2004 Season

Women's soccer boasts four on All-Far West Region team

The Chico State women's soccer team earned four selections on the NSCAA All-Far West Region team, it was announced Tuesday. Senior forward Amy Swanson earned First Team All-Far West Region honors, while teammates Liz Malm, Jennifer Hogans, and CJ Jimenez were named to the second team.

For Swanson, who is now in a pool of possible All-Americans, the First Team selection was the second in a row. Among Chico State's career leaders in points, goals, and assists, Swanson fought back from an injury to register a team-high five goals and two assists. She also provided valuable senior leadership to a team that finished 11-5-4, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992, and finished the regular season ranked No. 25 in the nation.

Hogans was also a Second Team selection last season as a freshman.This season she anchored a defense, along with Malm and Jimenez, that allowed just 20 goals in 20 matches. She also chipped in four goals and an assist.

Malm, a junior in her third season with the Wildcats, notched two goals and two assists while controlling the midfield. Jimenez, a redshirt freshman, tallied a goals against average of 0.90, made 68 saves, and compiled a saves percentage of .800.

Wildcats fall to No. 1 SPU on penalty kicks
SEATTLE, Wa. – The 25th-ranked Chico State women's soccer team's season came to an end Thursday night, but the Wildcats' valiant effort against the nation's top-ranked team will be remembered for a long time to come. The Wildcats fell to SPU 4-3 in penalty kicks in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The teams were tied 2-2 after 110 minutes of regulation and overtime.

Chico State's Elizabeth Santos scored a goal assisted by Amy Swanson to tie the match at 1-1 in the first half, and Jennifer Hogans' penalty kick with 2:02 remaining in the second half tied it at 2-2 and sent the match into overtime. Swanson and Heather Morehouse converted on the Wildcats' first two penalty kicks, but the following two attempts failed, leaving Chico State to hope that Hogans could convert and SPU would fail on its last attempt. Hogans did come through, but the Falcons' Shannon Lovejoy did too, setting off a wild celebration in Seattle.

The Wildcats were playing in just their second NCAA Tournament ever and their first since 1992. But with a number of players set to return in 2005, they're hoping there will be more to come. The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 11-5-5. Seattle Pacific remains unbeaten at 19-0-2.

In Thursday's other semifnal match, 15th-ranked Seattle University eliminated CCAA champion Cal State Dominguez Hills 1-0 to advance to the final of the Western Regional.

Women's soccer advances to West Regional
For the first time since 1992, the Chico State women’s soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Chico State will take on No. 1 seed Seattle Pacific in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 in Interbay Stadium in Seattle. No. 3 seed Seattle University plays No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills in the early game at 4:00. The championship game will be played on Saturday.

In all, 32 teams received Div. II berths nationwide. Winners of the eight regional tournaments will advance to the quarterfinal round, Nov. 20-21. The NCAA semifinals and championship game are Dec. 2 and 4 in Wichita Falls, Tx.

Far West Regional tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the SPU Athletics Office (206/281-2085) in the pavilion. Prices are $6 for general admission ($3 for students and youth).

Seattle Pacific is hosting a women’s regional for the first time. A year ago, the Falcons became the first Northwest team to qualify for the NCAA tournament, but they were eliminated by Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first round.

Teams-by seed (Record)
1. Seattle Pacific ( 19-0-1)
2. Cal State Dominguez Hills ( 14-5-3)
3. Seattle University ( 14-3-3)
4. Chico State ( 11-5-4)

Game Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 11
4:00 Seattle University vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 Chico State vs. Seattle Pacific

Saturday, Nov. 13
7:00 Regional Championship

Wildcats lose Championship title in double OT
CARSON, Calif. - Cal State Dominguez Hills found the back of the net with three minutes remaining in double overtime to give the Toros a 1-0 victory over Chico State to earn the 2004 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship title. The last time the Toros won was in 1998.

The fatal blow came in the 107th minute on a hard struck ball that Chico keeper CJ Jimenez was able to save, but not hold on to. The ball popped out and the Toros put it away for the only goal of the contest.

