Sept. 3, 2007
WCC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Portland's Rapinoe and San Diego's Cameron Share Weekly Honor
Portland senior forward Rachael Rapinoe and San Diego junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron share this week's WCC Player of the Week award after guiding their respective teams to undefeated records. Rapinoe scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Portland's 2-1 win over No. 6 Florida State. Led by Rapinoe's seven shots, the Pilots out-shot the Seminoles, 17-8. Cameron was equally as impressive, helping the Toreros post a 1-0-1 record against a pair of top 25 teams. Cameron collected six saves in San Diego's 2-1 win over No. 19 Wake Forest. She followed that up with three saves in her first shutout of the season in the Toreros' 0-0 draw versus No. 22 Duke.
Portland vs. Oregon State - 2:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. Washington State - 2:00 PM
3 Loyola Marymount at Indiana - 4:30 PM
4 Portland vs. Cal State Fullerton - 4:30 PM
5 Saint Mary's vs. Vermont - 4:30 PM
San Diego at Dayton - 4:30 PM
Pepperdine at Ohio State - 7:30 PM
6 San Francisco vs. Cal State Northridge - 7:30 PM
7 Santa Clara vs. Notre Dame - 7:30 PM
3 Loyola Marymount vs. Maryland - 8:00 AM
San Diego at Ohio State - 10:00 AM
4 Portland vs. Purdue - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga at Eastern Washington - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Dayton - 1:00 PM
6 San Francisco at UCLA - 1:30 PM
7 Santa Clara vs. Virginia - 1:30 PM
5 Saint Mary's vs. Cal State Bakersfield - 2:30 PM
3 Hoosier Classic; 4 Nike Husky Invitational; 5 Saint Mary's Tournament; 6 UCLA Tournament; 7 Santa Clara adidas Classic
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened the 2007 season with a 1-1-0 record, falling to Idaho, 2-0, before bouncing back to defeat Montana, 1-0.
- Senior Christine Soma scored the lone goal in the Zags' win over Montana. Soma, a two-time All-WCC selection, tallied two goals and three assists last season.
- Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman recorded four saves in Gonzaga's shutout win over Montana. The shutout was the seventh of the sophomore's career, placing her second on the Zags' career shutout list.
- Gonzaga dropped the season-opener to Idaho, despite holding a commanding 19-6 edge in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Zags host Washington State (9/7) before traveling to Eastern Washington (9/9).
Loyola Marymount (0-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions opened the season with a pair of tough 1-0 setbacks, falling to UCSB and Dayton, with the loss to the Flyers coming in double-overtime.
- Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek collected five saves versus Dayton and two against UC Santa Barbara. With the seven saves over the weekend, Slovek, the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, now has 203 career saves. She needs just 83 more saves to tie the school's all-time record of 286 set by Celeste Adams.
- The Lions dominated Dayton in the second half and in the first overtime period, out-shooting the Flyers 9-2.
- Senior forward Jamie Bell led the Lions with three shots versus Dayton.
- The Lions take on Indiana (9/7) and Maryland (9/9) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (0-1-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine opened the season with a 0-0 draw with No. 22 Duke, before suffering a 2-0 setback versus No. 19 Wake Forest at the WCC/ACC Challenge.
- The Waves out-shot the Blue Devils 15-9 and held an 11-3 edge in shots on goal. Forward Amanda Rupp paced the Waves with three shots, all of them on goal, while midfielders McKenzie Hill and Emily Wynne each put two shots on goal.
- Junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte made three saves to post the shutout versus Duke. Stolte led the WCC in saves last season with 91 overall and tied for fourth with six shutouts.
- The season-opening draw with Duke snapped the Waves string of four consecutive season-opening wins.
- Pepperdine will travel east to face Ohio State (9/7) and Dayton (9/9) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (1-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots opened the season with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over No. 6 Florida State in front of a sold out Merlo Field crowd of 4,892.
- Senior forward Rachel Rapinoe tallied the game-winning goal late in the first overtime period. Rapinoe led the Pilots with seven shots as the Pilots out-shot the Seminoles, 17-8. Senior forward Natalie Budge scored the Pilots first goal, tying the game at 1-1. The goal was the 26th of her career.
- Sophomore goalie Kelsey Davis collected four saves in her Pilots' debut to earn the win.
- UP has led the nation in average attendance the last two seasons.
- The Pilots have a busy week as they host Oregon State (9/3), before taking on Cal State Fullerton (9/7) and Purdue (9/9) at the Husky Invitational in Seattle.
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels opened the season with a 2-2 tie with Colorado College before notching a 2-1 overtime win versus Columbia.
- Sophomore midfielder Jessica Menzhuber netted the game-winner a minute into overtime to lift the Gaels past Columbia.
- Sophomore forward Allie Weiner assisted on both SMC goals in the win over Columbia, and scored a goal and assisted on another in the Gaels' tie with Colorado College. Weiner, the Gaels' leading scorer from last season, has already surpassed her assist total from last season with three assists.
- Freshman forward Alex Ciliento registered goals in both games this weekend.
- The Gaels host Vermont (9/7) and CS Bakersfield (9/9) in the Saint Mary's Tournament.
San Diego Toreros (1-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego enjoyed a strong start to the 2007 campaign, earning a 2-1 win over No. 19 Wake Forest, before playing No. 22 Duke to a 0-0 draw. With the tie with the Blue Devils, the Toreros claimed the championship of the WCC/ACC Challenge.
- Freshman forward Ashleigh Shoughro's first collegiate goal in the 81st minute lifted the Toreros past Wake Forest
- Junior Amy Epsten, after sitting out all of last year with a medical redshirt, retuned to the form that made her the 2004 WCC Freshman of the Year, as the striker tallied the first goal versus Wake Forest.
- San Diego looks to continue its winning ways as the Toreros travel to the midwest to take on Dayton (9/7) and Ohio State (9/9).
San Francisco Dons (0-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco battled Bay Area rival San Jose State to a 3-3 draw to open the season.
- Sophomore forward Samantha Brand was instrumental in the Dons' attack, setting up USF's last two goals of the match versus San Jose State. Brand's first collegiate assist came versus the Spartans last season on September 3rd.
- Freshman forward Elizabeth Van Buskirk tallied her first collegiate goal with her strike in the 73rd minute that temporarily give the Dons a 3-2 lead.
- USF junior defender Katherine Kimure and senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan also scored goals versus San Jose State.
- The Dons take on Cal State Northridge (9/7) and UCLA (9/9) in the UCLA Tournament.
Santa Clara Broncos (1-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The eighth-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team opened the season with a 3-2 win over Bay Area rival San Jose State.
- Senior forward Tina Estrada, who missed the 2006 season with a knee injury, made her presence felt immediately, scoring the Broncos' first goal just under four minutes into the match. For Estrada, a three-time All-WCC honoree, the goal was the 27th of her career.
- Highly touted freshman Jessie Baddley netted her first collegiate goal in the 86th minute versus San Jose State, which proved to be the game-winning score. Baddley, a high school All-American, was ranked as the No. 6 best incoming freshman by Soccer Buzz.
- Brittany Klein, the Broncos' senior captain, also scored versus San Jose State.
- Santa Clara hosts Notre Dame (9/7) and Virginia (9/9) in the Santa Clara adidas Classic.