Oct. 16, 2006
PORTLAND, SANTA CLARA SQUARE-OFF ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
The most storied rivalry in NCAA Division I women's soccer takes center stage this Thursday as the Portland Pilots travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos. Kick-off is schedule for 8:00 p.m. (PT). Winners of three of the past five NCAA national championships, the Pilots or the Broncos have won or shared every WCC regular season crown with both teams claiming eight league titles.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophia Medina, Pepperdine University
Pepperdine freshman Sophia Medina is this week's WCC Player of the Week after helping the Waves to a 2-0 record last week, including a 1-0 upset of then-No. 3 Santa Clara. Medina started the weekend by assisting on the game-winning goal in double-overtime in Pepperdine's 2-1 win over San Diego. She then scored the game-winning goal in the Waves' 1-0 win over the Broncos. The weekly conference honor is the first of her career and she is the second Wave to earn the award this season, following goalkeeper Kayla Stolte (9/18).
*Gonzaga at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*Portland at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM $
*Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
*Pepperdine at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
*Portland at San Diego - 1:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match; $ Televised on Fox Soccer Channel
AROUND THE WCC
Two WCC Players Named To Division I Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team
Former WCC Players of the Year, Christine Sinclair from Portland and Aly Wagner from Santa Clara were named to the Division I Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team, the NCAA announced. Sinclair lead the Pilots to a pair of NCAA national titles, including an undefeated run in 2005, en route to scoring 110 career goals (No. 2 all-time). Sinclair also owns the NCAA records for goals in a season (39), career postseason goals (25) and consecutive games with a goal (17). Wagner, who led SCU to the 2001 NCAA title, scored 39 goals to go along with 49 assists (third-most all-time among SCU players), and was honored as an All-WCC performer in all four of her years on the Mission Campus.
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 10 with the Pilots occupying the No. 5 spot, while the Broncos check in at the No. 7 spot. Pepperdine, which is coming off of wins over San Diego and Santa Clara, moves into the top 25 for the second time this season as the Waves are listed at No. 22.
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-6-1 / 2-1-0 WCC)
- The Zags jumped up to third place in the conference standings with a pair of 1-0 shutout wins, blanking Saint Mary's before downing San Francisco.
- Junior Nanda McCormick tallied both of the Bulldogs' goals in their wins over the Gaels and the Dons. McCormick now leads the Zags with four goals on the season and has registered 13 scores in her career.
- Bulldog's goalkeeper Jessie Thalman posted both shutouts over the weekend to give her five on the season. Thalman is tied for second among conference keepers in shutouts and is tied for second in overall saves with 55.
- Gonzaga looks to keep its winning streak going as the Bulldogs travel to San Diego (10/19) and Santa Clara (10/22) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (7-2-4 / 0-1-2 WCC)
- The No. 21 ranked Lions played No. 3 Santa Clara to a 1-1 draw before suffering a 2-1 setback versus San Diego.
- The Lions came out firing against Santa Clara, outshooting the Broncos 25-12 for the match, including an 11-6 shots on goal advantage.
- Junior Jaime Bell's team-leading fifth goal of the season was the equalizing goal in the Lions' tie with Santa Clara.
- Junior Katie Osborne scored her third goal of the season in the Lions' loss to San Diego.
- Junior Josyln Slovek collected five saves versus SCU and three against USD.
- LMU travels to San Francisco (10/20) and Saint Mary's (10/22) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (8-4-3 / 2-0-1 WCC)
- The Waves moved into a first place tie in the conference standings with Portland after downing San Diego, 2-1, in double-overtime and blanking Santa Clara, 1-0.
- The 1-0 victory marks the second consecutive year Pepperdine upset a nationally-ranked Santa Clara program. Last season, the Waves defeated then-No. 6 Santa Clara, 1-0, at home.
- Freshman forward Sophia Medina provided the gamewinner in the Waves' upset of Santa Clara.