Chico State ends the regular season with a record of 11-5-4 overall and awaits the announcement of the NCAA championship field on Monday. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 4 in the West, behind No. 1 Seattle Pacific, No. 2 UC San Diego (which was upset by Dominguez Hills on Friday in a semifinal match) and No. 3 Seattle. Dominguez Hills is currently ranked fifth in the region.

The NCAA Division II women's soccer championship will provide for a 32-team, single-elimination tournament. Four teams will be chosen from each of the eight regions.

Wildcats advance to CCAA Championship game
CARSON, Calif. - Senior forward Amy Swanson scored two goals in the first half to lead the Chico State Women's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout over Cal Poly Pomona in the first semifinal match of the 2004 CCAA Soccer Championship Tournament held today in Carson.

The Wildcats (11-4-4) will play for their first-ever CCAA title on Sunday at 11:30 against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The winner of the contest should get the fourth and final spot on the West Region poll and advance to the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

Swanson, who was just named First Team All-CCAA along with teammates Liz Malm and Jennifer Hogans, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when she took a feed from Katherine Bagwell and beat Pomona goalie Vanessa Richardson to the far post.

The Wildcats took command 16 minutes later when Swanson took a cross from Lexi Sheridan-Coons deep inside the Pomona box and hammered home her 5th goal of the season. Swanson now leads the team with five goals this season.

CJ Jimenez, who received CCAA Honorable Mention, has now recorded 5.5 shutouts and maintains her goals against average at less than one per game.

Midfielder Premila Carleson was named to the All-CCAA Second Team and Head Coach Kim Sutton picked up the CCAA Coach of the Year award.

Four Wildcats named to All-CCAA teams
Sutton receives Coach of the Year honor

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Senior forward Amy Swanson, junior midfielder Liz Malm, and sophomore defender Jennifer Hogans were named First Team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association by a vote of the league's coaches.

This is Swanson's third-straight selection to the First Team. She was a Second Team receipient her freshman year. Hogans made Second Team last year as a freshman.

Freshman Premila Carleson was named Second Team All-CCAA this year and goalkeeper CJ Jimenez received Honorable Mention.

Fourth-year head coach Kim Sutton picked up the Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Wildcats to a CCAA North Division title and the program's first CCAA Championship Tournament appearance.
Complete All-CCAA list

Wildcats headed to postseason
CHICO - For the first time since joining the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1998, the Chico State women's soccer team is competing in the CCAA Soccer Championships, hosted this year by Cal State Dominguez Hill, November 5 & 7.

The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 4 in the West Region poll, have not made a postseason appearance since 1992 when they lost in the first round of the West Regional to Sonoma State.

Chico State won the 2004 CCAA North Division and will compete against three teams from the South Division. UC San Diego won the division and Cal Poly Pomona and Dominguez Hills were the next highest point receivers in the conference based on record.

No. 2 seed Chico State will take on No. 3 Pomona on Friday at 11 a.m. No. 1 UC San Diego plays No. 4 Dominguez Hills at 1:30. The winners play for the CCAA Championship on Sunday at 11:30.

The Wildcats are a collective 1-0-2 against the tournament field. Against Pomona at home, Liz Malm scored a goal with less than four minutes remaining for a 1-0 victory. Against Dominguez Hills, Chico squandered a two-goal advantage and settled for a 2-2 tie at home. In the 1-1 tie at UC San Diego, Courtney Quan put away the equalizer at the beginning of the second half, but neither team could finish for the win.

In a sport where the scoring is often dominated by one or two players, the Wildcats are getting everyone into the action. Freshmen Ashley Gunther and Bridget Fenton and sophomore Jennifer Hogans lead the team with four goals a piece. Senior Amy Swanson, who's done the bulk of the scoring for the Wildcats the last three years (averaging over eight goals per season) is tied with Quan and Malm with three goals this season. Six other players have also scored for Chico State.

Goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez has been tough to get the ball past this year. Opponents average 0.96 goals against her this year and she has 4.5 shutouts to her credit.

