Oct. 9, 2007
WCC PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
After a very successful non-conference season, which saw WCC teams post a combined record of 47-28-16 (.604), WCC women's soccer teams turn their attention to conference play with all eight schools taking the pitch. Rivalries take center stage in the first weekend of conference action as Portland hosts Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount makes the short trip to Pepperdine, and Saint Mary's cross the Bay to take on San Francisco. Rounding out this weekend's action is No. 5 Santa Clara traveling to San Diego to take on the No. 16 ranked Toreros.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LMU's Katie Osborne Earns Weekly Conference Honor
LMU senior forward Katie Osborne had an outstanding week, scoring a goal and providing two assists as the Lions won both of their games to extend their school-record winning streak to eight matches. Against Hawai'i, Osborne broke a scoreless tie in the second half with her fourth goal of the season, tying her for the team lead. Osborne wasn't done, providing an assist on the insurance goal in the 2-0 win. She capped the week on Sunday, setting up the game-winning goal in the 80th minute in what would eventually be another 2-0 victory.
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Davis - 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at CS Fullerton - 7:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Portland - 7:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at San Diego - 1:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match
AROUND THE WCC
The Short List
The WCC women's soccer regular season title is one of the hardest titles to capture in the conference. In the 15 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. Santa Clara captured its WCC-leading ninth conference title last season, while Portland has won eight regular season crowns. Pepperdine shared the title with Santa Clara in 2002, becoming just the third WCC school to take home the crown.
WCC In The RPI
Last season, the WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, finishing the season ranked No. 4 in the RPI. The 2006 season marked the WCC's sixth consecutive season ranked in the RPI top 5.
West Coast Conference RPI Rankings By Year
2006 - 4th
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 3rd
2003 - 5th
2002 - 2nd
2001 - 2nd
The WCC: The Elite Conference 15 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, marking the 15th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representatitve in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation.
Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 15
Big Ten - 9
Pac-10 - 7
Big East - 5
ACC - 2
Big 12 - 1
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-3-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Zags posted wins over Boise State (3-0) and Oregon State (1-0) before suffering a 4-1 setback versus Oregon.
- Gonzaga's eight consecutive matches without a loss broke the school record of seven straight without a loss in the 2005 season.
- Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season over the weekend, upping her career total to 11. The sophomore currently ranks second on the Zags' career shutout list, while her six shutouts are tied for third on the program's single-season chart.
- Senior Lauren Zuckerman scored a goal in each game last week, including the game-winning score versus Oregon State, to increase her season total to four goals.
- Gonzaga opens WCC play at Portland (10/13) this weekend.
Loyola Marymount (8-3-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions picked up a pair of 2-0 wins last week, downing Hawai'i and Sacramento State, to run their winning streak to a program record eight straight.
- Senior Katie Osborne earned WCC Player of the Week honors after tallying a goal and two assists last week. Osborne's recognition marks the third consecutive week that a Lion has been honored with the league's weekly accolade, a first in program history. The last time a WCC school had three consecutive Player of the Week awards was in 2005, when former Portland standout Christine Sinclair earned an unprecedented four in a row.
- Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek collected shutouts in both wins, giving her a WCC-leading seven clean sheets on the season and shutouts in her last three matches.
- The Lions open WCC play at rival Pepperdine (10/14) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (2-4-5 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Waves played Sacramento State and Hawai'i to a pair of 1-1 ties to move their record to 2-4-5 overall.
- The Waves are riding a six-game unbeaten streak, posting a 2-0-4 record during that span.
- Pepperdine, which finished its seven-game homestand today with two wins, one loss and four ties, has recorded a program record five ties this season.
- Junior forward Amanda Rupp tallied both goals in the Waves ties over the weekend. Rupp now leads the Waves with four goals and two assists. Her four goals are tied for fourth in the WCC, while her 10 points are tied for ninth.
- The Waves put their six-match unbeaten streak on the line when they open up conference play by hosting rival Loyola Marymount (10/14) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (8-3-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland earned a 4-0 win at Oregon in its lone match last week.
- The Pilots got a much needed boost from World Cup veterans Stephanie Lopez and Sophie Schmidt. Lopez, a starting defender for the U.S. National Team, made her season debut for the Pilots versus Oregon and recorded an assist. She also helped the Pilots pitch their fifth shutout of the season.
- Schmidt, a defender/holding midfielder throughout her career, scored her first two collegiate goals in her first appearance as a forward at the collegiate level.
- Senior All-American Angie Woznuk scored the game-winning goal and assisted on Schmidt's first goal.
- The Pilots look to rebound when they play at Oregon (10/5) this weekend.
Saint Mary's Gaels (5-4-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's blanked Bay Area rival San Jose State, 1-0, in their lone match last week.
- The Gaels got a goal from freshman Alex Ciliento in the 87th minute to edge the Spartans. The goal was Ciliento's team-leading fifth of the season, tying her for second in the WCC, and was her conference-leading third game-winning score of the season.
- Junior Stefani Rocco recorded her first assist of the season on Ciliento's strike against the Spartans.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson made eight stops versus SJSU en route to her third shutout of the season. Larson's three clean sheets ties her for fifth most in the WCC this season.
- The Gaels travel to UC Daivs (10/12) before opening WCC play at San Francisco (10/14).
San Diego Toreros (9-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros ran their unbeaten streak to eight straight and their win streak to seven with victories over Cal State Bakersfield (5-0) and Arizona State (1-0).
- Freshman striker Ashleigh Shoughro tallied game-winners in both matches, including the winning strike in the 88th minute to list the Toreros past Arizona State. Shoughro now has four goals on the season, three of which went were game-winners.
- Five different players tallied a goal in the Toreros' blowout of Cal State Bakersfield. In addition to Shoughro, junior Amy Epsten, senior Leigh Ann Robinson, junior Tara Hodgson, and sophomore Jessica Larrabee also tallied goals. For Epsten, it was her team and WCC leading sixth goal of the season.
- USD opens WCC play by hosting Santa Clara (10/14) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (0-8-3 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons struggles continued, dropping a pair of tough 1-0 decisions to UC Irvine and Fresno State. The loss to the Anteaters came in double-overtime.
- Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson continued her good play of late making five saves versus UC Irvine before collecting eight saves against Fresno State. After her 13 save weekend, Hodgson ranks third in the WCC in saves with 50.
- Sophomore forward Samantha Brand tallied a team-high three shots versus UC Irvine, while sophomore forward Kristina Hall and junior midfielder Katherine Kimure notched a pair apiece. Kimure and senior forward Fiona O'Sullivan paced the Dons versus Fresno State with two shots a piece.
- The Dons host Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (10/14) in their WCC-opener.
Santa Clara Broncos (7-2-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos earned a 0-0 tie with No. 1 Stanford, before suffering a 4-1 setback at No. 2 UCLA.
- Junior goalkeeper Meagan McCray posted a season-best 12 saves in the tie versus the Cardinal and earned her fourth shutout of the season. McCray's 12 saves are the most by a WCC keeper in a single game this season, while her four shutouts are the fourth most this season.
- McCray collected six more assists versus the Bruins to give her a WCC-leading 60 saves on the season.
- Senior captain Brittany Klein scored the lone goal for the Broncos versus UCLA. The goal was Klein's team-leading fifth of the season, tying her for for second in the conference.
- SCU travels to CS Fullerton (10/12) before opening WCC play at No. 16 USD (10/14).