Oct. 9, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jessica Menzhuber, Saint Mary's College
Saint Mary's freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber scored three goals and collected six points in helping SMC post a 2-0 record last week. She opened the week by scoring both goals in SMC's 2-0 win over UC Davis. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native then scored a goal just six seconds into the Gaels' 4-1 win over USF to open WCC play. The goal was the second fastest in NCAA women's soccer history, tying two other Division I players and one Division III player. The three goals last week were the first in her collegiate career.
*Saint Mary's at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
*San Diego at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
*San Francisco at Portland - 5:00 PM
*San Francisco at Gonzaga - 11:00 AM
*San Diego at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Portland - 2:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match
AROUND THE WCC
Portland freshman forward Michelle Enyeart is making a strong case for National Freshman of the Year honors. The Hemet, Calif. native leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in goals scored with 11, while assisting on six additional Pilot goals. Enyeart's 28 total points leads the WCC and ranks as the second most in the nation among all Division I freshmen.
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)
07 - Big East (ND - 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997-96; UCONN - 2003, 1997)
04 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2005-03, 2000)
03 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)
02 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)
01 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)
Three WCC Teams Ranked In The Top 25
Three 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 remained at the No. 5 spot. Loyola Marymount, which entered the national rankings two weeks ago for the first time since the 2003 season, remained at No. 21.
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-6-1 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs opened West Coast Conference play Sunday with a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Portland at Martin Field.
- Junior Cristin Leverson and Lacey Castleberry are tied for the team lead with three goals. Leverson has eight career goals which ties her for ninth on the Bulldogs' career charts.
- The Bulldog's goalkeeper Jessie Thalman posted six saves in the loss to the Pilots. Thalman leads the Zags and ranks second in the WCC in overall saves with 50. The freshman from Greenwood Village, CO is tied for fourth in the conference in goals against average (0.84).
- Nanda McCormick, Christine Soma, Sarah Hall, and Beth Drollinger lead the Zags with two assists.
- Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary's (10/13) and San Francisco (10/15).
Loyola Marymount Lions (7-1-3 / 0-0-1 WCC)
- The Lions blanked Hawai'i, 2-0, before playing Southern California rival Pepperdine to a scoreless draw in their conference opener.
- Sophomore Lauren Shanklin and junior Jamie Bell tallied goals in the Lions' win over the Rainbows. The goal is Shanklin's first career score, while Bell's goal was her team-leading fourth of the season.
- Sophomore Stefanie Baduria added her team-leading fourth assist of the season on Shanklin's score.
- Junior Joslyn Slovek made six saves in both matches to pick up her third and fourth shut outs of the season.
- LMU hosts Santa Clara (10/13) and San Diego (10/15) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (6-4-3 / 0-0-1 WCC)
- The Waves played rival Loyola Marymount to a 0-0 draw in their conference opener.
- Pepperdine sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte collected six saves in overtime to tally 13 in the match for a new career high. Stolte ranks first in the WCC in overall saves with 60 and is tied for second in shutouts with four.
- Senior Lindsey Redlin and sophomore Emily Wynne are tied for the team lead and tied for second in the WCC in assists with six.
- Wynne and McKenzie Hill lead the Waves with four goals. Wynne ranks seventh in the WCC in points with 14.
- Pepperdine hosts San Diego (10/13) and Santa Clara (10/15) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (11-2-1 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- Portland defeated Washington State, 2-1, before shutting out Gonzaga, 3-0 in its conference opener.
- The Pilots have now won eight consecutive matches. Portland has scored two or more goals in each game during their current winning streak, outscoring opponents 26-1 during the eight-match streak.
- Junior Natalie Budge assisted on Rachael Rapinoe's opening goal and added the eventual game-winner to lead the Pilots over WSU.
- Freshman striker Michelle Enyeart scored two goals and assisted on the third versus Gonzaga. Enyeart leads the WCC with 11 goals.
- UP returns to The Bluff to host San Francisco (10/13) and Saint Mary's (10/15).
Saint Mary's Gaels (3-8-2 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels snapped a 10-match losing skid with a 2-0 win over UC Davis before downing Bay Area rival San Francisco, 4-1, to open WCC play.
- Freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber accounted for both goals in the Gaels' win over the Aggies. The two goals marked the first of her collegiate career.
- Menzhuber wasn't done, scoring a goal just six seconds into SMC's contest versus USF. The goal was the second fastest in NCAA women's soccer history, tying two other Division I players and one Division III player.
- Sophomore Nikki Schrey scored two goals and assisted on another versus USF to give her a team-leading five scores and 12 points on the season.
- SMC looks to keep its winning streak going at Gonzaga (10/13) and at Portland (10/15).
San Diego Toreros (8-5-0 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- San Diego fell to No. 3 Santa Clara, 2-0, in its conference opener.
- With the loss, the Toreros fall to 8-5-0 overall and move to 0-1-0 in the WCC.
- Senior Leigh Ann Robinson leads the Toreros and is tied for fifth in the WCC with six goals, while also ranking fifth in points with 15. Robinson entered the season with just one career goal.
- Junior defender Vanessa Vella leads the Toreros with five assists, tying her for sixth in the conference.
- The Toreros look for their first conference win this weekend when they travel to Pepperdine (10/13) and Loyola Marymount (10/15).
San Francisco Dons (4-9-1 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- The Dons suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling at Utah State, 1-0, before dropping a 4-1 decision to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in their conference opener.
- Freshman midfielder Jenny Jarvie earned her second goal of the year in the Dons' loss to Saint Mary's.
- Senior forward Chelsea Hunt assisted on Jarvie's goal for her third assist of the season. Hunt, who ranks third on the Dons' career goals chart with 28 scores, is tied for ninth in the conference in points (11) and goals (4). Hunt needs just five more goals to tie Kelli Bryant (1992-95) for second place with 33 scores.
- The Dons look for their first WCC win this weekend when they travel to the Northwest to take on Portland (10/13) and Gonzaga (10/15).
Santa Clara Broncos (11-2-0 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos pushed their winning streak to six matches, blasting Bay Area rival San Jose State, 6-0, before blanking San Diego, 2-0, in their conference opener.
- Freshman Lexi Orand scored her first two collegiate goals, while junior Meagan Snell also netted her ninth of the season and assisted on two other Bronco scores.
- Snell was named the WCC September Player of the Month. In nine matches last month, Snell scored eight goals, including game-winners against three teams ranked in the national top 10.
- Brittany Klein and Amanda Poach tallied goals in the Broncos' win over USD.
- Santa Clara travels to Loyola Marymount (10/13) and Pepperdine (10/15) this weekend.