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Three WCC Teams To Compete In NCAA Tournament

Nov. 15, 2007

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THREE WCC TEAMS TO COMPETE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Three WCC women's soccer teams will compete in the NCAA Tournament this weekend as Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara begin the road to the College Cup. The Pilots, a No. 2 seed, will travel to Boulder, Colo. and will face Denver in the first round on Friday at 1:00 PM. San Diego and Santa Clara also play on Friday, as the Broncos take on Bay Area rival Cal at Stanford at 4:30 PM, while the Toreros face Oklahoma State at UCLA at 8:00 PM.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

at Boulder, Colorado - Folsom Field
First Round - Friday, Nov. 16

Hawai'i at Colorado - 10:00 AM
Portland vs. Denver - 1:00 PM
Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 18
Hawai'i/Colorado winner vs. Portland/Denver winner - 12:00 PM

at Los Angeles, California - Drake Stadium
First Round - Friday, Nov. 16

Cal State Fullerton at UCLA - 5:30 PM
San Diego vs. Oklahoma State - 8:00 PM
Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 18
Cal State Fullerton/UCLA winner vs. San Diego/Oklahoma State winner - 1:00 PM

at Stanford, California - Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
First Round - Friday, Nov. 16

Santa Clara vs. Cal - 4:30 PM
Sacramento State at Stanford - 7:00 PM
Second Round - Sunday, Nov. 18
Santa Clara/Cal winner vs. Sacramento State/Stanford winner - 1:00 PM

WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Diego's Amy Epsten Earns Weekly Honor
University of San Diego's Amy Epsten, a junior from San Diego, CA, is this weeks' WCC Player of the Week for her performance in leading the Toreros to a 3-0 win over San Francisco. Epsten tallied two of USD's three goals against the Dons. With the two goals, Epsten became the new all-time leader in career-goals at San Diego with 30. She also ran her season total to 14 goals, which ties a single-season record at USD. Epsten broke the 11-year old career-goals mark at San Diego held by Michelle Kennedy (1993-96).

THE WCC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

All-Time WCC NCAA Tournament Record: 87-46-4 (.650)
(Highest All-Time Winning Percentage Among Division I Conferences)

All-Time College Cup Appearances: 18
(Second only to the ACC's 29)

National Championships: 3
(The WCC is the home of three of the past six NCAA National Champions.)

The WCC: The Elite Conference 15 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, marking the 15th consecutive season that the WCC has had at least one representatitve in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation.

Active Consecutive Conference NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances (Elite Eight)
WCC - 15
Big Ten - 9
Pac-10 - 7
Big East - 5
ACC - 2
Big 12 - 1

Decade of Dominance
Over the last 10 years, no conference in the country has had more College Cup participants than the WCC and the ACC. In the last decade, the WCC and the ACC have sent 11 teams each into the national semifinals, four more than the next closest conference.

College Cup Appearances By Conferences Over The Last 10 Years (2006-1997)
11 - WCC (POR - 2005, 2002-00, 1998; SCU - 2004, 2002-01, 1999-1997)
11 - ACC (UNC - 2006, 2003-1996; FSU - 2006-05, 2003)
7 - Big East (ND - 2006, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997; UCONN - 2003, 1997)
5 - Pac-10 (UCLA - 2006-03, 2000)
3 - Big Ten (Penn State - 2005, 2002, 1999)
2 - SEC (Florida - 2001, 1998)
1 - Ivy League (Princeton - 2004)

The WCC: The New Home Of The National Championship?
Over the last six seasons, no conference has dominated women's soccer like the West Coast Conference. Despite having enrollments that are a fraction of most conferences, the WCC has been the home of three of the last six national champions, the most by any conference during that span. Santa Clara claimed the 2001 national title, while conference rival Portland was crowned national champions in 2002 and 2005.

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-7-1 / 3-4-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga closed out its season with a 1-0 double overtime win versus Pepperdine.

- The victory marked the Bulldogs 12th victory of the season, tying the school record for victories in a season set in 2005 when the Zags posted a 12-4-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

- Sophomore Lori Conrad provided the heroics for the Zags, scoring the game-winning goal in the 110th minute of the match. The goal was just Conrad's second career score.

- Six Bulldogs earned All-WCC honors. Junior Kelcey Goddard was selected to the All-WCC second team, while seniors Sarah Hall, Nanda McCormick, Christine Soma, and Lauren Zuckerman were selected All-WCC honorable mention. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames was named to the All-WCC freshman team.

Loyola Marymount (12-6-1 / 4-3-0 WCC)
- The Lions ended their season with a 2-0 loss at No. 3 Portland.

- The Lions finished the regular season having won 12 of their last 15 matches.

- Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made a season-high nine saves for the Lions, who withstood a school-record-tying 32 opponent shots from the Pilots.

