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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 18, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Santa Clara's Courtney Lewis Named WCC Player of the Week
Santa Clara midfielder Courtney Lewis aided the No. 1 Broncos' attack over the weekend by scoring the equalizing goals in both SCU wins. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native netted the game-tying goal versus No. 12 Rutgers on Friday at the 2007 Stanford Invitational. The goal was scored with just two minutes left in regulation and sent the Broncos into overtime to record the 2-1 victory. On Sunday, against No. 20 Missouri, the redshirt freshman struck again as she received a cross from Kiki Bosio to knot the score, 1-1, just before halftime.


Sept. 19
Portland at Washington - 7:00 PM

Sept. 20
Loyola Marymount at Cal State Fullerton - 7:00 PM

Sept. 21
Gonzaga vs. Utah State - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. UCLA - 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. Sacramento State - 4:00 PM
12 San Francisco at Duke - 4:30 PM
San Diego at UC Irvine - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Arizona State - 7:00 PM

Sept. 23
12 San Francisco vs. North Carolina - 10:00 AM
Loyola Marymount vs. Fresno State - 11:00 AM
Saint Mary's vs. Valparaiso - 12:00 PM
San Diego at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Arizona - 1:00 PM
Portland vs. Portland State - 2:00 PM

12 Duke Tournament


Decade of Dominance
Over the last 10 years, no conference in the country has had more College Cup participants than the WCC and the ACC. In the last decade, the WCC and the ACC have sent 11 teams each into the national semifinals, four more than the next closest conference.

College Cup Appearances By Conferences Over The Last 10 Years (2006-1997)
11 - WCC (POR - 2005, 2002-00, 1998; SCU - 2004, 2002-01, 1999-1997)
11 - ACC (UNC - 2006, 2003-1996; FSU - 2006-05, 2003)
07 - Big East (ND - 2006, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997; UCONN - 2003, 1997)
05 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2006-03, 2000)
03 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)
02 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)
01 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)

The WCC: The Elite Conference 15 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, marking the 15th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representatitve in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 15
Big Ten - 9
Pac-10 - 7
Big East - 5
ACC - 2
Big 12 - 1

Second To None
The WCC is the only conference in the country that can boast that it has had two different teams reach a No. 1 ranking this season. In the second week of the season, the Portland Pilots were a unanimous selection at No. 1, topping all four major soccer polls. On Sept. 10th, the Santa Clara Broncos replaced Portland as the top ranked team in the Soccer America poll. North Carolina and Stanford are the only other teams to earn a No. 1 ranking this season.

Last season, the WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, finishing the season ranked No. 4 in the RPI. The 2006 season marked the WCC's sixth consecutive season ranked in the RPI top 5.

West Coast Conference RPI Rankings By Year
2006 - 4th
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 3rd
2003 - 5th
2002 - 2nd
2001 - 2nd

Gonzaga Bulldogs
(4-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga pushed its winning streak to three straight with wins over a pair of 2006 NCAA Tournament teams in Vanderbilt (2-0) and UAB (2-1) to claim the Vanderbilt Tournament title.

- Offensively, Gonzaga was led by a pair of freshmen in Ashley Riley and Sheridan Jones. Riley scored two goals during the tournament, including the game-winner in the Zags' 2-1 win over UAB. The two goals were the first of her collegiate career. For her efforts on the weekend, Riley was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Jones scored her first collegiate goal, the game-winning goal, in the Bulldogs' 2-0 win over the host Commodores.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her ninth career shutout in the win over Vanderbilt, placing her second on the Gonzaga career shutout ranks.

- The Zags host Utah State (9/21) in their lone match this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions
(2-3-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions displayed an offensive explosion over the weekend, routing Lamar 9-0 before blanking Michigan 3-0 for their first two wins of the season. The 12 goals scored over the weekend were the first of the season for the Lions and ranks them second in the WCC in overall goals behind only No. 1 ranked Santa Clara (14).

- In the win over Lamar, the Lions set program records for total goals scored (nine), goals scored in a half (five), assists (nine), and shots (36). Seven different Lions scored, led by senior Katie Osborne and junior Lauren Shanklin, who each tallied two goals.

- Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek collected a season-high seven saves versus Michigan for her third shutout of the season. She now has 21.5 shutouts for her career. For her efforts, Slovek was named the Defensive MVP of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic.

