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Portland, San Diego, And Santa Clara Begin The Road To The College Cup

Nov. 11, 2009

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PORTLAND, SAN DIEGO, AND SANTA CLARA SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara will represent the West Coast Conference in the 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. Portland was given a No. 2 seed for the 2009 NCAA Playoffs and will host the Denver Pioneers in a first-round match-up on Friday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland, ranked No. 2 in the latest NSCAA national poll, will also welcome Washington and Ole Miss to The Bluff for the opening two rounds. The No. 11 Santa Clara women's soccer team received an at-large bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament after tying for second in the WCC and putting together a 13-6-1 overall record. The Broncos, who received a No. 4 seed, will play host to Southern California, Oklahoma State, and Michigan State with the first round beginning on Friday, Nov. 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Diego will head to Los Angeles for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. USD will open play against cross-town rival San Diego State University on Friday at 8 p.m. The other two teams in the bracket are Boise State University and No. 1 seeded UCLA. Should USD win on Friday, they would face the winner of the UCLA/Boise State match on Sunday at 1 p.m. at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - FIRST ROUND - FRIDAY, NOV. 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
GAME COVERAGE
Michigan State at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
3:00 PM
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Denver at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
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SAN DIEGO vs. San Diego State Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
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WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - SECOND ROUND - SUNDAY, NOV. 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
GAME COVERAGE
Washington/Ole Miss vs. Denver/PORTLAND Portland, OR
12:00 PM
Boise State/UCLA vs. SAN DIEGO/San Diego State Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
USC/Oklahoma State vs. Michigan State/SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
4:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

2009 All-WCC Teams Announced
For the third straight season the University of Portland posted an undefeated conference record and for the third straight season the Pilots were rewarded with the Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year honors. Portland senior Michelle Enyeart took home the conference's top honor, while Pilots' Head Coach Garrett Smith earned the league's top coaching accolade. Santa Clara senior Jordan Angeli was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, while Portland's Kendall Johnson and Santa Clara's Allie Vernon shared the league's Freshman of the Year award. Click here for the full WCC all-conference release.

Pilots Capture Record 11th WCC Title
With their 2-0 win over San Diego in the regular season finale, the Portland Pilots captured their WCC-record 11th league crown. The 11 conference titles are the most in WCC history. It also marked the third consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play.

Portland's Kendra Chandhoke Earns WCC Weekly Honor
Portland's Kendra Chandhoke is this week's WCC Player of the Week for her efforts in helping the Pilots clinch the WCC regular season title outright with a 2-0 win over San Diego. Chandhoke scored the game-winning goal and assisted on Portland's second score in the Pilots win over the Toreros on Sunday. The victory clinched the third consecutive 7-0-0 WCC season for the Pilots and marked the 11th league championship. Chandhoke now has seven goals and four assists on the season.

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: 8-12-0
WCC Record: 2-5-0
  • Gonzaga ended its season with a 6-1 defeat to No. 14 Santa Clara.

  • Gonzaga produced eight wins while playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation as they jumped their RPI up 70 spots from a season ago. The eight wins and 24 total goals are each improvements from last season's totals.

  • Junior Sheridan Jones was named to the All-WCC second team, while sophomore defender Elle Sweeney was named honorable mention and freshman Emily Hutchins was named to the All-WCC Freshman team.

  • The Zags will have five players returning next season that scored multiple goals this season led by sophomore Sarah Rhodes who finished with a team high in 10 points and tied with junior forward Jessie Sorenson for the team lead in goals with four. Also returning is Jones and junior Ashley Riley, who tied for the team lead with four assists.

  • Overall Record: 11-6-2
    WCC Record: 3-3-1
  • The Lions ended the season with a 4-1 win over Saint Mary's.

  • The Lions finish the regular season with 11 victories, tying for the fifth-most in a single-season in program history and the second-most since 2001. LMU also finishes in a tie for fourth place in the WCC standings.

  • Junior F Julie Gallaudet scored twice to lead the Lions past SMC. Gallaudet moved into a tie with sophomore Erin Rementer for the team goal lead with five while giving her 19 points on the season. The 19 points tie her for the fourth-most in a single season in LMU history while her 34 career points put her eighth on the school's career list.

  • Gallaudet was named to the All-WCC First Team, while seniors Lacey Bartels, Allyssa Clark, Kim Feeney, and Tiffany Harrison were selected All-WCC Honorable Mention. LMU also landed two players on the All-WCC Freshman team in Cori McGovern and Kelsey Wilson.

