Nov. 8, 2006
THREE WCC TEAMS SELECTED FOR POSTSEASON PLAY
Three West Coast Conference women's soccer teams will represent the Conference in the 64-team NCAA Tournament, announced today by the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee. Santa Clara University, the WCC's automatic qualifier, was selected as one of four No. 1 seeds and will host first and second round matches. The No. 6 ranked University of Portland Pilots, the defending national champions, did not receive a top-16 seed, but are in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. Rounding out the WCC teams in the NCAA Tournament was Loyola Marymount, making its second postseason appearance.
at Salt Lake City, Utah - Ute Field
First Round - Thursday, Nov. 9
Idaho State at Utah - 3:30 PM
Portland vs. BYU - 6:00 PM
Second Round - Saturday, Nov. 11
Portland/BYU winner vs. - 4:00 PM
Idaho State/Utah winner
at Santa Clara, California - Buck Shaw Stadium
First Round - Friday, Nov. 10
USC at Santa Clara - 4:00 PM
Nevada vs. Stanford - 7:00 PM
Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 12
Santa Clara/USC winner vs. - TBA
at Los Angeles, California - Drake Stadium
First Round - Friday, Nov. 10
UNLV at UCLA - 5:30 PM
Loyola Marymount vs. Cal State Fullerton - 7:30 PM
Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 12
UNLV/UCLA winner vs. - 1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount/Cal State Fullerton winner
AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Joslyn Slovek, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek is this week's WCC Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a 0-0 tie versus Portland. The 0-0 tie marked LMU's first shutout of the Pilots in program history. The Scottsdale, AZ native tallied 12 saves versus the Pilots to collect her eighth shutout of the season and fifth in conference play. The shutout marked just the second versus the Pilots this season with the other coming in a 1-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina.
Decade of Dominance
Over the last 10 years, no conference has had more College Cup participants than the WCC. In the last decade, the WCC has sent 13 teams into the national semifinals, three more than the next closest conference.
College Cup Appearances By Conferences Over The Last 10 Years (2005-1996)
13 - WCC (POR - 2005, 2002-00, 1998, 1996; SCU - 2004, 2002-01, 1999-1996)10 - ACC (UNC - 2003-1996; FSU - 2005, 2003)7 - Big East (ND - 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997-96; UCONN - 2003, 1997)4 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2005-03, 2000)3 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)2 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)1 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)
The WCC: The Elite Conference
The WCC sent three teams to the Sweet Sixteen and two teams to the Elite Eight (NCAA Quarterfinals) last season. It marked the 14th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representatitve in the NCAA Quarterfinals, the longest streak in the nation.
Three WCC Teams Ranked In The Top 25
Four WCC teams find themselves ranked in the top 25. Portland and Santa Clara are ranked in the top 10 with the Broncos occupying the No. 4 spot in the latest NSCAA/adidas rankings, while the Pilots are ranked No. 6 by Soccer America. Pepperdine is ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA/adidas listings, while LMU is ranked No. 19 by Soccer Buzz.
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-9-1 / 3-4-0 WCC)
- The Bulldogs closed out the 2006 season with a 3-0 loss at Pepperdine.
- Gonzaga finished the season with a 10-9-1 overall record to post its fourth consecutive season with 10 or more wins.
- Junior defender Lauren Zuckerman was named to the All-WCC second team this season. It marks Zuckerman's second All-WCC nod as she earned all-conference honorable mention status last season.
- Juniors Nanda McCormick and Christine Soma were named All-WCC honorable mention, while midfielder Taylor Hall and goalkeeper Jessie Thalman were named to the league's all-freshman team. McCormick finished the season as the team leader with seven goals and 16 points.
Loyola Marymount Lions (10-2-6 / 2-1-4 WCC)
- The Lions capped the regular season with a 0-0 draw versus No. 5 Portland. The tie marked LMU's first-ever shutout of the Pilots.
- The Lions earned their second NCAA Tournament bid and will face local rival Cal State Fullerton in the first round at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Friday. The winner of the LMU-CS Fullerton match will face the UNLV-UCLA winner in the second round on Sunday.
- Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek, who made 12 saves versus Portland, was named the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Slovek is the first Lion and the first goalkeeper to earn the conference's top defensive honor.
- Senior defender Whitney Temple and junior forward Jamie Bell were named to the All-WCC second team. Temple keyed an LMU defense that has allowed just 11 goals this season, while Bell leads the Lions with seven goals and added two assists.
