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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 5, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

West Coast Conference play starts this week for all eight teams. Pepperdine's Michelle Manning is the WCC Player of the Week after scoring the lone goal in the Waves' 1-0 upset win at #11 UCLA, snapping the Bruins' 73-match home unbeaten streak. It was Pepperdine's first win against UCLA since 1993.


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: 5-7-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga picked up a split last week with a loss at Washington State(4-0) before a 2-1 overtime win against Eastern Washington. The Zags have won two of their last three matches.

  • Freshman forward Cassie Geerdts tallied the game-winner in the OT win against Eastern Washington. Sophomore defender Morgan Manchester's throw-in went directly to the penalty area and Geerdts shot high over the keeper and hit the back of the net in the 99th minute. It was her second career goal as well as her second game-winning score.

  • The Bulldogs have shown offensive firepower and rank second in the conference with 202 shots. Their 32 against Eastern Washington were the most by a WCC team this season.

  • Gonzaga opens conference play at home against its northwest neighbor, No. 2 Portland (Oct. 10).

  • Overall Record: 8-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount earned a 1-0 overtime home victory against Cal State Fullerton. The Lions' last six wins have all been via shutout. LMU's RPI is 39th in the nation.

  • LMU went on the attack immediately in the overtime session against Cal State Fullerton and on the second of two straight corner kicks, senior forward Julie Gallaudet was able to knock in a ball that the keeper had deflected off the crossbar. The goal marked the 12th of her career, moving her into a tie for 10th place on the school's all-time list. It also represented her 42nd career point, which ranks her fifth in program history.

  • The Lions have allowed a league-low seven goals with six of their eight wins have been shutouts. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brittany Jagger has a goals against average of 0.63 and leads the league with 51 saves and a save percentage of .879.

  • Loyola Marymount begins league action by hosting Pepperdine (Oct. 9).

  • Overall Record: 7-3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine played a pair on the road and came out with an upset win at No. 11 UCLA (1-0) and a 1-1 tie at Cal State Bakersfield.

  • The Waves snapped the nation's longest unbeaten streak with their win at UCLA where the Bruins had won 73 straight dating to 2005. It was Pepperdine's first win against UCLA since 1993. Sophomore forward Michelle Manning struck with her left foot in the 23rd minute for the only score of the match. Junior forward Michelle Spacciapolli fed the ball at the top of the box from where Manning, this week's WCC Player of the Week, fired far post and put the ball just under the crossbar and just over the top of the goalie's fingertips.

  • Junior midfielder/forward Laura Cole continues to pace the Waves with six goals, four of which were game-winners. She also has a team-best 13 points.

  • Pepperdine plays at Loyola Marymount (Oct. 9) in its first league match.

  • Overall Record: 12-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland got back to its winning ways with a pair of home wins last week against in-state rival Oregon (4-1) and Washington (2-1 OT). The Pilots have the second-best RPI in the country.

  • According to CollegeSoccer360.com, the Pilots have the best winning percentage over the last four seasons. Through Oct. 3, and dating to 2007, Portland has a winning percentage of .888 (71-9). Portland is one of only eight schools to have 60+ wins during the span.

  • Senior midfielder Sophie Schmidt converted a penalty kick in the 109th minute of double overtime to give the Pilots a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Washington. She also added a goal in the Oregon win. Schmidt is among the league leaders in shots (2nd, 41),points (t-3, 14), goals (t-5, 5) and assists (t-1, 4).

  • Portland heads to Gonzaga (Oct. 10) for the beginning of WCC play.

  • Overall Record: 6-3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's tied #18 California, 2-2, in the first of four consecutive home contests.

  • The Gaels played their fourth overtime match and have finished with ties in three of their last five outings. Against Cal, they earned their best result in the series since 2002. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, SMC broke through in the 76th minute with a penalty kick and then struck again in the 84th minute when junior defender Ashley Soro blasted her first career goal, a 30-yarder into the side netting

  • Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada paces the Gaels with 34 shots, 10 points and four goals. Senior defender Caroline Shevlin has a team-high three assists. Twelve players have combined for the team's 18 goals on the season.

  • Saint Mary's welcomes San Francisco (Oct. 10) to begin conference play.

  • Overall Record: 7-4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego upset No. 16 USC for the second time this season, 1-0 at home, and also won, 2-1, at Cal State Fullerton. This was the first time they've won consecutive matches since opening the season with four straight wins. USD has and RPI ranking of 34.

  • Freshman midfielder Taylor Housley hit the winner vs. USC assists from freshman midfielder Kelley McCloskey and freshman forward Devany Savage put the ball at her feet. Her shot deflected off the crossbar and off the goalie's shoulder. The Toreros are the only team to have beaten ranked USC this year, a feat they have accomplished twice with identical 1-0 scores.

  • Junior forward Stephanie Ochs had both goals vs. CSF, marking the second time this season she scored multiple times in a match. She leads the WCC with seven goals and 16 points.

  • San Diego heads to the Bay Area for its first league match at No. 13 Santa Clara (Oct. 10).

  • Overall Record: 4-9-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco dropped its two contests last week, 1-0 at #16 California and 2-0 at home against UC Irvine.

  • San Francisco is still in search of its first win since early September after falling at Northern Arizona (1-0) and Arizona (2-1).

  • USF was able to snap its scoreless streak when junior forward Molly Hall's shot from the left side of the box found the back of net in the 80th minute against Arizona. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had already put two into the goal in the 65th and 72nd minutes. The Lady Dons had previously not scored in their last six contests.

  • One of only two players to have started all 13 matches, freshman forward Hanna Haanes leads the team with four goals, including one game-winner. Senior midfielder Lauren Maris is the team's other 13-match starter and has one goal.

  • San Francisco makes the short trip to the East Bay to face Saint Mary's (Oct. 10) in the WCC opener.

  • Overall Record: 7-3-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara played at Stanford, the top-ranked team in the land, and fell, 2-0. The Broncos' RPI ranking is 29th in the country.

  • The Broncos held tough against the No. 1 Cardinal for most of the match before allowing a pair of goals with just over 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Junior goalkepper BiancaHenninger had nine saves in the contest.

  • Nine players have combined for SCU's 13 goals, led by senior forward Anessa Patton's three scores as well as a pair each from junior defender/midfielder Margueritte Aozasa and sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Matheson.

  • Santa Clara hosts San Diego (Oct. 10) in the first conference outing of the season. The Broncos will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their varsity women's soccer program with events all weekend, including the resurrection of an alumni game.