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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 29, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 1
Gonzaga - 0

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team were unable fend off No. 24 Loyola Marymount University Sunday, falling 1-0 in the Zags' final home match of the 2006 season.

With the loss, the Bulldogs slipped to 10-8-1, including a 3-3-0 record when playing West Coast Conference opponents. The Lions improved to 10-2-5 overall and 2-1-3 in WCC play.

The lone goal of the match was scored by Loyola Marymount's Katie Osborne four minutes into the first half. LMU's Jamie Bell got the ball near the midfield and fended off defenders before passing it to Osborne in front of the goal. Osborne was able to score on Gonzaga goalkeeper Jessie Thalman in a one on one situation.

Cristin Leverson led the Zags with four shots, two on goal. Also posting a pair of shots on goal for GU was Beth Drollinger and Taylor Hall.

Nanda McCormick was unable to continue her five match scoring streak and was held to one shot for the match. In the past five matches, McCormick had scored five of Gonzaga's eight goals, including four match winners. The five match scoring streak tied a career high for McCormick who completed the same feat during the 2005 season.

Gonzaga maintained the offensive advantage over the Lions for a majority of the match, out shooting LMU 15-7, including holding a 6-2 edge in the second half. The Bulldogs also held a 8-3 corner kick advantage.

Prior to the match, Gonzaga recognized Senior Day by honoring Drollinger, Traci Dallas and Megan Trammell in their final home match as members of the Bulldog women's soccer team.

The Zags will play their final regular season match of the 2006 season when they travel to Malibu, Calif. to take on Pepperdine Saturday at Noon.

Portland - 3
Pepperdine - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - The No. 6 Portland Pilots inched closer to another West Coast Conference women's soccer regular season championship with an impressive 3-1 victory over the Pepperdine Waves on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Both teams entered the match tied atop the WCC standings, along with Santa Clara, with 3-1-1 league records.

All three Pilot goals were scored in the second half as junior Rachael Rapinoe, freshman Michelle Enyeart and sophomore Angie Woznuk tallied the strikes. Portland (14-3-2, 4-1-1 WCC) dominated Pepperdine (10-6-3, 3-2-1) in the first half in terms of possession and scoring opportunities, but could not manage a goal until after halftime.

Portland's six seniors were recognized prior to kickoff and received rousing ovations from the 4,368 fans in attendance.

Rapinoe gave the crowd more to cheer about in the 67th minute, breaking a scoreless tie with her fourth goal of the season. Pilot freshman Kendra Chandhoke started the scoring sequence with a short cross from the right side. Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte dove on the ball, but it squirted free and Rapinoe tapped in the loose ball to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead.

Enyeart made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute, taking a perfect through pass from Woznuk and sending a shot past Stolte and into the lower left from 10 yards. It was Enyeart's team leading 16th goal of the season and Woznuk's team best 11th assist. The goal made it 12 goals in the last 12 games for the freshman striker, including at least one in each of the last six matches.

The Waves made it interesting with a goal in the 81st minute off a corner kick taken by Lindsey Redlin. Redlin played a short ball to Jennifer Brewer at the corner of the penalty box on the left side. Brewer blasted a 20-yard shot to the upper left, giving Portland reserve goalkeeper Ruth Gilliam no chance at making a save.

Woznuk provided the insurance goal in the 88th minute on a free kick that was awarded when Stolte was issued a yellow card for a tackle on Rapinoe just outside the top of the penalty box. Woznuk bent the kick around the right of the defensive wall and into the low right of the frame for her second goal of the season.

Portland outshot the Waves 14-0 in the first half and 25-5 for the game. Both teams recorded five corner kicks, while the Pilots racked up a 15-5 edge in foul calls.

Senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander made two saves for the Pilots, while Stolte also stopped two shots for the Waves.

Portland is now tied atop the WCC standings with Santa Clara, a 4-0 winner over San Francisco on Sunday, with 13 points. Either the Pilots or Broncos have won or had a share of every WCC title since the league began sponsoring women's soccer in 1992. That trend will continue this season as both teams have one conference match remaining. SCU faces Saint Mary's on Saturday in Moraga, Calif., while the Pilots face No. 24 Loyola Marymount on Saturday in Los Angeles, Calif.

San Diego - 4
Saint Mary's - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Christine Mock tallies two goals and both Veronica Ambort and Marina Heberer each tally one goal as the University of San Diego women's soccer team crushed the Gaels of Saint Mary's College, 4-0, Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros move to 11-8-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the WCC and keep their hopes of making their return to the NCAA postseason alive. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 3-12-4 overall and move to 1-4-1 in the WCC.

