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Portland Continues Road To The College Cup

Nov. 19, 2008

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Portland defeated Northern Arizona, 6-1, and Texas, 2-0, to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. The Pilots will host James Madison, which upset No. 3 seeded Wake Forest in the second round, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Merlo Field.


at Portland, Oregon - Merlo Field
NCAA Tournament Third Round - Saturday, Nov. 22

James Madison (14-6-2) at Portland (19-1-0) - 7:00 PM | Gametracker

Pilots Capture Record 10th WCC Title
With their 4-1 win over San Diego in the regular season finale, the Portland Pilots captured their WCC-record 10th league crown. The Pilots were tied with Santa Clara for most WCC titles with each team winning nine. It also marked the second consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play.

WCC Player of the Week: Portland's Sophie Schmidt Earns Weekly Honor
Portland sophomore forward Sophie Schmidt scored a goal and added two assists to help the Pilots clinch the West Coast Conference regular season title with a 4-1 win over the No. 14 San Diego Toreros. After the Pilots fell behind 1-0, Schmidt tallied the equalizer and assisted on two insurance goals, helping her team to their first recorded come-from-behind victory. Schmidt's goal was her 11th of the season and 10th in the last nine matches.

The WCC: The Elite Conference 16 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season, marking the 16th 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 - 16

Pac-10 - 8
Big East - 6
ACC - 3



Overall Record: 7-10-3
WCC Record: 2-4-1
  • Gonzaga earned a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara in its season finale to finish the season with a 7-10-3 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in WCC play.

  • Gonzaga played in its school-record fifth double-overtime match of the season and also tied the school-record set by the 1996 squad for the most overtime matches played in a season with six.

  • Sophomore goal keeper Lauren Ames made a career-high tying 12 saves for her seventh shutout of the season and ninth of her career. Both marks rank her third in the school record books for shutouts in a season and total career shutouts.

  • Sophomore Sheridan Jones was named to the All-WCC first team, junior Lori Conrad and freshman Courtney Peacock each received honorable mention. Peacock also earned a spot on the All-WCC freshman team.
  • Overall Record: 10-6-3
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • The Lions closed out the season with a 2-0 win over Saint Mary's to finish the year with a 10-6-3 overall record and a 5-2-0 mark in WCC play. This was the third straight season of 10 wins or more for LMU.

  • It was another staunch defensive performance for a Lions team that has allowed one or fewer goals in all but one of their WCC games this season.

  • Junior goaltender Allyssa Clark defended well, posting her second straight shutout, and her eighth of the season with four saves. The eight shutouts tie for the third-most in a single season at LMU.

  • Sophomore Lily Sorentino earned All-WCC first team honors, Tiffany Harrison, Amanda Lernor, and Shannon Omahen were named to the second team, and Clark, Kim Feeney, and Julie Gallaudet earned honorable mention accolades.
  • Overall Record: 9-9-2
    WCC Record: 4-3-0
  • The Waves ended the season with a 3-0 win over San Francisco. The victory lifted the Waves to a .500 record at 9-9-2 and a 4-3 mark in the WCC.

  • Senior forward Amanda Rupp became only the sixth player in program history to reach the 30-point plateau in a single season as she finished with 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists. Her 12 goals tied her for the third most in a single season at Pepperdine, and her eight assists tied for seventh on the all-time single season list.

  • Senior Emily Wynne finished the season with 12 points, six of those via assists. Her career assist total of 21 ranks her fourth all time at Pepperdine.

  • Senior Ashley Copp and Rupp were selected to the All-WCC first team, while Wynne was named to the second team, and freshman Laura Cole, senior Samantha Hire, freshman Myriah Stockman, and senior Kayla Stolte were named honorable mention.
  • Overall Record: 19-1-0
    WCC Record: 7-0-0
  • The Pilots extended their program-best winning streak to 18 matches with wins over Northern Arizona (6-1) and Texas (2-0) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

  • The Pilots, who started their winning streak with a 1-0 win over then-No. 1 USC, have out-scored their opponents 63-4 during the span.

  • Sophomore Sophie Schmidt continued her scoring tear with two goals and an assist in the match versus NAU and a goal in the win over Texas. A member of the Canadian National Team, Schmidt has now scored 13 goals in the last 11 games and has 14 total goals on the season.

  • Freshman Danielle Foxhoven scored her WCC-leading 15th goal in the win over Texas.

  • The Pilots host James Madison (11/22) in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
  • Overall Record: 8-9-2
    WCC Record: 1-5-1
  • Saint Mary's suffered a 2-0 loss to Loyola Marymount in its season finale.

  • This season, Saint Mary's had a flair for the dramatic. In all eight wins, SMC's game-winning goal has come in the final 25 minutes of play, with seven goals coming in the final five minutes of play. The Gaels had five overtime goals and a 5-0-2 record in seven overtime games.

  • Junior MF Ashley Nied tallied four game-winning goals this season, tying her for second in the conference.

  • Junior GK Tara Larson led the conference in saves with 99.

  • Nied and senior midfielder Stefani Rocco ended the season by being named All-WCC honorable mention.
  • Overall Record: 15-5-2
    WCC Record: 6-1-0
  • The Toreros defeated Long Beach State, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision to No. 1 seeded UCLA in the second round. The UCLA goal came on a USD own goal in the 78th minute of the match.

  • Senior defender Ashley Kirk scored the game-winning goal to lift the Toreros over Long Beach State. The goal was Kirk's second of the season with both goals counting as game-winning scores.

  • Senior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the second Torero to earn the league's top defensive honor and the first since Dawn Birdsall took home the award in 1995. Cameron was joined on the All-WCC first-team by Jackie Zinke. Amy Epsten and Natalie Vinti were named second-team, while Kirk, Elissa Magracia, Stephanie Ochs were named honorable mention.
  • Overall Record: 5-13-2
    WCC Record: 0-7-0
  • San Francisco dropped a 3-0 decision to Pepperdine in its season finale.

  • USF's freshman goalie Sarah Garland earned a career-high 10 saves in the match versus Pepperdine. Senior midfielder Katherine Kimure and junior forward Kristina Hall each had a shot in the game.

  • Freshman F Nicole Moore led the Dons with four goals this season, three of which were game-winning scores.

  • With five victories this season, USF more than doubled its 2007 win total of two.

  • Hall closed out the season by being selected to the All-WCC second team, while Kimure earned honorable mention accolades.
  • Overall Record: 4-12-4
    WCC Record: 1-4-2
  • The Broncos concluded the season with a 0-0 draw against Gonzaga to finish the season with a 4-12-4 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in conference play.

  • This is the first time in 20 seasons that SCU did not advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos played one of the toughest schedules in the country, facing nine ranked opponents.

  • Junior forward Kiki Bosio was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team for her outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom. This is a first-time honor for the Bronco tri-captain, who boasts a 3.89 overall GPA as an accounting major.

  • Junior Katherine Reynolds was selected to the All-WCC first team, while sophomore Kendra Perry was named to the second team. Senior Meagan McCray, junior Hayley Siegel, and sophomore Maxine Goynes were named honorable mention.