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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 4, 2008

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WCC women's soccer teams continue non-conference action this weekend. Portland started the week with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win versus No. 1 USC. Santa Clara, ranked as high as No. 11 in the latest Soccertimes.com poll, travels to Los Angeles for its shot at the Women of Troy.


September 5
3 San Diego vs Northwestern - 1:00 PM
UC Irvine at Loyola Marymount - 1:30 PM
Santa Clara at USC - 3:00 PM
3 Iowa at Pepperdine - 3:30 PM
4 Portland vs Kennesaw State - 4:30 PM
Nevada at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland State - 7:00 PM

September 7
3 San Diego vs Iowa - 10:30 AM
4 Portland vs Colgate - 11:00 AM
Cal State Bakersfield at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
Harvard at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
3 Northwestern at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Oregon - 1:00 PM
Eastern Kentucky at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Cal State Fullerton - 1:00 PM

3 Pepperdine Nike Challenge (Malibu, CA); 4 Washington Tournament (Seattle, WA); All Times PST

WCC Player of the Week: Santa Clara's Kendra Perry Earns Weekly Honor
Perry picked the perfect time to score her first collegiate goals as the sophomore midfielder scored both goals in the Broncos' 2-1 overtime victory versus then-No. 10 West Virginia at the Inn at Saint Mary's Soccer Classic at Notre Dame. Perry scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute of play to lift the Broncos to the win. Her first collegiate goal came in the second half to tie the game at 1-1. The second half unassisted goal came in the 50th minute when she scored off a rebound from a free kick save.

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

The Short List
The WCC women's soccer regular season title is one of the hardest titles to capture in the conference. In the 16 seasons that the WCC has sponsored women's soccer, only three schools have ever laid claim to the title. Santa Clara, Portland and Pepperdine are the only schools to have won the WCC title. Portland captured the 2007 WCC title for its ninth overall crown, tying Santa Clara for the most league championships in conference history. Pepperdine shared the title with Santa Clara in 2002, becoming just the third WCC school to take home the crown.



Overall Record: 2-2-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs posted a 1-1-0 record on the week, defeating Idaho, 3-1, before dropping a 2-1 decision to in-state rival Washington.

  • Sophomore MF/F Ashley Riley recorded a goal and an assist in the Zags' win over the Vandals. As a freshman last season, Riley scored four goals and four assists for 12 points. Her four assists tied her for seventh on the Gonzaga single-season assists list.

  • Sophomore MF Sheridan Jones and senior F Lauren Dascenzo added their first goals of the season in the Bulldogs' win over Idaho.

  • Freshman MF Katie Spangenberg gave Gonzaga a 1-0 lead at the 38:15 mark with her first career goal.

  • The Zags host Cal State Bakersfield (9/7) in their lone game this week.
  • Sept. 7
    Cal State Bakersfield - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount faced a challenging week, falling 4-0 at No. 4 Notre Dame before dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision versus No. 10 West Virginia.

  • Junior GK Allyssa Clark made the start against Notre Dame, logging 76 minutes and making six saves.

  • Clark was outstanding against West Virginia, tallying a career-high nine saves. She now ranks first in the WCC in saves with 20.

  • Junior D/MF Tiffany Harrison was named to the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic all-tournament team.
  • The Lions host UC Irvine (9/5) and Harvard (9/7) this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    UC Irvine - 1:30 PM

    Sept. 7
    Harvard - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves tied Arizona State, 1-1, before dropping a 3-2 decision to UC Santa Barbara.

  • Senior MF/F Emily Wynne scored the 10th goal of her career in the Waves' 1-1 tie with Arizona State.

  • Senior F Amanda Rupp scored her 10th career goal in Pepperdine's setback versus UC Santa Barbara. The goal was Rupp's first of the season.

  • Senior MF Ashley Copp scored her first goal of the season and assisted on Rupp's goal against the Gauchos. Copp leads the Waves and is tied for first in the WCC in assists with two.
  • The Waves host Iowa (9/5) and Northwestern (9/7) this weekend in the Pepperdine Nike Classic.
  • Sept. 5
    Iowa - 3:30 PM

    Sept. 7
    Northwestern - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland posted a 1-1-0 record against two of the best teams in the country, falling to No. 3 UCLA, 1-0, before earning a 1-0 overtime win versus No. 1 USC.

