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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 28, 2007

LMU - 3
San Francisco - 0

Los Angeles, CA - LMU scored three times in the second half to pull away from visiting San Francisco 3-0 in a West Coast Conference match Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions extend their home winning streak to nine games and have won two in a row overall.

A scoreless first half soon turned into a comfortable win for the Lions (11-5-1, 3-2-0 WCC), who grabbed the lead just 33 seconds into the second half. Freshman Nickey Ha, on at the half, rebounded a missed shot by junior Shannon Omahen at 45:33 for her first career goal.

Ha's goal got the Lions going and they added a second in the 60th minute. After a foul by the Dons (2-11-3, 2-3-0 WCC), sophomore Kim Feeney played the free kick into the area that was flicked on by freshman Lily Sorentino. Sophomore Tiffany Harrison was first to the ball, knocking it in for her first goal of the season. Sorentino's assist was her team-leading sixth of the year, tying her for fourth on the LMU single-season chart.

The Lions would add a third in the 68th minute through senior Katie Osborne. Harrison slotted a pass to Osborne, who eluded a pair of defenders before finishing past goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. It was Osborne's fifth goal of the season, setting a new career high and moving her into the LMU top 10 for career goals with 12.

The Lions out-shot the Dons 13-8 on the day. Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made two saves in posting her ninth shutout of the season while Hodgson made three saves and Anika Steig had one in the USF goal.

LMU closes out its home schedule with a single match next Saturday against Gonzaga. Prior to the game, the Lions will honor their four seniors as they play their final home match.

Pepperdine - 5
Saint Mary's - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's soccer team broke out on Sunday afternoon with its most dominating performance of what has been a frustrating season, routing Saint Mary's 5-1 in West Coast Conference play at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The Waves, who improved to 5-6-6 overall and 2-2-1 in conference, got first-half goals from freshman midfielder Nicole Romanowski, senior midfielder Mckenzie Hill and junior forward Amanda Rupp and second-half scores from freshman forward Sage Coralli and sophomore midfielder Joanna Idom.

Pepperdine pounded Saint Mary's with 27 shots, including 18 on goal, and set season highs for shots, goals, assists (seven) and points (17). Along with Friday's 2-0 win over San Francisco, this is the first time that the Waves have won back-to-back games all season. It's only the sixth time this season the Waves have scored two or more goals in a game.

Saint Mary's (6-9-2, 0-5-0) got its goal from sophomore defender Jessica Menzhuber late in the second half when the score was already 4-0. The Gaels attempted only six shots.

"This is the win we've deserved all year," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "We've played this way all year, but today the ball actually went into the back of the net. We played exceptional soccer today. Despite where we are in the standings, the response from the team has been incredible. We now need to carry this momentum to our next game against Portland."

It didn't take long at all for the Waves to get on the scoreboard, as Romanowski (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) scored her second goal of the season at 4:11. Junior defender Ashley Copp (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) sent in a free kick from near midfield, and freshman defender Cammie Burke (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) headed it toward the goal. It bounced off the crossbar and caromed back to Romanowski, who one-timed it in from about eight yards away.

It took a while to get the second and third goals, but they came in quick succession. Sophomore forward Alexis Farler (Roseville, Calif./Granite Bay HS) won the ball on the left side and slid it into the middle for Hill (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canyon HS), who dribbled to her right and hit a hard, low shot from 25 yards that made it inside the left post. It was her second goal of the season and it came at 34:19. Then, less than four minutes later, Coralli (Plano, Texas/John Paul II HS) hit a long shot that forced the Saint Mary's goalkeeper to make a diving save, but Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) was right there to knock in the rebound from a couple of yards away for her team-high fifth goal of the season at 37:57.

Pepperdine's fourth score came at 65:32 as Coralli notched her first collegiate goal. Freshman forward Rebecca Klamser (Ventura, Calif./Buena HS) passed the ball up the middle of the field for Coralli, who got around a defender and scored on a shot from 20 yards away.

Saint Mary's prevented the Waves from earning a shutout in the 84th minute. After a corner kick attempt was cleared away, the ball went to Menzhuber, who hit a well-placed chip shot from 20 yards that found the upper-right corner of the net.

The Waves weren't done on the scoring column, however, getting their fifth and final goal with just six seconds left on the clock. The Gaels attempted to clear the ball from deep in their end, but junior midfielder Jenna Shay (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon HS) got a head on it and knocked the ball over to sophomore forward Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), who quickly sent a through ball forward for Idom (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS/Cal Baptist). With only the goalkeeper to beat, Idom notched her second goal of the season and her second in two games at 89:54.

