October 22, 2008

Broncos to Travel to Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine

Oct. 22, 2008

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This Week For the Broncos
The Santa Clara women's soccer team looks to remain in the win column as they take their first conference road trip of the season. Santa Clara will travel to Southern California this weekend to take on the Lions of Loyola Marymount on Friday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, followed by a trip to Malibu to square off with Pepperdine on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m.

Last Week For Women's Soccer
The Broncos earned their first conference and home win of the season on Sunday, Oct. 19, over San Francisco. The 3-0 shutout is credited to a strong Bronco performance, especially by this week's WCC Player of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week honoree Katherine Reynolds who scored two goals and notched an assist in the shutout. Reynolds, who moved up to forward from defender, gave Santa Clara a 1-0 lead in 16th minute off a penalty kick. Less than three minutes later, a firing Reynolds got a pass from Hayley Siegel in the center of the box that she shot to the far post past the Don's goal keeper Kelly Pohle. Reynolds, who had four shots in the game, solidified the Broncos' first conference win, as she assisted Jenny LaPonte's goal in the 40th minute. LaPonte, who had subbed in the game minutes before, received a cross from Reynolds, and shot it into the far right post past a diving Don's keeper.

Two days prior they tied 1-1 in double overtime with Saint Mary's. Santa Clara who was statistically the better team came out with a lot of momentum firing. In the first half, the Broncos had 11 shots and had eight corner kicks. Head coach Jerry Smith changed up his lineup going into the game, to fill the void that missing forward tri-captain Kiki Bosio left, as she is injured and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Fellow tri-captain, sophomore Maxine Goynes, who had played in the last 14 games at defender, moved up front to striker, alongside Courtney Lewis, both forwards had shots on goals. Reynolds stayed in midfield, as she has been playing in the wing position in the last few games, and Lindsey Wicher came in at left back. Kathleen Matthew came in at right back in place of a starting Alyssa Chun, who moved from midfield to defender, in this evening's game. SCU broke a four game losing streak with the home draw.

Follow the Game Online
Every Santa Clara home game and most road games are covered live on the Internet via www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. All home games will also feature a live audio broadcast as well.

Bronco Blogs
Check out forward tri-captain Kiki Bosio's women's soccer blog. Bosio will keep fans updated as the season progresses. It can be found on the Santa Clara Broncos official website - www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.

SCU Gets in the Win Column
Santa Clara earned both its first home and conference win of the season. The Broncos, who had not seen a win since Sept. 7, when they defeated then No. 21 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, shutout conference rival University of San Francisco 3-0. SCU broke its four game losing streak two days prior with a 1-1 double overtime.

Reynolds Named WCC Player of the Week
Katherine Reynolds was named WCC Player of the Week for the first time in her SCU career. The Bronco tri-captain had a standout weekend for Santa Clara as she was an integral part in SCU's 3-0 shutout over conference rival University of San Francisco. The junior from Medina, Wash. got on the board for the first time this season, scoring two goals and notching an assist in the game. She converted a penalty kick and less than three minutes later she scored a second goal. Twenty minutes later she found Jenny LaPonte in the box to assist on LaPonte's goal. She had four shots in the game, and two days prior versus Saint Mary's she had two shots in the 1-1 double overtime draw.

LaPonte Leads SCU Offense
Jenny LaPonte scored goals in both Bronco games this past weekend. The versatile freshman, who has played at forward, midfield and defender this season, leads the Broncos' offense with four goals and eight points. LaPonte has started nine of the 15 games she's seen action in. This season she has scored two goals just minutes after subbing in the game. The first was on Aug. 22 at San Jose State, in her SCU debut, and on Oct. 19 versus USF. Both games the Broncos shutout their respective opponents 3-0.

Reynolds Named to Soccer America Team of the Week
In what was a breakout game for the consistent Katherine Reynolds, she was also honored this week by Soccer America, as a player named to their Team of the Week. The junior tri-captain scored two goals and tallied an assist versus University of San Francisco on Oct. 19. She converted SCU's first penalty kick of the season and then scored a second goal minutes later in the first half. In the 40th minute, she assisted Jenny LaPonte's goal.

Broncos' Keepers Shutout Dons
On Oct. 19 the Broncos shutout the Dons of University of San Francisco, with all three SCU goal keepers, Bianca Henninger, Lisa Lahman and Meagan McCray, seeing time in goal. McCray started and played the entire first half, and Henninger and Lahman split time in the second half. They collectively tallied three saves on USF's eight shots.

Bosio and Orand, Academic All-America Nominees
Junior forwards Kiki Bosio and Lexi Orand were nominated last week for Academic All-America honors sponsored by ESPN The Magazine and CoSida. Nominees are student-athletes who have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Bosio started 14 games for the Broncos and posts one goal and one assist. She was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List entering the season and earned all-tournament honors at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic.

Orand, who has seen time in 14 contests, starting 10, has scored a goal and an assist this season as well. Both Bosio and Orand were named to the all-tournament team at the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
The Lions of Loyola Marymount enter this weekend with a 7-5-3 overall, 2-1-0 WCC record. They return home after splitting their results on their Pacific Northwest trip this past weekend and they are fourth in the conference with six points.

They were shutout, 3-0, to then No. 3 Portland in Portland on Oct. 17. The Lions could only get nine shots on the Pilots 21. Keeper Allyssa Clark gave up all three goals and had four saves in the game.

On Oct. 19, they bounced back with a 2-1 double overtime win at Gonzaga. Julie Gallaudet assisted in both goals in the day's effort. Erin Rementer scored LMU's only regulation goal, and Kristen Garcia, who only played 12 minutes in the game, scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime period.

Leading Loyola Marymount this season is Gallaudet, who has scored three goals, posted three assists and has nine points on the season, followed by goal leader Lauren Shanklin who has reached the net four times. Keeper Clark has started all 15 games for the Lions and posts a 1.16 goals against average and 74 saves.

In their last meeting Santa Clara edged LMU, 2-1, on Oct. 21. The Broncos lead the all-time series 13-2-1.

Scouting Pepperdine
Pepperdine returns home after earning a win and a loss this past weekend at Gonzaga and Portland, respectively, as they improved their record to 6-8-2 overall, 1-2-0 WCC. They are fifth in the conference, one place above the Broncos.

On Oct. 19 they fell to then No. 3 Portland, 2-1. Amanda Rupp scored the Waves lone goal in the second half off a Sophia Medina assist. Pepperdine had 15 shots compared to the Pilots 29, and keeper Kayla Stole had eight saves in 90 minutes.

Two days prior, the Waves shutout Gonzaga 2-0 in Washington. Emily Wynne tallied a goal, and an assist on Laura Cole's goal. Keeper Stole had one save in the game.

Santa Clara defeated Pepperdine last season on Oct. 19, 2-1. The Broncos have defeated the Waves 10 times, only falling four times in their 14 meetings in program history.

On Deck
The Broncos remain on the road, as they travel to WCC leaders No. 3 Portland. Kick off is set for Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. live on ESPNU.