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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Nov. 2, 2010

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WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER NOTES

#2 Portland has claimed its fourth straight WCC championship and 12th overall. The Pilots have yet to allow a goal in league play and with just one match remaining are in position to become just the second WCC team to accomplish the feat (Santa Clara 1998). In addition, Portland boasts a 27-match conference winning streak and a nation-leading active 35-match home win streak.


AROUND THE WCC

Pilots Capture Record 12th WCC Title in 2010
Portland has secured its fourth consecutive West Coast Conference title and sixth in the last seven seasons. With one match to play, the Pilots own a 27-match conference win streak and are one win away from their fourth straight undefeated WCC slate. In addition, the team has not been scored upon through six conference matches and could become just the second WCC team to go through league play without allowing a goal (Santa Clara 1998).

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.

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: 8-10-1
WCC Record: 3-3-0
  • Gonzaga tied its highest scoring output of the season but it was notenough as the Zags fell in their home finale to Saint Mary's, 4-3, in overtime.

  • Despite an early 2-0 lead, the Bulldogs could not hold on in their last home match, allowingSaint Mary's to score three goals in the second half to force the extra session. Freshman forwardCassie Geerdts scored once, just five minutes into the contest, and had two assists in thematch while sophomore Emily Hutchins notched her third score of the season before halftime.Senior forward Ashley Riley punched in the game-tying goal in the 70th minute.

  • The Zags enter the final week tied for third place in the WCC. Their three conference winsmatch the program high for league victories in a season, a mark that has been set five times. Theprogram has finished as high as third in the WCC only once (2005), when they also were #18.

  • Gonzaga is on the road for its final match of the season at San Francisco (Nov. 6).

  • Overall Record: 10-5-2
    WCC Record: 2-2-2
  • Loyola Marymount was on the road for the final time last week where itupset No. 10 Santa Clara, 2-0.

  • The win was LMU's first at Santa Clara since 2000, which also was the Lions' last shutoutof the Broncos. In addition, the win represented the first for the Lions over a top-10 team sincebeating then-No. 7 Saint Mary's, 1-0, in 2001, and marked the program's first against a top-10opponent on the road. LMU has now reached 10 wins in five straight seasons.

  • Freshman forward Tawni Martino tallied her eighth goal of the season, and her fifth gamewinner,with a shot from the left side that went far post in the 50th minute. Her eight goals aretied for third-most in LMU history and the most since 2007. The five game-winners are a newsingle-season standard. For her efforts, Martino earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors.

  • Loyola Marymount closes out the regular season with a home date against San Diego (Nov. 5).

  • Overall Record: 8-6-5
    WCC Record: 1-3-2
  • Pepperdine fell to San Diego, 2-1, in its last road match of the year.

  • Sophomore forward Michelle Manning scored Pepperdine's lone goal against San Diego,her third of the season. Junior forward Laura Cole dished the cross in the 22nd minute. Withthe goal, Manning became the fourth Waves player to record a game-winning score this year.

  • The Waves are one of only two teams (Portland) in the WCC to have multiple players amongthe league leaders in points. Cole and sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo each have six goalsand two assists for 14 points to rank tied for eighth. The six goals each also stand tied for fifthin the conference. Manning and junior midfielder/forward Michelle Spacciapolli are the team'sother multiple goal scorers and each has three.

  • Pepperdine closes out the season with its third home match of its final four with a date against14th-ranked Santa Clara (Nov. 6).

  • Overall Record: 18-1-0
    WCC Record: 6-0-0
  • Portland remains unscored upon in conference play this season followinga 2-0 win against San Francisco. Only once before has a WCC team notallowed a single goal during conference play (Santa Clara 1998).

  • The USF win clinched the Pilots' fourth straight WCC title and sixth in the last seven years. Itis the program's 12th conference title since league play began in 1992 (19 years). The victoryalso extended their WCC win streak to 27 matches. This year's seven-person senior class hasnever lost a WCC match.

  • Sophomore midfielder Kendall Johnson tallied her first goal of the season against USFand it proved to be the game-winner. Junior forward Danielle Foxhoven had the other score.

  • Portland puts its nation-leading active 35-match home win streak on the line when hosts its finalmatch of the regular season against Saint Mary's (Nov. 6).

  • Overall Record: 8-7-3
    WCC Record: 2-4-0
  • Saint Mary's snapped its four-match losing streak with a 4-3 overtime winat Gonzaga. The four scores tied the Gaels' largest output of the season.

  • Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada was named WCC Co-Player of the Week after a twogoaland two-assist showing in the overtime Gonzaga win. Her final points of the match came onthe game-winning score in the 103rd minute. Marada had assists on the Gaels' first two scoresbefore posting both the game-tying and winning goals. Freshman forward Briana Campos andsophomore midfielder Daelyn Paul scored the other goals in the match, their fourth and thirdof the season, respectively.

  • Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters leads the conference with 4.33 saves per match (78 total).

  • Saint Mary's plays its final contest of the season with a home date against No. 2 Portland(Nov. 6).

  • Overall Record: 10-7-2
    WCC Record: 3-3-0
  • San Diego jumped into a tie for third place in the WCC standingsfollowing a 2-1 victory vs. Pepperdine in the home finale.

  • The Toreros kept their postseason hopes alive with last week's win vs. Pepperedine. Freshmanforward Brittany Held's goal in the 50th minute proved to be the game-winner. Junior forwardStephanie Ochs streaked down the right side and crossed to senior midfielder Jackie Zinkewho slipped the ball to Held for a laser strike into the back of the net.

  • Zinke had the first goal of the match just 14 minutes in. Ochs sent the ball into a crowdedgoal box, where sophomore midfielder Sierra Ferreira headed the ball off the post and to thefeet of Zinke who eased the ball past the end line.

  • San Diego closes out the regular season with a road match at Loyola Marymount (Nov. 5) ina contest that features a pair of teams on the hunt for an NCAA at-large berth.

  • Overall Record: 4-13-2
    WCC Record: 0-4-2
  • San Francisco dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 2 Portland in its final roadtrip of the year.

  • USF put forth a valliant effort, but couldn't hold off the second-ranked Pilots. Sophomoregoalkeeper Noelle Salter faced 28 shot and allowed just two goals. She made 10 saves, includingseven in the first half.

  • Freshman forward Hanna Haanes and Moberg lead the team with eight points apiece. Haaneshas 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, fivepoints) also have put multiple points on the board.

  • San Francisco hosts Gonzaga in its final match of the season (Nov. 6).

  • Overall Record: 12-5-2
    WCC Record: 4-2-0
  • Santa Clara picked up a win against soon-to-be WCC member #19 BYU,2-1, before suffering a 2-0 loss to Loyola Marymount in the home finale.

  • Senior midfielder Kendra Perry scored just 29 seconds into the match against BYU, representingthe fourth-fastest goal in program history. (The fastest was 15 seconds by LindaHoffman against Sonoma State in 1990). Freshman midfielder Julie Johnston knocked apass to the right side of the box from where Perry finished to the far post. It was Johnston'steam-leading fifth assist.

  • Senior forward Anessa Patton had the game-winner, her fifth of the year, in the 82nd minutevs. BYU. Patton is tied for the conference lead in both goals (8) and game-winning scores (5).Her four goals and nine points in league games are both tops in the WCC.

  • Santa Clara hits the road for the final match of WCC action, playing at Pepperdine (Nov. 6).