- The Lions play at CS Fullerton (9/20) before hosting Fresno State (9/23) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves
(1-4-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped their third straight 1-0 decision, falling to UNLV, before earning their first win of the season in a 3-0 shutout of Denver.

- Sophomore forward Courtney Price scored the Waves' first two goals of the season in Pepperdine's 3-0 win over Denver. The two goals also marked the first two strikes of Price's collegiate career.

- Junior forward Amanda Rupp added the Waves third goal of the game with her fifth career strike.

- Junior goalkeeper Kayla Stolte posted her second shutout of the season in the win over Denver. Stolte now has eight career shutouts to rank fifth on the Waves' all-time list.

- The Waves host UCLA (9/21) in their lone match this week.

Portland Pilots
(5-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots improved to 5-1-0 on the season with wins over Kansas (2-0) and Yale (1-0)

- Portland played without senior forward Rachael Rapinoe, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee in the Pilots' match versus Purdue on Sept. 9th. Rapinoe, who will miss the remainder of the 2007 season, was off to a blistering start with a team-leading four goals in the team's first four matches.

- Sophomore Michelle Enyeart scored a goal and added an assist in UP's win over Kansas. Enyeart, the 2006 WCC Freshman of the Year, leads the WCC with six assists, already matching her assist total from last season.

- The Pilots travel to Seattle to take on Washington (9/19) before returning to The Bluff to host cross-town rival Portland State (9/23) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels
(2-2-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels posted a 1-1-0 record at the Vanderbilt Tournament, falling to UAB, 1-0, before edging the host Commodores, 3-2, in overtime.

- Freshman forward Alex Ciliento's goal in the 97th minute lifted the Gaels over Vanderbilt. The goal was Ciliento's third of the season and ties her for fourth most in the WCC.

- Sophomore forward Allie Weiner continued her hot start to the season, scoring her team-leading fourth goal of the year in the win over the Commodores. Weiner, who has already surpassed her goals scored total from last season, is tied for the WCC lead in goals, and paces the conference in points with 11 (4g, 3a).

- Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded a WCC-high 11 saves versus Vanderbilt.

- The Gaels host Sacramento State (9/21) and Valparaiso (9/23) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros
(3-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros jumped to No. 25 in the latest Soccer America poll after tying No. 6 UCLA, 0-0, and defeating Cal Poly, 1-0, in overtime.

- Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron collected a season-high eight saves in the Toreros' scoreless draw with the Bruins. Cameron, who tallied four saves in USD's 1-0 shut out of Cal Poly, leads the WCC in every major goalkeeping statistical category. The Dublin, CA native paces the conference in overall saves (31), shutouts (4), and goals against average (0.46).

- Senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson's goal in the 98th minute lifted the Toreros past Cal Poly. The goal was Robinson's second of the season and her second game-winning goal of the 2007 campaign, tying her for the conference lead.

- The Toreros looking to continue their winning ways as they travel to UC Irvine (9/21) and to UC Riverside (9/23) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons
(0-3-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped a pair of matches last week, falling to UC Davis, 3-1, before suffering a 2-0 setback versus Nevada.

- Freshman forward Lauren Maris scored her first career collegiate goal in the Dons loss to UC Davis.

- The Dons attempted 17 shots versus UC Davis, one shy of their season-high of 18 recorded versus San Jose State.

- Senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan leads the Dons in points (1g, 1a) and shots (12), while Maris ranks second on the squad in shots with 9.

- San Francisco travels across the country to participate in the Duke Tournament where the Dons will face the host Blue Devils (9/21) and North Carolina (9/23).

Santa Clara Broncos
(4-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Top ranked Santa Clara downed No. 12 Rutgers, 2-1, in overtime and No. 20 Missouri, 2-1, to improve to 4-0-1 overall.

- Sophomore Courtney Lewis tallied the equalizing goal in both matches, earning WCC Player of the Week honors. For her efforts, Lewis was also selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week.

- Senior forward Tina Estrada scored the game-winning goal in the Broncos' win over Missouri. Estrada, a three-time All-WCC honoree, has scored 28 career goals and needs just four more to tie former Bronco standouts Brandi Chastain (1989-90) and Kathleen Celio (1997-00) for tenth place on the program's career chart.

- Santa Clara travels to the desert to take on Arizona State (9/21) and Arizona (9/23) this weekend.