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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 16, 2008

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WCC TEAMS CONTINUE TO IMPRESSIVE IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
WCC women's soccer teams continued to impress during non-conference play last week, posting a combined 10-5-1 (.656) record. Last week's matches was highlighted by Pepperdine's 2-0 win over No. 23 Tennessee. After a slow start, WCC teams have combined to post a 31-21-4 (.589) non-conference record.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Jose State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Colorado Colorado Soccer Classic (Boulder, CO)
3:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Tournament (Stillwater, OK)
5:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. CS Bakersfield UC Irvine Tournament (Irvine, CA)
5:00 PM
Pepperdine at Wisconsin Madison, WI
5:00 PM
Florida at Portland Portland, OR
6:00 PM
New Mexico vs. San Diego UCLA Women's Cup (Los Angeles, CA)
7:30 PM
Cal Poly at Santa Clara Santa Clara/adidas Classic (Santa Clara, CA)
7:30 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount vs. Oral Roberts Oklahoma State Tournament (Stillwater, OK)
9:00 AM
Gonzaga vs. Denver Colorado Soccer Classic (Boulder, CO)
10:00 AM
San Diego vs. Miami UCLA Women's Cup (Los Angeles, CA)
11:00 AM
Pepperdine at Marquette Milwaukee, WI
12:15 PM
Yale at Santa Clara Santa Clara/Adidas Classic (Santa Clara, CA)
1:30 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Irvine UC Irvine Tournament (Irvine, CA)
2:00 PM
Pacific at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM
AROUND THE WCC
Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three WCC teams are ranked in the top 25. Portland, riding a five-match winning streak, is the highest ranked WCC team, checking in at No. 4 in the latest Soccer America poll. San Diego, also on a five-match winning streak, is ranked No. 24 in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, while Santa Clara checks in at No. 24 in the Soccerbuzz.com rankings.

Three Former WCC Players Set To Compete In Women's Professional Soccer
Three former WCC standouts were among the 21 players named as the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced the allocations of the U.S. Women's National Team to its seven franchises. The announcement was hosted by Santa Clara alum and WPS part-owner Steve Nash and presided over by WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. Former University of Portland star Stephanie Cox, along with former Santa Clara University standouts Leslie Osborne and Aly Wagner found out where they will be playing professional soccer next year. Cox and Wagner were paired up on the WPS's Los Angeles team, while Osborne will play for the Bay Area squad.

WCC Player of the Week: Pepperdine's Lacey Heck Earns Weekly Honor
Pepperdine freshman goalkeeper Lacey Heck is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her performance in the Waves' wins over No. 23 Tennessee and Washington State. Heck, earning her first two collegiate starts, pitched back-to-back shutouts against the nationally ranked Lady Vols and the Cougars. She made five saves in a 2-0 win over Tennessee and two in a 1-0 triumph against Washington State. Heck is the first Wave to be selected WCC Player of the Week since Sophia Medina was named on Oct. 16, 2006.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 4-3-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs defeated Montana, 1-0, before dropping a 1-0 decision to Wyoming.

  • Freshman F Sarah Rhodes scored her first career goal in the Zags' win over Montana. Rhodes is the third Bulldog to notch a game-winning goal this season.

  • Gonzaga sophomore GK Lauren Ames posted her third shutout of the season and fifth of her career after making two saves in the win over the Grizzlies. Ames' three shutouts are tied for the second most in the WCC.

  • Sophomore MF Sheridan Jones leads Gonzaga and is tied for second in the conference with two game-winning goals.

  • The Zags play Colorado (9/19) and Denver (9/21) at the Colorado Soccer Classic.
  • Sept. 19
    at Colorado - 3:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    vs. Denver - 10:00 AM

    Overall Record: 3-2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions posted a 1-0-1 record last week, shutting out Cal State Bakersfield, 3-0, before earning a 0-0 tie with Utah. LMU's tie with Utah extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

  • Junior GK Allyssa Clark made three saves versus Cal State Bakersfield and eight against Utah for her third consecutive shutout.

  • Clark, who has not allowed a goal in the last three games, spanning 290:04, leads the WCC in saves (36) and saves per game (5.14), while ranking second in shutouts (3) and goals against average (0.82).

  • Senior F Lauren Shanklin scored her team-leading third goal in LMU's win over CSUB.
  • The Lions play at Cal State Bakersfield (9/12) before hosting Utah (914).
  • Sept. 19
    at Oklahoma St. - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    vs. Oral Roberts - 9:00 AM

    Overall Record: 3-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves enjoyed an outstanding week, defeating then-No. 23 Tennessee, 2-0, before blanking Washington State, 1-0.

