Oct. 23, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kiki Bosio, Santa Clara University
Santa Clara freshman forward Kiki Bosio came up big for the Broncos in the biggest match of the season. Bosio netted the game-winning goal in the Broncos' 3-2 win over WCC rival Portland in front of a national television audience. Two days later, the Mission Viejo, Calif. native added another goal in Santa Clara's 6-2 romp over Gonzaga. The two wins lifted the Broncos into a three-way tie with Pepperdine and Portland for first place in the conference standings with a 3-1-1 league record.
WCC RACE HEATING UP
The WCC race is coming down to the wire with just two weeks of conference play remaining. Pepperdine, Portland, and Santa Clara enter this weekend in a three-way tie for first place with identical 3-1-1 conference records. The Pilots host the Waves this weekend in a pivotal match, while Santa Clara plays host to Bay Area rival San Francisco.
San Diego State at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge - 2:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Loyola Marymount - 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
Montana at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 11:00 AM
*Saint Mary's at San Diego - 12:00 PM
*San Francisco at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Portland - 2:30 PM
*Denotes Conference match
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-7-1 / 3-2-0 WCC)
- The Zags posted a 1-1-0 record last week, earning a 1-0 overtime win at San Diego before suffering a 6-2 setback at Santa Clara.
- Gonzaga is in fourth place in the conference standings with a 3-2-0 WCC record, but is just one point behind Pepperdine, Portland, and Santa Clara, who are tied for first.
- Junior Nanda McCromick scored the Zags' game-winning goal versus San Diego and added another score versus Santa Clara. The goal was her team-leading sixth of the season and fourth in as many matches.
- Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her six shutout of the season in GU's win over USD.
- The Bulldogs host Montana (10/27) before welcoming in LMU (10/29).
Loyola Marymount Lions (8-2-5 / 1-1-3 WCC)
- The Lions earned a 1-0-1 record on their recent road trip to the Bay Area, downing USF, 1-0, before playing Saint Mary's to a 0-0 draw.
- Senior Tana Smothermon scored with just 49 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Lions over USF. The goal was Smothermon's third of the season.
- Junior keeper Joslyn Slovek registered her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season over the weekend. Slovek's six shutouts are tied for second in the conference, while her 0.62 goals against average is tops among WCC keepers.
- LMU has allowed a WCC-low 10 goals on the season and only three in WCC play.
- The Lions host Utah Valley State (10/26) before heading to Spokane to take on Gonzaga (10/19) in a key WCC match.
Pepperdine Waves (9-5-3 / 3-1-1 WCC)
- Pepperdine posted a 1-1-0 record last week, downing Saint Mary's, 2-1, before suffering a 2-0 shutout loss at San Francisco.
- The Waves enter the week in a three-way tie with Santa Clara and Portland atop the league standings with a 3-1-1 conference record.
- Freshman midfielder Kelly Reilly's second goal of the season lifted the Waves over Saint Mary's. Sophomore Amanda Rupp scored a goal and assisted on Reilly's goal versus the Gaels.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Stolte recorded five saves versus the Dons to bring her WCC-leading total to 78.
- Pepperdine travels to Cal State Northridge (10/26) before heading to Portland (10/29).
Portland Pilots (13-3-2 / 3-1-1 WCC)
- The Pilots fell to No. 4 Santa Clara, 3-2, before bouncing back to defeat San Diego, 2-1, in overtime. UP is now in a three-way tie with Pepperdine and SCU atop of the conference standings with a 3-1-1 WCC record.
- Freshmen Michelle Enyeart and Kendra Chandhoke provided the scoring punch for the Pilots last week. The tandem accounted for both goals in both UP games. The goals by the freshman duo marks the seventh time this season that each has scored a goal in the same game. One, or both, freshmen have scored goals in 12 of Portland's 16 matches and have combined to account for 22 of the team's 50 goals.
- Enyeart leads the WCC and is the top goal-scoring freshman in the country with 15 goals. She is already tied for fifth on Portland's freshman single-season goals list.
- The Pilots host Pepperdine (10/29) in a pivotal conference match.
Saint Mary's Gaels (3-11-3 / 1-3-1 WCC)
- The Gaels dropped a 2-1 decision to Pepperdine before playing Loyola Marymount to a scoreless draw.
- Freshman Kira Copinga netted her first collegiate goal in the Gaels' setback versus the Waves.
- Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich recorded four saves en route to her second shutout of the season in the Gaels' tie with LMU. The two shutouts ties her for sixth among all conference goalkeepers.
- The shutout versus LMU marked the third of the season for the Gaels.
- Saint Mary's travels to UC Santa Barbara (10/26) before heading to San Diego to take on the Toreros (10/29).
San Diego Toreros (9-8-0 / 1-4-0 WCC)
- The Toreros dropped a pair of matches at home to fall to 9-8-0 overall and 1-4-0 in conference play.
- Junior Leigh Ann Robinson tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the Toreros' loss to Portland. Robinson, who ranks sixth in the conference in goals, entered the season with just one career goal.
- Robinson has also added six assists to give her a team-leading 20 points. Her 20 points ranks sixth among all WCC players.
- Junior goalkeeper Karen Cook collected eight saves over the weekend to give her a team-leading 37 saves.
- USD hosts cross-town rival San Diego State (10/25) before hosting Saint Mary's (10/29).
San Francisco Dons (5-11-2 / 1-3-1 WCC)
- The Dons posted a 1-1-0 record last week, falling to LMU, 1-0, before blanking No. 22 Pepperdine, 2-0.
- USF's win over the Waves was the Dons second over a ranked opponent this season. The Dons defeated then-No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, earlier this season.
- Sophomore forward Alexis Mielke earned her first career goal and game-winner in the Dons' win over the Waves. Sophomore midfielder Katherine Kimure would cap the scoring in the game with her first goal of the season.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who had eight saves in the game, posted her first career WCC shutout.
- USF travels to Bay Area rival Santa Clara (10/29) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (13-3-1 / 3-1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos downed Portland, 3-2, in a battle between WCC powers, before blasting Gonzaga, 6-2.
- The two wins propelled the Broncos into a three-way tie for first place with Pepperdine and Portland.
- Marian Dalmy, Meagan Snell, and Kiki Bosio tallied goals versus the Pilots. For Snell, the goal was her team-leading 11th goal of the season, ranking her second in the WCC, while Bosio's score was the game-winner.
- Jordan Angeli and Brittany Klein each netted a pair of goals to lead the Broncos to the win over Gonzaga.
- The Broncos host San Francisco (10/29) this weekend.