- The clean sheet snapped LMU's single-season record of consecutive games with a goal at 14, which also tied the all-time record across two years.

- A school-record seven Lions were named to the All-WCC teams. Seniors Jamie Bell and Slovek were selected All-WCC first team, while sophomore Tiffany Harrison garnered second team accolades. Stefanie Baduria, Kim Feeney, Katie Osborne, and Lily Sorentino earned honorable mention status. Sorentino was also selected to the All-WCC freshman team.

Pepperdine Waves (5-8-6 / 2-4-1 WCC)
- The Waves dropped a 1-0 double-overtime decision at Gonzaga to close out their season.

- The match marked the Waves' seventh overtime contest of the season and their seventh 1-goal loss of the campaign.

- The Waves' six ties this season sets a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of four that were recorded in 1998.

- Seven Pepperdine players earned All-WCC honors. Sophomore midfielder Sophia Medina was named to the All-WCC second team, while junior Kelsey Baker, freshman Cammie Burke, freshman Kylie McDonald, sophomore Courtney Price, freshman Nicole Romanowski, and junior Amanda Rupp were named All-WCC honorable mention. Additionally, Burke and McDonald earned All-Freshman team honors.

Portland Pilots (15-3-0 / 7-0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots wrapped up the regular season with a 2-0 win over LMU.

- UP earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will open the postseason against Denver in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 16. Despite a top-five ranking in every national poll, having won eight straight entering the tournament, and being the national leader in average home attendance (3,652), Portland will again travel for the first and second rounds.

- The Pilots, who have claimed two of the last five national titles, are making their 15th NCAA appearance in the last 16 years.

- Portland swept the yearly conference awards as senior Angie Woznuk was named the WCC Player of the Year, while senior Stephanie Lopez was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman Keelin Winters was selected as the Freshman of the Year.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-11-2 / 0-7-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's concluded its 2007 season with a 3-0 loss to Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

- Two Gaels earned All-WCC honors this season as junior midfielder Stefani Rocco was selected to the all-conference first team, while sophomore midfielder Jessica Menzhuber was named All-WCC honorable mention.

- Sophomore forward Allie Weiner turned in a solid second season, leading the Gaels in goals (6), assists (6), and shots (34). Weiner ranked eighth in the WCC in goals, tied for fourth in the conference in assists, and finished the season sixth in points.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson finished the season with a WCC-best 102 saves.

- Freshman Alex Ciliento tallied three game-winning goals for the Gaels this season.

San Diego Toreros (15-2-3 / 5-1-1 WCC)
- The Toreros wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 win over USF.

- Junior striker Amy Epsten tallied two of the three USD goals to become the Toreros' all-time goals scored leader. The two scores give Epsten a WCC-leading 14 goals, setting a new San Diego single season record.

- The Toreros earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face Oklahoma State at UCLA this Friday (11/16) in the first round. Should the Toreros advance, they would take on either No. 1 seeded UCLA or Cal State Fullerton.

- The Toreros landed six players on the All-WCC teams, including two players on the first team in senior Leigh Ann Robinson and Epsten. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron and senior Vanessa Vella were named second team All-WCC. Sophomore Natalie Vinti was named honorable mention, while Ashleigh Shoughro was named to the All-WCC freshman team.

San Francisco Dons (2-13-3 / 2-5-0 WCC)
- San Francisco ended its season with a 3-0 loss at San Diego to finish the season with a 2-13-3 overall record and a 2-5-0 conference mark.

- Sophomore midfielder Jenny Jarvie led the Dons this season with three goals and six overall points. For her efforts this season Jarvie was selected as an All-WCC honorable mention member.

- Sophomore Samantha Brand finished the season with a team-high three assists.

- Junior goalkeeper Katie Hodgson collected a team-best 74 saves to rank second in the conference with 4.35 saves per game.

- Junior midfielder Katherine Kimure led the Dons with 33 shots, edging senior Fiona O'Sullivan who attempted 31 shots this season.

Santa Clara Broncos (12-5-3 / 4-3-0 WCC)
- The Broncos concluded the regular season with a 3-0 win over Bay Area rival Saint Mary's

- The Broncos received their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and will square-off against Bay Area rival, Cal, at Stanford in arguably the most loaded first and second round bracket in the tournament.

- Santa Clara battled through an injury riddled season and was rewarded with eight players landing on the All-WCC teams. Senior Brittany Klein and sophomore Kiki Bosio were named to the All-WCC first team, while seniors Tina Estrada and Chioma Igwe and sophomore Katherine Reynolds garnered second team honors. Senior Meagan Snell was named honorable mention, while Maxine Goynes and Kendra Perry were selected to the WCC's all-fresman team.

- The Broncos have made 10 College Cups, second only to North Carolina's 23.