Aug. 28, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Amy Epsten, University of San Diego
San Diego junior forward Amy Epsten is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her performance in leading the Toreros to a 2-0 start to open the 2006 campaign. Epsten tallied two goals on the weekend for a team-leading four points. The San Diego, CA native scored the game-tying goal in USD's season-opening 3-2 win at Cal Poly before scoring the game-winning goal in the Toreros' 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. Epsten, the 2004 WCC Freshman of the Year, has scored 16 career goals.
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 3:00 PM
4San Diego vs. Dayton - 1:00 PM
3Saint Mary's vs. Cal State Fullerton - 2:00 PM
6Santa Clara vs. Harvard - 2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
4Dayton at Pepperdine - 3:30 PM
5Portland vs. Rhode Island - 4:30 PM
San Francisco at Stanford - 7:00 PM
Eastern Washington at Gonzaga - 12:00 PM
3Saint Mary's vs. Kansas - 10:00 AM
6Santa Clara at Notre Dame - 10:00 AM
5Portland vs. UW-Milwaukee - 11:00 AM
4San Diego vs. Ohio State - 11:30 AM
Oregon at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
San Jose State at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
4Ohio State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
3 Cal Tournament; 4 Pepperdine Tournament; 5 Nike Husky Invit.; 6 Notre Dame Tournament
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga posted a 1-0-1 record in the opening weekend, registering a 2-1 win over Oregon State before playing Washington State to a 0-0 draw. GU has now won four straight season openers.
- Sophomore Lacey Castleberry's goal in the 61st minute lifted Gonzaga to the win over Oregon State. The goal was just the second of her career.
- Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her first career shutout in her second career start in the Zags' 0-0 tie against Washington State. With the tie, the Bulldogs recorded the program's inaugural tie and shutout against the Cougars. Prior to Sunday's meeting, the Zags were 0-12-0 against WSU.
- Gonzaga returns to Spokane to host Birmingham-Southern (9/1) and Eastern Washington (9/2) in its home-opening weekend.
Loyola Marymount (0-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount opened the 2006 season with a 1-1 tie against San Jose State.
- Freshman Tiffany Harrison scored LMU's goal in her Lion debut, heading in a kick from sophomore Amanda Lernor.
- Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded six saves, including stopping a penalty kick in the 77th minute in the Lions' tie with San Jose State.
- Loyola Marymount's game versus Kansas on Sunday was cancelled due to heavy rains in the Lawrence area.
- The Lions return to Sullivan Field to host Oregon (9/3) on Sunday in their lone match of the week.
Pepperdine Waves (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine kicked off the 2006 season with a 5-0 shutout over Idaho, before falling to Cal Poly in overtime, 2-1.
- The Waves' five goals marked a program high for a season and home opener as Pepperdine received goals from four different players, while five players on the field recorded nine total assists.
- Sophomore Emily Wynne paced the Waves' attack, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists over the weekend.
- Senior Lindsey Redlin added her 16th career goal over the weekend to rank ninth on the Waves all-time list.
- The Waves host Dayton (9/1) and Ohio State (9/3) in the Pepperdine Tournament.
Portland Pilots (0-1-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots opened the season with a 1-1 draw at No. 11 Florida, before suffering a 2-1 setback at No. 4 Florida State. The loss to Florida State snaps a 26-match unbeaten streak for the Pilots, dating back to the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals at Notre Dame.
- Portland was playing without junior All-American defender Stephanie Lopez, the 2005 WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Lopez is currently competing with the U.S. National Team at the Under-20 FIFA World Championships in Russia and will return to the collegiate pitch next month.
- All-Americans Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk added goals for the Pilots over the weekend.
- The Pilots will look to return to their winning ways when they take on Rhode Island (9/1) and UW-Milwaukee (9/3) at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, WA.
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- First-year Head Coach Kelly Lindsey notched her first career win as Saint Mary's cruised past Long Island in its season opener.
- Sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann scored two goals to help the Gaels post a two-goal win over the Blackbirds.
- Redshirt freshman Allie Weiner made an immediate impression, scoring SMC's first goal of the game just seven minutes into the contest.
- SMC's freshman goalkeeper Noelle Brown collected one save to register her first career victory.
- The Gaels travel to Sacramento State (8/29) before taking on Cal State Fullerton (9/1) and Kansas (9/3) at the Cal Tournament.
San Diego Toreros (2-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego opened the season with a pair of wins, edging Cal Poly 3-2, before blanking UC Santa Barbara, 2-0.
- Junior Amy Epsten was a key factor in the Toreros' 2-0 start, scoring a goal to make it 2-2 versus the Mustangs, before scoring the game-winning goal versus the Gauchos.
- Junior Karen Cook picked up her first shut out and first win of the season, collecting five saves in the Toreros' win over UCSB.
- Junior Leigh Ann Robinson, an All-WCC second team member in 2005, added a goal and an assist over the weekend for the Toreros.
- San Diego looks to make it four-in-a-row as the Toreros take on Dayton (9/1) and Ohio State (9/3) at the Pepperdine Tournament.
San Francisco Dons (0-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons suffered a pair of setbacks to open the season, falling 2-0 at Fresno State, before dropping a 3-0 decision to UC Davis.
- Senior forward Chelsea Hunt headlines the list of returning starters and cemented her reputation as one of the elite offensive playmakers in the WCC last season with a career-high 10 goals along with a pair of assists. Hunt, a two-time All-WCC second team member, enters the season with 23 career scoring strikes, good for a share of third place on the Dons career goals list with Shellie Silva (1991-94).
- A pair of sophomores, defender Jessica Duty and goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, earned WCC all-freshman team honors last year.
- The Dons look for their first win of the season as they travel to Stanford (9/1) before returning to the Hilltop to host San Jose State (9/3).
Santa Clara Broncos (2-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a pair of wins in the opening weekend, defeating then-No. 23 Wake Forest and Utah by 1-0 margins.
- Freshman Katherine Reynolds tallied the game-winner versus Wake Forest, while classmate Kiki Bosio recorded an assist in the Broncos' win over the Demon Deacons. For her efforts, Bosio was named MVP of the Santa Clara adidas Classic.
- Hillary Schwarzbach, a transfer from USC, scored her first career goal to give the Broncos a 1-0 win over the Utah Utes.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Meagan McCray registered two clean sheets over the weekend, doubling her career total.
- SCU takes on Harvard (9/1) and Notre Dame (9/3) at the Notre Dame Tournament.