Sept. 18, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kayla Stolte, Pepperdine University
Pepperdine's sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her performance in a pair of Waves' wins over the weekend. Stolte collected five saves in Pepperdine's upset victory at No. 18 Kansas. Two days later, the Santee, CA native stopped four shots in the Waves' 1-0 shut out at Arizona State. Holding a 0.64 goals-against-average, Stolte is 5-1-1 on the season and has recorded 28 saves in the Waves' eight matches. It marked the first time in her career that she earned the weekly honor.
San Jose State at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
Gonzaga at Idaho - 3:00 PM
San Diego State at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
San Diego at USC - 3:00 PM
Portland at Arizona - 4:30 PM
CS Fullerton at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
UCLA at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM
Portland at Northern Arizona - 12:00 PM
Arizona State at San Diego - 12:00 PM
Long Beach State at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
USC at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at UCLA - 1:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Cal - 3:30 PM
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-3-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga fell to Oregon, 1-0, before bouncing back to defeat Utah Valley State, 2-1.
- With the win, the Zags snapped a three-game losing skid and improved to 3-1-0 when playing at home.
- Jamie Blanche scored her first goal of the season in the Bulldogs win over Utah Valley State.
- Cristin Leverson's second goal of the season proved to be the game-winning goal against the Wolverines. Leverson is tied with Nanda McCormick, Taylor Hall, and Lacey Castleberry for the team lead with two goals.
- Gonzaga travels to Idaho (9/22) before hosting No. 21 Long Beach State (9/24).
Loyola Marymount (4-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision at Michigan, before bouncing back to defeat Oakland, 3-2.
- Katie Osborne scored two goals, including the game-winner to lead LMU to the win at Oakland. The goals were her first two of the season.
- Tiffany Harrison scored her second goal of the season in the Lions' win over Oakland.
- Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek collected eight saves in the Lions' win versus the Golden Grizzlies. Slovek ranks third among WCC goalkeepers in saves per game and ranks sixth with a 0.78 goals against average.
- Loyola Marymount returns to Los Angeles to host Southern California rival USC (9/24) on Sunday.
Pepperdine Waves (5-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine turned in an impressive weekend, defeating No. 18 Kansas, 3-1, before shutting out Arizona State, 1-0.
- The Waves enter the week with a six-game unbeaten streak.
- Pepperdine received goals from Jennifer Brewer, Kelly Reilly, and McKenzie Hill in its win over Kansas.
- Hill scored her second goal of the weekend, netting the game-winning goal versus ASU.
- Sophomore Kayla Stolte earned her second solo shutout of the season as she recorded four saves in the victory over the Sun Devils.
- The Waves host San Diego State (9/22) before playing at UCLA (9/24).
Portland Pilots (5-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots posted a pair of shut out wins over the weekend, defeating Oregon State, 3-0, before blanking cross-town rival Portland State, 4-0.
- The win marked the 10th straight versus the Beavers.
- Senior goalkeeper Cori Alexander made three saves versus OSU for her 33rd career shutout. Alexander needs just two more shut outs to tie the school's career mark set by Cheryl Loveless.
- Junior forward Natalie Budge scored three goals over the weekend, adding one versus Oregon State and finding the back of the net twice against Portland State. Budge ranks second in the WCC in goals, trailing only teammate Megan Rapinoe.
- The Pilots play at Arizona (9/22) and at Northern Arizona (9/24) this weekend.
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-5-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's registered a pair of ties over the weekend, tying Northeastern, 1-1, before playing Harvard to a scoreless draw at the Harvard Invitational.
- Freshman goalkeeper Tara Larson made eight saves versus Northeastern and collected four versus Harvard to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Larson has allowed just one goal in 220 minutes of action for a paltry 0.41 goals against average, while her six saves per contest pace the WCC.
- Sophomore Danielle Spann scored the lone goal for the Gaels in their tie versus Northeastern. Spann leads the Gaels and is tied for eighth in the conference in goals with three
- McKenna Belzer and Stefani Rocco joined Larson on the all-tournament team.
- The Gaels return to Moraga to host San Jose State (9/20) in their lone match this week.
San Diego Toreros (5-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros posted a 1-1-0 record over the weekend, blanking UNLV, 2-0, before suffering a 2-1 setback versus UC Irvine.
- With the win over UNLV, the Toreros have already matched last season's win total when they posted a 6-12-1 record.
- Senior Veronica Ambort and junior Leigh Ann Robinson each tallied second half goals in the Toreros' win over UNLV. Robinson leads the team and is tied for sixth in the WCC in goals scored with six, is tied for eighth in assists with three, and ranks fifth in the conference in points with 11.
- Ambort is tied for eighth in the conference in goals with three.
- USD plays at USC (9/22) before hosting Arizona State (9/24).
San Francisco Dons (3-4-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco registered a 1-0-1 record last week to share the tournament title of the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Shootout. The Dons defeated Cornell, 2-1, before playing host Hawai'i to a scoreless draw to share the title with the Rainbow Wahine.
- Junior Lauren Tweet's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winning goal in the Dons' win over Cornell.
- Four Dons were named to the all-tournament team, including forwards Chelsea Hunt and freshman Jenny Jarvie and defenders, junior Kara Breithaupt and freshman Sasha Verruno.
- San Francisco returns to the Hilltop to host Cal State Fullerton (9/22) before traveling across the Bay to take on Cal (9/24).
Santa Clara Broncos (6-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered just its second loss of the season, falling to No. 24 Boston University. The Broncos bounced back to defeat No. 9 Tennessee in overtime.
- Santa Clara has defeated three top 10 teams in the last four games. Seven of the Broncos' eight opponents so far this season have been ranked at one point during the season.
- Junior Meagan Snell scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Broncos' win over Tennessee. Snell has scored in five of the last six games and has notched three gamewinners so far this season. Her five goals are tied for third in the WCC, while her three game-winning goals are tied for first.
- It doesn't get any easier for Santa Clara as the Broncos host UCLA (9/22) before welcoming Cal State Fullerton (9/24) to Buck Shaw Stadium.