  • Overall Record: 11-7-1
    WCC Record: 3-3-1
  • The Waves defeated San Francisco, 2-1, in their season finale.

  • The Waves' 11 wins top last season's win-total of nine and are the most by the Waves since the 2006 season. The Waves tied archrival Loyola Marymount for fourth place in the WCC standings.

  • Senior MF/F Sophia Medina was named to the All-WCC First Team, while freshman GK Roxanne Barker, sophomore Michelle Spacciapolli, and senior Kelly Reilly were selected to the All-WCC Second Team. Junior Cammie Burke and freshman Kelsea Smith were named All-WCC honorable mention. Barker and Smith were also named to the all-freshman team.

  • 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.

  • Overall Record: 18-1-0
    WCC Record: 7-0-0
  • The Pilots shutout San Diego, 2-0, to clinch their 11th WCC title, including their fifth perfect 7-0-0 league record.

  • The Pilots were ranked No. 2 every national poll and the only one-loss team in the nation, but were bypassed for one of the four No. 1 seeds by the NCAA Selection Committee.

  • Senior All-American Michelle Enyeart was named the WCC Player of the Year, becoming the eighth Pilot to take home the Conference's top honor. Head Coach Garrett Smith took home his third consecutive Coach of the Year award, while freshman Kendall Johnson shared the WCC Freshman of the Year honor with Santa Clara's Allie Vernon. Johnson is the fifth consecutive Portland player to earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors.

  • UP begins its road to the College Cup this weekend when they host Denver (11/13) in the first round. Should the Pilots advance, they would host the winner of the UW/Ole Miss match.

  • Overall Record: 9-11-0
    WCC Record: 1-6-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped a 4-1 decision to Loyola Marymount in its season finale.

  • By scoring a goal against LMU, Saint Mary's tied the school record, and extended its single season record against Division I opponents, by scoring at least one goal in 19 games. The Gaels were only shutout once during the 2009 season, that a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Stanford on September 27.

  • Senior F Jessica Menzhuber scored the Gaels' lone goal against LMU. For Menzhuber, the goal was her 11th of the season, which is the most since Katie Frattone scored 13 times in 2001. Freshman Daelyn Paul collect her team-leading sixth assist of the season on the goal.

  • Menzhuber was named to the All-WCC First Team, while Paul earned All-WCC Honorable Mention accolades. Paul and Christina Tognetti were named to the All-WCC Freshman team.

  • Overall Record: 12-6-2
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • The Toreros ended the regular season with a 2-0 setback at No. 2 Portland.

  • Sophomore F Stephanie Ochs and senior D Natalie Vinti were named to the All-WCC First Team, junior Jackie Zinke was selected to the second team. Senior's Hallie Huston and Christine Mock and sophomore Elissa Magracia were named All-WCC Honorable Mention. Freshman Mariah Hobbs was named to the All-WCC Freshman team.

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

  • The Toreros, who finished tied for second in the WCC standings, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face cross-town rival San Diego State (11/13) in the first round at UCLA. This marks the third consecutive season the Toreros have received an at-large bid and the third straight year that they will play the first and second rounds at UCLA.

  • Overall Record: 7-7-5
    WCC Record: 1-6-0
  • San Francisco dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Pepperdine in its final game of the 2009 season. Despite the loss, the Dons secured a non-losing season for the first time since 2004.

  • San Francisco scored 23 goals this season after scoring just 10 last year.

  • Senior midfielder Kristina Hall and junior defender Ashley O'Brien were named All-WCC Honorable Mention. Hall led the Dons with four goals and nine points.

  • 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. In addition, six different Dons to have scored multiple goals this season.

  • Senior GK Kelly Pohle ranked third in the WCC in saves (70) and tied for fifth in shutouts.

  • Overall Record: 13-6-1
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • Santa Clara ended the regular season with a 6-1 win at Gonzaga.

  • Santa Clara received an at-large bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament, its 20th in program history. Only four NCAA D-I programs (North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, and William & Mary) have more NCAA Tournament appearances than the Broncos.

  • The Broncos are 40-18-1 (.686) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which qualifies for the sixth-best winning percentage in tournament history. SCU won the national championship in 2001, finished runner-up in 2002, and has been to 10 College Cups and 14 NCAA Quarterfinals.

  • Senior Jordan Angeli was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, while Allie Vernon shared the league's Freshman of the Year award with Portland's Kendall Johnson.

  • SCU will play host to USC, Oklahoma St., and Michigan St. in the first and second rounds.