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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 21, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Utah State - 1

Seattle, WA
Ashley Riley of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team scored her third goal in as many matches Friday as the Zags defeated Utah State University 2-1 at Martin Field in Spokane.

The victory, which was the Bulldogs' fourth in a row, improved Gonzaga to a 5-2-0 record while Utah State dropped to 3-5-0 on the season.

Riley gave the Zags a 1-0 lead just before halftime when at 41:36, the freshman connected with a pass from Sarah Hall before heading the ball into the net from about 15 yards out. The goal was the third of Riley's career as the freshman posted goals in back-to-back games last weekend and, as a result, was named to this week's Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week.

The score remained 1-0 until the 75th when Jamie Blanche fought off three Aggie defenders to score an unassisted goal.

Utah State avoided the shutout by scoring at 84:49 to bring the score to 2-1. Dana Peart scored the lone Aggie goal of the afternoon when she connected with Alysa Adams to knock the ball into the far right corner of the goal.

Gonzaga held the demanding shot advantage in the match, as the Bulldog defense held the Aggies to seven shots, while GU recorded 16. The Zags also held a 6-2 corner kick edge.

Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her fifth win of the season as she improves to 5-2-0 for the year. Aggie goalkeeper Ali Griffin suffered the loss.

The Zags will take the field again on Friday, Sept. 28 when they host Idaho State University at 3 p.m. at Martin Field.

Pepperdine - 1
UCLA - 1

Malibu, CA
Despite a slow start to the 2007 season, momentum has been building for the Pepperdine women's soccer team, and the Waves' progress continued with a well-played 1-1 tie against sixth-ranked UCLA on Friday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.

The Waves (1-4-2) got a goal in the 44th minute by sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina (Downey, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), which cancelled out a goal that came in the 42nd minute by the Bruins' Lauren Cheney.

The second half and the two overtime periods were played in a rainstorm (quite rare for Southern California in September) and no more goals were scored as Pepperdine ended what had been a 10-game losing streak to the Bruins (3-1-2).

"Over the last couple weeks, even in some of our losses, we've been playing quite well," Pepperdine Coach Tim Ward said. "We just weren't getting results. But we're making progress. Our young players are figuring it out, and we believe that on any day we can play with anyone."

Pepperdine actually controlled long stretches of the first half and kept the ball locked in UCLA's defensive half. The Waves had a couple of good early chances, including a seventh-minute header that went a little high by Medina and a hard shot from distance in the 25th minute by sophomore forward Courtney Price (Corona, Calif./Colony HS) that forced a diving save by UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson.

UCLA took its first shot in the 27th minute, but it was the Bruins' second shot that ended up in the net. From the left side, Caitlyn Mac Kechnie centered the ball toward the top of the box for Cheney, who turned and struck a strong shot that found the upper-right-hand corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season at 41:27.

After suffering a number of 1-0 losses earlier this season, the Waves wasted no time making sure that this game wouldn't end similarly. Junior forward Amanda Rupp (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) took the ball on the right wing and crossed it into the box. It fell to the feet of junior forward Emily Wynne (El Cajon, Calif./University HS), but she got tangled up and couldn't get a shot off. Medina was in the right place at the right time, following up on the loose ball and driving her open shot into the back of the net. It was her first goal of the season and it came at 43:02.

"This was a good match and we both had our chances," Medina said. "We both got one and we were unfortunate not to get another one. During practice we always work on following up and making sure we know where we're supposed to go. In a situation like that I know to crash the goal. I was fortunate that I was there to put it in."

As the rain began to fall, play became more back-and-forth in the second half. After the Waves had a 6-2 shot advantage in the first half, the Bruins had a 4-1 edge in the second.

One minute into the first overtime period, junior defender Ashley Copp (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) nearly won it for the Waves. A foul on UCLA gave Pepperdine a free kick from about 22 yards away, and Copp bent a shot that went inches over the crossbar.

Danesha Adams gave the Bruins their best opportunities to win the game in overtime. She first hit the crossbar with a shot in the 109th minute. She then got free on a breakaway in the 115th minute, but Pepperdine goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) came out of her goal to challenge Adams and made a game-saving play, as she was able to dive and somehow take the ball away before Adams could shoot. Then, about a minute later, Adams had another open shot from distance but missed about a foot wide of the right post.

A defensive line that started two freshmen and two juniors did quite well to slow UCLA's high-powered attack.

"UCLA has some world-class players and we knew they would create chances," Ward said. "But the whole defense played great. It was a tremendous team effort. Everyone who stepped on the field did a great job."

The final shot total was UCLA 12, Pepperdine 10. Stolte made four saves for the Waves.

Said freshman defender Haleigh Guertin (Corona, Calif./Santiago HS): "We played well. We stayed together and stayed comfortable and strong on the ball. We're definitely excited about the way we've been playing. Each game we've stepped it up a little more."

The Waves continue their seven-game homestand next weekend with matches against Utah (Friday, Sept. 28) and Cal State Northridge (Sunday, Sept. 30).

Saint Mary's - 2
Sacramento State - 0

Moraga, CA
Saint Mary's sophomore forward Tara Farrell scored her first career goal in the 36th minute to help the Saint Mary's women's soccer team post a 2-0 win over the visiting Sacramento State Hornets on Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, SMC improves to 3-2-2 overall while the Hornets fall to 3-2-1 on the season.

