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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Aug. 26, 2008

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WCC women's soccer teams enjoyed a solid start to the new season, posting a 5-3-1 combined record in the opening weekend. Gonzaga, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, and Santa Clara picked up wins in the first weekend of play.


August 29
1 Santa Clara vs West Virginia - 2:00 PM
Arizona State at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
Gonzaga at Idaho - 3:00 PM
2 Saint Joseph's at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
1 Loyola Marymount at Notre Dame - 4:30 PM
San Francisco at Northern Colorado - 6:00 PM
San Diego at UCSB - 7:00 PM

August 30
UCLA at Portland - 7:00 PM

August 31
1 Loyola Marymount vs West Virginia - 8:00 AM
1 Santa Clara at Notre Dame - 10:30 AM
San Francisco at Colorado - 12:00 PM
Washington at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
UCSB at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
2 Saint Mary's vs Cal State Fullerton - 2:00 PM
UC Irvine at San Diego - 6:00 PM

September 1
USC at Portland - 2:30 PM

1 Notre Dame adidas Classic; 2 California Tournament; All Times PST

Saint Mary's Stefani Rocco Earns WCC Player of the Week Honors
Saint Mary's MF/F Stefani Rocco earned WCC Player of the Week honors for her performance in leading the Gaels to a 2-1 overtime win over UC Davis to open the 2008 season. Rocco played just 36 minutes in the game, but still managed to score both Saint Mary's goals. The senior made the most of her time on the pitch, scoring the game-tying goal in the 84th minute before finding the back of the net for the game-winning goal with 57 seconds left in the first overtime period. Rocco entered the match with just two career goals in 58 games.

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

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.



Overall Record: 1-1-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs posted a 1-1-0 record during the opening weekend of the season, falling at Long Beach State, 4-0, in their season opener before bouncing back to defeat Portland State, 1-0, in their home opener.

  • The 1-0 win over Portland State marked the first game at the new Gonzaga Soccer Field.

  • Junior Christi D'Agostino's first career goal proved to be the game winner in the Zags' win over the Vikings.

  • Sophomore GK Lauren Ames collected three saves versus Portland State to register her first shutout of the season and the third of her career.

  • The Zags travel to Idaho (8/29) before returning to Spokane to host in-state rival Washington (8/31) on Sunday.
  • August 29
    at Idaho - 3:00 PM

    August - 31
    Washington - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions opened the 2008 season with a 1-1 tie versus UNLV.

  • The Lions entered the match versus UNLV riding a 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

  • Senior Lauren Shanklin scored the Lions' equalizing goal versus UNLV. The goal was Shanklin's sixth career strike. Junior Lacey Bartels registered her third career assist on Shanklin's goal.

  • Junior GK Allyssa Clark, making just her second career start in the net for the Lions, collected five saves versus the Rebels.
  • The Lions travel to Notre Dame to participate in the Notre Dame adidas Classic. LMU will face the host Irish (8/29) and West Virginia (8/31).
  • August 29
    at Notre Dame - 4:30 PM

    August 31
    vs. West Virginia - 8:00 AM

    Overall Record: 0-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine dropped a 1-0 decision to Cal State Fullerton in its season opener.

  • Pepperdine recorded a total of 14 shots, seven in each half, and placed six of them on goal. Senior MF/F Emily Wynne a member of the 2006 All-WCC second teams, led all players with four shots. Senior F Amanda Rupp led the Waves and tied for match-high honors with two shots on goal.

  • Senior GK Kayla Stolte registered six saves versus Cal State Fullerton. Stolte, one of the top goalkeepers in the WCC, started all 19 games as a junior and posted a 0.93 goals-against average in 1,834 minutes.

  • Pepperdine continues its homestand with matches against Arizona State (8/29) and UC Santa Barbara (8/31) this weekend.
  • August 29
    Arizona State - 3:00 PM

    August 31
    UCSB - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots opened the 2008 season with an impressive 3-1 win over in-state rival Oregon.

  • Portland freshman F Danielle Foxhoven, a member of the Pilots' No. 7 nationally ranked recruiting class, started her Pilot career with a bang, scoring in the third minute on her first career shot.

  • The Rapinoe sisters, who missed most of last season with knee injuries, made an impact in their return to the field as Megan Rapinoe assisted on two Pilot goals, while Rachael Rapinoe scored the Pilots' third goal of the evening.

  • Junior F Michelle Enyeart, named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list, scored her 29th career goal in the win over Oregon.

  • UP has a challenging week ahead as it hosts No. 3 UCLA (8/30) and No. 1 USC (9/1).
  • August 30
    UCLA - 7:00 PM

    September 1
    USC - 2:30 PM

    Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the 2008 campaign with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over UC Davis.

  • Senior MF Stefani Rocco came off the bench midway through the second half against the Aggies and scored both Saint Mary's goals, her second strike coming with just 57 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. The overtime goal for Rocco marked the first game-winning goal of the senior's career at SMC.

  • Sophomore F Alex Ciliento assisted on Rocco's first goal. As a freshman last season Ciliento was second on the team in goals with five, including three game-winning scores.

  • Sophomore GK Tara Larson collected two saves in the win over UC Davis.

  • The Gaels take on St. Joseph's (8/29) and CS Fullerton (8/31) at the Cal Tournament.
  • August 29
    St. Joseph's - 4:00 PM

    August 31
    vs. CS Fullerton - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime decision against defending National Champion USC.

  • The Trojans out-shot the Toreros 9-5, but San Diego held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks.

  • Senior GK Brittany Cameron tallied three saves against No. 1 ranked USC. Cameron, a 2007 All-WCC second team member, ranked second in the conference last season in shutouts with nine.

  • USD freshmen Dani Russell and Natalie Garcia, members of the Toreros' No. 20 ranked recruiting class, were named EA Sports first-team All-American honors following their senior season in high school.

  • USD plays at UC Santa Barbara (8/29) before hosting UC Irvine (8/31).
  • August 29
    at UCSB - 5:00 PM

    August 31
    UC Irvine - 6:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco defeated Fresno State, 1-0, in its season opener. It marked the Dons' first season-opening win since 2003 and avenged a shutout loss to the Bulldogs last season.

  • Senior F Katherine Kimure scored on a breakaway in the 88th minute to lift the Dons over the Bulldogs. The goal was the first game-winner for Kimure and fifth of her career.

  • Senior GK Anika Steig recorded her first career shutout for the Dons and finished with six saves in the win over Fresno State.

  • The new look Dons started six freshmen and two sophomores in the contest. The Dons held an 11-6 advantage in shots and attempted eight corner kicks, compared to five for the Bulldogs.

  • USF plays at Northern Colorado (8/29) before traveling to Colorado (8/31).
  • August 29
    at No. Colorado - 6:00 PM

    August 31
    at Colorado - 12:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara opened up the 2008 season with a 3-0 win over rival San Jose State, extending their all-time record to 13-0-0 over the Spartans.

  • The Broncos received goals from junior F Lexi Orand, freshman F/D Jenny LaPonte, and sophomore F Anessa Patton. The goal was LaPonte and Patton's first career goals.

  • Orand, junior F Kiki Bosio, sophomore defender Lindsey Johnson, and junior F Katherine Reynolds added assists.

  • The win over the Spartans was Santa Clara Head Coach Jerry Smith's 327th win. Smith, the third winningest coach in NCAA Division I history, has compiled a 327-84-27 (.777) career record.

  • SCU faces West Virginia (8/29) and Notre Dame (8/31) at the Notre Dame adidas Classic.
  • August 29
    West Virginia - 2:00 PM

    August 31
    at Notre Dame - 10:30 AM