Bridget Fenton named CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CHICO STATE forward Bridget Fenton has been named the Brine California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of October 25-31.

Fenton, a freshman from Windsor, came off the bench to score the game-winning goal with 10 minutes to play to lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over Sonoma State (Oct. 30).

The Wildcats, champions of the CCAA North Division, play Cal Poly Pomona at 11 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 5) in the first semfinal of the 2004 CCAA Championship Tournament, to be held on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The match will mark Chico’s first CCAA Tournament appearance.

Fenton's goal wins it for Wildcats
CHICO - Chico State freshman Bridget Fenton buried a shot with ten minutes remaining to give the Wildcat women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over visiting Sonoma State.

It was Chico State's (10-4-4, 9-2-3 CCAA) final regular season game before they take part in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament beginning November 5. Sonoma State drops to 10-7-1, 7-6-1 in CCAA play.

Before the game began, the two Wildcat seniors, Amy Swanson and Heather Tukua, were honored for their efforts and it was Tukua who put the Wildcats on the board in the 20th minute when she launched a 20-yard bender that found the upper left corner of the net. It was Tukua's first goal of the season.

Sonoma State answered back in the 67th minute, as the Seawolves' Amber Hendrix took a ball from Crystal Howard and launched a long shot from the right side that passed in front of the goal, landing in the lower left corner.

The game-winning goal came off an assist by Lexi Sheridan-Coons, which found Fenton in the middle of the mix, just in front of the goal. Fenton fired it into the center of the net for her team-high fifth goal of the season.

Late goal does in 'Cats
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.- San Francisco State's Marieke Blazeski scored at the 78:51 mark off a missed shot from 20-yards out to give the Gators a 2-1 win over the visiting Chico State Wildcats (9-4-4, 8-2-3 CCAA).

With the victory, SFSU improves to 4-11-2 overall and 3-7-2 in the CCAA.

Chico State scored first at the 9:04 mark when Courtney Quan connected on her third goal of the season off a ball from Premila Carleson. SFSU tied the match at the 65:11 mark when Lissette Garay connected from Shanon Devine.

The Gators outshot the Wildcats 13-9 including 7-3 in the second half. Erin Clark recorded five saves in goal for the Gators while CJ Jimenez had three in goal for Chico State.

Wildcats clinch CCAA North title with impressive win
SEASIDE, Calif - The Chico State women's soccer team clinched the CCAA North Division title and a trip to the postseason Friday. Thanks to the Wildcats' 5-0 drubbing of Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State's loss to San Francisco State, the Wildcats are North Division champions for the first time.

The Wildcats got goals from Ashley Gunther, Jennifer Hogans, Liz Malm, and a pair from Jessica Parker against the host Otters to improve to 9-3-4 overall and 8-1-3 in the CCAA. They've now gone nine consecutive matches and 12 of the last 13 without a loss.

Hogans buries game-winner in overtime
CHICO - Defender Jennifer Hogans was the Chico State women's soccer team's best offensive weapon Tuesday night. Hogans garnered an assist and then scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Chico State's 2-1 victory over Cal State Stanislaus.

The Wildcats, now 8-3-4 overall and 7-1-3 in the CCAA, have now lost just once in their last 12 matches. Cal State Stanislaus, which fell to 8-6-3 overall and 3-6-2 overall, was eliminated from the postseason hunt with the loss.

Chico State jumped out on top in the 18th minute when Amy Swanson touched Hogans' free kick to Courtney Quan, who banged it into an open net.

Cal State Stanislaus answered in the 24th minute off a free kick of their own. Cherie Early scored on Marti Teunissen's pass after Domanique Roberts' free kick to make it 1-1.

The match remained deadlocked through regulation and the first half of overtime. But midway through the second overtime, Chico State's Premila Carleson was fouled, setting up a free kick from 30 yards out. Instead of passing it, as she had in the first half, Hogans lofted it perfectly into the back of the net.

C.J. Jimenez named CCAA Player of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez has been named the Brine California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of October 11-17.