"It felt good to get two wins in one weekend for the first time this season, especially at home," Hill said. "This is just a good feeling. It's been building toward this and today we let it all out."

Two games remain in 2007 for the Waves, and their home finale is next Sunday (Nov. 4) against Portland at 1 p.m.

Portland - 2
Santa Clara - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - In a battle of West Coast Conference juggernauts, the No. 6 Portland Pilots put on a show and defeated No. 11 Santa Clara 2-0 before a sold out crowd of 4,892 at Merlo Field on Sunday. Sophomore striker Michelle Enyeart notched her second game-winner of the week and senior Angie Woznuk converted a second half penalty kick as the Pilots (13-3-0, 5-0-0 WCC) continued their solid play.

Portland and Santa Clara have a storied rivalry as the West Coast foes have won or shared every WCC title in league history and claimed three of the last six national championships. The Pilots moved one step closer to matching the Broncos (10-5-3, 2-3-0) with nine conference championships after Sunday. Portland has now won six games in a row, while the Broncos fall to 3-5-2 in their last 10 matches.

"It was a great day," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said after the match. "The sun was out, it was a packed house and two playoff teams battled it out. To get the win and a shutout made it that much better. Both teams seemed a bit fatigued after some hard-fought matches earlier this week, but I think the fans were treated to a good one today."

Enyeart, who came off the bench late in the first half, provided the first goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half. After a poor clearance by the Broncos defense, freshman midfielder Keelin Winters headed a ball to senior Natalie Budge. Budge sent a pass forward to Enyeart who headed it on and held off a Santa Clara defender into the penalty box. She finished from the left to the low right with her left foot past a diving Meagan McCray. It was her sixth goal of the year and extended her conference-leading point total to 23.

Enyeart created Portland's next score when she was taken down in the box from behind in the 64th minute, drawing a penalty kick. Woznuk stepped up and drilled it home for her sixth goal of the campaign. She has taken and converted Portland's only two penalty shots this season.

The game was evenly played for a majority of the first half with Santa Clara coming out of the gates strong with possession. Portland slowly took control and ended the first stanza with a 7-1 edge in shots. The Pilots gained a 12-5 shot margin for the match, including a 7-0 edge in shots on goal.

"We told the team midway through the first half to be more aggressive," Smith said. "We wanted to put the pressure on, not back off and not worry about saving anything for the second half. I was pleased with how the team responded."

McCray made five saves, while Portland sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Davis thwarted a few attacks and snagged some crosses but was not forced to make a save in recording her sixth shutout of the season.

Woznuk led the Pilots with four shots, two on goal, including a 20-yard blast in the first half that went off the cross bar.

Portland has now logged four consecutive shutouts and has outscored opponents 16-1 in WCC games.

"I like where we're at," Smith added. "We haven't allowed a goal since our WCC opener and we're one step closer to winning the WCC championship and getting to the playoffs."

The Pilots will hit the road next weekend for a match at Pepperdine on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Portland will conclude the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. One win in either of the final two matches will secure Portland's ninth WCC title and an NCAA playoff berth.

San Diego - 1
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior midfielder Jackie Garcia's first goal of the season lifted the 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 double overtime win over Gonzaga University Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Martin Field.

In the 101st minute of action, USD took a corner kick and the ball flew into a crowded goal box where, Vanessa Vella fed the ball Garcia, who in turn rocketed off a shot into the back of the net to give USD the win.

In a scoreless first half, USD wasn't without their scoring opportunities. Late in the first half, there was a flurry of offensive activity, that gave USD several opportunities to score a goal. Off a corner kick, junior forward Amy Epsten took control of the ball near the top of the goal box and rifled off a shot that was deflected and sent to Jen Mello who slid into a scramble in front of the net and had her shot dove on by the GU goalkeeper to record the save and preserve the scoreless contest.

Again in the second half, USD dominated the time of possession, but was unable to score a goal. Late in the period, the Toreros had a corner kick and the ball bounced around a bit in front of the Zags' goal, but USD was unable to come away with a goal after several shot attempts.

USD out shot the Zags 16-9, but Gonzaga held an 8-7 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron picked up her eighth shutout in goal for the Toreros as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. Lauren Ames was saddled with the loss for Gonzaga as she allowed one goal and recorded eight saves.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Moraga, Calif. For a 3 p.m. match against Saint Mary's College.