Farrell came off the bench near the 30-minute mark and made her presence known in the game quickly. Within six minutes, Farrell headed a cross from freshman midfield Bree Villar into the Sacramento State goal. Villar's cross from the left side found Farrell in the middle of the field. Farrell's header changed the direction of the ball enough that CSUS goalkeeper Mandy Trojan could not recover from the original cross.

Saint Mary's maintained its lead through halftime, and extended its advantage to 2-0 on an own goal at the 59:20 mark. The goal came when Jessica Menzhuber struck a free kick into the box from the right sideline. A Sacramento State defender redirected the ball towards her own net, where goalkeeper Jenny Lawrence had vacated her position. The ball deflected off another Hornet defender's head, hit the crossbar and then bounced inside the goal line.

Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson collected her second career win and second career shutout. Larson made three saves against six Sacramento State shots. The Gaels took nine shots in the game and the combination of Trojan and Lawrence had four saves, as each had two saves.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday when the Gaels host the Valparaiso Crusaders. The game between SMC and the Crusaders will kick-off at 12 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.

USF - 0
Duke - 4

Durham, NC
Duke junior midfielder/defender Kelly Hathorn scored twice as the Blue Devils (4-1-2) shut out San Francisco (0-4-2), 4-0, Friday night in game two of the Duke Adidas Classic.

Seven different Dons attempted shots in the match but USF was unable to sneak a ball past Duke goalkeepers Alison Lipsher and Cassidy Powers who combined for six saves. USF junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson played all 90 minutes, recording four saves.

Hathorn's goals both came in the second half. At 52:49 Hathorn found the net after Lipsher served a dropkick from the goalie box to within striking distance. She then received passes from freshman forward Rebecca Allen and sophomore forward Elisabeth Redmond to score from inside USF's box at 64:32. Sophomore midfielder CJ Ludemann and freshman forward Kendall Bradley scored goals at 15th and 23rd minutes.

USF next faces No. 8 North Carolina Sunday at 10 a.m. in what will be the final day of the Adidas Classic.

DONS' NOTES - USF freshman forward Lauren Maris, who recorded a shot on goal in the 2nd minute of play Friday, has attempted at least one shot in four consecutive matches... Hathorn's goals were her second and third of the season... Duke's Lipsher has not allowed a goal in 202:91 minutes... she set a Duke school record of 603:33-minute scoreless streak earlier this season... USF was out-shot by the Blue Devils, 18-7... USF is now 0-3-0 versus Duke all-time... Against the Tar Heels, USF is 0-3-0 all-time.

USD - 2
Irvine - 1

Irvine, CA
Junior striker Jen Mello's first Torero goal lifted the 25th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team (4-1-2) to a 2-1 overtime win over UC Irvine (4-2-1) Friday evening in a non-conference match at Anteater Stadium.

With the game tied at 1-1, the Toreros turned to the junior transfer from San Diego State, and she delivered. Just 1:08 into the overtime period, Mello was able to redirect a cross from senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson with her head, past the UCI goalkeeper, Danielle de Seriere, to give USD the victory.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as just 2:49 into the match, USD was on the scoreboard. Junior forward Amy Epsten controlled a pass from Ashleigh Shoughro and had a breakaway. Epsten was able to punch the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season, and give USD the early momentum.

The Anteaters would even things up in the 73rd minute, as they snapped junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron's 311:01 scoreless streak. UCI's Nikki Forrest scored from inside the six-yard box on assists from freshman Colleen Lopez and freshman Caty Cope whose corner kick knocked the ball inside the box to Lopez.

Cameron picked up the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded four saves. de Seriere was saddled with the loss for the Anteaters, as she allowed two goals and recorded seven saves.

San Diego dominated the offensive stats as they out shot Irvine 17-5 and also had a 11-4 advantage in corner kicks.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they head to UC Riverside for a 1 p.m. match at the UCR Soccer Stadium.

SCU - 1
ASU - 0

Santa Clara, CA
Kiki Bosio's goal in the 46th minutes was all the Broncos needed to sweep the Sun Devils of Arizona State Friday night in Tempe, Ariz. With the win, Santa Clara improved to 5-0-1 overall, while ASU fell to 4-3-0 on the year. The goal was Bosio's third of the season. Junior goalkeeper Meagan McCray posted three saves in route to her second shutout of the season.

"There was an unusual environment tonight with the wind," said head coach Jerry Smith. "So not only did we have to struggle with playing on the road in front of an energetic crowd, we also had to deal with the wind. That made the first half tough. But at the half, we talked about doing the little things right and playing well despite the conditions. And, that is what we did. Kiki's goal really settled us down and allowed us to control the second half."

The Broncos faced a series of environmental challenges in the first half as fierce winds rolled onto the field at kick off. Besides battling a hardworking Arizona State squad, Santa Clara had to face the winds head on. SCU was only able to take two shots before halftime. Coming back after the break, the Broncos set up a series of combination plays that saw Katherine Reynolds pass the ball into the box to find Bosio. The sophomore forward did an excellent job of switching her defender's attention with a quick touch away from the goal, but quickly reversed herself and took a hard, right-footed shot which found the far side of the goal.

For the remainder of the game, the Broncos limited the Sun Devils to only one shot while taking four more of their own. But the little plays and the right moves with the ball, allowed Santa Clara to control the second half and end the game with a win.

The Broncos return to action on Sunday, Sept. 23 against the Wildcats of Arizona. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.