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WCC Women's Soccer Preseason Notes

Aug. 19, 2010

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WCC TEAMS READY TO START NON-CONFERENCE SEASON

All eight WCC teams will start the 2010 regular season this Friday. Portland and Santa Clara both appeared in the NSCAA Top 25 Preseason Poll and look to continue their momentum from last season, as both competed in last year's NCAA Tournament.


AROUND THE WCC

The WCC: The Elite Conference 18 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech. This was the 18th straight season that the WCC has had at least one representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation. The second closest active NCAA quarterfinal streak is held by the Pac-10 with 10 consecutive years in the Elite Eight.Against UCLA in the Quarterfinals, it seemed as though the Pilots were well on their way to another NCAA College Cup after an early goal on the road, but the UCLA Bruins came back with a 2-1 victory to end the Pilots' postseason run. Portland (21-2-0) concluded the season with the second most wins in school history, while the loss marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.

Pilots Capture Record 11th WCC Title
The Pilots captured their third consecutive West Coast Conference title and fifth in the last six seasons after going undefeated in conference matches. This marked the third consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play. The Pilots were also rewarded with the Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year honors in senior Michelle Enyeart and head coach Garrett Smith.

Four WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch Listt
Like last season, the WCC landed another four players on the 2010 women's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland is one of five teams in the nation to have three representatives on the watch list as seniors Kendra Chandhoke and Sophie Schmidt, along with junior Danielle Foxhoven were selected. The Pilots are joined by perennial championship contenders Stanford, UCLA , Notre Dame, and Boston College with three players mentioned. Rounding out the list of WCC players on the preseason watch list was Santa Clara junior Bianca Henninger.

2010 WCC Preseason All-Conference
Portland garnered the maximum seven first place votes and was selected as the preseason favorite in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Pilots are followed in the poll by 2009 NCAA Tournament participants Santa Clara and San Diego. Rounding out this year's poll was Pepperdine in fourth place, followed by Loyola Marymount, picked fifth, Saint Mary's in sixth, Gonzaga in seventh and San Francisco in eighth. In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coachesalso selected a pre-season all-conference team. The full poll and preseason all-conference team are listed below:

2010 WCCPreseason Coaches Poll
1. Portland - 49 (7)
2. Santa Clara - 41.5 (1)
3. San Diego - 38.5
4. Pepperdine - 27
5. Loyola Marymount - 26
6. Saint Mary's - 19
7. Gonzaga - 12
8. San Francisco - 11
(First place votes)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Kendra Chandhoke, Portland
Danielle Foxhoven, Portland
Julie Gallaudet, Loyola Marymount
Bianca Henniger, Santa Clara
Sheridan Jones, Gonzaga
Stephanie Ochs, San Diego
Sophie Schmidt, Portland
Michelle Spacciapolli, Pepperdine
Allie Vernon, Santa Clara
Keelin Winters, Portland
Jackie Zinke, San Diego

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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

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  • Gonzaga opens the 2010 season at the Washington State Invitational. The Zags will face Utah (10-10-2) on Friday at 12:00 p.m. and Florida State (19-5-1), who enters the season ranked sixth in the nation, on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

  • The Bulldogs are led by second-year head coach Amy Edwards, and Gonzaga will continue her coaching philosophy as an attacking team. Sixteen players, including seniors Sheridan Jones, Ashley Riley and Catherine Cullen, return to the Bulldog roster. In addition, Edwards welcomes nine newcomers.

  • Gonzaga was picked seventh in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, and senior midfielder Sheridan Jones was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team

  • Gonzaga finished the 2009 season 8-12-0 overall and 2-5-0 in the West Coast Conference (sixth place).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount opens the season at #14 California (11-9-1) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Berkeley. The Lions will open the home season on Friday, August 27 vs. Denver (17-6-1) at 4:00 p.m. LMU played a preseason home scrimmage against Arizona State on Friday, August 13 but an official score was not kept.

  • In Julie Gallaudet and Lilly Sorentino, the Lions have been a pair of senior forwards who have been First-Team All-WCC selections. The duo, who have combined for 14 goals and 28 assists in their careers, give the Lions some experienced firepower up front.