  • Sophomore MF Sophie Schmidt, a member of the Canadian Olympic team, scored the game-winning goal in the 97th minute to lift the Pilots past USC. The two matches marked the first two games of the season for Schmidt.

  • The narrow loss to the Bruins snapped the Pilots' 17-match home unbeaten streak.

  • The Pilots out-shot the Bruins and the Women of Troy 25-18 on the weekend.

  • Portland takes on Kennesaw State (9/5) and Colgate (9/7) at the Husky/Nike Invitational in Seattle, Wash.
  • Sept. 5
    vs. Kennesaw Stat - 4:30 PM

    Sept. 7
    vs. Colgate - 11:00 AM

    Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's posted a 1-1-0 record, defeating Saint Joseph's 2-1 in overtime, before falling to Cal State Fullerton, 2-0.

  • Senior MF Danielle Spann tallied the golden goal nearly five minutes into the first overtime period to lift the Gaels past Saint Joseph's. The goal was Spann's first of the season and fifth of her career.

  • Junior MF Ashley Nied added an unassisted goal versus SJU, her first of the season and second of her career.

  • Senior MF Stephanie Rocco is tied for the WCC lead with two goals, while sophomore MF Alex Ciliento ranks second in the league in shots with 12.

  • Saint Mary's play at Portland State (9/5) and Oregon (9/7) this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    at Portland St. - 7:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    at Oregon - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros picked up a split this past weekend, dropping a 1-0 decision to UC Santa Barbara on Friday, before registering their first win of the season, a 1-0 double-overtime win over UC Irvine on Sunday.

  • In the win over UC Irvine, senior striker Amy Epsten, USD's all-time career leader in goals scored, tallied her first goal of the season, finding the back of the net with a penalty kick in the second overtime period. Epsten's strike gives her 31 career goals.

  • Freshman GK Courtney Parsons, in her first collegiate start, picked up the win and the shutout versus UC Irvine, recording three saves in the process. Parsons is a member of the Toreros' highly touted freshman class that was ranked No. 20 in the nation by Soccerbuzz.com.

  • San Diego looks to continue its winning ways as the Toreros take on Northwestern (9/5) and Iowa (9/7) at the Pepperdine Nike Challenge.
  • Sept. 5
    vs. Northwestern - 1:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    vs. Iowa - 10:30 AM

    Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco earned a 1-1-0 record on its road trip through Colorado, defeating Northern Colorado, 1-0, before falling to Colorado, 4-1.

  • The win over UNC gave the Dons their first 2-0-0 start since the 2003 season.

  • Freshman F Kelli Woodard scored her first goal and game winner as a Don, lifting USF to the win over Northern Colorado.

  • Junior F Kristina Hall earned her first goal of the season in the loss to Colorado.

  • Two goalies combined for the shutout versus Northern Colorado. Senior Anika Steig recorded a save in the first half, while junior Kelly Pohle saved four in the second.

  • The Dons host Nevada (9/5) and Eastern Kentucky (9/7) this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    Nevada - 7:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    E. Kentucky - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara posted a 1-1-0 record against a pair of top 10 teams. The Broncos defeated then-No. 10 West Virginia, 2-1, in double overtime, before falling to No. 5 Notre Dame, 2-0.

  • Sophomore MF Kendra Perry scored both of the Broncos' goals in their win over then-No. 10 West Virginia, including the golden goal in the 101st minute of the match. The two goals were the first of Perry's career. For her effort, Perry earned her first career WCC Player of the Week honor.

  • Forwards Kiki Bosio and Lexi Orand, and Perry were named to the Inn at Saint Mary's Soccer Classic all-tournament team.

  • The challenging schedule continues for SCU as the Broncos travel to No. 1 USC (9/5) and No. 21 Cal State Fullerton (9/7) this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    at USC - 3:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    at CS Fullerton - 1:00 PM