Jimenez, a freshman from Red Bluff, led the Wildcats to a 1-1 tie at 16th-ranked UC San Diego (Oct. 15) and a 2-0 win at Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 17) last week.

She made 2 saves over 110 minutes of a 1-1 draw at UCSD, and had 4 saves to earn her third shutout of the season and improve North Division leader Chico State to 7-3-4 overall and 6-1-3 in CCAA play. The Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak to 7 games and have lost only once in their last 11 contests.

Wildcats blank Coyotes 2-0
SAN BERNARDINO - Chico State continued its quest for a California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division title and a berth in the CCAA championship tournament with a 2-0 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Sunday at Coyotes Premier Field.

The Wildcats, who have not been beaten in their last seven matches, used a goal by Amy Swanson in the first half and a goal by Lexi Sheridan-Coons late in the second half to improve their record to 7-3-4 overall but, more importantly, 6-1-3 in the CCAA. CSUSB slipped to 6-7-2 overall and 4-4-2 in the conference. Both teams have four matches left in the regular season.

Wildcats goalkeeper CJ Jimenez saved four shots on goal as she recorded her third shutout of the season.

Swanson, an All-CCAA forward in her senior season at Chico State, tallied her third goal of the season just 9:17 into the match when her hard shot rebounded off the hands of Coyote goalkeeper Leslie Rhodes right back to her and she put the next one away for a 1-0 lead.

A potential second goal midway through the second half was waved off by referee Munther Hamoudi as he called a foul on Chico State before the shot was delivered.

However, Sheridan-Coons took a pass from Heather Morehouse and put away a clinching goal in the 76th minute.

Wildcats tie No. 16 UC San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Chico State women's soccer team settled for a tie with No. 16 UC San Diego as the teams notched a 1-1 double-overtime tie. The Wildcats have not lost in their last six matches and have been defeated just once in their last ten.

The Wildcats' record goes to 6-3-4 overall and 5-1-3 in league action, while the Tritons' record goes to 11-1-1 overall and 7-1-1 in CCAA play

Megan Dickey got the Tritons started off quickly, heading home a Kristina De La Rosa corner kick at the 7:53 mark of the first half to give UCSD a 1-0 lead. The corner kick was the last of three-straight corner kicks that the Tritons had in the span of a minute.

UCSD's lead remained through halftime, but not long after the intermission as Courtney Quan registered her first goal of the season at the 51:16 mark, beating UCSD netminder Jamie Lautenschleger off a break-away. Jessica Parker picked up the assist on the goal that knotted the game at one apiece.

Neither team could break through for the game-winner despite playing 20 minutes of extra soccer. The Tritons out-shot the Wildcats by a 14-8 margin, including a 3-1 advantage in the overtime periods.

C.J. Jimenez, made two saves on the night. Amy Swanson took four shots for Chico State, the only player to take more than one in the match for the Wildcats.

Wildcats record shutout of Pomona
CHICO, Calif. – With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Liz Malm scored the only goal of the contest off an assist by Amy Swanson to give the Chico State women’s soccer team a 1-0 shutout over visiting Cal Poly Pomona.

The win keeps the Wildcats (6-3-3, 5-1-2 CCAA) on top of the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s North Division standings. Cal Poly remains in the middle of the Southern pack at 5-6-2, 4-2-2 CCAA).

Goalkeeper Hypatia Runcie’s recorded her first solo shutout of the season, registering one save in the second half.

Statistically the game was a tie, with Chico taking just one more shot than Pomona (7-6). The Wildcats had two shots on goal and the Broncos had just one. Both teams recorded one save, three corner kicks, and an offsides penalty. Even the fouls were close with Pomona tallying nine to Chico’s eight.

Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Southern California to take on first-place UC San Diego on Friday and CSU San Bernardino on Sunday.

Dominguez Hills fights back to earn 2-2 tie
Wildcats let 2-0 eadvantage slip away
CHICO, CA – Premila Carleson and Amy Swanson each scored, but the Chico State women's soccer team could not put away visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills and had to settle for a 2-2 tie Friday afternoon at University Soccer Stadium.