  • LMU was picked to finish fifth in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, and senior forward Julie Gallaudet was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

  • Loyola Marymount went 11-6-2 in 2009 and finished tied for fourth in the WCC with a 3-3-1 conference mark.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine opens up the 2010 campaign in Malibu on Friday against the Fresno State Bulldogs at 3:00 p.m. The Waves will then stay in Southern California to take on Michigan (6-9-5) on Aug. 27 and Arizona (14-5-1) on Aug. 29 in the University of San Diego Tournament.

  • The Waves bring back 14 of 24 letterwinners (including eight of 11 starters) as well as one redshirt, while eight newcomers complete the roster. Returning players account for 11 of the 18 goals (61%) and seven of the 11 assists (64%). The roster consists of just one senior (three-year starting defender Haleigh Guertin), six juniors, eight sophomores, one redshirt freshman and seven true freshmen.

  • Pepperdine went 11-7-1 overall and were 3-3-1 and tied for fourth in the WCC. The Waves were picked fourth in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, and junior midfielder Michelle Spacciapolli was named to the preseason all-conference team.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland opens up at home against crosstown rival Portland State (10-6-4) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will then visit Cal State Northridge (10-10-0) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Portland was ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll.

  • The Pilots were picked to repeat as conference champions in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, and received seven of a possible seven first place votes. Portland also had four players selected to the 11-player preseason all-conference team: redshirt senior midfielder Kendra Chandhoke, junior forward Danielle Foxhoven, senior midfielder Sophie Schmidt and senior midfielder Keelin Winters.

  • Portland returns eight starters and 18 letterwinners from a team that went 21-2-0 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season. The Pilots went 7-0-0 in WCC play to win their third straight conference title and fifth in the last six years.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's opens the regular season in Moraga against Nevada (10-12-0) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Gaels then return to action at home against North Florida (5-10-3) on Sunday. Aug. 29 at 4:00 p.m. The Gaels played a home exhibition against UC Davis on Saturday, August 14 and came away with a 3-0 victory behind two goals from freshman forward Sara Ives.

  • Saint Mary's returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from last year's team. The Gaels did lose 2009 First Team All-WCC selection, and the team's leader in points and goals, Jessica Menzhuber.

  • The Gaels were picked sixth in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll,

  • Saint Mary's finished the 2009 season 9-11-0 overall and 1-6-0 in the West Coast Conference (tied for seventh).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros open the 2010 season at #19 USC (12-6-3) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. USC will visit San Diego on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

  • The Toreros return four All-WCC performers from last season's team in the form of first teamer Stephanie Ochs, second teamer Jackie Zinke, honorable mention honoree Elissa Magracia and All-freshman team member Mariah Hobbs.

  • San Diego was picked third in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll and junior forward Stephanie Ochs and senior midfielder Jackie Zinke were named to the preseason all-conference team.

  • The Toreros, who fell in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament to San Diego State, finished the season 12-7-2 overall and tied for second in the WCC at 5-2-0.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco opens the 2010 season at home against San Jose State (10-6-3) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Dons will then host North Florida (5-10-3) on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara (9-10-3) on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1:00 p.m.

  • The 2010 season marks the 25th Anniversary of women's soccer on the Hilltop. In 1985, Erik Visser became the first head coach of the program, recruiting essentially a team of walk-ons. Since the programs founding, Visser has moved on to become the head coach of the men's program and the women's soccer program has amassed a 170-254-32 all-time record.

  • San Francisco was picked eighth in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll.

  • The Dons finished the 2009 season 7-7-5 overall and 1-6-0 in the West Coast Conference (tied for seventh). The Dons were 5-4-1 at home and 1-0-5 in six overtime matches.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos, who were ranked ninth in the nation in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, open the season at home against 2009 Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and defending Western Athletic Conference champion San Jose State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

  • Santa Clara was selected second in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll with one first place vote and junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger and sophomore midfielder Allie Vernon were named to the preseason all-conference team.

  • The Broncos finished the 2009 season 14-7-0 overall and 5-2-0 in the West Coast Conference (tied for second). Santa Clara posted wins over three ranked opponents - Notre Dame, Purdue and Columbia - and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with home victories over Michigan State and Oklahoma State. The Broncos then fell at top-ranked Stanford 1-0 in the third round of the tournament.