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WCC Weekly Women's Soccer Notes

Sept. 8, 2010

Sept. 8, 2010

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PORTLAND AND SAINT MARY'S REMAIN UNBEATED THROUGH FIRST THREE WEEKS OF SEASON

WCC Teams Face Three Ranked Opponents This Week. SMC's Sarah Peters named WCC Player of the Week.


AROUND THE WCC

The WCC: The Elite Conference 18 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech. This was the 18th straight 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 10 consecutive years in the Elite Eight.Against UCLA in the Quarterfinals, it seemed as though the Pilots were well on their way to another NCAA College Cup after an early goal on the road, but the UCLA Bruins came back with a 2-1 victory to end the Pilots' postseason run. Portland (21-2-0) concluded the season with the second most wins in school history, while the loss marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.

Pilots Capture Record 11th WCC Title
The Pilots captured their third consecutive West Coast Conference title and fifth in the last six seasons after going undefeated in conference matches. This marked the third consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play. The Pilots were also rewarded with the Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year honors in senior Michelle Enyeart and head coach Garrett Smith.

Four WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Like last season, the WCC landed another four players on the 2010 women's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland is one of five teams in the nation to have three representatives on the watch list as seniors Kendra Chandhoke and Sophie Schmidt, along with junior Danielle Foxhoven were selected. The Pilots are joined by perennial championship contenders Stanford, UCLA , Notre Dame, and Boston College with three players mentioned. Rounding out the list of WCC players on the preseason watch list was Santa Clara junior Bianca Henninger.

2010 WCC Preseason All-Conference
Portland garnered the maximum seven first place votes and was selected as the preseason favorite in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Pilots are followed in the poll by 2009 NCAA Tournament participants Santa Clara and San Diego. Rounding out this year's poll was Pepperdine in fourth place, followed by Loyola Marymount, picked fifth, Saint Mary's in sixth, Gonzaga in seventh and San Francisco in eighth. In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coachesalso selected a pre-season all-conference team. The full poll and preseason all-conference team are listed below:

2010 WCCPreseason Coaches Poll
1. Portland - 49 (7)
2. Santa Clara - 41.5 (1)
3. San Diego - 38.5
4. Pepperdine - 27
5. Loyola Marymount - 26
6. Saint Mary's - 19
7. Gonzaga - 12
8. San Francisco - 11
(First place votes)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Kendra Chandhoke, Portland
Danielle Foxhoven, Portland
Julie Gallaudet, Loyola Marymount
Bianca Henniger, Santa Clara
Sheridan Jones, Gonzaga
Stephanie Ochs, San Diego
Sophie Schmidt, Portland
Michelle Spacciapolli, Pepperdine
Allie Vernon, Santa Clara
Keelin Winters, Portland
Jackie Zinke, San Diego

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SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-3-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga logged a pair of losses last week against UC Irvine, 6-2, and at Seattle, 2-0.

  • Freshman forward Cassie Geerdts is the only player in the WCC with four assists thus far in 2010. Meanwhile, junior forward Sarah Rhodes is among the league leaders in shots (18), points (9) and goals (4).

  • Senior midfielder Sheridan Jones has been ranked by TopDrawersoccer.com as No. 56 among the Top 100 upperclass players to to watch in the nation. She currently stands in third place on the school's all-time assists list with 10.

  • Gonzaga hosts its own tournament this weekend when it welcomes Colorado (Sept. 10) and Denver (Sept. 12) to Spokane.

  • Overall Record: 4-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount stretched its win streak to four straight with 2-0victories at Utah and against Tennessee-Martin. The winning stretch is the Lions' longest since posting nine straight victories during the 2007 season.

  • Senior forward Julie Gallaudet had assists on three of LMU's four goals over the weekend. She now stands just one shy of tying the school record of 18 career assists.

  • Freshman midfielder/defender Darien Pyka's first career goal proved to be the game-winner in the Lions' most recent outing against Tennessee-Martin. She took a cross at the top of the box from junior Erin Rementer and fired the left-footed shot into the top left corner in the 42nd minute.

  • Loyola Marymount makes the short trek across the city to play in the UCLA Tournament where it will face UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 12) and 3rd-ranked Notre Dame (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 3-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine split its two contests last week, recording a loss at Cal State Northridge, 2-1, before returning home for a win against Detroit, 4-0.

  • Sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo had two goals and two assists in two matches over the weekend. She now has four goals in five matches and leads the team with 10 points. The assists were the first of her career, and she is the first Waves player to have at least four goals or 10 points after five games since Emily Wynne in 2006.

  • The Waves are tied for the league lead with 11 goals and are second with nine assists. Inaddition to Guajardo's two, freshman midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir and redshirt junior midfielder/forward Rebecca Klamser each also have contributed a pair of assists.

  • Pepperdine finishes up its longest homestand of the season, three matches, by playing host to UC Irvine (Sept. 10) and Dartmouth (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 6-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland remains unbeaten through six matches this season, adding victories last week against Wisconsin (2-0) and Syracuse (3-1). The Pilots remain at #4 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national rankings.

  • Sophomore midfielder Taylor Brooke found the back of the net in both wins last week. Her goal against Wisconsin provided insurance in the 2-0 victory and she also posted the game-winner against Syracuse.

  • The Pilots lead the WCC in several statistical categories including shots (110), points (35), goals (11), assists (13), goals allowed (2), goals-against average (0.33) and shutouts (4). Junior forward Hailey Kreminski tops the conference leaderboard with 20 shots.

  • Portland hosts a pair at Merlo Field this week in #24 Rutgers (Sept. 10) and Penn State (Sept. 12), which just dropped out of the rankings this week.

  • Overall Record: 5-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's is off to a 5-0 start thanks in part to shutouts in each of their last three outings: Weber State, 3-0, Utah, 2-0 and Hawaii (3-0) . In fact, the Gaels have blanked the opposition in four of their five outings.

  • Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters was named WCC Player of the Week afer posting a pair of shutouts. On the season, she has three shutouts in four games and a goals-against average of 0.75.

  • The Gaels have 10 goals through just four matches this season, giving them a league-best 2.50 goals per game average. Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada has three scores, while a total of seven have found the back of the net.

  • Saint Mary's, which was the only team with a Labor Day match, has two more contests thsi week when it hosts Long Beach State (Sept. 10) and Cal State Bakersfield (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 4-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego made its longest trip of the season last week and split its two matches with an overtime win vs. Marquette (1-0) and a loss at Minnesota (2-1). The Toreros dropped three spots in the national rankings from #14 to 17.

  • Junior forward Stephanie Ochs has been ranked #86 in TopDrawersoccer.com's National Top-100 upperclassmen women to watch. She is tied for the team lead with five points on a pair of goals and an assist, and also paces the squad with 12 shots.

  • Junior goalkeeper Courtney Parsons is tops in the WCC with 36 saves and a save percentage of .923. She also is third in goals-against average at 0.60.

  • San Diego hopes to move back up in the national polls with contests against Dartmouth (Sept. 10) and at UC Irvine (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 3-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco dropped its first matches of the season, falling just short against Hawaii (3-2) and Rice (2-1), in overtime.

  • Freshman forward Hanna Haanes has a team-best four goals and a goals per game of 0.80, both of which are marks that rank her tied for first among WCC competition. Freshman midfielder Christina Moberg also has eight points on three goals and a pair of assists. Her trio of scores tie her for sixth in the league.

  • USF likes to get off to a fast start in its matches. The Dons have posted seven of their 11 goals before the break while giving up just one score during the initial 45 minutes of play per contest.

  • San Francisco, who has yet to leave the Bay Area this season, returns to the Hilltop for a pair against UC Riverside (Sept. 10) and Nevada (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 3-1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara picked up a split last weekend, dropping a tough 1-0 decision at #3 Notre Dame before picking up a "W" against Mississippi (3-1). The Broncos fell one spot in the national rankings and this week sit at #9.

  • The Broncos offense has been a balancing act thus far this season. Five players havecombined to score the team's six goals. Only senior forward Aneesa Patton has two scores and a team-high five points. Her most recent score came just 2:36 into the Ole Miss match.

  • SCU is the only WCC team thus far to have played more than one nationally ranked opponent. Unfortuantely, the Broncos have not been able to pick up a win against these top teams (both on the road), tying then-No. 18 California, 0-0, and losing to No. 3 Notre Dame, 1-0.

  • Santa Clara heads just down the road for the Stanford Invitational where it will face Pacific (Sept. 10) and #23 Georgia (Sept. 12).