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WCC Women's Soccer Weekly Notes

Nov. 3, 2009

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PORTLAND-SAN DIEGO BATTLE FOR CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BID ON ESPNU

The West Coast Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be on the line when the No. 2 ranked Portland Pilots host the San Diego Toreros on Friday, November 6 in a showdown televised nationally on ESPNU. The Pilots, who own a 6-0-0 league record, have already locked up a share of the WCC regular season title and can win the title outright with a win or a tie against the Toreros. San Diego, which enters the match with a 5-1-0 WCC record, will be looking for a share of its first-ever conference title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a win over the Pilots. If San Diego were to defeat Portland, the Toreros would earn the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of their head-to-head win versus the Pilots. However, both teams would be considered co-champions of the regular season. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. (PT) from Portland's Merlo Field with Sam Gore (PxP) and Krista Blunk (analyst) calling the action.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SAN DIEGO at PORTLAND (ESPNU) Portland, OR
8:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
SANTA CLARA at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
1:00 PM
PEPPERDINE at SAN FRANCISCO San FRANCISCO, CA
1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

Portland Clinches Share Of WCC Regular Season Title
The Pilots clinched a share of the WCC regular season title with a thrilling 1-0 win at rival Santa Clara on November 1. The Pilots have now shared or won outright a WCC record 11 conference crowns. Portland can clinch the title outright with a win or tie against San Diego this Friday.

Portland's Michelle Enyeart Earns WCC Weekly Honor
Portland's Michelle Enyeart is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her efforts in helping the Pilots clinch a share of the WCC regular season title. Enyeart scored the game-winner in a 1-0 road victory at No. 14 Santa Clara on Sunday. Enyeart scored on her only shot attempt of the match in the fourth minute as Portland earned its first victory at Santa Clara since 1997. Enyeart has 13 goals and 12 assists this season. The win gave the Pilots a share of their WCC-record 11th conference title.

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 62-29-9 overall record for an impressive .665 winning percentage.

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: 8-11-0
WCC Record: 2-4-0
  • Gonzaga dropped a 5-1 decision at San Diego before falling at UC Irvine, 2-0.

  • Gonzaga has played much better at home than on the road this season. The Zags have posted a 6-1-0 record at home, while recording just a 2-10-0 mark in road and neutral site games.

  • Sophomore Emma Dolcetti scored the Zags' lone goal versus San Diego. The goal was Dolcetti's third of the season, tying her for the third most goals on the team.

  • Sophomore Sarah Rhodes and Jessie Sorenson lead the Bulldogs with four goals each. Three of Rhodes' goals have been game-winners, tying her for the fifth most in the conference.

  • The Zags wrap up the regular season by hosting No. 14 Santa Clara (11/7) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 10-6-2
    WCC Record: 2-3-1
  • The Lions earned a 2-0 win over San Francisco in their lone match last weekend.

  • The win over the Dons gives LMU four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, while extending its shutout and win streak against USF to 12 matches. The Lions have not conceded a goal to USF since 1997, a string of 1185 minutes.

  • Junior F Julie Gallaudet had a goal and an assist against USF, breaking the LMU single-season assists record. The assist was Gallaudet's ninth of the season, breaking a tie she shared with Cindy Carullo (1993), Jessica Lyon (1997), and teammate Lily Sorentino (2008). She also moved into a tie with Sorentino and Carullo for fourth place on the career assists list with 14 while her 30 career points put her in a tie for eighth all-time at LMU.

  • The Lions close out the regular season at Saint Mary's (11/7) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 10-7-1
    WCC Record: 2-3-1
  • The Waves posted a pair of wins, blanking Seattle, 1-0, before rallying to defeat Saint Mary's, 2-1. The Waves' 10 wins top last season's win-total of nine and are the most by the Waves since the 2006 season.

  • Freshman GK Roxanne Baker was only required to make one save against Seattle. Barker has been credited with eight shutouts this year, tying her with Anna Piccarelli for the third highest season total in program history. Piccarelli holds the club's season record for most shutouts with 10, which she accomplished in 2003 and 2004.

  • Senior MF/F Sophia Medina scored the game-winning goal against Seattle, her fourth of the season. Medina now leads the Waves and is tied for second in the WCC with four game-winning goals.

  • The Waves travel to San Francisco (11/7) to end the regular season.

  • Overall Record: 17-1-0
    WCC Record: 6-0-0
  • The Pilots edged No. 14 Santa Clara, 1-0, in a thriller to earn a share of the WCC regular season title. The Pilots have now won or shared a league-best 11 WCC crowns.

  • The victory was the first for the Pilots at Santa Clara since 1997, snapping a five-game road losing streak in the series between the two league rivals.

  • Senior GK Kelsey Davis made four saves against the Broncos for her league-leading ninth shutout of the season.

  • Senior All-American Michelle Enyeart's 13th goal of the season proved to be the game-winning goal against Santa Clara.

  • The Pilots look to win the WCC title outright when they host San Diego (11/6).

  • Overall Record: 9-10-0
    WCC Record: 1-5-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped a 2-1 decision at Pepperdine in its lone game last weekend.

  • Junior F Alex Ciliento scored her third goal of the season in the Gaels' setback at Pepperdine.

  • 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.

  • Senior GK Tara Larson collected four saves against Pepperdine. Larson now ranks second in the WCC with 72 saves.

  • The Gaels host Loyola Marymount (11/7) in their season finale.

  • Overall Record: 12-5-2
    WCC Record: 5-1-0
  • The Toreros defeated Gonzaga, 5-1, before edging Seattle, 2-1, in a non-conference match.

  • Five different Toreros scored in San Diego's win over Gonzaga. San Diego has used a balanced attack as six different Toreros have scored three or more goals this season.

  • Sophomore F Stephanie Ochs scored two goals and added two assists in the Toreros' two wins over the weekend. Ochs now leads the Toreros with six goals and eight assists. Ochs' six goals are tied for sixth in the conference, while her eight assists are tied for the third most in the WCC.

  • Sophomore GK Courtney Parsons is tied for third in the WCC with seven shutouts.

  • The Toreros play at No. 2 Portland (11/6) in a match televised on ESPNU.

  • Overall Record: 7-6-5
    WCC Record: 1-5-0
  • San Francisco fell at Loyola Marymount, 2-0, before bouncing back to shutout Cal State Bakersfield, 1-0. The seven wins for the Dons are the most since the 2004 season.

  • Freshman Aly Drake's third goal of the season lifted the Dons past Cal State Bakersfield. Drake is one of six Dons to have scored multiple goals this season.

  • Senior GK Kelly Pohle collected five saves against Cal State Bakersfield for her fifth shutout of the season. Pohle ranks third in the WCC in saves (65) and is tied for fifth in shutouts.

  • 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 host Pepperdine (11/7) to close out the regular season.

  • Overall Record: 12-6-1
    WCC Record: 4-2-0
  • The Broncos dropped a 1-0 thriller to No. 2 Portland in their lone match last week.

  • Santa Clara is ranked No. 14 in the latest official NCAA RPI report.

  • The Broncos played aggressively against Portland out-shooting the Pilots, the nation's highest scoring offense, 14-7. The seven shots marked a season-low for the Pilots.

  • Senior Jordan Angeli leads the Broncos and is tied for second in the WCC in game-winning goals with four.

  • Sophomore Bianca Henninger ranks second in the WCC in goals against average (0.88).

  • Santa Clara closes out the regular season on the road at Gonzaga (11/7) this weekend.