Nov. 14, 2006
PORTLAND TRAVELS TO TEXAS FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET SIXTEEN
The University of Portland proved what every Division I women's soccer expert already knew, that they are one of the top teams in the country by advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in convincing fashion. The No. 6 ranked Pilots dispatched BYU, 2-1, in the first round, before shutting out No. 10 Utah, 3-0, in Salt Lake City, Utah at Ute Field last weekend. The unseeded Pilots must hit the road again as they travel to Austin, TX to take on No. 1 seeded Texas in the Sweet Sixteen. The Longhorns advanced to the third round by defeating Long Island, 4-0, in the first round and eliminating Connecticut in penalty kicks, 3-1, after playing to a 1-1 draw. The Pilots and the Longhorns take the pitch this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (PST).
at Austin, Texas - Mike A Meyers Stadium
Third Round - Sunday, Nov. 19
Portland (16-3-3) at Texas (18-3-3) - 11:00 a.m. (PST)
AROUND THE WCC
Portland freshman forward Michelle Enyeart is making a strong case for National Freshman of the Year honors. The Hemet, Calif. native leads all WCC players and ranks second among all NCAA Division I freshmen in goals scored with 16, while assisting on six additional Pilot goals. Enyeart was named the National Rookie of the Year by Top Drawer Soccer on November 7.
WCC In The RPI
Last season, the WCC once again proved to be one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the country, finishing the season ranked No. 3 in the RPI for the second straight season. The 2005 season marked the WCC's fifth consecutive season ranked in the RPI top 5.
West Coast Conference RPI Rankings By Year
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 3rd
2003 - 5th
2002 - 2nd
2001 - 2nd
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.
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 (10-3-6 / 2-1-4 WCC)
- The Lions capped their season with a 3-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. NCAA Tournament bid was the second in program history and first since 2002. The Lions finished the season with a 10-3-6 overall record.
- Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was named the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Slovek is just the second LMU player to garner the conference's top defensive honor, joining former LMU great Tracy Sharp, who was named the league's best defensive player in 1998. Slovek is also just the third goalkeeper to earn the distinction, joining Sharp and Sue Wall of Santa Clara (1992).
- 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 (16-3-3 / 4-1-2 WCC)
- Portland advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 win over BYU and a 3-0 shutout of host Utah.
- UP has now advanced to at least the Round of Sixteen 13 times in the past 15 seasons.
- Freshman forward Kendra Chandhoke scored a goal and assisted on Rachael Rapinoe's game-winner in the second half in the Pilots' win over the Cougars.
- Rapinoe, an All-WCC second team selection, was spectacular in the Pilots' win over No. 10 Utah, netting her sixth and seventh goals of the season in the win over the Utes.
- UP has outscored its opponents 60-14 and boasts five players with seven or more goals.
- Portland moves on to face top-seeded Texas in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
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 (15-5-1 / 5-1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos ended their season with a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The loss to USC snapped Santa Clara's string of 11 consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, which was the longest active streak in the nation.
- 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 keyed a Santa Clara defense that registered 11 shutouts this season, despite playing arguably the toughest schedule in the country. Dalmy also led all WCC defenders with six goals and six assists.
- 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.