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Portland Falls 2-1 to UCLA in NCAA Quarterfinals

Nov. 30, 2009

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PORTLAND ENDS POSTSEASON RUN AT NCAA QUARTERFINALS

Portland's run to the College Cup was abruptly ended by UCLA last Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Bruins came back from a 1-0 deficit to take home a 2-1 victory and advance to the next round of NCAA play. With the loss, Portland (21-2-0) concludes the season with the second most wins in school history, while Saturday's match marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.

WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - FIRST ROUND - FRIDAY, NOV. 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Michigan State at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
3:00 PM
SCU def. MSU 1-0 (OT)
Denver at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
POR def. DEN 4-0
SAN DIEGO vs. San Diego State Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
SDSU def. USD 1-0
WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - SECOND ROUND - SUNDAY, NOV. 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Washington vs. PORTLAND Portland, OR
12:00 PM
POR def. WAS 2-1
USC/Oklahoma State vs. Michigan State/SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
4:00 PM
SCU def. OSU 6-5 (SO)
WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - THIRD ROUND - FRIDAY, NOV. 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Virginia Tech at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
POR def. Virginia Tech, 4-1
SANTA CLARA at Stanford Stanford, CA
7:00 PM
Stanford def. SCU, 1-0
WCC NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - QUARTERFINALS - SATURDAY, NOV. 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
PORTLAND at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
5:00 PM
UCLA def. POR, 2-1

AROUND THE WCC

WCC's Road to the College Cup
The WCC Champion Portland Pilots lost in the NCAA Women's' Soccer Quarterfinals after three convincing wins at home in the early rounds of postseason play. In the first round, Portland overwhelmed Denver 4-0 for its 12th straight win. In the second round, the Pilots defeated Washington 2-1 to earn their place in the NCAA third round and secure their second consecutive and sixth overall 20-win season. Portland did not disappoint in the next round of play, cruising past Virginia Tech 4-1 to make its 13th NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.

Against UCLA in the Quarterfinals, it seemed as though the Pilots were well on their way to another NCAA College Cup after an early goal on the road, but the UCLA Bruins came back with a 2-1 victory to end the Pilots' postseason run. Portland (21-2-0) concludes the season with the second most wins in school history, while the loss marks the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.

Santa Clara also had a successful run in the early rounds of play, picking up two clutch wins over Michigan State (1-0 in overtime)and Oklahoma State (6-5 in a shootout) before dropping a close 1-0 match to Stanford on the road in the third round. The last time the Broncos reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament was in 2005, when they knocked off Boston College. With the loss, the Broncos end their season with a 14-7-2 overall record.

San Diego also competed in the NCAA Tournament but fell to crosstown rival San Diego State 1-0. Despite dominating time of possession and outshooting the Aztecs 14-7, San Diego could not find the equalizer, ending its hopes of advancing to the next round. With the loss, the Toreros end the season with a 12-7-2 overall record.

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: 21-2-0
    WCC Record: 7-0-0
  • The Portland Pilots dropped a 2-1 heartbraker to UCLA in an NCAA quarterfinal matchup at Drake Stadium. The Pilots (21-2-0) conclude the season with the second most wins in school history.

  • Portland took a 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the match when junior midfielder Kendra Chandhoke dispossessed a Bruin defender and crossed a pass to leading scorer Danielle Foxhoven. Foxhoven tallied her 25th goal of the season inside the right post from 20 yards out.

  • The Pilots had seven corner kicks and five shot attempts in the last 17 minutes of action but could not come up with the equalizer. The loss marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by one-goal margins.

  • Portland will graduate four seniors, including All-American Michelle Enyeart, who missed all of the postseason after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the regular season finale.

  • 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: 14-7-2
    WCC Record: 5-2-0
  • The No. 11 Santa Clara women's soccer team saw their season come to an end on Friday night in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to top-ranked Stanford 1-0 on The Farm. Santa Clara ends its season at 14-7-2 overall.

  • The intensity of both sides was apparent from the start, as 11 fouls were called in the first 15 minutes of play, and a caution was issued to sophomore defender Jenny LaPonte in the 19th minute.

  • The half ended with Stanford leading 14-4 in shots and Stanford out-fouling the Broncos 13-7. Sophomore GK Bianca Henninger finished the half with five saves.

  • Santa Clara posted eight shots in the game (four in each period) and three on goal, while the Broncos held the Cardinal to only six shots in the second half. Henninger finished with six saves on the night.