On senior day, Ambort left Torero Stadium with a bang as she score the game-winning goal early on as at the 6:17 mark of the match, Allison Walters sent a pass to Leigh Ann Robinson, who in turn fed the ball to Ambort, who was there to punch the back into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

69 minutes later the Toreros added to their lead as in the 75th minute of the match, Mock tallied her first of two goals on the day. Off a corner kick, Vanessa Vella skied a pass into the goal box and Mock was there to redirect the ball with her head past the SMC goalkeeper pushing the lead to 2-0.

Mock wasn't done yet as seven minutes later she put the game out of reach. Vella took a free kick for the Toreros and the ball again found the head of Mock who snuck the ball past the goalkeeper for her second goal of the match.

Just 50 second later the Toreros put an exclamation mark on the match as Heberer recorded her first collegiate goal. Allison Wolters battled through two defenders, and took a shot, but the ball bounced off the `keeper and slowly started to roll towards a wide-open net. Heberer then almost dribbled the ball into the net to give USD the four-goal lead.

Brittany Cameron picked up the win for the Toreros allowing no goals and recording one save. Her counterpart, Jennifer Zenovich, was saddled with the loss for the Gaels allowing four goals and recording four saves.

The Toreros will return to the pitch on Saturday as they head to the Bay Area for a 1 p.m. showdown with the San Francisco Dons. This will be USD's last effort to prove to the NCAA selection committee that they belong in the NCAA Tournament.

Santa Clara - 4
San Francisco - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 4 Santa Clara women's soccer team took a huge step in claiming at least a share of the 2006 West Coast Conference title with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon over the San Francisco Dons. Fittingly enough on SCU's Senior Day, three goals were scored by seniors, as Marian Dalmy twice found the net, Bonnie Bowman scored the third goal, and freshman Katherine Reynolds scored the fourth. Senior goalkeeper Julie Ryder made six saves to earn her first shutout of the season.

With the win, the Broncos improve to 14-3-1 overall, and 4-1-1 in the WCC, keeping them tied with 13 points atop the WCC standings with Portland after the Pilots defeated the Pepperdine Waves 3-1 Sunday afternoon.

"One of our major goals in phase four of the season is to win the conference championship, and we know that we'll have at least a share of the title going into our last game at Saint Mary's," said head coach Jerry Smith. "We're excited about being in that position and having our fate in our hands. Hopefully we'll even get the chance to win an outright conference championship, but right now we're happy to still be in the hunt."

SCU will now close out the regular season with two games next week, the first a non-conference affair on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at Cal, followed by the finale Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Moraga against Saint Mary's.

"First and foremost, I'm really happy for the seniors, they've put in four, and in some cases, five seasons of hard work into our program, and today was mostly about them and I thought they played extremely well," Smith said after Sunday's win. "Even some seniors that aren't regular starters for us played very well today."

Santa Clara started nine of the 10 seniors honored prior to Sunday's match, as Tiffany Roberts, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 24, was unable to play. Behind the efforts of seniors Ryder, Dalmy, Bowman, Kelly Giddings, Casey Pleas, Carrie Schuler, Hillary Schwarzbach, Elyse Shelger, and Lauren Zealear, SCU outshot the Dons 18-10 Sunday afternoon on their way to the team's 14th win of the season.

Dalmy also assisted on Bowman's goal, on top of her two goals earlier. Meagan Snell and Jordan Angeli earned assists on Dalmy's second goal, while freshman Katherine Reynolds returned from injury to score her second goal of the year, as Lexi Orand and Casey Pleas registered the assists.

"It was great and so much fun, that was the point of today," Dalmy said after the win. "I just enjoyed myself and it was great having my friends out there with me."

The defense also did its part, as Ryder's six saves and the play of the back line accounted for Santa Clara's 11th shutout of the season. Ryder made a few great stops, deflecting a Jessica Gaskin shot which ended up hitting the post late in the game, and stopping a point-blank offering from USF's Hilary Fisher to preserve the shutout.

Dalmy got the scoring started in the 21st minute, recovering a loose ball in the box and beating USF keeper Katie Hodgson top shelf for her fourth goal of the year. She followed that up with her fifth of the year, and second of the match, seven minutes later off of a free kick situation. With Snell, Angeli, and Dalmy surrounding the dead ball, Snell's tap to Angeli was directed back to Dalmy, who drilled a bending shot past Hodgson into the far upper corner of the net.

Bowman got in on the scoring at the 60:50 mark, as Shelger found Dalmy streaking down the sidelines, who then crossed a ball through traffic right to Bowman, whose turnaround shot was true for her second goal of the season and the three-goal SCU lead.

Reynolds finished off the scoring in the 87th minute, as Pleas started the sequence with a pass to Orand, who got around the USF back line and fed a cross into the box that Reynolds buried for the match's final tally.