Oct. 31, 2007
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Portland's Michelle Enyeart Earns Weekly Honor
Michelle Enyeart logged both game-winners in leading Portland to wins over nationally ranked San Diego and Santa Clara this week. Enyeart weaved through five defenders after a 40 yard run to open the scoring in a 4-0 win over San Diego on Thursday, then came off the bench to deliver a late first half goal in a 2-0 win over Santa Clara. She also created Portland's second goal against SCU by drawing a penalty kick in the second half which was converted by teammate Angie Woznuk.
PORTLAND LOOKS TO CLINCH WCC TITLE
The Portland Pilots look to capture their ninth West Coast Conference regular season title this weekend when they travel to Southern California to take on the Pepperdine Waves. The Pilots, who can tie Santa Clara for the most WCC titles, own an unblemished 5-0-0 conference record and can clinch the crown in several different ways.
Portland WCC Title Clinching Scenarios
1. UP can win the title outright with a win versus Pepperdine on Sunday.
2. UP can win the title outright with a tie or loss at Pepperdine on Sunday combined with a USD tie or loss to SMC on Friday.
3. UP can clinch a share of the WCC title with a tie at Pepperdine on Sunday and a USD win at SMC on Friday.
*San Diego at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Cal State Bakersfield - 1:00 PM
*Portland at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM
*Denotes Conference match
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-6-1 / 2-3-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga defeated No. 12 Santa Clara, 2-1, before falling to No. 11 San Diego, 1-0, in double-overtime.
- The Bulldogs' victory over the Broncos marked the first time in a 14-game all-time series with Santa Clara. The win also provided the Zags' with their fifth consecutive season in which they have posted 10 or more wins.
- Senior Lauren Zuckerman lifted the Zags to their historic victory at the 83:00 mark, as she recorded her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
- Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames collected seven saves versus Santa Clara.
- The Bulldogs travel to Southern California this weekend to take on Loyola Marymount (11/3) and Cal State Bakersfield (11/4).
Loyola Marymount (11-5-1 / 3-2-0 WCC)
- The Lions earned a 2-1 overtime win versus Saint Mary's before blanking San Francisco, 3-0.
- The Lions win over the Dons extended their home-winning streak to nine matches.
- Freshman Lily Sorentino had a hand in both LMU goals versus Saint Mary's, assisting on senior Jamie Bell's goal, before notching the game-winner from 35 yards out in the first overtime period.
- Bell's goal versus the Gaels was her team-leading seventh of the season and the 15th of her career, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on the Lions' all-time goals chart.
- The Lions look for their 12th win of the season when they host Gonzaga (11/3) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (5-6-6 / 2-2-1 WCC)
- The Waves collected their first two conference wins of the season, shutting out San Francisco, 2-0, before exploding for a 5-1 win over Saint Mary's.
- Sophomore midfielder Joanna Idom, a transfer who scored nine goals last year at NAIA school California Baptist, notched her first Division I goal in the Waves' win over San Francisco, tallying the game-winner against the Dons.
- Idom didn't waste time getting her second goal of the season as she was one of five players to tally a goal versus Saint Mary's. Pepperdine pounded Saint Mary's with 27 shots, including 18 on goal, and set season highs for shots, goals, assists (seven) and points (17). Along with the win over San Francisco, this past weekend marks the first time that the Waves have won back-to-back games all season.
- The Waves host No. 3 Portland (11/4) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (13-3-0 / 5-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots grabbed control of the WCC regular season title race with a 4-0 win over then-No. 11 San Diego, and a 2-0 win over then-No. 12 Santa Clara.
- Sophomore forward Michelle Enyeart tallied both game-winning goals for the Pilots this weekend. For her efforts, Enyeart was recognized as the Soccer America National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
- Since the return of Sophie Schmidt and Stephanie Lopez from the World Cup, Portland has come together and found its stride down the stretch. In the six matches since Lopez's return, the Pilots are 6-0 with five shutouts and have outscored opponents 20-1.
- The Pilots can secure their ninth WCC regular season title this weekend with a tie or a win at Pepperdine (11/4), or a tie or loss by San Diego.
Saint Mary's Gaels (6-9-2 / 0-5-0 WCC)
- The Gaels' struggles during conference play continued as Saint Mary's dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Loyola Marymount before suffering a 5-1 setback at Pepperdine.
- Sophomore forward Allie Weiner scored her team leading sixth goal of the season in the Gaels' setback versus Loyola Marymount. Weiner, who has doubled her goal total from last season, is tied for fifth in the WCC in goals (6), tied for third in assists (6) and is fourth in the conference in points (18).
- Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson has recorded 96 saves this season, which leads the WCC. Larson is averaging 6.86 saves per game, which is two saves per game more then any goalkeeper in the WCC. Larson also ranks sixth in the conference with four shutouts.
- Saint Mary's hosts San Diego (11/2) this weekend.
San Diego Toreros (12-2-3 / 3-1-1 WCC)
- The Toreros fell to Portland, 4-0, before bouncing back to take a 1-0, double-overtime decision at Gonzaga.
- Junior midfielder Jackie Garcia's first goal of the season lifted the Toreros to the win over Gonzaga.
- Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron picked up her eighth shutout in goal for the Toreros as she allowed no goals and recorded three saves. Cameron's eight shutouts ranked second in the conference.
- San Diego is off to its second best start in program history with a 12-2-3 overall record, trailing only the 1999 squad who began the season 13-2-0
- The Toreros play at Saint Mary's (11/2) and Cal State Fullerton (11/4) this week.
San Francisco Dons (2-11-3 / 2-3-0 WCC)
- The Dons dropped a pair of decisions last week, falling 2-0 to Pepperdine before suffering a 3-0 setback versus Loyola Marymount.
- Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson collected six saves versus Pepperdine and three more against Loyola Marymount to increase her season total to 68. Hodgson ranks fourth in the WCC in overall saves and third in saves per game (4.53).
- Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie leads the Dons with three goals and six overall points.
- Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure leads the Dons with 31 shots.
- San Francisco looks for their third conference win of the season when the Dons host Bay Area rival Santa Clara (11/4) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (10-5-3 / 2-3-0 WCC)
- The Broncos dropped a pair of matches on their trip to the Pacific Northwest, falling at Gonzaga, 2-1, before suffering a 2-0 setback versus rival Portland.
- Sophomore forward Kiki Bosio scored the lone goal for the Broncos over the weekend. The goal was Bosio's sixth goal of the season ranking her second on the team. However, Bosio leads the Broncos in assists (5) and points (17). Her 17 points are tied for fifth in the conference.
- Senior forward Tina Estrada has 31 career goals and needs just one more to tie Brandi Chastain (1989-90) and Kathleen Celio (1997-00) for 10th place on the Broncos' career chart.
- Brittany Klein leads SCU and is tied for first in the WCC with three game-winning goals.
- The Broncos travel to Bay Area rival San Francisco (11/4) this weekend.