Sept. 25, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Meagan Snell, SCU & Whitney Temple, LMU
Santa Clara's Meagan Snell and Loyola Marymount's Whitney Temple share this week's WCC Player of the Week award after leading their respective teams to wins over ranked opponents. Snell, who has been on an absolute scoring tear netting seven goals in the Broncos' last seven matches, found the back of the net twice against then-No. 3 UCLA. Temple scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to help lift the Lions to a 2-1 win over then-No. 16 USC. Just as important, Temple, a senior defender, led a defensive unit that shut down the powerful Trojan offense. The win improved the Lions to 5-1-2 overall and propelled them into No. 23 in this week's Soccer America poll.
Pacific at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Riverside - 4:00 PM
15Saint Mary's at New Mexico - 6:00 PM
Gonzaga at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
Washington at Portland - 7:00 PM
San Diego at UCLA - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Utah - 7:30 PM
San Francisco at BYU - 6:00 PM
Stanford at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
15Saint Mary's vs. Northern Arizona - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga at UCLA - 12:00 PM
Pepperdine at UNLV - 1:00 PM
Hawaii at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Oregon at Portland - 2:00 PM
15 New Mexico Tournament
AROUND THE WCC
Decade of Dominance
Over the last 10 years, no conference has had more College Cup participants than the WCC. In the last decade, the WCC has sent 13 teams into the national semifinals, three more than the next closest conference.
College Cup Appearances By Conferences Over The Last 10 Years (2005-1996)
13 - WCC (POR - 2005, 2002-00, 1998, 1996; SCU - 2004, 2002-01, 1999-1996)
10 - ACC (UNC - 2003-1996; FSU - 2005, 2003)
7 - Big East (ND - 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997-96; UCONN - 2003, 1997)
4 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2005-03, 2000)
3 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)
2 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)
1 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)
Four WCC Teams Ranked In The Top 25
Four West Coast Conference teams find themselves ranked in the latest Soccer America top 25 poll. Portland and Santa Clara are ranked in the top five with the Pilots occupying the No. 4 spot, while the Broncos moved up to No. 5 after their big win over then-No. 3 UCLA. Pepperdine, which owns a 6-2-2 overall record, is listed at No. 20 in the latest rankings, while Loyola Marymount, coming off of a 2-1 win over then-No. 16 USC, enters the rankings at No. 23. It marks the first time since the 2003 season that the Lions have appeared in the national rankings.
Déjà Vu All Over Again
A season after Christine Sinclair led the nation in scoring with 39 goals, another Pilot is pacing the country in goals. Portland sophomore Megan Rapinoe is tied with two other players (Brittany Bisnott, Niagara; Kamryn Koch, McNeese St.) for the national lead in goals per game (1.00) and tied with Villanova's Nikki Mabery for the most overall goals with 10.
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-4-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs posted a 1-1-0 record over the weekend, shutting out Idaho, 3-0, before falling to Long Beach State, 1-0, in overtime.
- Lacey Castleberry, Jessie Sorenson and Christine Soma all posted goals in the Zags' win over the Vandals.
- Goalkeepers Jessie Thalman and Laura Higby combined for GU's fourth shutout of the season. Thalman earned the win while posting three saves.
- GU's loss to the 49ers was just its second at home this season and marks the first time since the 2003 campaign that Gonzaga has lost multiple games at home. Over the past two seasons, Gonzaga has posted a 16-3-1 record at Martin Field.
- The Zags travel to UC Santa Barbara (9/29) and UCLA (10/1).
Loyola Marymount Lions (5-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach Gregg Murphy earned his 100th win at the helm of the Lions' program as LMU used two late goals to defeat No. 16 USC, 2-1, at Sullivan Field in their lone game last week.
- In his 11th season at LMU, Murphy now has an LMU record of 100-76-23, and an overall mark of 158-128-27.
- The Lions improved to 5-1-2 overall and jumped up to No. 23 in the latest Soccer America poll. It is the first time since 2003 that the Lions have appeared in the national rankings.
