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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Nov. 10, 2007

Gonzaga - 1 (2OT)
Pepperdine - 0

Spokane, Wash. - Lori Conrad's goal during the final minute of the second overtime period lifted the Gonzaga University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Pepperdine University at Martin Field in Spokane during the final match of the 2007 season. The victory marked the Bulldogs 12th victory of the season, tying the school record for victories in a season.

The Bulldogs finish the season 12-7-1 overall, 3-4-0 in West Coast Conference play. The loss dropped Pepperdine to 5-8-6, 2-4-1 against league opponents. The 12 victories ties a program high that was set in 2005 when the Zags posted a 12-4-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Conrad scored the game-winning goal - her second career goal - at 109:02. Nanda McCormick took a shot, which rebounded off of the Waves' goalkeepers fingers, before Conrad knocked in the winning goal.

The match was evenly played for a majority of the afternoon but Gonzaga finished with an 18-11 shot advantage. The Bulldogs also finished with a 6-4 corner kick edge.

The Zags' goalkeeper Lauren Ames earned the victory, posting four saves during the shutout. Pepperdine's Kayla Stolte suffered the loss after posting eight saves.

Portland - 2
Loyola Marymount - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland senior Emily Michaelson celebrated senior night with her second career goal as the third-ranked Pilots shutout the Loyola Marymount Lions 2-0 on Saturday night at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. It's the eighth straight win and the sixth straight shutout for Portland, which wrapped up its ninth West Coast Conference title with a win at Pepperdine last weekend.

Sophomore Michelle Enyeart also scored a goal and handed out an assist for the Pilots.

The Pilots (15-3-0, 7-0-0 WCC) outshot the Lions 32-4 (12-6-1, 4-3-1 WCC) on the night.

"With 34 shots, we're brining an urgency to score goals to the post season," UP head coach Garrett Smith said. "We wanted a shutout heading into the playoffs and we got it. It was a great night and great finish to the regular season."

With the game scoreless 20 minutes in, redshirt-freshman Sophie Schmidt fed Enyeart with a through ball into the LMU 18-yard box. Enyeart gained possession in open space before ripping a shot just inside the right post to make it 1-nil in Portland's favor. It's Enyeart's eighth goal of the season and what proved to be her third game-winner.

The Pilots continued to attack the LMU goal, finally capitalizing in the 62nd minute. A corner kick by Portland's Stephanie Lopez from the left corner made it all the way through the box, ending up at the feet of Enyeart. Enyeart sent a cross into the mixer where the 5-foot-11 Michaelson outjumped the LMU defense and buried a header into the right sight of the net. Enyeart picked up her conference-leading 12th assist on the season.

The 2-0 lead would hold as UP freshman keeper Hailee DeYoung made two saves for her third shutout of her collegiate career.

LMU goalie Joslyn Slovek made nine saves on the night.

It was the final regular season appearance at Merlo Field for Portland's six seniors. Michaelson, Lopez, Natalie Budge, Kelli Cronkrite, Michele Scifo and Angie Woznuk were honored before the game.

Portland earned the WCC's automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs by winning the conference crown. The Pilots will learn their post-season fate on Monday with a selection show on ESPNews, scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

San Diego - 3
San Francisco - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior striker Amy Epsten tallied two goals to become the new all-time career-goals leader at the University of San Diego Saturday evening as the 12th-ranked Toreros shutout the University of San Francisco, 3-0, in the regular-season final at Torero Stadium.

San Diego will now wait for Monday to learn if they are a host institution for the NCAA playoffs this upcoming weekend. The Toreros will also learn who they will play on a live NCAA selection show to be aired on ESPNEWS at 5 p.m. PT.

With the win, the Toreros conclude the regular-season with a 15-2-3 overall, move to 5-1-1 in the WCC and have clinched second place in conference. With the loss, the Dons fall to 2-13-3 overall and 2-5-0 in the WCC.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as Epsten tallied her 29th career-goal in the 10th minute of action. Natalie Vinti took a free kick for the Toreors, the ball went to Epsten who dribbled around a defender and punched he ball into the back of the net to give USD the 1-0 advantage.

Just 10 minutes later, Epsten broke the 11-year old career-goals mark at USD held by Michelle Kennedy (1993-96). Junior forward Jen Mello fired off a shot that was saved by the USF goalkeeper, but the ball bounced to Epsten's feet, who then hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD the 2-0 lead.

San Diego wasn't done scoring yet, as freshman forward Ashleigh Shoughro was dribbling the ball into the USF goal box, and a Dons defender committed a foul, setting up a penalty kick situation for USD in the 79th minute of action. Senior defender Vanessa Vella, took the penalty kick for the Toreros and put it into the top right corner of the goal to put he match at its final of 3-0.

Senior goalkeeper Karen Cook looked solid in her first start of the season, as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. USF's Katie Hodgson was saddled with the loss in goal for the Dons as she allowed three goals and picked up two saves.

Santa Clara - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It is only fitting that on Santa Clara's Senior Day, two of the elder players on the team led the Broncos to a 3-0 shutout of West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary's. Defender Kendall Doherty came up with two huge goals for the Broncos, while forward Meagan Snell capped things off with the third and final goal. With the win, Santa Clara improved its overall record to 12-5-3 and finished conference play 4-3-0, while Saint Mary's ends the season with a 6-11-2 overall record and a 0-7-0 league mark.

"Today was a day to showcase our seniors and how much we appreciate them and their hard work," said head coach Jerry Smith. "But it's also an important day from the entire team. Everyone worked really hard and for Kendall, I think her dreams for her senior day unfolded perfectly. She scored two great goals for us and almost had two more."

The Broncos controlled the play in the first half and started things off with a shot from Kiki Bosio that fell into the hands of the Gaels' goalkeeper Cari Makino. Bosio attempted two more shots, both finding their way over the goal, however in the 35th minute, the sophomore forward sent one of her famous flip throws into the center of the action. Doherty was on the receiving end of the pass and sent the ball to the back of the net to put Santa Clara up, 1-0.

Just thirty seconds later, Doherty struck again, this time with a header off a pass from Anessa Patton, that went over the goalkeeper's head to make the score 2-0 for SCU. The Broncos earned their final goal of the afternoon eight seconds later as Snell gained control of the ball after a scramble in front of the box and tapped it in. The goal was her 20th career goal and third of the season.

Yet there were nine minutes remaining in the first half, and Doherty's third shot of the afternoon almost became the Broncos first hat trick of the season but was narrowly saved by Makino. Bosio ended the first half for the Broncos with a shot that clipped the crossbar with just a few second remaining.

The Broncos set two new records in the first 45 minutes of Saturday's game. The 30 seconds between Doherty's goals became the new individual record for time elapsed between goals, while the eight seconds between Doherty's second goal and Snell's goal set a new team record for time elapsed between goals. The previous record was 15 seconds in October 2002 and was held by Kristi Candau and Micaela Esquivel, while the individual record of 54 seconds was set by Kristi DeVert in October 1991.

In the second half, Santa Clara made some changes to their lineup and placed junior Lisa Lahman in goal, while substituting in Kendra Perry, Alyssa Chun and Lindsey Johnson. With fresh legs on the field, the Broncos continued to apply pressure on Saint Mary's defense; however the Gaels did not make things easy for Lahman, who collected three saves. In the 60th minute, Doherty attempted her final shot of the day at earning a hat trick, but the ball deflected off the post.

Santa Clara waits to find out its postseason fate on Monday, Nov. 12 when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. Fans can watch the selection show on ESPNU at 5 p.m. PT