Oct. 16, 2007
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Diego's Amy Epsten Earns Weekly Honor
San Diego junior forward Amy Epsten was named the WCC Player of the Week after leading the Toreros to an upset win over then-No. 5, Santa Clara this past week. Epsten, a San Diego native, tallied her WCC-leading seventh goal of the season to lift the Toreros to the win. Epsten took a lead pass from senior Leigh Ann Robinson and beat an SCU defender for a one-on-one situation with the Broncos goalkeeper, and was able to hit a laser strike into the back of the net to give USD the win in the 41st minute of action.
UC Santa Barbara at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*Portland at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at San Diego - 5:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
*Gonzaga at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 12:00 PM
*Pepperdine at San Diego - 12:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
*Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-4-1 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- The Zags dropped a 3-1 decision to Pacific Northwest rival Portland to open conference play.
- Senior midfielder Christine Soma scored the Bulldogs' lone goal versus the Pilots. The goal was her third on the season, tying her with Jamie Blanche and Ashley Riley for second on the team.
- Soma is four assists short of the Gonzaga all-time record of 15 held by Sara Streufert. Soma currently ranks second with 11 career assists.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Jessie Thalman posted five saves while suffering the loss.
- The Zags will look to snap their two-game losing skid as they travel to the Bay Area to take on San Francisco (10/19) and Saint Mary's (10/21) this weekend.
Loyola Marymount (9-3-1 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Lions extended their school record winning streak to nine matches with a 1-0 win at rival Pepperdine to open WCC play. The Lions' nine-match winning streak is the longest in the conference. During their winning streak, the Lions have out-scored their opponents 26-2.
- The win was LMU's first over the Waves since 2002, and first in Malibu since 1999. The victory was also the Lions' first in their conference opener since 2002.
- Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek collected five saves, including stopping a PK in the 90th minute, to lead the Lions to their WCC-leading ninth clean sheet of the season. The shutout was Slovek's WCC-leading eighth of the season.
- The Lions winning streak will be put to the test as they play at No. 11 San Diego (10/19) and at No. 13 Santa Clara (10/21).
Pepperdine Waves (3-5-5 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- The Waves earned a 2-1 win at UC Santa Barbara to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches before dropping a hard fought 1-0 decision to rival Loyola Marymount in the conference opener.
- Junior forward Emily Wynne scored two goals in the final 20 minutes of the match versus the Gauchos to erase a 1-0 deficit and lift Pepperdine to the win. The goals were the first two of the season for Wynne, giving her nine for her career.
- Junior forward Amanda Rupp assisted on both of Wynne's strikes, giving her a team-leading four assists on the season. Rupp, who has also scored four goals, leads the Waves with 12 points, tying her for seventh in the WCC.
- The Waves look to get back to their winning ways as they travel to Santa Clara (10/19) and San Diego (10/21) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (9-3-0 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots downed Pacific Northwest rival Gonzaga, 3-1, to open conference play. With the win, the Pilots improved to 16-0-0 all-time versus the Bulldogs.
- Senior All-American Angie Woznuk scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Pilots. The goal was Woznuk's fourth of the season, while the assist was her sixth on the year. Woznuk now has 33 career assists.
- Freshman Sophie Schmidt continued to make her presence felt, assisting on two Portland goals versus Gonzaga. In just four matches with the Pilots, the Canadian National Team standout has already tallied two goals and two assists.
- The Pilots continue WCC play this weekend as they travel to Saint Mary's (10/19) and San Francisco (10/21).
Saint Mary's Gaels (6-5-2 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's ended its non-conference schedule with a 1-0 road win over UC Davis before dropping a 2-1 decision to USF to open WCC play.
- Freshman midfielder Caitlin Wallace scored her first career goal for the game-winning tally versus the Aggies. Wallace's strike marked the fifth time this season a Saint Mary's player has tallied their first career goal.
- Sophomore forward Allie Weiner scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the Gaels' setback versus the Dons. Weiner is now tied for the WCC lead in points with 16 (5g, 6a).
- Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson collected nine saves versus UC Davis for her fourth shutout of the season.
- The Gaels host Portland (10/19) and Gonzaga (10/21) this weekend.
San Diego Toreros (10-1-2 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros ran their unbeaten streak to nine straight and their win streak to eight with an impressive 1-0 win over then-No. 5 Santa Clara.
- Junior striker Amy Epsten tallied her WCC-leading seventh goal of the season to lift the Toreros past the Broncos. The goal was also her third game-winning strike of the season, tying her for the most in the conference.
- San Diego is off to its second best start in program history with a 10-1-2 overall record, trailing only the 1999 squad who began the season 11-2-0 through the first 13 matches.
- Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron made two saves versus Santa Clara to register her seventh clean sheet of the season.
- The Toreros host Loyola Marymount (10/19) and Pepperdine (10/21) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (1-8-3 / 1-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons earned their first win of the season, topping Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 2-1, in their conference opener.
- Senior defender Katie Hoban scored her first career goal and freshman forward Lauren Maris added her second strike of the season to lift the Dons over the Gaels. Maris now leads the Dons in goals (2), points (4), and game-winning goals (1)
- Sophomore forward Samantha Brand recorded a match-high six shots as the Dons out-shot the Gaels 16-6 in the contest
- Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson collected two saves versus the Gaels to earn the win.
- San Francisco looks for its second win of the season as the Dons play host to Gonzaga (10/19) and Portland (10/21) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (8-3-2 / 0-1-0 WCC)
- The Broncos split a pair of road matches last week, edging Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, in overtime, before falling at No. 16 San Diego, 1-0.
- Sophomore Katherine Reynolds scored her second game-winning goal of the season in the 92nd minute of the Broncos' win over the Titans. Six different Broncos have tallied game-winning strikes this season.
- Junior goalkeeper Megan McCray added two more saves to her career total this weekend and is now tied for sixth on the all-time career saves list with Crystal Gordon (1997-00) with 137 total saves. McCray continues to hold onto fourth place in the all-time goal-against average list (.780), while her 13 career shutouts gives her ninth place on that list.
- The Broncos have a busy week ahead of them as they host UC Santa Barbara (10/17) on Wednesday before welcoming Pepperdine (10/19) and LMU (10/21) to Buck Shaw Stadium.