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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 19, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

#2 Portland and #11 Santa Clara remain unbeaten and unscored upon through two weeks of conference action. San Diego's Natalie Garcia earned Player of the Week honors with a pair of goals and an assist in two USD wins last 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: 7-8-1
WCC Record: 2-1-0
  • Gonzaga won back-to-back matches for the first time this season withvictories against Pepperdine (1-0 OT) and Loyola Marymount (2-1).

  • Junior forward Sarah Rhodes needed just 1:41 into overtime before her header to the rightpost, and team-leading fifth goal of the season, found the back of the net for the only scoreagainst Pepperdine. The win was the Zags' first against the Waves since 2007.

  • Sophomore forward Emily Hutchins' goal toward the right side of the net in the 68th minuteagainst LMU proved to be the game-winner. Redshirt junior defender Elle Sweeney's first goalof the season, off a set piece from a corner kick, opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Thiswin marked the first against LMU since 2004.

  • Gonzaga is on the road for a pair with dates at No. 11 Santa Clara (Oct. 22) and San Diego(Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 8-5-1
    WCC Record: 0-2-1
  • Loyola Marymount suffered its first losing weekend of the campaign as itdropped both of its contests, suffering a 2-0 loss at No. 2 Portland and falling 2-1 at Gonzaga.

  • Sophomore defender Jordan Nelson took a cross and knocked it in from just in front of thegoalline for LMU's lone goal against Gonzaga to cut the lead to one just five minutes beforetime. The Lions had a couple of chances in the closing minutes, but the Bulldogs' defense stoodtall and interfered with a pair of close-range opportunities.

  • The Lions have allowed just three second half goals in 14 matches, while posting eightduring the same time frame.

  • Loyola Marymount hosts two matches this week when it welcomes Saint Mary's (Oct. 22)and San Francisco (Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 7-5-4
    WCC Record: 0-2-1
  • Pepperdine lost both road contests last weekend, by identical 1-0 scores,in overtime at Gonzaga and at second-ranked Portland.

  • Pepperdine gave No. 2 Portland all it could handle in the 1-0 defeat, though the Waves didhave some chances. On a free kick from just outside the box, freshman midfielder GunnyJonsdottir hit the left post and the ball travelled across the face of the goal. And with justseconds remaining, junior defender Myriah Stockman's shot hit off the crossbar.

  • The Waves have allowed just 12 goals in 16 matches, the third lowest in the conference,and also have the third lowest goals against average at 0.71. Sophomore goalkeeper RoxanneBarker has been in net for all but 31 minutes this season and boasts a 0.66 GAA.

  • Pepperdine hopes to get back in the win column as it plays at home for the first time in sixmatches when it hosts San Francisco (Oct. 22) and Saint Mary's (Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 15-1-0
    WCC Record: 3-0-0
  • Portland remains unscored upon in WCC play after shutout victoriesagainst Loyola Marymount (2-0) and Pepperdine (1-0). The wins improvethe Pilots' WCC-winning streak to 24 and nation-best home win streak to 34.

  • Junior forward Danielle Foxhoven scored the lone goal in the Pepperdine win. She took a passon the run and blasted a shot just inside the left post from the top of the box in the 57 minute.

  • The reserves got it done against LMU as freshman midfielder Michelle Cruz and junior forwardHalley Kreminski came off the bench and each recorded a goal before halftime. Cruz hit insidethe right post in the 31st minute while Kreminski poked a loose ball past the keeper in the 41st.

  • Portland plays two on the road this week, at San Diego (Oct. 22) and then a highly-anticipatedmatch-up against conference foe and 11th-ranked Santa Clara (Oct. 24). The matches will airon Fox Soccer Channel and ESPNU, respectively.

  • Overall Record: 7-5-3
    WCC Record: 1-2-0
  • Saint Mary's fell at home last week to No. 12 Santa Clara, 2-0, and SanDiego, 2-1.

  • It's been a balanced attack all season for Saint Mary's as 12 different players havecombined for the team's 20 goals, led by four from freshman midfielder Jordan Marada, threefrom freshman forward Brianna Campos and a pair each from senior forward Alex Ciliento,senior forward Alyssa Doniak and redshirt sophomore midfielder Daelyn Paul. In addition,each of the team's seven game-winning goals have come from a different player.

  • Campos is the only player to have scored for the Gaels in the last three matches. Mostrecently against San Diego, she beat the keeper from six yards out after receiving a thru ball.

  • Saint Mary's makes its final weekend road trip of the season with contests at LoyolaMarymount (Oct. 22) and Pepperdine (Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 9-5-2
    WCC Record: 2-1-0
  • San Diego has won four of its last five contests after road victories againstSan Francisco, 4-1, and Saint Mary's, 2-1.

  • Junior defender Natalie Garcia earned WCC Player of the Week honors after the first twogoalmatch of her career, and first scores of the season, against San Francisco and an assistvs. Saint Mary's. Her first goal came on a penalty kick just two minutes into the match.

  • Sophomore midfielder Sierra Ferreira knocked home the game-winner against Saint Mary'swith just 2:57 remaining in regulation to give the Toreros their second WCC win. Freshmanmidfielder Kelley McCloskey's corner kick found Garcia whose header redirected the balltoward Ferreira who volleyed it in from six yards out.

  • San Diego is home for the first of three straight against No. 2 Portland (Oct. 22), a matchthat will air on Fox Soccer Channel, and Gonzaga (Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 4-12-0
    WCC Record: 0-3-0
  • San Francisco remains in search of its first conference win followinghome defeats at the hands of San Diego, 4-1, and No. 12 Santa Clara, 2-0.

  • Junior midfielder Keonna Robinson helped USF avoid the shutout against San Diego with hergoal in the 80th minute. After passes from freshman forward Kelsey Moe and junior midfielderMeritt Peterson, she fired a clear shot from the left side for her first goal of the season. USFallowed three goals in the first six minutes of the contest before settling down and allowing justfour shots the remainder of the way.

  • Freshmen midfielder Christina Moberg and forward Hanna Haanes are two of eight WCCplayers listed among the Top Drawer National 100 Division I College Freshmen.

  • San Francisco heads to Southern California this week for matches at Pepperdine (Oct. 22)and Loyola Marymount (Oct. 24).

  • Overall Record: 10-3-2
    WCC Record: 3-0-0
  • Santa Clara has not allowed a goal through its first three WCC matchesafter 2-0 victories against both Saint Mary's and San Francisco.

  • Senior forward Maxine Goynes scored a goal, had an assist and caused an own goal by theopposition in two matches last week. Against Saint Mary's, her shot in the 57th minute deflectedoff a defender and into the goal and she also assisted on the other goal at 85:30. Against USF,she provided the insurance goal by putting back her own rebound just 7:12 into the match.

  • Seven of the Broncos' 10 wins have been shutouts, earning junior goalkeeper BiancaHenninger a goals against average of 0.58 in 1390 minutes. In three WCC contests, she standsatop the leaderboards with 12 saves and no goals allowed in 270 minutes.

  • Santa Clara opens a four-match home stretch with a match against Gonzaga (Oct. 22) beforeit welcomes league foe, and national No. 2, Portland (Oct. 24) in a match aired live on ESPNU.