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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 28, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

Final week of non-conference action awaits WCC teams. Portland and Santa Clara remain in the national rankings at No. 4 and No. 13, respectively. Gonzaga's Catherine Cullen earned WCC Player of the Week honors with her first goal of the season and the assist on the Zags' lone goal in their fourth win of the season.


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: 4-6-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga split its two matches last week, losing a heartbreaker in overtimeto #22 USC (2-1 OT) and then picking up its second shutout win with a 1-0blanking against Portland State, a victory that snapped a three-match losing streak.

  • Senior midfielder Catherine Cullen earned WCC Player of the Week honors after recordingher first career goal, and the Zags' only tally, in the match with USC. She also had the assiston the game-winner, and team's lone score, against Portland State.

  • Junior defender/midfielder Ashley Riley and Cullen are tied for 10th in the conference with23 shots each, an average of 2.09 per match. The Bulldogs' last two wins have both beenshutouts.

  • Gonzaga makes the short trek to Pullman to face Washington State (Oct. 1) before hostingthe first of four straight home contests with the first against Eastern Washington (Oct. 3).

  • Overall Record: 7-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount picked up its third straight shutout victory, this time a2-0 showing vs. Arizona, before hitting the road and a 2-0 loss at Northern Arizona.

  • Just 10 matches into her career, freshman forward Tawni Martino has already made a markon the LMU record books. Her six goals in a single season are the most by a freshman sinceKellie Schroeder in 2002, and stand tied for eighth on the school charts. Also, her three gamewinninggoals are tied for second-most among single-season leaders.

  • The Lions have amassed a total of 46 points through 10 matches to rank second in theconference with 4.6 per match. Defensively, LMU has allowed a league-low-tying seven goals andhas only twice given up as many as two scores in a single match. Redshirt fresman goalkeeperBrittany Jagger is second in the WCC with a 0.70 GAA, 52 saves and five shutouts.

  • Loyola Marymount hosts a single match this week against Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 1).

  • Overall Record: 6-3-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine played at home for the last time for nearly a month and earneda 1-0 win vs. Cal Poly before a double-overtime 0-0 tie with #21 Arizona State.

  • Junior midfielder/forward Laura Cole's team-high sixth goal of the season was the lone scorein the win vs. Cal Poly and represented her fourth game-winner of the season. The Wavesare 5-0-1 this season when Cole finds the back of the net. One more game-winner will tie theprogram's single-season record of five. In addition, her six goals (through just 11 matches) aremore than any individual had for the Waves all of last season.

  • Behind sophomore goalkeeper Roxanne Barker, the Waves have pitched three shutouts ina row. It ties the second longest streak among WCC teams this season (SMC with four).

  • Pepperdine is on the road for a pair this week, travelling to #11 UCLA (Oct. 1) before headingto Cal State Bakersfield (Oct. 3).

  • Overall Record: 10-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland played two ranked opponents on the road last week andpicked up a split with a 3-1 win at #16 California and a 2-1 loss at No. 2Stanford.

  • Portland has been very much a second half team this season, and that was on full displaylast week. All four of the Pilots' goals in their last two games came after halftime, while the threegoals they allowed were all in the opening stanza. For the season, Portland is outscoring itsopposition 17-2 in the second half of matches.

  • The Pilots continue to lead the conference in all offensive statistical categories with 189 shots,66 points, 22 goals, 2.00 goals per game and 22 assists.

  • Portland returns home for matches against a pair of northwest rivals from the Pac-10, Oregon(Oct. 1) and Washington (Oct. 3).

  • Overall Record: 6-3-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's had a tough week with losses at home against Washington(3-1) and at San Jose State (1-0).

  • Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada ranks among the top five on the conference leaderboardin shots per game (2nd, 3.10), shots (3rd, 31), points per game (5th, 1.00), points (t-5th, 10),goals per game (5th, .50) and goals (t-5th, 4).

  • Talk about a balancing act. SMC has 16 goals on the season that have been scored by 10different players. Led by Marada's four, other multiple goal scorers have been senior forwardAlex Ciliento, senior forward Alyssa Doniak and redshirt sophomore midfielder Daelyn Paulwho each have tallied two.

  • Saint Mary's hosts #18 California (Oct. 2) in the first of four straight home matches. The Gaelsthen close out the season playing three of their final four on the road.

  • Overall Record: 5-4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego, the only WCC team with just one contest last week, lost 2-1at No. 15 UCLA. They also lost 1-0 at Cal State Northridge on Monday tostart this week.

  • The Toreros saw a six-match win streak against Cal State Northridge come to an end onMonday with the lone goal of the game coming via a penalty kick in the third minute of play.

  • San Diego's five-goal outburst against Portland State (9/19/10) still stands as the most singlematchprolific scoring showing by any WCC team this season. The Toreros also exploded forfour against Arizona (8/27/10). A quartet of other teams have also accounted for five four-goalmatches.

  • San Diego hosts #16 USC (Oct. 1) in a rematch of the season opener, a 1-0 USD victory,and play at Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 3).

  • Overall Record: 4-7-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco dropped a pair last week at UC Davis (1-0) and homeagainst Washington (2-0).

  • USF dropped a heartbreaker to UC Davis with the Aggies' lone goal coming on a penalty kickin the 39th minute. It marked the second time in three matches (vs. then-No. 16 California) thatthe Lady Dons came out on the short end of a 1-0, penalty-kick-decided match.

  • Freshman midfielder Christina Moberg is the only USF player with multiple goals andassists as she has three and two, respectively. Freshman forward Hanna Haanes (4) andredshirt senior defender Ashley O'Brien (2) are the only others with multiple goals while juniorforward Molly Hall has a team-high three assists.

  • San Francisco makes its first and only road trip out of the state of California with matches atNorthern Arizona (Oct. 1) and Arizona (Oct. 3).

  • Overall Record: 7-2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara split against Pac-10 foes in its last two outings, with a 2-1 winat home vs. Oregon and a 1-0 road defeat at the hands of #15 UCLA.

  • Junior defender Margueritte Aozasa didn't just score for the first time this season in the ninthminute against Oregon. She found back of the net again in the 50th minute, accounting for bothgoals in the 2-1 victory. She now is one of three SCU players with multiple scores this year,joining senior forward Anessa Patton and sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Mathesonwho have three and two, respectively.

  • Junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has played all 1030 minutes in net for the Broncos thisseason and has allowed a league-low seven goals while posting a WCC-best 0.61 GAA.

  • Santa Clara hits the pitch just once this week, but faces its biggest challenge yet with thematch being at #1 Stanford. This is the Broncos' sixth contest against a ranked opponent.