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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 21, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

National showdown on tap this week with #3 Portland playing at #2 Stanford. San Diego's Stephanie Ochs and Portland's Halley Kreminski named WCC Co-Players 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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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 3-5-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga dropped its only match last week, a tough 1-0 loss at nearby rival Idaho.

  • Junior forward Sarah Rhodes (4) and junior defender/midfielder Ashley Riley (3) account for seven of the Zags' 11 goals on the season. The pair are tied for fifth and tied for ninth,respectively, among the league leaders. Rhodes also is among the conference's Top-10 in shots (20), points (9), points per game (1.00) and game-winning goals (2). Freshman forward Cassie Geerdts (4) and senior midfielder Sheridan Jones (2) are among the assist leaders.

  • The Bulldogs rank third in the WCC with 125 shots, an average of 13.89 per game. They also stand tied for second with 13 assists.

  • Gonzaga opens a stretch with six of its next seven games being played at home, starting with No. 22 USC (Sept. 24) and Portland State (Sept. 26).

  • Overall Record: 6-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount got back to its winning ways with a pair of shutout victories last week against Utah State (2-0) and Pennsylvania (1-0). LMU's last four wins have all been via shutout.

  • Senior forward Lily Sorentino was involved in both game-winning goals last weekend. Her assist on the first goal vs. Utah State moved her into a tie for third on the school's career assists list, while her goal in the 13th minute against Penn was the only score of the match.

  • The Lions are one of four WCC teams to have allowed just five goals this season, though they have played one less game than all seven other teams. LMU goalkeepers have combined for a goals against average of 0.62.

  • Loyola Marymount ends its three-week homestand by hosting Arizona (Sept. 24) before playing its first road match since early in the month when it travels to Northern Arizona (Sept. 26).

  • Overall Record: 5-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine split its matches on the Big Island with a 1-0 loss toWashington State and a 2-0 win at Hawaii.

  • The Waves are second in the WCC with 16 goals scored, at a clip of 1.78 per contest. In addition, their 4.78 points per game is tied for second. Sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo and junior forward Michelle Spacciapolli each have 23 shots, 2.56 per game, to stand tied for sixth among the conference leaders. They also each have four and three goals, respectively. However, the team leader with five goals is junior midfielder/forward Laura Cole.

  • Freshman midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir, redshirt junior midfielder/forward Rebecca Klamser and Guajardo each have two assists for the Waves.

  • Pepperdine plays its last home matches for nearly a month this week when it welcomes Cal Poly (Sept. 24) and #21 Arizona State (Sept. 26).

  • Overall Record: 9-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland stayed undefeated thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 home victory against No. 6 Texas A&M, its highest ranked opponent thus far.

  • Junior forward Halley Kreminski came off the bench to score a second-half game-winner for the second time in three matches when her blast in the 65th minute vs. sixth-ranked Texas A&M accounted for the lone score for either team. The victory exacted Portland's only regular season loss of 2009, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Aggies.

  • The Pilots lead the conference in all offensive statistical categories with 172 shots, 55 points, 18 goals and 2.00 goals per game.

  • Portland has two tough road matches this week in the Bay Area starting at #16 California (Sept. 23) and concluding with a battle against one of only two teams ranked above it in the polls, No. 2 Stanford (Sept. 25).

  • Overall Record: 6-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's posted a couple of hard-fought overtime ties on the road last week, playing 110 minutes each against Arkansas (0-0) and Southern Methodist (1-1).

  • Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters allowed just one goal in 220 minutes of action in last week's two matches. Against Arkansas, she tied a season-high with eight saves, including four in the second half and three in overtime.

  • After the trip to the states of Arkansas and Texas, SMC is home for five of its next six matches, with the lone road affair being a short bus trip to San Jose State. The Gaels will then have three of their final four contests on the road.

  • Saint Mary's has a couple matches on the horizon with a home date against Washington (Sept. 24) before a trek to San Jose State (Sept. 26).

  • Overall Record: 5-2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego picked up its first win since its season-opening four-match win streak with a home victory against Portland State (5-1). The Toreros opened the weekend with a 0-0 tie against Cal State Bakersfield.

  • Junior forward Stephanie Ochs earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors after posting the WCC's first hat trick of the season when she found the back of the net three times vs. Portland State, marking the first hat trick for a Toreros player since 2008.

  • After going winless in its previous four contests (0-2-2), the Toreros got back on the winning track in a big way, posting the biggest scoring output by any WCC team this season, five goals against the Vikings.

  • San Diego is the only WCC team with just a single match this week, at #15 UCLA (Sept. 24).

  • Overall Record: 4-5-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco dropped its two contests last week, 1-0 at #16 California and 2-0 at home against UC Irvine.

  • The Lady Dons will learn what its like to be road warriors as they play just four of theirremaining 11 matches in the friendly home confines of Negoesco Stadium. The scheduleincludes just one stint of two straight home games the rest of the season.

  • Freshman forward Hanna Haanes leads USF with four goals and eight points, followed by freshman midfielder Christina Moberg who also has eight points, courtesy of three goals and a pair of assists. Redshirt senior defender Ashley O'Brien (2) is the only other player who has tallied multiple goals.

  • San Francisco travels to UC Davis (Sept. 24) before heading home to face Washington (Sept. 26).

  • Overall Record: 6-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara strung together its third two-match win streak of the season with home victories against #15 Georgetown (1-0) and Utah (1-0).

  • Junior forward Bridgett Miller came off the bench to score her first career goal just after halftime against Utah. The goal, a header off a cross, proved to be the game-winner in the Broncos' second shutout victory of the weekend.

  • The defense has really been the the Broncos' catalyst to its fast start, led by junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger who has a goals against average of 0.53, good for second in the league. SCU has given up just five goals while posting four shutouts in its six wins. Henninger was a member of the preseason M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List.

  • Santa Clara faces a couple of opponents from the Pac-10 this week when it hosts Oregon (Sept. 24) before heading to play at No. 15 UCLA (Sept. 26).