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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 12, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

No. 2 Portland, No. 12 Santa Clara and Saint Mary's picked up wins, all shutouts, in their conference openers. SCU's Aneesa Patton earned Player of the Week honors with her fourth goal of the season, and second game-winner, in a 1-0 win over San Diego. All teams play a pair of WCC matches this week.


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: 5-8-1
WCC Record: 0-1-0
  • Gonzaga opened conference play with a 4-0 loss at home to No. 2Portland last Sunday.

  • Junior forward Sarah Rhodes leads the Zags, and is ranked among the conference leaders,with four goals (t-7th), 10 points (t-8th), 32 shots (t-10th) and 2.29 shots per game (t-10th).She and teammate freshman forward Cassie Geerdts each also have a pair of game-winners.

  • The Bulldogs have a league-high 69 saves. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Ames, whomade nine saves against the nationally-ranked Pilots, has 63. Her 4.50 saves per game ranksthird in the WCC. Offensively, Gonzaga is second in the league with 211 shots, an average of15.07 per match.

  • Gonzaga hosts its last pair of weekend home games when it welcomes Pepeprdine (Oct.15) and Loyola Marymount (Oct. 17). The Zags then play three of their final four on the road.

  • Overall Record: 8-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-1
  • Loyola Marymount played to a 1-1 tie against Pepperdine in the leagueopener for both schools. It was the third consecutive season and sixth time since 2004 thatthese teams played to a draw.

  • Senior forward Lily Sorentino posted LMU's only goal against the Waves after a thru ball byfreshman midfielder/defender Darien Pyka and a cross from freshman forward Tawni Martinoset up Sorentino for a tap-in in the 61st minute.

  • The Lions, who have allowed a league-low eight goals through 12 games, rank tied for 11thnationally with a save percentage of .882 and are 24th with a .653 goals against average. Redshirtfreshman goalkeeper Brittany Jagger ranks tied for 15th with an .879 save percentage.

  • Loyola Marymount is headed to the northwest this week to take on No. 2 Portland (Oct. 15)and Gonzaga (Oct. 17).

  • Overall Record: 7-3-4
    WCC Record: 0-0-1
  • Pepperdine remains unbeaten in its last six matches after a 1-1 tie onthe road at Loyola Marymount. It was the team's third tie during the stretch.

  • Junior midfielder Rebecca Klamser knocked a 40-yarder into the top corner with just twominutes remaining in regulation to force a tie against LMU. It marked the third straight seasonand sixth time in seven years that these two schools played to a tie with each other. The Wavesheld a 5-1 shots advantage in OT, but were unable to find the net for a second time.

  • The Waves' 20 goals and 54 points both rank second in the WCC. Junior midfielder/forwardLaura Cole (6g, 13p) and sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo (5g, 12p) combine for 11 goalsand 25 points.

  • Pepperdine closes out its stretch of five straight road matches with contests at Gonzaga (Oct.15) and No. 2 Portland (Oct. 17).

  • Overall Record: 13-1-0
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • Portland racked up four goals for the second time in three matches (andthird time this season) in its conference opener against Gonzaga, 4-0. Thewin improves the Pilots' WCC unbeaten streak to 24 matches (22-0-2).

  • Freshmen accouted for all four Pilot goals against the Zags. Forward Micaela Capelle tallieda pair in the first half (10th, 34th minutes) and was joined in the scoring column by midfielderEllen Parker's first career score in the 67th minute and forward Amanda Frisbie in the 76th.

  • Senior midfielder Sophie Schmidt missed the Gonzaga match after being called up to theCanadian National team in preparation for World Cup qualifying. She will remain with that squaduntil CONCACAF Qualifications are complete.

  • Portland looks to extend the nation's longest home win streak, 32-matches, when it hostsLoyola Marymount (Oct. 15) and Pepperdine (Oct. 17).

  • Overall Record: 7-3-3
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • Saint Mary's picked up its first conference win with a 1-0 triumph againstSan Francisco in the WCC opener for both.

  • Freshman forward Briana Campos tallied the only goal of the match against San Franciscoas she tapped a loose ball beyond the end line in the 50th minute for her second score of theseason. Goalkeeper Sarah Peters made a pair of saves in picking up her fifth shutout of theseason. The win avenged last year's 2-1 overtime loss to the Lady Dons.

  • Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada continues to provide the Gaels' offensive spark as sheleads the team with four goals, three assists (tied for team lead), 11 points and 40 shots. Fourother players have two goals and a trio have six points.

  • Saint Mary's hosts the last of four straight at home with match-ups against No. 12 SantaClara (Oct. 15) and San Diego (Oct. 17).

  • Overall Record: 7-5-2
    WCC Record: 0-1-0
  • San Diego dropped a tough 1-0 decision on the road in the conferenceopener at Santa Clara.

  • Four of San Diego's five losses have come via shutouts. Against Santa Clara, the Toreros'best scoring opportunity came early when junior forward Stephanie Ochs fired off a clear shottoward the upper corner on which the keeper made a nice save.

  • Redshirt freshman midfielder Kellie McCloskey and senior midfielder Jackie Zinke areamong eight WCC players tied for the league lead with four assists apiece. Junior goalkeeperCourtney Parsons has played nearly all the team's minutes in net and has allowed 10 goalswith a goals against average of 0.72.

  • San Diego closes out a string of four in a row away from home with dates at San Francisco(Oct. 15) and at Saint Mary's (Oct. 17).

  • Overall Record: 4-10-0
    WCC Record: 0-1-0
  • San Francisco endured another heartbreaking 1-0 loss, this time at thehands of Saint Mary's. It was the team's fifth game this season with thatexact outcome.

  • Freshman forward Hanna Haanes had USF's best scoring chance against Saint Mary's whenshe blasted a shot from 18 yards out to the near post that was deflected away by a diving saveby the keeper.

  • Fans that bring new or gently used soccer equipment to the USF-SCU match on Sunday, Oct.17, will receive free admission. Donations will be given to Soccer Without Borders, an organizationthat "utilizes soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth."

  • San Francisco hots a pair this week with conference foes San Diego (Oct. 15) and No. 12Santa Clara (Oct. 17) coming to the Hilltop.

  • Overall Record: 8-3-2
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • Santa Clara started conference play with a 1-0 home victory againstSan Diego.

  • Senior forward Aneesa Patton earned WCC Player of the Week thanks to her goal in the51st minute against San Diego which snapped a SCU three-match losing string to the Toreros.Sophomore defender Olivia Klei's shot was deflected by the goalie and Patton was there forthe clean-up. It was her fourth score and second game-winner of the season, both team-highs.

  • Through 13 matches, the Broncos' matches have been a tale of two halves. The team hasscored just four goals on 60 shots in the first 45 minutes of their contests. The spark comesafter halftime when they have exploded for 10 goals on 85 shots.

  • Santa Clara plays at its two Bay Area conference rivals this week with matches at SaintMary's (Oct. 15) and at San Francisco (Oct. 17).