Nov. 4, 2006
Pepperdine - 3
Gonzaga - 0
Malibu, Calif. - Ending the regular season in victorious fashion on Senior Day, the No. 24 Pepperdine women's soccer team received goals from three different players as it rolled over Gonzaga, 3-0, in both team's final West Coast Conference (WCC) match on Saturday afternoon. The Waves ended the regular season with an 11-6-3 overall record and a 4-2-1 record in conference play, while the Bulldogs concluded the season with a 10-9-1 record, including a 3-4-0 conference mark.
The Bulldogs got out of the gate quickly as they controlled much of the first half offensively, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte stopped any balls crossing in front of the net. Pepperdine gained possession late in the first 45 minutes, stepping up in Gonzaga territory after midfielder Jenna Shay's shot sailed over the cross bar.
Senior Lindsey Redlin bended her corner kick in front of the opponent's net as Emily Wynne's shot was knocked into Sophia Medina's foot. The freshman forward followed with a shot that found the back of the net to give the Waves the 1-0 lead at the 40:20 mark.
Pepperdine kept its momentum going in the second half as it quickly became the dominate team. Redlin dribbled down field, drawing the goalkeeper out of the box, but the Bulldog defense was there to save the imminent goal. Redlin had another opportunity shortly after when defender Courtney Nelson crossed the ball to her senior teammate, but the shot fell wide.
The Waves added two more goals in the last 10 minutes of play. Receiving the pass off of a free kick, sophomore defender Ashley Copp rocketed the ball past Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman as Pepperdine gained a two goal lead at the 84:59 mark. Redlin finally found her opportunity in the last minute of the game when Wynne crossed the ball and shot from the left side as the Waves' third goal slipped past Thalman.
Late in the second half, Gonzaga had a chance to get on board when it earned a free kick outside the box. Midfielder Taylor Hall headed the ball in the corner of the net, but Stolte was able to keep her hands on the shot as the Wave recorded her sixth shutout of the season.
Pepperdine out-shot Gonzaga 13-10, including eight shots on goal as it snapped a three-game losing streak against the Bulldogs. Redlin led all players with five shots and was credited with two assists along with the final goal. Wynne was credited with an assist on each of the Waves' three goals.
Saturday's match marked the last regular season appearance for seven senior Waves. Redlin, Nelson, Jennifer Brewer, Caitlin Mitchell, Lauren Treinen, Loretta Younkin and Ashlee Doi are concluding their Pepperdine careers this season.
The Waves will turn their attention to Monday when the 64-team field to the NCAA Tournament will be announced live on ESPNews at Noon (PT). First-round NCAA Tournament gets underway on Friday, November 10, at selected sites.
San Diego- 2
San Francisco- 0
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Tara Hodgson and Allison Wolters each tally a goal to lift the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout win over the University of San Francisco in both teams' regular-season finale Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros close the regular season with a 12-8-0 overall record and a 3-4-0 mark in the West Coast Conference and run their win streak to three. USD also keeps hope alive for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. The filed of 64 will be announced on Monday afternoon between 12-1 p.m. on a live television broadcast on ESPNEWS. With the loss, the Dons fall to 5-13-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the WCC.
San Diego would score the only goal they would need in the 38th minute of play as Jackie Garcia sent a pass to Hodgson, who corralled the ball, and rocked off a shot from 18 yards out that found the back of the net.
19 minutes later, Wolters put the game out of reach. Hodgson was in a giving mood this time as she sent a cross to Wolters, who in turn hit a laser shot from 15 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal to give USD the 2-0 win.
Brittany Cameron posted her third consecutive shutout in goal for the Toreros as she recorded four saves in the win. Her counterpart, Katie Hodgson, took the loss for the Dons allowing two goals and recording four saves.
San Diego out shot the Dons 10-9, but the Dons held a territorial advantage in corner kicks at 8-4.
The Toreros will now await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday to learn if they have indeed earned an at-large berth into the Women's Soccer College Cup Tournament.
Santa Clara - 2
Saint Mary's - 1
Moraga, CA - The No. 4 Santa Clara women's soccer team made it a sweep Saturday afternoon, bringing home the program's ninth West Coast Conference title outright by virtue of the team's 2-1 win over Saint Mary's, and Portland's 0-0 tie at Loyola Marymount. The win also means that the Bronco men's and women's soccer team have swept the WCC soccer titles for the first time since the 2003 season.