Nikki Szlak drew the visiting Toros within striking distance in the 63rd minute, and Rachele McDonald pounded home goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez's bobble in the 74th minute to knot the score for good.

Chico State, which has lost only one of its past eight matches, is now 5-3-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills moved to 8-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the CCAA.

Carleson opened the scoring in the 21st minutes when she buried Kari Pierce's cross to the near post. Swanson made it 2-0 in the 59th minute when her driving shot was deflected in by a Toros defender.

Chico State will host Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Kari Pierce named Brine CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. --Chico State forward Kari Pierce has been named the Brine California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of September 27 through October 3.

Pierce, a sophomore from Richland, Wash., led the Wildcats to a 1-0-1 week against North Division foes Cal State Stanislaus and CSU Monterey Bay.

She scored in the 52nd minute of the Wildcats’ 1-1 double-overtime tie with nationally ranked Stanislaus, then produced the game-winning goal and an assist in Chico’s 3-0 win over CSU Monterey Bay.

The Wildcats improved to 5-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in CCAA play to remain atop the North Division.

Women's soccer team stays hot
Three second-half goals move Chico State to 4-1-1 in CCAA
CHICO, CA – Kari Pierce and Jessica Parker each tallied a goal and an assist as the Chico State women's soccer team scored three times in the second half to beat visiting Cal State Monterey Bay 3-0 Sunday at University Soccer Stadium.

Pierce broke a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute when Parker drew the goalie out and delivered a ball to Pierce, who found the back of the net. Pierce returned the favor in the 58th minute, assisting on Parker's goal that made it 2-0. Ashley Gunther capped off the Wildcats' scoring when she found the net after Malm worked the ball up the middle and dished it off to the freshman, who leads the team with three goals and three assists.

C.J. Jimenez and Hypatia Runcie combined for the shutout in goal, but it was the entire Chico State defense that earned it, limiting the Otters to three shots and only one on goal.

The Wildcats, who have lost just once in their last seven matches, improved to 5-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the CCAA. Cal State Monterey Bay dropped to 1-8-1 overall and 0-6-0 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats will be back in action at home next weekend. They host Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 12:30 p.m..

Wildcats tie with Warriors on the road
TURLOCK, Calif. – After Cal State Stanislaus took a 1-0 lead late in the first half, Chico State answered early in the second to tie the game, 1-1, where it remained for the rest of regulation and two overtime periods in CCAA women’s soccer action at Warrior Soccer Field Wednesday afternoon.

The Warriors Danielle Ciraulo scored in the 44th minute to put CSUS up top 1-0, but not for long. Strong offensive pressure by the Wildcats in the opening minutes of the second period, caught the Warriors off guard allowing Kari Pierce to head a cross from Lexi Sheridan-Coons into the back of the net and tie the game 1-1. The goal is just the fifth the Warriors have allowed this year.

The Wildcats are 4-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in CCAA action. The Warriors are now 7-1-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the CCAA.

Chico State outshot the Warriors 13-6 with seven shots coming in the second half alone.

Both teams seemed fatigued as the game passed on, with neither team managing a shot on goal in the two overtime periods and combining for just three shots total.

Carleson's first goal gives Wildcats a split
Freshman Premila Carleson hammered home Ashley Gunther's corner kick for the game winner early in the second half to lift the Chico State women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Cal State Bakersfield Sunday. The win gave the Wildcats, who fell 2-0 at Cal State L.A. Sunday, a weekend split.

Chico State is now 4-3-1 overall and 3-1-0 in CCAA action.

Sunday, the Wildcats got on the board early when Jennifer Hogans scored on a free kick from 25 yards out. Bakersfield got the equalizer in the 35th minute, but Carleson's first collegiate goal gave Chico State the victory.

Against Cal State L.A. Friday, the Wildcats allowed two goals in the final 11 minutes and saw their three-match unbeaten streak end.