Pepperdine Waves (11-6-3 / 4-2-1 WCC)
- The Waves capped their season with a 3-0 shutout of Gonzaga to finish third in the conference standings with a 4-2-1 WCC record.
- Despite being ranked No. 19 in the latest NSCAA/adidas top 25 poll, and ranked No. 5 in the NSCAA West Region, the toughest region in the country, the Waves were omitted from the teams selected by the NCAA Selection Committee.
- The Waves faced nine opponents who were ranked during the 2006 season.
- Senior Lindsey Redlin earned her second All-WCC first team honor this season. Redlin tied for second in the WCC in assists with 10.
- Sophomores Kelsey Baker and Emily Wynne were named to the All-WCC second team, while Sophia Medina and Courtney Price were selected to the all-freshman team.
Portland Pilots (14-3-3 / 4-1-2 WCC)
- UP finished the regular season with a 0-0 draw at No. 24 LMU.
- Despite being ranked in the top seven in every major soccer poll, the Pilots were not awarded a top 16 seed by the NCAA Selection Committee.
- Michelle Enyeart was named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Enyeart is the eighth Pilot to take home the WCC's top freshman honor.
- Enyeart, junior Stephanie Lopez, and junior midfielder Angie Woznuk were selected to the All-WCC first team. The first team distinction is the third for Lopez and the second for Woznuk. Cori Alexander, Rachel Rapinoe, and Lisa Sari were named to the All-WCC second team.
- UP travels to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on BYU in the NCAA first round. The Portland-BYU winner will face the winner of the Idaho State-Utah match.
Saint Mary's Gaels (3-13-4 / 1-5-1 WCC)
- The Gaels ended the 2006 season with a 2-1 loss to No. 4 Santa Clara.
- Senior Sarah Churchill played her 80th career game in a Gaels' uniform, setting a new program record.
- Sophomore midfielder Stefani Rocco tallied the lone goal for the Gaels in their loss versus the Broncos. The goal was Rocco's first of the season.
- Senior forward McKeena Belzer, Churchill, and sophomore midfielder Mallory Lee were named All-WCC honorable mention.
- Sophomore forward Nikki Schrey led the Gaels in goals with five and tallied three assists for a team-high 13 points.
San Diego Toreros (12-8-0 / 3-4-0 WCC)
- The Toreros ended their 2006 campaign with a 2-0 win at San Francisco. With the win, San Diego finished its season with a 12-8-0 overall record and finished tied for fifth in the conference standings with a 3-4-0 mark.
- Junior forward Leigh Ann Robinson was named to the All-WCC first team. The all-conference nod was the second of her career as the San Diego, CA native earned second team distinction last season. Robinson led the Toreros with nine goals and seven assists.
- Senior Veronica Ambort was selected to the All-WCC second team. It marked Ambort's third all-conference honor as she was named All-WCC honorable mention the previous two seasons.
- Hallie Huston, Christine Mock, and Vanessa Vella were named All-WCC honorable mention. Huston and Mock were also named to the All-WCC freshman team.
San Francisco Dons (5-13-2 / 1-5-1 WCC)
- San Francisco fell to San Diego, 2-0, in its final match of the season. The loss dropped the Dons' final record to 5-13-2 overall and 1-5-1 in conference play.
- Senior Chelsea Hunt was named to her third All-WCC second team. Hunt led the Dons this season with four goals and four assists. The Auburn, WA native will go down as one of the top players in USF history, ranking third on San Francisco's all-time goals list with 28 career scores.
- The Dons had a league-high five players named All-WCC honorable mention in Kara Breithaupt, Jessica Duty, Hilary Fisher, Katie Hodgson, and Katie Kimure. The honorable mention recognition was the second for Duty.
- Fiona O'Sullivan led the Dons with five goals this season.
Santa Clara Broncos (15-4-1 / 5-1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos defeated Saint Mary's, 2-1, in their regular season finale to clinch their record ninth WCC title.
- Senior Marian Dalmy was named the WCC Player of the Year, becoming the fifth Bronco in WCC history to earn the league's top honor. Dalmy is a key player on a Santa Clara defense that has registered 11 shutouts this season. In addition to her defensive prowess, Dalmy scored six goals and assisted on six additional Bronco scores.
- SCU was rewarded for winning the WCC title by landing a conference-high five players on the league's first team. Joining Dalmy on the All-WCC first team were Kiki Bosio, Amanda Poach, Meagan Snell, and Lauren Zealear. Bosio was also named to the all-freshman team.
- SCU will host USC (11/10)in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the SCU-USC match will take on the winner of the Nevada-Stanford match in the second round.