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WCC Weekly Women's Soccer Notes

Sept. 14, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER FINISHES IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEK

Portland moved into the #3 spot in the national rankings this week thanks to its 8-0 start to the season. Santa Clara also remains ranked at No. 11.


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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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 3-4-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga picked up its third win with a 2-0 blanking of Colorado, its firstshutout of the season. The Zags also fell last week to Denver, 2-1.

  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Ames stopped six shots in the 2-0 win against Coloradoto earn her first shutout of the season. Included in those six was a one-handed block on a blastin the 52nd minute.

  • Junior forward Sarah Rhodes and senior midfielder/forward Ashley Riley lead the Bulldogswith four and three goals, respectively, accounting for seven of the team's 11 scores. Seniormidfielder Sheridan Jones and freshman forward Cassie Geerdts each have three assiststo pace the squad.

  • Gonzaga plays just one match this week, making the relatively short drive to play at Idaho(Sept. 17).

  • Overall Record: 4-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount split its two contests last week, downing Tennessee-Martin, 2-0, before falling 1-0 to third-ranked Notre Dame.

  • The Lions nearly pulled a huge upset against the Fighting Irish, allowing just one goal 71seconds into the match. The teams played even for the remainder of the contest even thoughNotre Dame held a 17-7 edge on shots and a 4-1 margin on corners. LMU played the final 15minutes primarily in its offensive end but could not find the back of the net.o pace the squad.

  • Redshirt freshman goaltender Brittany Jagger has allowed just five goals on the seasonwhile pitching 36 saves, a mark good for second in the WCC. She leads the conference with6.00 saves per game.o pace the squad.

  • Loyola Marymount continues its six-match homestand this week by welcoming Utah State(Sept. 17) and Pennsylvania (Sept. 19).

  • Overall Record: 4-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine worked a 1-1 tie with UC Irvine before posting a 2-1 victoryagainst visiting Dartmounth.

  • Junior midfielder/forward Laura Cole ranks second in the WCC with five goals and a goalsper game average of 0.71. Most impressive is that she has just 14 shots with nine on goal. Her10 points also tie her for second among the league leaders. Three of her five goals have beengame-winners. The Waves are unbeaten (4-0-1) this season when Cole finds the net.

  • Six different players have accounted for 14 goals for the Waves through seven matches thisseason. Conversely, Pepperdine has given up just seven goals.

  • Pepperdine says aloha to the continental U.S. with a trip to the Hawaii Outrigger HotelsSoccer Classic where it will face Washington State (Sept. 18) and the host Rainbow Wahine(Sept. 19).

  • Overall Record: 8-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland continued its winning ways adding victories against #24 Rutgers(2-1) and Penn State (4-2). The eight wins to start the season is the thirdmost in school history, behind only 14 in 2005 and 10 in 1992.

  • The four goals scored against Penn State, including three in the second half. were a seasonhigh.In fact, the Pilots had only scored as many as three times in one of their previous sevencontests. Portland leads the WCC with a total of 17 goals on the season.

  • Senior midfielder Sophie Schmidt scored her 100th career point with an assist vs. PennState. With that dish, she became just the seventh member of the program's 30/30 club as shenow has 35 goals and 30 assists.

  • Portland has just one match this week but it is a matchup of Top-10 heavyweights when thePilots welcome 6th-ranked Texas A&M to the Rose City.

  • Overall Record: 6-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's played three matches last week, posting a 2-1 mark in thoseaffairs. After shutting out Hawaii (3-0) and Long Beach State (1-0), the Gaelsclosed the week with a 1-0 loss to Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The Gaels saw their season-opening six-match win streak come to an end with aheartbreaking 1-0 loss at home to Cal State Bakersfield, who scored the lone goal of the gamein the 85th minute.

  • Redshirt sophomore midfielder Daelyn Paul tallied the game-winner in the big win againstLong Beach State (4-1-1 entering the match with two wins over Top-25 teams). She stole apass and fired a shot from 30 yards out for her first goal of the season.

  • Saint Mary's heads to the southern U.S. with matches at Arkansas (Sept. 17) and at SouthernMethodist (Sept. 19).

  • Overall Record: 4-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego forged a 1-1 tie with Dartmouth last week and also was handeda 1-0 loss at UC Irvine. After starting the season at 4-0, the Toreros are just0-2-1 in their last three contests.

  • Freshman midfielder/forward Brittany Held has a team-best three goals on just three shots,while redshirt freshman Kelley McCloskey paces the squad with three assists.

  • The Toreros have yet to give up a goal in the first half of a match this season despite enduring42 shots during the opening stanza. On the other hand, San Diego has taken only 51 shots.USD goalkeepers have combined for a 0.68 goals-against average, a mark that ranks fourthin the conference.

  • San Diego is home for a pair this week, and hopes to get back to its winning ways, when ithits Torero Stadium against Cal State Bakersfield (Sept. 17) and Portland State (Sept. 19).

  • Overall Record: 4-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco saw idential, yet reverse, scores in last week's two homecontests. The Lady Dons posted a 1-0 shutout against UC Riverside beforelosing by the same tally against Nevada.

  • Junior forward Molly Hall, who has started and played in all but one match, leads USF with17 shots and also has a team-best three assists.

  • The Lady Dons have won four matches this season and a different player has beenresponsible for each game-winner: freshman forward Hanna Haanes; freshman midfielderChristina Moberg; sophomore defender Ashlyn Mazur and redshirt senior defender AshleyO'Brien.

  • San Francisco plays at cross-bay rival #16 California (Sept. 17) before returning to the Hilltopto face UC Irvine (Sept. 19).

  • Overall Record: 4-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara defeated Pacific (2-1) and tied #23 Georgia (1-1) on a neutralfield last week.

  • Freshman forward/midfielder Sarah Jackson has a team-high 20 shots. Sophomoremidfielder/forward Lauren Matheson is the only SCU player with multiple goals and assistsas she owns two of each. Matheson had a goal and an assist in the win against Pacific, andplayed 152 minutes in the two matches last week.

  • The Broncos are currently third in the WCC standings, despite having posted a league-lownine goals through seven matches. The defense is getting it done, having allowed just five(second in the WCC) goals and a 0.67 goals-against average.

  • Santa Clara plays is fourth ranked team of the young season when it hosts its fourth rankedopponent in #15 Georgetown (Sept. 17) before a date with Utah (Sept. 19).