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Women's Soccer Returns Home to Host Pepperdine and LMU

Oct. 18, 2006

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THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
The Saint Mary's women's soccer team will enter this week with a 3-10-2 overall record and a 1-2-0 mark in West Coast Conference play. The Gaels are coming off back-to-back WCC losses after dropping decisions to Gonzaga (1-0) and Portland (3-0) last week. This week, SMC will play two Southern California schools in Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Gaels will open the week against the No. 23 ranked Pepperdine Waves on Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday's game agianst Loyola Marymount will kickoff at 1 p.m. Both games will be played in Saint Mary's Stadium.

WHO'S HOT
Saint Mary's goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich recorded nine saves in two games last week. Against Gonzaga, Zenovich had three saves in SMC's 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs. When SMC played Portland on Sunday, Zenovich recorded six saves against 16 shots by the Pilots.

SCOUTING THE NO. 23 PEPPERDINE WAVES
Pepperdine enters this week ranked 23rd in the country in the NSCAA Coaches Poll after posting a 1-0-1 record last week. Pepperdine opened last week with a 2-1 overtime victory over San Diego and then upset the No. 3 ranked Santa Clara Broncos 1-0 on Sunday. In its last six games, the Waves have played four ranked opponents, but has a 1-2-1 record in those games.

Pepperdine opened the season with a 6-1-2 record. The Waves have outscored their opponents 21-14 this season. Pepperdine has six shutouts this season. Pepperdine has a 0.87 goals against average this year. Kayla Stolte has a 0.78 goals against average, allowing 12 saves in 15 games. Stolte has 70 saves against 206 shots by their opponents.

Offensively, Emily Wynne leads the team with 14 points. Wynne has four goals and is tied with McKenzie Hill for the team lead. Lindsey Redlin leads the team with seven assists and Wynne had dished out six assists.

SMC VERSUS #23 PEPPERDINE; THE SERIES
When Saint Mary's and Pepperdine meet on Friday, it will mark the 13th game of the series. Saint Mary's holds a 6-3-3 record against the Waves. Saint Mary's has an 0-2-2 record against Pepperdine the past four years. SMC and Pepperdine played to a 2-2 tie last season in Moraga. Saint Mary's has a 1-1-2 record against Pepperdine when the Waves are ranked.

SCOUTING THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS
On Sunday, Saint Mary's will host Loyola Marymount. The Lions enter the week with a 7-2-4 overall record and have a 0-1-2 record against conference opponents. LMU will play at San Francisco on Friday before playing SMC on Sunday. LMU has a 4-1-2 record in its last seven games. The Lions have a 1-0-1 record against ranked opponents, following a 1-1 tie with no. 3 Santa Clara last week.

This season the Lions have held their opponents to 10 goals in 13 games for a 0.71 goals against average. LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek has a 0.72 goals against average, has four shutouts and 49 saves. The Lions have scored 19 goals this season with Jamie Bell leading the team with five goals. Combined with her one assist, Bell leads the squad with 11 points. The team leader in assists is Stefanie Baduria with four.

SMC VERSUS LMU; THE SERIES
Sunday will mark the 14th meeting between SMC and LMU in women's soccer. Saint Mary's evened the series at 6-6-1 after posting a 2-1 win over the Lions last season in Moraga. Prior to the SMC win last season, LMU posted a 3-0-1 record against the Gaels the last four years. Saint Mary's holds a 4-2 record against LMU in games played in Moraga.

MENZHUBER NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on October 9 after scoring three goals in two SMC wins. Menzhuber scored both goals in SMC's 2-0 win over UC Davis and then scored her third goal of the week just six seconds in to the match against USF. The six second goal by Menzhuber matched the second fasted goal in NCAA women's soccer history.

SCHREY TAKES OVER TEAM LEAD FOR GOALS
In the wins over UC Davis and San Francisco, Nikki Schrey collected five points scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. Schrey scored twice against San Francisco to move her team-leading goals total to five. Schrey's five goals this season ranks seventh in the WCC in goals scored in 2006. Schrey is just one goal off her pace from last season when she scored six times as a freshman.

CHURCHILL APPROACHING GAME PLAYED RECORD
Heading into this weekend's two games, fifth-year senior defender Sarah Churchill has played in 75 games in her Saint Mary's career. Churchill is just five games behind Chelsea Montero and Jill Anderson for the school record of 79 games played in a career. Churchill has started 72 of 75 games in her career.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
The Gaels posted an 0-2 week with road losses to Gonzaga and Portland last week. The Gaels were defeated by the Bulldogs 1-0 on Friday when Nanda McCormick scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute of play. On Sunday, the Gaels took the field against the No. 4 ranked Portland Pilots and fell the to 2005 National Champions by a score of 3-0. Portland scored twice in the first half and then added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute to ice the game.

Next Week
Saint Mary's will hit the road for the final time with games at UC Santa Barbara and San Diego next week. The Gaels will play the Gauchos on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. before heading do San Diego for a Sunday afternoon match. The game between SMC and the Toreros will kickoff at noon on Oct. 29.