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WCC Women's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 23, 2007

USF - 0
North Carolina - 2

Durham, NC
San Francisco (0-5-2) had its hands full with No. 8 North Carolina (6-2-0), who won 2-0 over the Dons in the third game of the Duke Adidas Classic Sunday. The Tar Heels allowed the Dons only three shots while taking a season-high 30.

North Carolina had 14 first-half shots before sophomore midfielder Tobin Heath booted the ball to junior midfielder Yael Averbuch who scored in the 40th minute from 20 yards out. In the 73rd minute, Heath would also find the net, shooting from inside the box following a pass from sophomore forward Sterling Smith.

USF freshman forward Lauren Maris attempted two shots, both the first half against UNC, to lead the Dons. Averbuch had a match-high 12 shots in the contest. Tar Heel junior midfielder Allie Long attempted seven.

San Francisco junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson had nine saves in the match, while UNC's Ashlyn Harris had one.

Next up on the USF schedule is a trip to No. 1 Stanford. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m., PT.

DONS' NOTES - Following the final match of the Duke Adidas Classic, Hodgson and sophomore forward Kristina Hall were named to the All- Tournament team... Maris extended her streak of attempting at least one shot to five matches... USF is now 0-4-0 against the Tar Heels all-time.

LMU - 2
Fresno State - 0

Los Angeles, CA
Second half strikes from senior Jamie Bell and junior Stefanie Baduria lifted LMU to its fourth consecutive victory, 2-0, over visiting Fresno State Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions (4-3-1) open their five-game home stand with a win get their record above .500 for the first time this season while handing the Bulldogs (3-4-0) their second straight defeat.

A lackluster first half saw few chances for either side. Fresno State had the best opportunity of the first 45 minutes, as Nicole Gutierrez's header off a free kick came back off the crossbar in the 10th minute.

The game picked up some energy after halftime and the Bulldogs almost took the lead in the 57th minute. FSU earned a free kick about 25 yards out and Lauren Satterlee's shot was heading for the top corner before LMU senior GK Joslyn Slovek got a hand to it to tip it over the crossbar.

That would prove to be a momentum-shifting save as the Lions got the game's first goal five minutes later. Bell collected a loose ball 35 yards out and her back to the goal, turned, and took a touch to settle herself. Her shot from 25 yards was low and to the keeper's right, bouncing just in front of GK Kaity Revel and skipping over her hands into the bottom corner. It was Bell's second goal in as many games, giving her a team-high three on the season.

Slovek produced another beauty of a save 15 minutes from time that kept the Lion lead intact. With Fresno State pushing forward, Alex Jensen was sent through on a breakaway with only Slovek to beat. The shot went low and to the keeper's right but the senior came up with a reactive kick save to turn it away for a corner.

Five minutes from time, LMU would make it 2-0 through Baduria's penalty kick. An LMU corner kick was handled in the box by FSU's Krissy Looney, resulting in a yellow card for the Bulldog and a PK for the Lions. Up stepped Baduria to send Revel the wrong way and seal the Lion win.

Slovek registered her third shutout in four games and fourth of the season, making six saves. Revel stopped three shots for FSU, who held a 12-11 shot advantage.

LMU continues its five-game home stand with a pair of matches next week, hosting Idaho at 4 p.m. on Friday and UC Riverside at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

SMC - 1
Valpraiso - 0

Moraga, CA
Alex Ciliento scored the game-winning goal 5:35 into the first overtime period to give the Saint Mary's women's soccer team a 1-0 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium The win improves the Gaels' record to 4-2-2 overall while Valpo falls to 5-4 on the season.

The goal for Ciliento is her fourth of the season and came off a corner kick from Allie Weiner. The cross by Weiner came from the left corner and was deflected by Jessica Menzhuber to the waiting feet of Ciliento. Ciliento collected the ball, set her feet and fired a shot through the Valpo defense and past goalkeeper Erin Murray.

The game-winning goal for Ciliento was the second of the season for the freshman forward, and her second overtime goal of the year. The win marks the third straight for the Gaels, giving SMC its longest winning streak since posting three straight victories early in the 2005 season.

Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded her third win and second shutout of the season. Larson, who had three saves against the Crusaders, recorded her second straight shutout following a 2-0 blanking of Sacramento State on Friday.

Saint Mary's out shot Valpo 9-6, but the Crusaders bettered the Gaels in corner kicks 3-2.Valpo goalkeeper Erin Murray made two saves.

Saint Mary's will return to action when the Gaels travel to Berkeley on September 28 to take on the 19th-ranked California Golden Bears. The game between SMC and Cal will kick off 4 p.m. from Edwards Stadium.

SCU - 1
Arizona - 0

Santa Clara, CA
At the 101st minute of a long, up and down game, senior Brittany Klein scored the lone goal of the match to give the Santa Clara women's soccer team a 1-0 triumph over Arizona Sunday afternoon. The goal was Klein's fourth of the season, while goalkeeper Meagan McCray earned her third shutout. With the win the Broncos improved to 6-0-1 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 4-3-0.

"It was the best kind of free kick," said head coach Jerry Smith. "It fooled their goalkeeper into thinking she was going to save it, but Lexi Orand was there to send it back to Brittany."

