NDNU Men’s And Women’s Soccer Teams Claim Pacific West Titles
Belmont, CA, 2006 — The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts men’s and women’s soccer teams each captured their first ever Pacific West Conference titles this season. The men earned a share of the title with Grand Canyon, finishing conference play at 9-1. The women won the crown outright, going unbeaten with a 9-0-1 conference record.
The NDNU men’s soccer team ran through the Pacific West, encountering only one roadblock on the way. After a 1-0 win over Grand Canyon in the conference opener, the ‘Lopes bounced back to defeat the Argos 2-1 in double overtime. However, that would be the only blemish on their record, as the Argos reeled off eight straight wins to end the season. NDNU was an offensive force during the 10 game conference slate, outscoring the opposition 33-5 and recording six shutouts. The Argos also relied on a stout defense to allow only 59 shots and had a streak of 537 minutes without surrendering a goal.
Seniors Anthony Putrus (Spring Valley, CA) and Eric Michon (San Carlos, CA) were the offensive leaders, tying for second in conference goals with seven apiece. Putrus also added a team high eight assists while four of Michon’s goals were game winners. Fellow senior Anton Del Rosario (Burlingame, CA) finished with three goals and seven assists. Senior goalkeeper Nico Arellano (San Jose, CA) concluded conference play with 30 saves, four shutouts and a 0.56 goals against average. The Argos defense was led by juniors Daniel Pena (Fremont, CA) and Robert Morini (San Bruno, CA) who started every game on the defensive side.
The NDNU men finished the season with a 13-5-2 record overall and picked up their ninth consecutive winning season under Head Coach Joe Silveira.
The women’s championship was undecided going into the final game of the season last Saturday. NDNU entered the game with an 8-0-1 conference record, while their opponent BYU Hawaii stood at 8-1. The Argos handed the Seasiders their only conference loss with a 1-0 victory on October 7th. NDNU once again prevailed 1-0 over BYU with the lone goal coming of a header from Hope Siffert. With the victory, the Argos clinched the conference crown in their first season of Pacific West soccer.
The Argos were at their best in conference play, outscoring their opponents 27-2. They started the Pac West schedule with a pair of home games against Grand Canyon University. NDNU would go on to defeat the ‘Lopes 2-0 in the conference opener, before battling to a 1-1 tie in the second game. The Argos rebounded from the tie by rolling off eight straight victories, including seven shutouts. Overall, NDNU trailed for only ten minutes in conference games and had a streak of 458 scoreless minutes at one point.
NDNU used an unrelenting offense and excellent defense to run through the Pacific West unbeaten. On offense, they out shot their opponents 226 to 59 in the ten games while goalie Candice Schrodetzki (Fremont, CA) anchored the net. Schrodetzki allowed just two goals in 870 minutes for a 0.21 goals against average. She made 42 saves in conference play on her way to setting a school record with 89 total saves on the season. Freshman Amy Armijo (Castro Valley, CA) and senior Kelli Brackinreed (Tualaton, OR) led the offense, scoring five goals apiece against Pac West competition. Armijo also tied senior Yang Zhou (Da Lion, China) for the team lead in assists with four. Senior Hope Siffet (Bayfield, CO) added four goals, three of which were game winners and recorded two assists. The defense got strong play from senior Shana Chibidakis (San Mateo, CA) and junior Traci Cicerchi (Beaverton, OR) to shut down their opposition.
The women finished the season with a 12-6-2 overall record on their way to a sixth consecutive winning season under Head Coach Joe Silveira.