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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 27, 2009

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WCC RACE HEATING UP

With just two weekends remaining in the regular season, the race for the West Coast Conference regular season title is heating up. Portland sits atop the conference standings with a 5-0-0 WCC record, but is followed closely by Santa Clara and San Diego, which both own 4-1-0 marks in league play. The Pilots and Santa Clara square off on Sunday in a showdown televised on Fox Soccer Channel, while the Toreros host the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Portland can clinch at least a share of the WCC regular season title with a win over the Broncos.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Seattle at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
3:00 PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SAN FRANCISCO at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Los Angeles, CA
3:00 PM
GONZAGA at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
GONZAGA at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
1:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
1:00 PM
Seattle at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
PORTLAND at SANTA CLARA (Televised on FSC) Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

No. 2 Portland Battles No. 14 Santa Clara On Fox Soccer Channel
One of the most storied rivalries in NCAA Division I women's soccer takes center stage on Sunday as the No. 2 ranked Portland Pilots travel to No. 14 ranked Santa Clara in a showdown televised on Fox Soccer Channel. The Pilots look to clinch at least a share of their their third consecutive WCC regular season title with a win against the Broncos. Portland has won a record 10 WCC titles, while Santa Clara has taken home nine conference crowns.Portland's Danielle Foxhoven Earns WCC Weekly Honor
Portland's Danielle Foxhoven is this week's WCC Player of the Week after scoring six goals and adding two assists in the Pilots' wins over Saint Mary's and San Francisco last weekend. Against USF, the sophomore forward scored four goals with an assist to become the first player in UP history to score four goals twice in the same season. Against Saint Mary's, Foxhoven notched the game-winner and added a PK and an assist. With 21 goals this year, she is one shy of cracking the UP single-season top 10 list.

WCC Teams Enjoy Tremendous Success In Non-Conference Play
WCC teams enjoyed a tremendous amount of success during the non-conference season. WCC teams combined to post a 59-28-9 overall record for an impressive .661 winning percentage. In addition, all eight WCC teams enter conference play with .500 or better records.

The WCC: The Elite Conference 17 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 3-2 win over James Madison. It marks the 17th consecutive 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 eight consecutive years in the Elite Eight.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 17
Pac-10 - 9
Big East - 7
ACC - 4


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-9-0
WCC Record: 2-3-0
  • Gonzaga posted its first two conference wins of the season, defeating San Francisco, 3-1, before edging Saint Mary's, 2-1.

  • With the two wins, Gonzaga topped last season's win total of seven wins and earned first-year Head Coach Amy Edwards her first two WCC wins.

  • Freshman Emily Hutchins, and juniors Catherine Cullen and Jessie Sorenson tallied goals in the Zags' win over San Francisco.

  • Sophomore Sarah Rhodes and senior Christi D'Agostino found the back of the net in Gonzaga's win over Saint Mary's. For Rhodes, it marked her team-leading third game-winning score of the season.

  • The Zags play at San Diego (10/30) and UC Irvine (11/1) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 9-6-2
    WCC Record: 1-1-1
  • The Lions dropped a pair of matches last week, falling 3-0 at San Diego before being edged by Santa Clara, 1-0.

  • Despite the pair of setbacks, the Lions are just one victory away from recording their fourth straight season of 10-or-more wins.

  • Junior F Julie Gallaudet leads the Lions with eight assists, tied for the second most in the conference. Gallaudet's eight assists this season ties the school record for most assists in a single season.

  • Senior GK Allyssa Clark collected 10 saves over the weekend, increasing her WCC-leading total to 81 saves on the season.

  • The Lions play at San Francisco (10/30) and Saint Mary's (11/1) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 8-7-1
    WCC Record: 1-1-1
  • The Waves dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime decision to Santa Clara, before falling to San Diego, 2-0.

  • Freshman GK Roxanne Baker made a career-high six saves in the overtime loss to Santa Clara and collected five more saves against San Diego. Baker has played well in her first season between the pipes as she is tied for second in the WCC with seven shutouts.