Redshirt senior Tina Estrada took the free kick for the Broncos not far into the start of the second overtime. The ball curved its way into the box, but was deflected to the feet of Orand, who passed it back to Klein. Just at the end of the second half, Klein attempted another shot that Wildcats goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai barely tipped over the bar to send the game into overtime.

"It was a wide opened game," said Smith. "Both teams had great chances to score. We only had four substitutes going into today's game, so the athletes that played today really worked hard. Arizona had a lot of speed and set up some dangerous situations, but our players grinded it out. I have to credit Meagan, who made three or four really nice saves, which made a difference into the outcome of the game."

The Broncos remains on the road with a trip to San Luis Obispo, Calif., Friday night. Santa Clara will battle Cal Poly at 7 p.m., at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

USD - 3
UC Riverside - 1

Riverside, CA
The 25th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team cruised to a 3-1 win over host UC Riverside Sunday afternoon, 3-1, in a non-conference match at the UCR Soccer Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 5-1-2 overall, have now won their third consecutive match and haven't lost a match in their last four outings. With the loss, the Highlanders saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 5-3-0.

Once again, the Toreros wasted no time in scoring as in the sixth minute of the match, junior striker Amy Epsten controlled a pass from senior defender Vanessa Vella and punched the ball into the back of the net to give USD an early 1-0 lead.

The Highlanders then found themselves back on even playing terms with the Toreros, as in the 27th minute of the match, Tessa Lennala was able to sneak one past USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron.

Junior forward Jen Mello then recorded her second game-winning goal in as many matches. In the 57th minute with the score was knotted at 1-1, Mello corralled a pass from sophomore Natalie Vinti and put a one-timer past the UCR goalkeeper to give USD the final goal they would need.

The Toreros weren't done scoring just yet as freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro would put the match out of reach in the 82nd minute. Shoughro was able to control a pass from senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson and punched the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season, which put the match at its final of 3-1.

San Diego again dominated the offensive stats as they out shot the Highlanders 15-6 and the two teams were even on corner kicks at three apiece.

Cameron was credited with the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded four saves. Her countrerpart, Deanna Borgelt, was saddled with the loss in goal for UCR, as she allowed three goals and recorded seven saves.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host the Cal State Northridge Matadors in a 7 p.m. non-conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.

Portland - 7
Portland State - 0

Portland, OR
The University of Portland women's soccer team, tired of squeaking out one goal wins, made a statement with a 7-0 victory over Portland State Sunday afternoon before 2,951 fans at Merlo Field. The Pilots, fresh off the news that they will be without injured stars Rachael and Megan Rapinoe for the rest of the season, put up their highest goal total in over a year and held the Vikings to just one shot in the match.

Sophomore Kendra Chandhoke and freshman Elli Reed each tallied two goals for the Pilots (7-1-0), who pushed their winning streak to four, all by way of shutout. Senior Angie Woznuk and sophomore Michelle Enyeart added a goal and two assists each, while sophomore Janelle Jacka recorded her first career goal off the bench.

Freshman goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung made her first career start and stopped the only shot she faced to record the shutout for the Pilots. Portland owned a 25-1 shot advantage over the Vikings (4-4-0), who saw their two-match winning streak come to an end.

"We needed a game like this," Portland head coach Garrett Smith said. "It was a great day, we scored a bunch of goals, we got a lot of people into the match and were able to rest some tired bodies."

Portland wasted little time in setting the tone for the game as Reed collected a pass from Woznuk just inside the penalty area and blasted a shot between PSU keeper Rachel Jarvis and the near post in the ninth minute. It was the first of four goals in a 12 minute span for the host Pilots.

Chandhoke struck next in the 10th minute, lunging for a short cross from Enyeart and toe-poking her attempt top shelf. Enyeart notched her second goal of the season in the 18th minute, running on a thru ball from Natalie Budge, leaving Jarvis behind and finishing to the open net. Chandhoke notched her second goal of the game and third of the season with a laser from the 20 yards on the right side off the inside of the left post in the 21st minute. Woznuk was credited with her second assist of the game and fourth of the season as the Pilots carried a 4-0 lead into intermission.

Reed made it 5-0 in the 51st minute as senior defender Michele Scifo sprung her free with only PSU keeper Cris Lewis to beat. Reed chipped Lewis and the ball dribble over the goal line for her fourth goal of the season and third in the last two games.

Woznuk blasted a shot from the right side past Lewis in the 78th minute and Jacka was on the finishing end of cross from Enyeart in the 89th minute to cap the scoring.

Enyeart now has a team-leading eight assists in the team's first eight games and tallied her 50th career point (18g, 14a). Woznuk's two helpers gives her 31 career assists, seventh all-time in UP history and one short of Christine Sinclair.

Portland's seven goals on Sunday eclipsed the team's total of six in its five previous matches.

Portland announced on Friday that All-American midfielder Megan Rapinoe suffered her second torn ACL in less than a year and will miss the remainder of the season. The news came shortly after Rachael Rapinoe, twin sister of Megan and Portland's leading scorer, was also diagnosed with a torn ACL and lost for the season.

The Pilots will look to continue their winning streak when they embark on a tough road trip to Los Angeles next week. Portland will face No. 6 UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. and then take on No. 22 Southern California on Sunday at 1 p.m.