Pivotal WCC Contests Ahead For Santa Clara Women

Pivotal WCC Contests Ahead For Santa Clara Women

Oct. 22, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 16 Santa Clara women's soccer team (10-5-1) returns to Buck Shaw Stadium this weekend to take on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount in a Friday-Sunday series with the southern California West Coast Conference schools.

First up for the Broncos is the Waves, with the contest commencing at 5 p.m. on Friday. The match is part of a double-header with the men, who play Saint Mary's immediately following the women's match. On Sunday, Santa Clara meets the Lions at 1 p.m. Both women's matches will feature autograph sessions following the game near the North end concessions and merchandise tent.

The Bronco offense is averaging 1.44 goals per game (23 total goals), while the defense has earned six shutouts. Redshirt senior Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.) is leading the team in goals with five, while five others have found the net at least twice and four others have registered one goal each. Angeli also leads the team in points (13), followed by senior Kiki Bosio (Mission Viejo, Calif.) with ten, and junior Maxine Goynes (Modesto, Calif.) with nine. Sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.) has started 14 contests, keeping five clean sheets and carrying a goals-against-average of 0.94. Reserve senior goalkeeper Lisa Lahman (Santa Cruz, Calif.) has earned one shutout in two starts and holds a GAA of 1.12 in four total games while Henninger has been sidelined with an injury.

Santa Clara picked up its first two conference wins of the season, downing San Francisco 1-0 in the "City by the Bay" and Saint Mary's, 2-1, in overtime in Moraga, Calif. Lahman held the Dons scoreless while Bosio stuck in the game-winner just 5:52 into the second half. Against the Gaels, the Broncos came back from a one-goal deficit to tie the game in the 66th minute on Anessa Patton's (Fresno, Calif.) goal and Angeli's successful penalty kick conversion just 8 minutes in overtime earned the golden-goal victory.

The Waves are tied for fourth in the conference, posting a 1-1-1 record in the WCC and an 8-5-1 record overall. Pepperdine's offense has struggled, only finding the net 13 times in 14 games while the defense has surrendered 16 goals. Against common opponents with Santa Clara, the Waves have defeated Utah 1-0, tied Loyola Marymount 0-0, lost to Portland 6-0, and defeated Gonzaga 2-1. Michelle Spacciapolli leads the offense with four goals and nine points. Sophia Medina and Callie Payetta each have three goals.. Roxanne Barker is the first choice in net and owns a 1.10 GAA with seven shutouts. The Broncos are 10-5-0 all-time against Pepperdine and lost to the Waves, 2-1, last year.

The Lions have faired about as well this season as Pepperdine, going 9-4-2 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. LMU has also played a similar schedule to the Waves and with like results. The Lions suffered a bad loss at Cal State Northridge, 3-0, early in the season, but put together a seven-game streak without a loss from Sept. 18-October 16 that ended with a 4-0 stumble to Portland at home. Unlike Pepperdine, LMU has outscored its opponents 21-16 and are led by Erin Rementer's five goals. Lacey Bartels and Kelley Lawson follow with three goals each. In between the pipes, Allyssa Clark has seen all but 12 minutes of the action, getting seven shutouts to go with her 1.03 GAA. Santa Clara holds the 12-3-1 all-time advantage in this series and lost 2-1 last year in the annual meeting of the two teams.

Santa Clara has had numerous players recognized nationally by several different media outlets this season. The Broncos have had five CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week selections [Angeli (9/8, 9/14), Vernon (9/14), Bosio (9/22), Reynolds (9/22)], one TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week selection [Henninger (9/14)], and two WCC Players of the Week [Angeli (9/14), Bosio (9/21)]. In the polls, Santa Clara checks in at No. 16 in the NSCAA National Rankings and No. 22 on SoccerTimes.com.

Santa Clara returned 17 letterwinners and lost four, only one of which was a starter (goalkeeper Meagan McCray) ... the Bronco freshman class of 10 players was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's best in the nation ... senior Katherine Reynolds is on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List.

Live stats and video for both matches will be available on CBS College Sports' Broncos All-Access. Fans should keep in mind that games usually start approximately seven minutes after the official start time and that the stream is not turned on until after the national anthem. For those experiencing difficulties with the live web stream once the game starts, closing and re-opening the program should solve any problems that are not on the broadcasting end of things.

Santa Clara will close out its home schedule with a nationally-televised match against Portland on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. before going on the road for the final regular season game of the year at Gonzaga on Nov. 7.

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