  • Freshman GK Lacey Heck was spectacular, making five saves versus the Lady Vols and two against the Cougars to post back-to-back shutouts in her first two collegiate starts. Heck is the first Wave to be selected WCC Player of the Week since Sophia Medina earned the honor on Oct. 16, 2006.

  • Senior F Amanda Rupp scored her team-leading fourth goal in the Waves' win over Tennessee. Rupp is now tied for third in the WCC in goals.

  • Senior MF/F Emily Wynne has dished out three assists in the last three matches.
  • The Waves play at Wisconsin (9/19) and Marquette (9/21) this weekend.
  • Sept. 19
    at Wisconsin - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    at Marquette - 12:15 PM

    Overall Record: 6-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland continued to look impressive, blasting Northern Arizona, 7-0, before blanking San Diego State, 3-0, to win the Nike Portland Invitational.

  • The two shutouts over the weekend was the Pilots' fifth straight clean sheet. The Pilots, who started their shutout streak with a 1-0 win over then-No. 1 USC, have out-scored their opponents 25-0 during the span.

  • Sophomore MF Eli Reed became the second Pilot to register a hat trick this season, tallying three strikes in the Pilots' win over Northern Arizona. Reed joins freshman Danielle Foxhoven, who notched a hat trick against Colgate on September 7.

  • Junior GK Kelsey Davis now leads the WCC with five shutouts.

  • Portland hosts Florida (9/19) in its lone game this week.
  • Sept. 19
    Florida - 6:00 PM

    Overall Record: 4-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's posted a 1-1-0 record last week, defeating Boise State, 1-0, before falling to Cal State Northridge, 2-1 at the SMC Fall Soccer Classic.

  • Junior MF Ashley Nied scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute in the Gaels' win over Boise State. The goal for Nied was her second of the season and first game-winning goal of her career. Nied took just one shot in the game, but made the most out of it, scoring her third goal of her career.

  • Junior GK Tara Larson made five saves en route to her second shutout of the season, and seventh of her career. Larson ranks second in the WCC in saves with 34 overall.

  • Senior MF Stefani Rocco and Nied were named to the all-tournament team.

  • The Gaels play CS Bakersfield (9/19) and UC Irvine (9/21) at the UC Irvine Tournament.
  • Sept. 19
    vs. CS Bakersfield - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    at UC Irvine - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 5-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros ran their winning streak to five straight matches with a 3-2 win over La Salle, and a 3-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The Toreros have out-scored their opponents 11-4 during their five-match winning streak.

  • Senior F Amy Epsten scored both game-winning goals for the Toreros over the weekend. Epsten, who is USD's all-time goals scored leader with 33 career strikes, leads the WCC in game-winning goals with three.

  • Senior F Jen Mello notched two goals in the Toreros' win over Cal State Bakersfield. Mello, who played her first two seasons at San Diego State, is tied with Epsten for the team lead in goals with three.

  • San Diego takes on New Mexico (9/19) and Miami (9/21) at the UCLA Tournament.
  • Sept. 19
    vs. New Mexico - 7:30 PM

    Sept. 21
    vs. Miami - 11:00 AM

    Overall Record: 3-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco posted a 1-1-0 record last week, defeating Tennessee-Martin, 1-0, before dropping a 5-0 decision versus Hawai'i.

  • Freshman F Nicole Moore's first career goal as a Don also proved to be a game-winning score, lifting USF to the 1-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. Moore is the third Don this season to tally a game-winning goal.

  • The Dons rank second in the WCC in shutouts, trailing only Portland which has registered five clean sheets.

  • Senior GK Kelly Pohle played the entire 90 minutes against Tennessee-Martin to earn her second shutout of the season.

  • The Dons play host to San Jose State (9/18) and Pacific (9/21) this weekend.
  • Sept. 18
    San Jose State - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    Pacific - 5:00 PM

    Overall Record: 3-4-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to UNC Greensboro, 1-0, and to No. 4 North Carolina, 5-0, at the Stanford Invitational.

  • Santa Clara has played all seven of its games so far this season on the road.

  • Senior GK Meagan McCray ranks third in the WCC in saves with 22 overall and with 4.40 saves per game.

  • Junior D Katherine Reynolds leads the Broncos and is tied for third in the WCC in assists with three.

  • Santa Clara opens the newly renovated Buck Shaw Stadium by hosting Cal Poly (9/19) and Yale (9/21) in the Santa Clara adidas Classic this weekend.
  • Sept. 19
    Cal Poly - 7:30 PM

    Sept. 21
    Yale - 1:30 PM