  • Sophomore MF/F Michelle Spacciapolli, a transfer from Boston College, leads the Waves with four goals on the season.

  • Senior MF/F Sophia Medina leads the Waves and is tied for third in the WCC with three game-winning goals.

  • The Waves host Seattle University (10/29) and Saint Mary's (11/1) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 16-1-0
    WCC Record: 5-0-0
  • The Pilots defeated Saint Mary's, 5-1, before shutting out USF, 8-0.

  • Portland is the highest scoring team in the nation, having scored 69 goals on the season and averaging 4.06 goals per game. However, the Pilots defense is just as good as Portland, ranks fourth in the country in goals against average (0.412). Portland is the only team in the country to rank in the top five in both scoring and goals against average.

  • Sophomore Danielle Foxhoven turned in a brilliant weekend, notching six total goals and adding two assists. With four goals against USF, became the first player in Portland history with two four-goal games in the same season.

  • Sophomore Halley Kreminski also recorded a second half hat trick against USF.

  • The Pilots play at rival Santa Clara (11/1) in a match televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

  • Overall Record: 9-9-0
    WCC Record: 1-4-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped a 5-1 decision to Portland, before falling to Gonzaga, 2-1.

  • Senior F Ashley Nied scored the Gaels' lone goal against the No. 2 ranked Pilots. Nied is the first WCC player to score a goal against Portland this season, and just the seventh player overall to do so.

  • Senior F Jessica Menzhuber leads Saint Mary's with 10 goals. Menzhuber's 10 goals are the most by a Saint Mary's player since former SMC standout Katie Frattone scored 13 goals during the 2001 season.

  • Freshman F Christina Tognetti scored her fourth goal of the season against Gonzaga.

  • The Gaels travel to Pepperdine (11/1) in their lone match this week.

  • Overall Record: 10-5-2
    WCC Record: 4-1-0
  • The Toreros posted a pair of shutouts versus Southern California rivals Loyola Marymount (3-0) and Pepperdine (2-0).

  • Sophomore Stephanie Ochs scored a pair of goals and assisted on fellow sophomore Elissa Magracia's game-winner in the ninth minute in the Toreros' win over LMU. Ochs now leads San Diego with four goals and six assists on the season.

  • Senior Christine Mock and freshman Mariah Hobbs each scored a goal to lead the Toreros past Pepperdine. Mock is now tied with Ochs for the team-lead in goals with four.

  • Sophomore GK Courtney Parsons picked up her seventh shutout of the season in the Toreros' win over Pepperdine as she allowed no goals and recorded a pair of saves.

  • The Toreros host Gonzaga (10/30) and Seattle (11/1) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 6-5-5
    WCC Record: 1-4-0
  • San Francisco fell to Gonzaga, 3-1, before dropping an 8-0 decision to No. 2 ranked Portland.

  • Sophomore Lauren Maris scored her third goal of the season in the Dons' setback versus Gonzaga.

  • Senior MF Kristina Hall leads USF with four goals and is one of five Dons to have scored multiple goals this season.

  • Eleven different USF players have scored a goal this season. That is a big improvement from last season when only seven Dons found the back of the net in 2008.

  • The Dons look to snap a four-match losing skid when they play at Loyola Marymount (10/30) and at Cal State Bakersfield (11/1) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 12-5-1
    WCC Record: 4-1-0
  • The Broncos earned a pair of 1-0 wins, edging Pepperdine in double-overtime, before downing Loyola Marymount.

  • Santa Clara is ranked No. 13 in the latest official NCAA RPI report.

  • Freshman MF Allie Vernon's second goal of the season lifted the Broncos past Pepperdine in the double-overtime thriller.

  • Senior Jordan Angeli tallied the game-winning goal for the Broncos in their win over LMU. Angeli leads the Broncos and ranks second in the WCC in game-winning goals with four.

  • Senior GK Lisa Lahman earned her second and third career shutouts over the weekend.

  • Santa Clara hosts No. 2 Portland (11/1) in a showdown on Fox Soccer Channel.