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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Aug. 27, 2009

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WCC TEAMS LOOK TO CONTINUE HOT START

Seven of the eight WCC schools opened the 2009 season last weekend, posting a combined 8-1-0 record. Seven of the eight wins came via shutouts and WCC teams combined to outscore their opponents 21-3.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA
5:00 PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
PEPPERDINE vs. Kansas (UT Tournament) Knoxville, TN
2:30 PM
McNeese State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
3:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at Denver (Denver Tournament) Denver, CO
5:15 PM
Cal at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Marist at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
UCLA at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SANTA CLARA at Utah Salt Lake City, UT
7:30 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SAINT MARY'S vs. Colorado (Denver Tournament) Denver, CO
10:00 AM
PEPPERDINE at Tennessee (UT Tournament) Knoxville, TN
12:00 PM
PORTLAND at Washington Seattle, WA
12:00 PM
Academy of Art at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM
Northern Arizona at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
SAN DIEGO at Arizona Tucson, AZ
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

The WCC: The Elite Conference 17 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 3-2 win over James Madison. It marks the 17th consecutive 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 eight consecutive years in the Elite Eight.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 17
Pac-10 - 9
Big East - 7
ACC - 4

Portland's Kelsey Davis is one of four WCC players named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List.


Four WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
The WCC landed four players on the 2009 women's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland is one of six teams in the nation to have three players on the Watch List as seniors Kelsey Davis and Michelle Enyeart were joined by junior Sophie Schmidt. The Pilots are joined by perennial championship contenders North Carolina, UCLA , Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford with a trio of players mentioned. Rounding out the list of WCC players on the preseason watch list was Santa Clara's Katherine Reynolds.

2009 WCC Preseason All-Conference
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team for the first time. Below is the list of players named to the 2009 WCC preseason all-conference team.

Preseason All-Conference Team
Kiki Bosio, SCU
Laura Cole, PEP
Kelsey Davis, POR
Michelle Enyeart, POR
Danielle Foxhoven, POR
Sheridan Jones, GON
Dani Potts, SCU
Katherine Reynolds, SCU
Sophie Schmidt, POR
Lily Sorentino, LMU
Jackie Zinke, USD


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 1-0-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga opened its 2009 season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Montana.

  • Lori Conrad led the way for the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist while Jessie Sorenson and Kelsey Werre each notched scores for the Zags who recorded all three goals in the first half en route to earning new Head Coach Amy Edwards her first win for the Zags.

  • GU had 22 of its 26 active players appear in its season-opening victory over Montana.

  • A trio of Gonzaga players earned All-WCC honors last season. Sheridan Jones was named to the All-WCC first team, while Conrad and Courtney Peacock each received honorable mention. Peacock also earned a spot on the All-WCC freshman team.

  • The Zags host McNeese State (8/28) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions got the 2009 campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 shutout at UNLV.

  • 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 Mallia. 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.

  • Freshman Cori McGovern and junior Julie Gallaudet each scored in the second half to lift the Lions to the win.

  • Senior GK Alyssa Clark collected four saves for her ninth career shutout.

  • LMU plays at CS Northridge (8/27) before hosting Northern Arizona (8/30).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves started the 2009 season with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win versus Marquette.

  • Senior Sophia Medina scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory over 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier Marquette. For her efforts, Medina earned her second career WCC Player of the Week honor and was named to the Soccer America National Team of the week.

  • A pair of newcomers were crucial in the win over the Golden Eagles as Boston College transfer Michelle Spacciapolli scored her first goal with the Waves in the second half against Marquette and freshman goalkeeper Roxanne Barker collected four saves between the pipes.

  • The Waves travel to Knoxville, TN to participate in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic where they will face Kansas (8/28) and host Tennessee (8/30).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots opened the season with a 3-0 win at in-state rival Oregon.

  • Junior Sophie Schmidt, senior Michelle Enyeart, and freshman Kendall Johnson each notched goals for the Pilots. Enyeart now has 36 career goals and needs just one more to tie former UP standout Justi Baumgardt for seventh place on the Pilots' career chart.

  • Senior GK Kelsey Davis made six saves to record the shutout. Davis, who posted 14 clean sheets in 2008, now has 24 career shutouts to rank sixth on the Pilots' all-time list.

  • UP landed three players on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in seniors Kelsey Davis and Michelle Enyeart, and junior Sophie Schmidt. Davis was also named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award list.

  • The Pilots host Cal (8/28) before traveling to Washington (8/30).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels posted a 1-0 win at Pacific to give first-year Head Coach Kai Edwards a win in his Saint Mary's debut.

  • Senior F Jessica Menzhuber made a huge impression in her return to the front line. The 5-10 attacker scored the games only goal, which came in the 71st minute of action. Menzhuber, who finished with a game-high eight shots with five shots on goal, now has seven goals in her Saint Mary's career.

  • Senior GK Tara Larson, who led the WCC in saves last season with 99, collected eight saves in the win over the Tigers for her 10th career shutout.

  • Sophomore MF Ashley Soro earned her third career assist on Menzhuber's game-winner.

  • SMC takes on Denver (8/28) and Colorado (8/30) at the Denver Tournament.

  • Overall Record: 1-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros posted a 1-1 record to open the season, blanking Cal State Northridge, 3-0, before being stunned by Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1.

  • A trio of newcomers made an impact for the Toreros in the opening weekend as freshman striker Erica Peeples took a pass from fellow freshman Sierra Ferreira and scored the game-winning goal in the Toreros' win versus Cal State Northridge. Sophomore forward Stephanie Ochs and freshman F Lexi Deol also tallied goals in the win.

  • Ferreira added the Toreros lone goal versus Cal State Bakersfield.

  • Sophomore GK Courtney Parsons picked up the shutout in goal for the Toreros against CSUN, as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves.

  • USD hosts No. 9 UCLA (8/28) before traveling to Arizona (8/30).

  • 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 (8/28) and Academy of Art (8/30).

  • Overall Record: 2-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos picked up a pair of wins to open the season, shutting out San Jose State, 4-0, and UC Santa Barbara, 2-0.

  • The Broncos received goals from six different players in the wins over San Jose State and UC Santa Barbara, including three by freshmen. Senior Kiki Bosio, freshmen Lauren Matheson and Amanda Webster, and junior Maxine Goynes tallied goals against the Spartans, while freshman Olivia Klei and senior Jordan Angeli found the back of the net against the Gauchos.

  • In its first two games of the year, the Bronco defense has only allowed one total shot on goal, helping sophomore GK Bianca Henninger earn her first two collegiate shutouts. Henninger also picked up her first career assist on the team's fourth goal against San Jose State by clearing the Spartan back line with her punt.

  • The Broncos play at Utah (8/28) in their lone match this week.