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Portland and Santa Clara Continue Road to College Cup

Nov. 16, 2009

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PORTLAND AND SANTA CLARA ADVANCE TO THIRD ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT

Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara represented 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 defeated the Denver Pioneers 4-0 in a first-round match-up last Friday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland then defeated Washington 2-1 to advance to the second round. 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, hosted Michigan State and defeated the Spartans 1-0 in overtime. The Broncos then defeated Oklahoma State 6-5 in a shootout. San Diego headed to Los Angeles for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament but lost in a tough 1-0 match to cross-town rival San Diego State.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - THIRD ROUND - FRIDAY, NOV. 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
GAME COVERAGE
Virginia Tech at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
TV: CSN NW
SANTA CLARA at Stanford Stanford, CA
7:00 PM
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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.

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: 20-1-0
    WCC Record: 7-0-0
  • Portland defeated Denver 4-0 and Washington 2-1 en route to its 10th consecutive third round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The win over Washington secured Portland's second consecutive and sixth overall 20-win season.

  • The Pilots scored twice in the first and second half to cruise to a 4-0 win over Denver. The Pilots had four different scorers on the night.

  • In front of over 3,000 fans, sophomore midfielder Halley Kreminski scored both goals, including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, to lift Portland to the NCAA Tournament third round. Kreminski became the fourth Pilot this season with 10 goals.

  • Portland will host Virginia Tech in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (11/20) at 7 PM, which will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

  • 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: 12-7-2
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • San Diego dropped its NCAA Tournament first round match to San Diego State 1-0 to end the year. With the loss, the Toreros end the season with a 12-7-2 overall record.

  • The Toreros outshot the Aztecs 14-7 and held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks but could not connect.

  • Sophomore forward Stephanie Ochs led San Diego with five shots.

  • Sophomore GK Courtney Parsons allowed one goal and recorded two saves, while San Diego State's GK Aubree Southwick recorded four saves on the night.

  • This marked the third consecutive season that the Toreros received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and played the first round 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: 15-6-1
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • Santa Clara advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Michigan State 1-0 in overtime and Oklahoma State 6-5 in a shootout.

  • Santa Clara put on a dominating offensive performance against Michigan State, led by senior forward Kiki Bosio, who got off seven shots in the first half, four of which were on goal. As a team, the Broncos shot 11 of their 29 shots on goal, finding the net in the 92nd minute of play.

  • After tying 1-1 in regulation against Oklahoma State in the second round, Santa Clara pulled a 6-5 win due to a shootout. Redshirt senior Jordan Angeli scored the Broncos' lone goal and sophomore Bianca Henninger scored the final goal in the shootout for the victory.

  • Santa Clara will take on undefeated and top-ranked Stanford on Cardinal territory on Friday (11/20) at 7 PM. This will be SCU's first third round appearance since 2005.