Chico State women win in OT on Fenton's goal
CHICO, CA – Bridget Fenton hammered Liz Malm's deflected shot into the back of the net in the fifth minute of overtime to lift the Chico State women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory against visiting San Francisco State Saturday night at University Soccer Stadium.

Malm got the inside of her knee on Heather Morehouse's corner kick and knocked it toward the goal. A San Francisco State defender deflected it, but it went straight to Fenton who didn't miss from point blank range.

Chico State, which outshot the visiting Gators 14-7, improved to 3-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA with the victory. San Francisco State fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in CCAA action.
The Wildcats are back in action next Friday when they travel to face Cal State L.A. to kick off a three-match road trip.

Wildcats hammer Sonoma State 3-0 to open CCAA Play
ROHNERT PARK, CA – The Chico State women's soccer team broke open a scoreless match with three second-half goals to defeat Sonoma State 3-0 in the CCAA opener for both teams Wednesday.

Freshman Katherine Bagwell buried a shot from 25 yards out in the 59th minute to open the scoring. It was her first goal at the collegiate level. Bridget Fenton then hammered Ashley Gunther's cross into the right side of the net in the 64th minute to make it 2-0. Senior Amy Swanson back from an injury that kept her out of most of the non-league schedule, finished the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 87th minute.

Chico, now 2-2-1 overall, earned its first shutout of the season as freshman goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez collected a pair of saves. Sonoma State fell to 3-2 overall.

Chico State opens up the home part of its CCAA schedule this Saturday against San Francisco State at 7 p.m. following the men's game.

Hogans, 'Cats earn tie against stingy Seattle squad
SEATTLE, WA– Jennifer Hogans' 20-yard blast on a free kick found the upper corner of the net in the 69th minute and the Chico State women's soccer team earned a 1-1 tie at Seattle University Monday, capping a tough road trip with something good to build on.

Chico State dropped a 3-1 decision at Seattle Pacific Saturday, and heading into Monday's match against unbeaten Seattle University, it looked as if the team might come home empty handed. But freshman goalkeeper C.J. Jimenez made 10 first-half saves to keep the host Redhawks off the board. Then the Wildcats stole the momentum after intermission, outshooting Seattle 15-8. Hogans made her only shot count, giving Chico State a 1-0 advantage. The goal also ended Seattle’s streak of keeping its opponents scoreless, which until that time was the longest in the NCAA Division II West Region. The streak ended at 338 minutes, 21 seconds.

Seattle threw everything forward in the final 10 minutes and was rewarded less than five minutes from time when Katy Mak sent Cassey Smith to goal with a perfectly timed through-ball. Smith calmly took three touches and forced Jimenez to commit before sliding the ball into the corner of the goal.

Jimenez finished with 14 saves, the most for a Chico State goalkeeper since Wendy Keppel made 15 saves against Ft. Lewis to open the 1999 season.

Against Seattle Pacific on Saturday, the Wildcats got a goal from Ashley Gunther in the 44th minute to draw to within 2-1, but eventually fell 3-1. Gunther's goal, a blast from 25 yards, was her second of the season and came off Danielle Nieto's first collegiate assist.

The Wildcats are now 1-2-1 and open CCAA play Sept. 15 at Sonoma State..

Humboldt State wins West Coast Classic
Chico State picks up first win in early game
CHICO, CA– Humboldt State scored two second half goals for a 3-1 win over San Francisco and the title of the 18th West Coast Classic hosted by Chico State.

Before people had settled into their seat, Humboldt State's Lesa Lewis headed a ball from Jessica Hewins into the net to give the Lumberjacks the lead, just 45 seconds into the contest.

San Francisco (0-2) tied the game at the 10:30 mark when Marieke Blazeski found the Humboldt keeper forced out on a break away and shot the ball into the open net. The score remained tied, 1-1, at the half.

Humboldt State (2-0) scored the winning goal at 54:27 on a perfectly played corner kick off the foot of Hewins, which Brynne Destafney headed into the net. Mary Gessel added an insurance goal for the Lumberjacks on a tap-in into a wide open goal on a ball from Lindsey Harpham.

