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WCC Women's Soccer Opens The Season This Weekend

Aug. 20, 2009

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SEVEN WCC SCHOOLS OPEN THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND

Seven of the eight WCC schools open the 2009 season this weekend. Three WCC schools open the season ranked in the preseason top 25 as Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara are listed among the best in the nation. The Pilots are ranked as high as No. 1 in the Topdrawersoccer.com preseason poll, while the Toreros and Broncos are ranked No. 13 and No. 22 in the NSCAA preseason poll, respectively.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SAINT MARY'S at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SANTA CLARA at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at UNLV Las Vegas, NV
7:30 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
PORTLAND at Oregon Eugene, OR
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Montana at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
1:00 PM
Marquette at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
3:00 PM
SAN DIEGO at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM

WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 0-0-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga is led by first-year Head Coach Amy Edwards.

  • Gonzaga is made up of three All-WCC performers and 10 players that made at least 13 starts last season.

  • Gonzaga played in a school-record five double-overtime matches last season and also tied the school-record set by the 1996 squad for the most overtime matches played in a season with six.

  • Goalkeeper Lauren Ames registered seven shutouts last season and enters the new campaign with nine for her career. Both marks rank her third in the school record books for shutouts in a season and total career shutouts.

  • The Zags open their season by hosting Montana (8/23) this Sunday.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions were picked to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference, according to the preseason coaches poll.

  • LMU has recorded back-to-back seasons of 10-or-more victories and finished third in the WCC the past two seasons under Head Coach Joe Malia. Mallia has won the most games of any LMU coach in his first two seasons and a school-record seven Lions have been named to the All-WCC teams in each of the last two years.

  • The Lions welcome back eight starters and 21 letterwinners overall. Headlining the list of returners are Lily Sorentino, who earned All-WCC first team honors last season, Tiffany Harrison, Amanda Lernor, and Shannon Omahen, who were named to the second team, and Alyssa Clark, Kim Feeney, and Julie Gallaudet, who earned honorable mention accolades.

  • The Lions open the season at UNLV (8/21) this Friday.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves, who are seeking their sixth NCAA Tournament bid in the last nine seasons, were picked fourth in the WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • Pepperdine joins Portland and Santa Clara as the only schools to have won the WCC regular season title. Pepperdine shared the title with Santa Clara in 2002.

  • The Waves will be led by sophomore forward Laura Cole, a preseason all-conference team member, who ranked second on the team last year with six goals, while adding two assists.

  • Pepperdine will look to sophomore goalkeeper Lacey Heck to provide leadership on defense. Heck posted two shutouts as a freshman in 2008 and registered a 1.08 goals against average.

  • Pepperdine opens the 2009 campaign by hosting Marquette (8/23).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots, who were selected as the WCC preseason favorite by the league's coaches for the fifth straight season, are ranked No. 1 in the Topdrawersoccer.com preseason poll and No. 4 in the NSCAA and Soccer America preseason polls.

  • The Pilots, who captured their second consecutive conference title and fourth in the last five seasons in 2008, have won a WCC record 10 conference crowns. Portland welcomes back nine starters and 18 letterwinners overall from last year's team that posted a 20-2-0 overall record and advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

  • UP landed three players on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in seniors Kelsey Davis and Michelle Enyeart, and junior Sophie Schmidt.

  • The Pilots open the season at in-state rival Oregon (8/22).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • First-year Head Coach Kai Edwards takes over the reins of a Saint Mary's program that enters the season with 27 players on the roster, which includes 14 newcomers.

  • Last season, Saint Mary's had a flair for the dramatic. In all eight wins, SMC's game-winning goal came in the final 25 minutes of play, with seven goals coming in the final five minutes of play. The Gaels had five overtime goals and a 5-0-2 record in seven overtime games.

  • Goalkeeper Tara Larson led the WCC in saves last season with 99.

  • Ashley Nied, a 2008 All-WCC honorable mention selection, led the Gaels last season with seven goals and 14 points, while scoring four game-winning goals.

  • Saint Mary's opens the season at Pacific (8/21) this Friday.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros, picked second in the WCC preseason coaches poll, enter the season with a program-best No. 13 preseason ranking in the NSCAA poll.

  • San Diego returns eight starters including 21 letterwinners overall from last year's squad that posted a 15-5-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Toreros, who posted a program-best 6-1 WCC record last season, will be led by 2008 All-WCC first team member Jackie Zinke, who was also named to the preseason all-conference team, and Natalie Garcia, Elissa Magracia, and Stephanie Ochs, all of whom were named to the 2008 All-WCC freshman team. Magracia scored three goals and had five assists and was named a freshman All-American by Soccerbuzz.com.

  • San Diego opens the season by hosting Cal State Northridge (8/21) before playing at Cal State Bakersfield (8/23).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Dons were selected to finish seventh in the 2009 WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • The Dons have made strides under third-year Head Coach Mark Carr. USF posted five victories in 2008, more than doubling its 2007 win total of two.

  • San Francisco will be led by senior forward Kristina Hall, who was selected to the All-WCC second team last season, while senior Samantha Brand, a three-year starter for the Dons, will look to anchor the USF defense in 2009.

  • Sophomore forward Kelli Woodard saw action in all 20 USF matches and made 16 starts. Woodard tied for the team lead in assists with two.

  • USF officially kicks off the season by hosting Marist on August 28th.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos have been picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference in the annual preseason poll and are aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time under Head Coach Jerry Smith.

  • Santa Clara enters the season ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA preseason poll.

  • Senior defender Katherine Reynolds was named to the 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Reynolds, a 2008 All-WCC first-team selection and second-team selection in 2007, returns for her senior year after starting 20 matches last season, adding 10 points.

  • The Broncos are led by a trio of seniors who were named to the WCC preseason all-conference team in Kiki Bosio, Dani Potts, and Reynolds.

  • The Broncos open the 2008 season at San Jose State (8/21).