in 2005. Gonzaga is now 5-43-1 against ranked foes.
Thanks to the win, the Bulldogs' improved their 2007 overall record to 10-5-1 and 2-2-0 in league play. The victory also provided the Zags' with their fifth consecutive season in which they have posted 10 or more wins. The loss dropped the Broncos to 10-4-3 overall and 2-2-0 against WCC opponents.
The match remained scoreless until nearly three minutes into the second half, when Gonzaga took an 1-0 edge. At 47:58, Kelcey Goddard took a corner kick from the left side. The ball bounced off the back of a Santa Clara defender before flying into the near corner of the net.
Santa Clara posted a fight in the second half, out shooting Gonzaga 13-3. The Broncos efforts paid off during the 76th minute when an unassisted goal by Kiki Bosio tied the match 1-1. Bosio fought off two Bulldog defenders before knocking the ball into the high right corner of the net, to knot the score.
Lauren Zuckerman lifted the Zags to their historic victory at the 83:00 mark, as she recorded her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Senior Christine Soma brought the ball up the field, fighting off two defenders in the box, before crossing it to Zuckerman who headed the ball into the upper corner. The goal lifted Gonzaga to their 2-1 victory, as well as tied the Zags' record for goals in a match versus the Broncos. Prior to Thursday, the Bulldogs had only scored four all-time goals against SCU, including two in a 6-2 loss last season.
Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames earned her second victory of the season in her second collegiate start. Ames also collected seven saves. The Broncos' goalkeeper Meagan McCray suffered the loss, allowing two goals and posting three saves.
For the match, Santa Clara held a decisive 19-6 shot advantage, as well as a 5-2 corner kick edge.
The Bulldogs will look towards another upset Sunday, when they continue West Coast Conference play at Martin Field. The Zags are slated to face No. 11 University of San Diego at Noon.
Portland - 4
San Diego - 0
PORTLAND, Ore. - Redshirt freshman Sophie Schmidt scored two goals and the sixth-ranked Portland Pilots cruised to a 4-0 victory over the 11th-ranked San Diego Toreros in front of a national television audience on Thursday night at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.
The Pilots (12-3-0, 4-0-0 West Coast Conference) extended their win streak to five games and snapped the Toreros (11-2-3, 2-1-1) 11-match unbeaten streak as the game was aired live on Fox Soccer Channel.
Portland struck first with a goal in the seventh minute. Sophomore Michelle Enyeart took possession at midfield and made a run down the left sideline all the way to the endline. She then beat a defender, made a move towards the center of the field and created a one-v-one opportunity with USD goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. Enyeart finished with a low shot that snuck just inside the left post for her fifth goal this season.
The Pilots went up 2-0 in the 22nd minute as All-American defender Stephanie Lopez went on the offensive. The World Cup veteran collected a loose ball at the top of the penalty box, turned, then blasted a left-footed shot top shelf for her second goal of the season. The Pilots are now 5-0 in matches that Lopez has started with an 18-1 scoring edge and four shutouts.
Schmidt iced the matter with a pair of second half strikes 97 seconds apart. In the 60th minute she was on the finishing end of a perfect cross from the left by Angie Woznuk. Schmidt headed it off the underside of the crossbar for a 3-0 lead. Woznuk was credited with her seventh assist of the season.
Just over a minute later, Natalie Budge cracked a shot from the top of the box that was saved by USD goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. The ball bounced off Cameron right to Schmidt, who finished inside the left post from eight yards out for her third strike of the season.
Enyeart, who leads the team with 21 points (5g, 11a), nearly had two other strikes, putting attempts off the post in each half.
Portland controlled possession from start to finish and gained a 25-5 edge in shots for the match. UP also gained a 12-2 edge in corner kicks.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Davis was forced to make just one save in picking up her fifth shutout of the year.
Portland now prepares for WCC rival Santa Clara on Sunday. The match is already sold out, but will be televised live on ESPNU at 2 p.m. A free live audio broadcast of the action will also be available at portlandpilots.com.