Santa Clara concludes the regular season with a record of 15-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in WCC play. As WCC champions, the Broncos earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will now wait until Monday's NCAA Selection Show to find out their draw in the dance. The Selection Show will be aired between 12-1 p.m. on ESPNNEWS and will be accompanied by a press conference with head coach Jerry Smith and selected players on campus in The Bronco, located inside the Benson Memorial Center.
Fresh off of being named the WCC's Player of the Week and Player of the Month for October, defender Marian Dalmy continued her recent tear with SCU's first goal of the afternoon. Hayley Siegel netted her first of the year, which ended up being the game-winner, while Julie Ryder made two saves in helping the Broncos to the title-clinching victory.
The Broncos jumped all over the Gaels early, outshooting them 8-0 in the first half, but didn't find the net until an SMC foul in the box resulted in Santa Clara being awarded a penalty kick. Dalmy stepped up and buried the chance in the left side of the net to give SCU the early 1-0 lead.
Things stayed that way until the 65th minute, as Siegel came in possession of a loose ball, found some room on the right side of the penalty area and bent a shot around Gael keeper Jennifer Zenovich for what proved to be the game-winner.
Saint Mary's put a brief scare into the match nine minutes later, as Stefani Rocco got off a laser from 30 yards out that found the upper-left corner of the net, halving the Bronco lead. But Santa Clara kept its cool, and the defense dug in and held off the Gaels until the horn sounded.
The Broncos outshot the Gaels 18-5 in the match.
Loyola Marymount - 0
Portland - 0
Los Angeles, CA - LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made 12 saves to lead the #22 Lions to a 0-0 tie against #5 Portland on Senior Day at Sullivan Field. Today's tie marks the first time that LMU has earned a point against Portland, as the Lions wrap up the regular season with a 10-2-6 record overall. LMU's defense denied the WCC's top offense, as the Pilots averaged almost three goals per game entering today's contest, and today is just the second time this season that Portland has been shutout. The Lions finish conference play with five shutouts in seven games.
Portland (14-3-3, 4-1-2) came out firing in the first half, taking four shots (two on goal) in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Pilots had a 13-8 shots advantage in the first half, but Slovek came up big for the Lions (10-2-6, 2-1-4) with seven saves in the opening 45 minutes. Cori Alexander made three stops for the Pilots.
LMU came alive in the second half, especially when the trio of Katie Osborne, Alicia Lloyd and Lacey Bartels entered the game in the 67th minute. The Lions' offense started clicking with LMU getting several dangerous opportunities. Tiffany Harrison nearly gave LMU the lead with her hard shot to the upper left corner, but Alexander used every inch of her 5-10 frame to get up into the corner to grab the ball. The teams both finished with six shots apiece in the second half, but again, the defenses kept the game scoreless and forced extra time.
Both teams had their most dangerous opportunities in the first overtime period. Kendra Chandhoke had a low close range shot to the far post, but Slovek dove to the ground and stopped the ball with her outreached arms in the 96th minute. Osborne nearly ended the game in the 97th minute. Jamie Bell drove deep into the Portland defense and crossed a perfect ball across the face of the goal. Osborne was waiting for the ball in front of the goal, but so was Alexander, and the goalkeeper won the battle.
Portland took two shots in the second overtime period, but Slovek was there, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Bell and Stefanie Baduria led LMU with four shots each, while Chandhoke and Michelle Enyeart, the WCC's leading scorer, each had six shots for Portland.
It marks LMU's fourth straight WCC shutout, as the Lions finished up the final four conference games with a 2-0-2 record. The tie knocked the Pilots out of the WCC title, handing the conference crown to Santa Clara. Portland finished second, while Pepperdine finished third. LMU finishes in fourth place in the conference with 11 points. LMU tied all three of teams ahead of it this season.
Slovek finished 12 saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season. She finishes conference play with a 0.38 GAA, and saved 93% of shots on goal in WCC games. LMU allowed just three goals in seven WCC games, and had five shutouts. For the season, Slovek has a 0.58 GAA, lowest in the WCC.
LMU is hoping that its 10-2-6 record will be enough to earn a spot in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced at noon on Monday on ESPNews. Stay posted to www.LMULions.com for the latest information on the Lions' post-season plans.