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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 26, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

#2 Portland remains unscored upon through five matches and could become the first team since Santa Clara in 1998 to go through the WCC season without allowing a goal. Meanwhile, Gonzaga has jumped into third place in the league standings. The only time the Zags have finished as high as third was in 2005 when they were #18 in the final rankings.


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: 8-9-1
WCC Record: 3-2-0
  • Gonzaga split its two matches, with a 5-0 loss at then-#11 Santa Clara and a 1-0 win at San Diego, to jump into third place in the WCC standings.

  • The Zags have won three of their last four and four of their last six matches. In addition, their three WCC wins match the program high for conference victories in a season, a mark that has been set five times. The program has finished as high as third in the WCC only once before, in 2005, the same year they finished with a No. 18 national ranking

  • Senior midfielder Catherine Cullen scored the lone goal in the match with San Diego. Junior forward Sarah Rhodes served a corner kick from the left side that found Cullen on the right side from where she punched in her second goal of the season. It was the third time this year that the Bulldogs have scored off a corner kick from Rhodes.

  • Gonzaga plays its final home contest with a match-up against Saint Mary's (Oct. 31).

  • Overall Record: 9-5-2
    WCC Record: 1-2-2
  • Loyola Marymount scored just one goal on the weekend but stayed out of the loss column with a win against Saint Mary's (1-0) and a tie vs. San Francisco (0-0).

  • Freshman forward Tawni Martino's goal in the 58th minute against Saint Mary's proved to be her fourth game-winner of the season (a mark that ties the program's single-season mark). In addition, the score was her seventh of the year which ties her for seventh in the annals. Senior forward Lily Sorentino had the assist on the goal, the 16th of her career, to move into third place on the school's career chart.

  • Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brittany Jagger added a pair of shutouts to her season total which now is at eight, ranking her third in the school's record books. She boasts a 0.73 GAA.

  • Loyola Marymount is on the road for the final time this season with a date at No. 10 Santa Clara (Oct. 31).

  • Overall Record: 8-5-5
    WCC Record: 1-2-2
  • Pepperdine played to a scoreless tie (0-0) against San Francisco before defeating Saint Mary's 2-0 on Sunday.

  • The Waves have gone 14 matches without allowing more than one goal. During the stretch, they are 6-3-5 and, on the season, have given up as many as two goals only twice. Their team GAA now stands at 0.63, which is on pace to be the second-best in school history (0.60 in 2004). Pepperdine is 8-0 this season when scoring a first-half goal.

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Roxanne Barker knocked away a career-high-tying 10 shots against Saint Mary's to give the Waves their eighth shutout of the season. Barker is second in theconference in save percentage (.866) and third with a 0.59 goals against average.

  • Pepperdine heads to the southern-most part of the state for its final road match at San Diego (Oct. 29).

  • Overall Record: 17-1-0
    WCC Record: 5-0-0
  • Portland remains unscored upon in WCC play after a pair of 1-0 road victories at San Diego and then-#11 Santa Clara. The Pilots extended their win streak against conference opponents to 26 matches. Only once before has a team not allowed a single goal during WCC play (Santa Clara 1998).

  • Junior forward Halley Kreminski earned WCC Player of the Week honors thanks to her goal in the 79th minute against then-11th-ranked Santa Clara. She is tied for third in the conference with 45 shots and also ranks among the league leaders in goals (T5, 6) and points (T9, 13).

  • The Pilots lead the league in all offensive categories: shots (281), shots per game (6.00), goals (37) and assists (34). Defensively, the team is tops in goals against average (0.55) and shutouts (10). Freshman forward Micaela Capelle ranks first in the WCC with eight goals and 20 points.

  • Portland looks to extend its nation-leading home win streak (34) when it hosts San Francisco (Oct. 31).

  • Overall Record: 7-7-3
    WCC Record: 1-4-0
  • Saint Mary's saw its losing streak reach four after losses to LoyolaMarymount (1-0) and Pepperdine (2-0).

  • 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, three from 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 through the first five conference matches. She has two goals, including one game-winner, on seven shots.

  • Saint Mary's has the longest road trip of any conference team this week as it heads toGonzaga (Oct. 31) for the final road match of the season.

  • Overall Record: 9-7-2
    WCC Record: 2-3-0
  • San Diego saw its hot streak (four wins in five matches) cool a bit with a pair of 1-0 losses last week at the hands of then-#2 Portland and Gonzaga.

  • The Toreros roster boasts eight players who have scored a goal, seven of whom haverecorded multiple scores. The list is headlined by junior forward Stephanie Ochs who has seven goals and 18 points, marks that both rank second in the WCC. Freshman midfielder Taylor Housley has four goals. Freshman midfielder Kelley McCloskey and senior midfielder Jackie Zinke each have a team-high five assists.

  • USD is 4-2-2 in home matches this season, having outscored their opposition at Torero Stadium by a 13-5 margin.

  • San Diego closes out its three-match homestand, its longest of the season, with a date against Pepperdine (Oct. 29).

  • Overall Record: 4-12-2
    WCC Record: 0-3-2
  • San Francisco battled last week to a pair of 0-0 stalemates at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • Despite not scoring a goal, the Dons brought their 10-match losing streak to an end, but couldn't quite crack the win column, after a couple of scoreless ties over the weekend. The matches were the second and third shutouts pitched by the team this season. USF'sscoring by half has been even all year with an equal number of goals before and after the break.

  • Freshman forward Hanna Haanes and freshman midfielder Christina Moberg lead the team with eight points apiece. Haanes has four goals while Moberg has three goals and a pair of assists. Junior forward Molly Hall (2 goals, 3 assists, 7 points) and senior defender Ashley O'Brien (two goals, one assist, five points) also have put multiple points on the board.

  • San Francisco is on the road for the final time when it travels to play at No. 2 Portland (Oct. 31).

  • Overall Record: 11-4-2
    WCC Record: 4-1-0
  • Santa Clara put on an offensive display in a 5-0 win against Gonzaga before falling 1-0 to No. 2 Portland.

  • Senior forward Anessa Patton put together the second-most prolific offensive output in the league this season with five points, on two goals and an assist, in the 5-0 win against Gonzaga. Her showing ranks second only to San Diego's Stephanie Ochs who had seven points in a single match earlier in the year. All of Patton's points came within a 30 minute window in the first half.

  • In conference matches only, Patton and senior forward Maxine Goynes are 1-2 in points with nine (4g, 1a) and seven (2g, 3a), respectively. In addition, Patton is the only player in the WCC with more than two goals. Sophomore defender Olivia Klei leads the league with four assists.

  • Santa Clara gets a glimpse of a future conference opponent when it hosts No. 19 BYU (Oct. 28), a WCC member beginning in 2011. The Broncos also host Loyola Marymount (Oct. 31).