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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Aug. 22, 2008

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ALL EIGHT WCC SCHOOLS OPEN THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND

All eight WCC schools open the 2008 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. 6 in the NSCAA preseason poll, while the Broncos and Toreros are ranked No. 12 and No. 24 by Soccer America, respectively.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

August 22
Gonzaga at Long Beach State - 1:00 pm
UNLV at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 pm
UC Davis at Saint Mary's - 4:00 pm
Fresno State at San Francisco - 5:00 pm
USC at San Diego - 7:30 pm
Santa Clara at San Jose State - 7:30 pm

August 23
Cal State Fullerton at Pepperdine - 1:00 pm
Oregon at Portland - 7:00 pm

August 24
Portland State at Gonzaga - 1:00 pm

AROUND THE WCC




2008 WCC Preseason Poll

1. Portland - 49 (7)
2. Santa Clara - 42 (1)
3. San Diego - 37
4. Loyola Marymount - 30
5. Pepperdine - 24
6. Gonzaga - 22
7. San Francisco - 11
8. Saint Mary's - 9
(First place votes)


Portland Claims Top Spot In 2008 WCC Preseason Poll
Coming off of its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance, Portland was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2008 WCC regular season title, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. The Pilots received seven first place votes to tally 49 overall points. This marks the fourth straight year that the Pilots have been selected as the WCC preseason favorite.

Santa Clara was selected second with 42 total points, and received one first place vote. The Broncos are followed in the poll by San Diego (37), which advanced to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, and by Loyola Marymount (30). Selected fifth was Pepperdine, which tallied 24 points, followed by Gonzaga with 22 points. San Francisco (11) and Saint Mary's (9) round out this year's preseason poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The WCC: The Elite Conference 16 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season, marking the 16th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representatitve 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 eight consecutive years in the Elite Eight.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 16
Pac-10 - 8
Big East - 6
ACC - 3

WCC In The RPI
Last season, the WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, finishing the season ranked No. 6 in the RPI. The 2007 season marked the WCC's seventh consecutive season ranked in the RPI top 10.

West Coast Conference RPI Rankings By Year
2007 - 6th
2006 - 4th
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 3rd
2003 - 5th
2002 - 2nd
2001 - 2nd

Three WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
The WCC landed three players on the 2008 women's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland placed two players on the list in junior Michelle Enyeart and sophomore Eli Reed, Santa Clara's Kiki Bosio rounds out the WCC players named to the watch list.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 0-0-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • In 2007, Gonzaga notched the program's fifth consecutive 10-plus win season and matched the school-record for wins in a season with 12.

  • The Zags will be led by six returning starters from last season's 12-7-1 squad, including senior Kelcey Goddard, a 2007 All-WCC second team selection, and sophomore keeper Lauren Ames, who was tabbed for the WCC all-freshman team a season ago.

  • Eight players on the 2008 roster appeared in at least 15 games for the Bulldogs last season.

  • The Zags posted nine shutouts last year, the fourth most in the WCC.

  • The Zags open their season on the road at Long Beach State (8/22) before returning home to host Portland State (8/24) for the inaugural game at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field.
  • August 22
    at Long Beach State - 1:00 PM

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

  • LMU posted a 12-6-1 overall record in 2007 in Head Coach Joe Mallia's first year with the program. The 12 victories were the second-most all-time at LMU and the Lions turned in their second-highest finish in the WCC by tying for third with a 4-3-1 mark.

  • The Lions boast one of the most experienced teams in the WCC as they welcome back 23 letterwinners and nine starters from last year's squad, including all-conference performers Stefanie Baduria, Tiffany Harrison, Kim Feeney, and Lily Sorentino. Harrison earned second team All-WCC honors last season, while Baduria, Feeney, and Sorentino were named honorable mention.

  • The Lions host UNLV (8/22) to open the season.
  • August 22
    UNLV - 4:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves, who are seeking their sixth NCAA Tournament bid in the last eight seasons, return eight starters and 14 letterwinners overall.

  • 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 return five players who earned All-WCC honors last season. Junior M/F Sophia Medina earned second team all-conference honors, while Kelsey Baker, Cammie Burke, Courtney Price, and Amanda Rupp were named honorable mention.

  • The Waves also welcome back senior striker Emily Wynne. In her career, Wynne has scored nine goals in 52 matches and is tied for 10th all-time at Pepperdine with 15 assists.

  • Pepperdine opens the 2008 campaign by hosting Cal State Fullerton (8/23).
  • August 23
    CS Fullerton - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • For the fourth straight season, the Portland Pilots were selected as the WCC preseason favorite by the league's coaches.

  • The Pilots are ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA and the Soccertimes.com preseason polls.

  • Portland returns five starters and 14 letterwinners from last season's 18-4-0 team, including three of its top four goal scorers from 2007. In addition, the Pilots welcome in the No. 7 ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Soccerbuzz.com.

  • Junior striker Michelle Enyeart, who led the Pilots in scoring a year ago with 12 goals and 15 assists, and sophomore MF Eli Reed have been named to the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List.

  • The Pilots open the season by hosting in-state rival Oregon (8/23).
  • August 23
    Oregon - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's returns eight starters and 17 letterwinners overall from last year's squad that posted a 6-11-2 record.

  • The Gaels welcome back two All-WCC performers in senior MF Stefani Rocco and junior MF Jessica Menzhuber. Rocco earned first team All-WCC honors last season after posting four points on a goal and two assists from her midfield position. Menzhuber was third on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists, which helped her earn honorable mention all-conference honors.

  • Junior GK Tara Larson, who saw action in 15 of 18 games last season, recorded 102 saves to lead the WCC in overall saves and saves per game (6.80). Larson registered four clean sheets in 2007.

  • The Gaels host UC Davis (8/22) in their season-opener.
  • August 23
    Oregon - 4:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros are ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA and Soccertimes.com preseason top 25 poll.

  • Senior F Amy Epsten enters her final season at USD as the program's all-time goals scored leader with 30 career strikes. The 2007 All-WCC first team member led the WCC with 14 goals last season, tying the school record for goals in a single season.

  • Senior GK Brittany Cameron enjoyed a break-out 2007 season, posting career highs in goals-against-average (0.71) and shutouts (9) and en route to All-WCC second team honors.

  • USD welcomes in the 20th ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Soccerbuzz.com, the highest ranked class in program history.

  • The Toreros host defending NCAA champs USC (8/22) to open the season.
  • August 22
    USC - 7:30 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Dons were selected to finish seventh in the 2008 WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • Junior F Samantha Brand is the Dons top returning leader in points as she scored one goal and assisted on three additional strikes in 2007.

  • Sophomore D Lauren Maris scored two goals last season to rank second on the team.

  • Senior GK Katie Hodgson returns after making 17 starts last season. Hodgson ranked third in the WCC in overall assists (74), while her three shutouts tied for seventh.

  • The Dons will have a youthful look as they welcome in 14 freshmen.

  • USF hosts Fresno State (8/22) in its season-opener.
  • August 22
    Fresno State - 5:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara, picked second in the WCC preseason poll, owns one of the longest postseason streaks in the nation, as the Broncos have advanced to 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

  • Santa Clara enters the season ranked No. 12 in the Soccer America preseason poll.

  • All-WCC first team and NSCAA All-West second team member Kiki Bosio was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Last season, the junior F led Santa Clara with seven goals and six assists.

  • Santa Clara returns seven starters and 12 letterwinners from last season's squad, and also welcomes in the 12th best recruiting class in the country, according to Soccer Buzz.

  • The Broncos open the 2008 season at San Jose State (8/22).
  • August 22
    San Jose State - 7:30 PM