- Sophomores Ashley Copp and Amanda Rupp tallied goals in the Waves' win over the Toreros with Rupp's score ending the game in double-overtime.
- Pepperdine continues conference play in the Bay Area as the Waves travel to Saint Mary's (10/20) and San Francisco (10/22) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (12-2-2 / 2-0-1 WCC)
- Portland is tied with Pepperdine atop the league standings with a 2-0-1 WCC record after tying San Francisco, 1-1, and blanking Saint Mary's, 3-0.
- Freshmen Michelle Enyeart scored the game-tying goal versus USF and the game-winning goal versus Saint Mary's. Enyeart leads the WCC and is the top scoring freshman in all of NCAA Division I women's soccer with 13 goals. Enyeart has scored in nine straight matches since joining the Pilots' starting lineup.
- Junior Rachael Rapinoe and freshman Kendra Chandhoke added insurance goals in UP's win over Saint Mary's. The freshmen combination of Enyeart (13g) and Chandhoke (7g) has accounted for 20 of Portland's 48 goals scored this season.
- UP travels to Santa Clara (10/19) and San Diego (10/22) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (3-10-2 / 1-2-0 WCC)
- The Gaels suffered a pair of road shut outs, falling 1-0 at Gonzaga, before dropping a 3-0 decision at Portland.
- Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich recorded three saves in the match versus Gonzaga and collected six saves versus No. 4 Portland. Zenovich, who has started eight matches in the net for the Gaels, leads SMC with 27 saves.
- Sophomore Nikki Schrey leads the Gaels with five goals and 12 points. Schrey's five goals ties her for seventh in the WCC.
- Senior Joelle Gizzi, who missed last season while rehabbing a broken ankle, leads the Gaels with four assists.
- SMC returns home to host Pepperdine (10/20) and Loyola Marymount (10/22).
San Diego Toreros (9-6-0 / 1-2-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision to Pepperdine, but bounced back to edge No. 21 Loyola Marymount, 2-1.
- Sophomore Tara Hodgson's first goal of the season lifted the Toreros to an upset win over LMU. The win marks the Toreros second over a ranked opponent this season. USD knocked off then-No. 19 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, on September 8.
- Senior Veronica Ambort tallied her fifth goal of the season in the win over the Lions.
- Senior Leigh Ann Robinson assisted on both Torero goals versus the Lions. Robinson leads the Toreros in goals (6), assists (6), and points (18). Her 18 points rank sixth in the WCC.
- The Toreros return home to host Gonzaga (10/19) and Portland (10/22) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (4-10-2 / 0-2-1 WCC)
- The Dons played No. 4 Portland to a 1-1 tie before dropping a 1-0 decision at Gonzaga.
- The tie versus Portland is the Dons first ever against the Pilots, and the first non-loss in 19 meetings.
- Dons' sophomore goalie Katie Hodgson played all 110 minutes versus Portland in between the posts and recorded 10 saves. Hodgson, who has started eight games in the net for the Dons, has tallied 37 saves on the season.
- Freshman forward Samantha Brand scored her first collegiate goal, an unassisted shot into the upper left hand corner from 15 yards out, for the game-tying goal versus UP.
- USF hosts Loyola Marymount (10/20) and Pepperdine (10/22) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (11-3-1 / 1-1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos played No. 21 Loyola Marymount to a 1-1 draw before dropping a 1-0 decision at Pepperdine.
- Junior Meagan Snell scored the Broncos' lone goal versus LMU, taking a pass from Chioma Igwe and depositing it into the back of the net for her team-leading 10th score of the season. Snell's 10 goals rank second in the WCC.
- Sophomore keeper Meagan McCray collected 10 saves versus the Lions and three against the Waves. McCray is tied for second in the WCC in saves with 55, while her 0.52 goals against average is tops among WCC keepers.
- Freshman Kiki Bosio leads the Broncos with eight assists.
- Santa Clara returns home to host Portland (10/19) and Gonzaga (10/22) this week.