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Rapinoe, Wynne Earn Weekly Honors

Sept. 6, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After an impressive second weekend of non-conference action, two WCC women's soccer players were recognized among the nation's best. Portland's Megan Rapinoe and Pepperdine's Emily Wynne were named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week. Rapinoe was also named to the Soccer America national Team of the Week.

Sophomore All-American Rapinoe tallied four goals and two assists during Portland's two wins last weekend. The Pilots claimed the Husky/Nike Invitational title in Seattle, Wash. after defeating UW-Milwaukee 3-2 on Friday and Rhode Island 8-0 on Sunday.

After scoring during the first half on Friday, Rapinoe netted the equalizer against UW-Milwaukee on a free kick from 30 yards out in the 78th minute. The Redding, Calif. native then assisted on the game-winner in the 82nd minute.

On Sunday, Rapinoe scored twice and recorded an assist for the second straight game as the Pilots blanked Rhode Island. She was named the tournament's Offensive MVP.

Wynne scored both goals in Pepperdine's 2-2 tie with Dayton and the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Ohio State as she was named the Puma Classic Tournament MVP.

The sophomore leads the Waves with four goals and two assists for 10 points and also recorded the game-winning goal in the 5-0 rout against Idaho in the season opener.

Wynne is only one of two West Coast Conference players named to the team. Portland's Megan Rapinoe scored two goals and an assist in each of Portland's victories this weekend.

The Pepperdine women's soccer team closes out its four-game home stand this weekend when it faces Tulsa on Fri., September 8 at 3 p.m. and Wisconsin on Sun., September 10 at 1 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif.

Portland next hosts the Nike Invitational at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex this weekend. The Pilots will face Baylor at 7 p.m. on Friday and North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Washington will precede both of those matches with contests against UNC and Baylor, respectively. The 2005 champion Pilots will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on Friday, while Christine Sinclair will be honored at halftime on Sunday.