Oct. 2, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michelle Enyeart, University of Portland
In the absence of leading scorer, All-American Megan Rapinoe (national team), freshman striker Michelle Enyeart picked up the scoring slack with three goals and an assist in the Pilots' wins over Washington and Oregon. Enyeart tallied the game-winners in both matches. Against the Huskies, Enyeart scored the first two goals and assisted on the fourth, while she provided the tiebreaker in the 60th minute against the Ducks. Since joining the starting rotation five games ago, Enyeart has five goals and four assists.
WCC PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
After an impressive non-conference season, which saw West Coast Conference teams knock off 13 ranked opponents, WCC teams turn their attention to league play this weekend. Portland freshman Michelle Enyeart, this week's WCC Player of the Week, and the Pilots head to Gonzaga, while Pepperdine travels to Loyola Marymount. San Diego travels to Santa Clara, while San Francisco takes on Saint Mary's.
San Francisco at Utah State - 2:00 PM
Hawaii at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Washington State at Portland - 7:00 PM
UC Davis at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM
*Portland at Gonzaga - 11:00 AM
*Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
*San Diego at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*San Francisco at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-5-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Zags finished their final non-conference tune up with a 1-1-0 record, blanking UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, before falling to No. 5 UCLA, 1-0.
- Junior Cristin Leverson's third goal of the season lifted Gonzaga to a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The goal was the eighth of Leverson's career, placing her tied for ninth on the all-time career list.
- The Bulldog's goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her third shutout of the season, posting six saves in the win over the Gauchos. Thalman leads the Zags and ranks second in the WCC in overall saves with 44. The freshman from Greenwood Village, CO also ranks third in the conference in goals against average (0.64).
- Gonzaga, picked third in the WCC preseason coaches poll, opens conference play by hosting No. 4 Portland (10/8).
Loyola Marymount Lions (6-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions won their third straight match and improved to 6-1-2 overall with a 3-0 win over UC Riverside.
- Freshmen Katrina Chong and Lacey Bartels led the Lions versus the Highlanders, accounting for all three LMU goals. Chong found the back of the net twice, while Bartels tallied the other score. The goals were the first of their collegiate careers. Bartels also assisted on Chong's last goal of the match.
- The Lions, who are ranked No. 21 in the latest Soccer America poll, have registered three clean sheets this season. LMU's national listing is its first national ranking since the 2003 campaign.
- LMU hosts Hawai'i (10/3) in their final non-conference tune-up before welcoming Pepperdine (10/8) to Sullivan Field for both team's WCC opener.
Pepperdine Waves (6-4-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Waves suffered a pair of setbacks, falling to No. 23 Utah, 2-0, before dropping a 1-0 decision in overtime to UNLV.
- Pepperdine sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte equaled her career-high with seven saves in the Waves' match with Utah. Stolte ranks first in the WCC in overall saves with 47 saves and is tied for second in shutouts with three.
- Senior Lindsey Redlin and sophomore Emily Wynne are tied for the team lead and tied for second in the WCC in assists with six.
- Redlin's six assists matches her career total entering this season.
- Pepperdine is back in action when it opens West Coast Conference play at rival Loyola Marymount (10/8).
Portland Pilots (9-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Playing without All-Americans Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Lopez, the Pilots blasted Washington, 5-0, before shutting out Oregon, 3-0, for their sixth consecutive shutout victory.
- Freshmen strikers Michelle Enyeart and Kendra Chandhoke stepped up for the Pilots. Both rookies tallied two goals versus the Huskies and one versus the Ducks.
- UP has shut out eight of its last nine opponents, outscoring the competition 34-1 during the run.
- Cori Alexander made four saves versus Oregon in logging her third shutout of the season. She is now tied for the UP career shutouts record of 35 with Cheryl Loveless (1996, 1998-00).
- UP hosts Washington State (10/5) before traveling to Gonzaga (10/8) for its WCC opener.
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-8-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels suffered a pair of losses at the New Mexico Tournament, falling to the host Lobos, 3-1, before dropping a 1-0 decision to Northern Arizona.
- Sophomore forward Nikki Schrey scored the Gaels' lone goal over the weekend. The goal was Schrey's third of the season and ninth of her career.
- Schrey leads Saint Mary's with seven points, scoring three goals and adding one assist. She is tied for the team lead in goals with fellow sophomore Danielle Spann.
- Despite a 1-8-2 record, the Gaels have outshot their opponents 146 to 134.
- The Gaels host UC Davis (10/6) in their final non-conference tune-up before hosting USF (10/8) in their conference opener.
San Diego Toreros (8-4-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego posted a 1-1-0 record in their final tune-up before WCC play. The Toreros fell to No. 5 UCLA 3-0, before taking a 4-2 decision over Hawai'i.
- With the win over the Rainbows, the Toreros improve to 8-4-0 overall and moved to 6-1-0 on their home pitch.
- Senior Leigh Ann Robinson and sophomore Ashley Kirk each tallied two goals to lift the Toreros over Hawai'i. Robinson leads the Toreros and is tied for fifth in the WCC with six goals.
- Junior defender Vanessa Vella added two assists over the weekend to give her a team leading six on the season.
- The Toreros host No. 5 Santa Clara (10/8) in their WCC opener.
San Francisco Dons (4-7-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons dropped a pair of matches last week, falling to Pacific 2-1, before suffering a 1-0 shut out at No. 14 BYU.
- Senior forward Chelsea Hunt scored San Francisco's lone goal versus Pacific. The goal was Hunt's fourth of the season and 28th of her career, good for third on the Dons' career charts. Hunt needs just five more goals to tie Kelli Bryant (1992-95) for second place with 33 scores.
- Junior midfielder Lauren Tweet and freshman forward Samantha Brand registered their team-leading third assists of the season on Hunt's goal.
- Goalkeeper Kelly Pohle leads the WCC in saves per game with 5.83.
- The Dons travel to Utah State (10/2) before heading to Saint Mary's (10/8).
Santa Clara Broncos (9-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos shut out Bay Area rival Stanford, 2-0, to improve to 9-2-0 overall.
- Amanda Poach netted her first collegiate goal and Meagan Snell continued her stellar season by scoring her eighth goal of the season.
- The Broncos' win over No. 18 Stanford was their sixth win over a ranked opponent in the last seven matches. During that seven-match span, SCU has outscored its opposition 12-2.
- Goalkeeper Meagan McCray made eight saves versus Stanford, including four from point-blank range, to preserve her sixth shutout of the season.
- The Broncos host Bay Area rival San Jose State (10/4) before hosting San Diego (10/8) in their conference opener.