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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 6, 2009

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WCC TEAMS STRONG IN FIRST NCAA RPI REPORT

The NCAA released its first official RPI report on Monday, October 5 and all eight WCC teams were ranked in the top 120. The WCC and the Big Ten were the only conferences in the country with all of their member schools in the top 120 of the RPI. In addition, six of the eight WCC schools are ranked in the RPI top 75. The University of Portland leads the way for WCC schools with a No. 4 RPI. Nearly every WCC school made a huge jump in the RPI from last season's final RPI numbers. Making the most significant jumps in the RPI are San Francisco (225 to 116), Saint Mary's (157 to 64), Santa Clara (96 to 13), Gonzaga (177 to 106), and Pepperdine (112 to 62).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SAN DIEGO at Long Beach State Long Beach, CA
3:00 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Cal State Bakersfield at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
3:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
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GONZAGA at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
SANTA CLARA at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

Portland's Danielle Foxhoven Earns WCC Weekly Honor
Portland's Danielle Foxhoven earned her second WCC Player of the Week honor for her performance in leading the Pilots to wins over Montana and Washington State. Foxhoven had five goals in Portland's two wins this weekend. She recorded her second hat trick of the year in a 7-0 shutout of Montana, and then scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Washington State. Foxhoven leads Portland with 11 goals this season.

WCC Teams Enjoy Tremendous Success In Non-Conference Play
WCC teams enjoyed a tremendous amount of success during the non-conference season. WCC teams combined to post a 58-28-8 overall record for an impressive .660 winning percentage. In addition, all eight WCC teams enter conference play with .500 or better records.

The WCC: The Elite Conference 17 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 3-2 win over James Madison. It marks the 17th consecutive 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 eight consecutive years in the Elite Eight.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 17
Pac-10 - 9
Big East - 7
ACC - 4

The Short List
The WCC women's soccer regular season title is one of the hardest titles to capture in the conference. In the previous 17 seasons that the WCC has sponsored women's soccer, only three schools have ever laid claim to the title. Santa Clara, Portland and Pepperdine are the only schools to have won the WCC title. Portland captured the 2007 WCC title for its ninth overall crown, tying Santa Clara for the most league championships in conference history. Pepperdine shared the title with Santa Clara in 2002, becoming just the third WCC school to take home the crown.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 6-6-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga dropped a pair of road matches, falling 3-1 at Washington, before suffering a 2-1 setback versus Portland State.

  • Despite the two losses, the Zags still enter conference play with a 6-6-0 record and need just one more win to match last year's win total.

  • Freshman F Kelsey Werre scored her third goal of the season in the Zags' match versus Portland State. Werre is now tied with Sarah Rhodes, Lori Conrad, and Jesse Sorenson for the team lead in goals scored.

  • Junior MF Sheridan Jones scored her first goal of the season in GU's loss at Washington. Sheridan, who leads the Zags with four assists, now has six points on the season.

  • The Zags open conference play at No. 2 Portland (10/10) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 8-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions earned a 2-1 road win at Arizona in their final non-conference match before WCC play.

  • The win was the Lions third straight and kept them unbeaten in their last four matches.

  • Senior Lacey Bartels scored the game-winner for the Lions in their win over the Wildcats. It was her second goal of the season and her second game-winning score.

  • Junior F Julie Gallaudet assisted on freshman Cori McGovern's first half goal. Gallaudet now leads the WCC and is tied for 8th in the nation with seven assists.

  • Ten different Lions have scored this season with six players scoring multiple goals.

  • LMU plays at rival Pepperdine (10/11) to open WCC play.

  • Overall Record: 6-4-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Waves dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 4 UCLA in their lone match last week.

  • The loss dropped the Waves' record to 6-4, snapping a six-match home winning streak that dated back to last season.

  • Freshman GK Roxanne Baker tied her career-high with five saves against the Bruins. Baker has played well in her first season between the pipes. Baker now has 31 saves on the season and is tied for second in the WCC with five shutouts.

  • Sophomore MF Michelle Spacciapolli and freshman MF Callie Payetta lead the Waves in scoring with three goals apiece.

  • The Waves host CS Bakersfield (10/8) before playing LMU (10/11) in their WCC opener.

  • Overall Record: 11-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots blasted Montana, 7-0, before defeating Washington State, 2-1.

  • Sophomore Danielle Foxhoven netted her second hat trick of the season in leading the Pilots past Montana. Foxhoven, who also tallied both goals in the Pilots' win over Washington State, now leads the WCC and is tied for fourth in the country with 11 goals.

  • The Pilots' have balanced out their high-powered offense as 11 different players have found the back of the net this season.

  • Sophomore GK Hailee DeYoung was not forced to make a save in recording her third shutout of the season.

  • The Pilots host Pacific Northwest rival Gonzaga (10/10) to open WCC play.

  • Overall Record: 8-5-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's posted a pair of 2-1 wins, defeating Fresno State and UC Davis, to improve to 8-5-0 on the season.

  • The Gaels got a pair of late goals by senior F Jessica Menzhuber to pull off the 2-1 double overtime win over the Aggies. The overtime goal marked the third game-winner of the season for the senior, and fifth of her career. The two goals by Menzhuber marks the first multiple goal game of her career, and gives her eight goals for the season, which leads the team. The eight individual goals are the most in a single season at Saint Mary's since 2004, when Gen Hollis scored eight.

  • The Gaels, who were picked last in the WCC preseason coaches poll, are ranked No. 64 in the first official NCAA RPI report.

  • The Gaels travel to Bay Area rival San Francisco (10/11) to open conference play.

  • Overall Record: 6-4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros fell to USC, 4-0, in their lone match last week.

  • San Diego has been led by a pair of freshman as forward Erica Peeples leads the Toreros with three goals, while classmate Sierra Ferreira has added a team-best three assists.

  • Sophomore GK Courtney Parsons has registered four shutouts this season to tie for fourth in the WCC.

  • San Diego has used a balanced scoring attack as nine different Toreros have found the back of the net this season and six different players have scored game-winning goals.

  • The Toreros play one last non-conference game at Long Beach State (10/7) before hosting No. 15 Santa Clara in their conference opener.

  • Overall Record: 5-1-5
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco, which was idle last week, has already matched last season's win total.

  • Senior GK Kelly Pohle leads the WCC and ranks 14th in the country in goals against average with a 0.524 clip.

  • The Dons set a new program record with their fourth straight tie. USF also tied the second most consecutive unbeaten matches with five, most recently achieved in 2004 with a tie and four wins from September 19 through October 10.

  • The Dons have out-scored their opponents 16-6 on the season. That is a big improvement from last season when the Dons were out-scored 31-10.

  • USF opens conference play versus Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (10/11) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 8-4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos fell to No. 2 Stanford, 6-2, before playing No. 14 Cal to a 1-1 draw.

  • Santa Clara is ranked No. 13 in the first official NCAA RPI report.

  • Senior Jordan Angeli and freshman Meleana Shim notched the Broncos' goals against the Cardinal. The goal was Angeli's team-leading fourth of the season.

  • Sophomore Maxine Goynes notched the Broncos' lone goal against the Golden Bears.

  • Sophomore GK Bianca Henninger has played well in her first full season between the pipes, posting a 0.98 goals against average and ranking second in the WCC with five shutouts.

  • The Broncos open conference play at San Diego (10/11) this weekend.