- Stefanie Baduria tied things up with a header at 83:00, and Whitney Temple launched a free kick from 40 yards for the game-winner at 84:46.
- LMU looks for its sixth win of the season when the Lions travel to UC Riverside (9/28).
Pepperdine Waves (6-2-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Waves posted a 1-1-0 record last week, blanking San Diego State, 1-0, before dropping a 3-0 decision at No. 3 UCLA.
- Junior McKenzie Hill's fourth goal of the season lifted the Waves over the Aztecs and gave them their sixth win of the season. Hill has found the back of the net in three of the Waves' past four matches.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded two saves for her second consecutive shutout.
- Pepperdine is ranked No. 20 in the latest Soccer America poll.
- The Waves look to get back to their winning ways as they travel to Utah (9/29) before heading to UNLV (10/1).
Portland Pilots (7-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland blanked Arizona, 2-0, before shutting out Northern Arizona, 4-0, to improve to 7-2-1 on the season.
- Sophomore All-American Megan Rapinoe scored her 10th goal of the season and freshman Kendra Chandhoke pitched in her third score of the season in UP's win over the Wildcats.
- In just one and a half seasons on The Bluff, Rapinoe has already scored 25 career goals. The Redding, Calif. native needs just three more to move into a tie for 10th place on the Pilots' all-time list.
- Four different players scored goals in UP's win over NAU, including junior All-American defender Stephanie Lopez, who recorded her first career goal as a Pilot.
- The Pilots return to The Bluff to host Washington (9/29) and Oregon (10/1).
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-6-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's fell to San Jose State, 2-1, in overtime in its only match last week to fall to 1-6-2 overall.
- Sophomore midfielder Mallory Lee tallied the Gaels' lone goal in their match versus the Spartans. Lee's goal was the first of her collegiate career.
- Freshman goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded three saves versus SJSU. Larson leads the Gaels in goals against average (0.85) and saves (15).
- Sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann leads SMC with three goals on the season.
- The Gaels have outshot their opponents 119-110 on the season.
- SMC will take on New Mexico (9/29) and NAU (10/1) at the New Mexico Tournament.
San Diego Toreros (7-3-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros posted a 1-1-0 record over the weekend, falling to No. 16 USC, 2-0, before shutting out Arizona State, 1-0.
- Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort's fourth goal of the season lifted the Toreros to the win over the Sun Devils. Ambort's four goals are now tied with Leigh Ann Robinson for the team-lead in goals.
- With the win, the Toreros improve to 7-3-0 overall and already top last season's win total when they went 6-12-1.
- Brittany Cameron picked up her second shutout of the season, recording four saves in the process.
- USD takes the pitch versus UCLA (9/29) and Hawai'i (10/1) this week.
San Francisco Dons (4-5-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons upset No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, before dropping a 4-0 decision to No. 13 Cal.
- With less than 15 minutes left in the game, senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored on a breakaway to earn the 2-1 victory over the Titans. The goal was Hunt's third of the season and 27th of her career, good for third on the Dons' career charts. Hunt needs just six more goals to tie Kelli Bryant (1992-95) for second place with 33 scores.
- The win for the Dons is their first over a ranked team since last season's 2-1 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine.
- Sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson collected four saves to earn the win.
- The Dons host Pacific (9/26) before traveling to BYU (9/30).
Santa Clara Broncos (8-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara enjoyed an outstanding weekend, blanking then-No. 3 UCLA, 3-0, before shutting out No. 14 Cal State Fullerton, 2-0.
- Junior forward Meagan Snell continued her scoring tear with a pair of goals in the match, while freshman forward Kiki Bosio netted her first collegiate goal. Snell has now scored seven goals in the Broncos' last seven matches.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Meagan McCray recorded her fifth shutout of the season in the win over UCLA. The shutout was also the first dealt to the Bruins this season.
- Outside back Marian Dalmy accounted for both Bronco goals versus the Titans and the defense recorded its seventh shutout of the season.
- The Broncos take on Bay Area rival Stanford (9/30) this week.