In the early game, Chico State (1-1) picked up its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Western Oregon (1-1).

Freshman Bridget Fenton started the scoring with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half when she took a ball from Ashley Gunther and lofted a shot over the keeper from 15 yards out. Gunther scored one of her own in the second half on a hard-hit shot off the goalie's hands that slipped into the upper net. Courtney Nelson recorded the assist.

Western Oregon cut the lead to 2-1 with 33 minutes remaining in the match when Amy Weberg put back in Stephanie Pogue's shot, which rebounded off the post.

Chico's final goal came at the 66-minute mark, as Lexi Sheridan-Coons launched a long 30-yard shot from midfield, that was just over the keeper's reach

All-Tournament Team:
Katie Coppoletta - Humboldt
Lacey Lewis - Humboldt
Lesa Lewis - Humboldt
Brynne Destafney - Humboldt
Staci Self - Gk, Humboldt
Ashley Gunther - Chico
Liz Malm - Chico
Jenn Hogans - Chico
Stephanie Pogue - Western Oregon
Erica Hibbard - Western Oregon
Marieke Blezeski - San Francisco St.
Katie Klain - San Francisco St.

HSU blasts Chico State 3-0 in West Coast Classic
Early goal propels Western Oregon to 1-0 win against SFSU
CHICO, CA– Chico State head women's soccer coach Kim Sutton knew her team would be young this season. What she didn't know that the Wildcats would also begin the year without one of their only veteran players, 2003 leading scorer Amy Swanson, due to a stress fracture. The youth and loss of Swanson were both evident Friday as the Wildcats dropped a 3-0 decision to Humboldt State University on the opening night of the 18th West Coast Classic.

Lacey Lewis scored twice and Katie Coppoletta also found the back of the net for the visiting Lumberjacks. Humboldt State also got outstanding goalkeeping from sophomore Stacie Self, who made six saves, some of them spectacular, in recording the shutout.

In Friday's opener, Western Oregon University's Kim Weaver collected a loose ball in front of the net and blasted it in just 1:16 in to the match and that was enough to give the Wolves a 1-0 victory over San Francisco State University in the season opener for both squads. The Wolves' Amanda Nelson and Ally Meyer combined for the shutout on four saves.

The West Coast Classic concludes Sunday with Chico State taking on Western Oregon at 11 a.m. and Humboldt State facing San Francisco State at 1:30.

Wildcats announce freshman class
CHICO - The Chico State women's soccer team recently announced its 2004 incoming freshman class. All 10 newcomers have competed at the premier club level, picking up a wealth of playing experience. This group of four midfielders, three defenders, two goalkeepers, and one forward will complement Chico State's 14 returning players.

Paula Knochel, Defender, 5’6
Hometown: Tucson AZ, Club team: Tucson Soccer Academy.

Courtney Quan, Forward, 5’3
Hometown: Long Beach, Club team: Revolution,
High School: Four-time1st Team All-League, All-County MVP.

Premila Carelson, Midfielder, 5’3
Hometown: Granite Bay, Club team: Placer United Rage
Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year, Granite Bay High school,
Two-time State Cup Finalist, five-time Captain Placer United Rage.

Hypatia Runcie, Goalkeeper, 5’9
Hometown: Mission Hills, Granada Hills High School,
1st Team All-City.

Reagan Finnie, Goalkeeper

Ashley Gunther, Midfielder, 5’7
Hometown: Long Beach, Club Team: Beach SC,
High School League MVP, 1st Team All-League, All-CIF.

Brittany Bledsoe, Defender, 5’8
Hometown: San Diego, Club Team: Rancho Santa Fe Attack,
High school CIF finalists.

Anjie Goulding, Defender, 5’11
Hometown: El Cajon, Club Team Rancho Santa Fe Attack,
1st Team All-League, All-CIF, All-County

Whitney MacDonald, Midfielder, 6’0
Hometown: Hunington Beach, Club team: Slammers.

Katherine Niehoff, Midfielder
Hometown: Navato, Club team; North Bay Majic.