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Coaches Tab Santa Clara As WCC Men’s Soccer Favorites

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Santa Clara University is the favorite to capture the 2016 West Coast Conference men’s soccer crown in what should be a wide-open title race according the conference’s eight head coaches. Four of the eight teams received at least one first-place vote for the third time in the last four seasons.

The Broncos earned four first-place votes to be named the preseason favorite with 45 points after a 5-1-1 conference record last season. Defending co-regular season champion San Diego and San Francisco were tied for second in the preseason poll with 38 points each. The Toreros also picked up two first-place votes.

Loyola Marymount was surveyed to finish fourth with one first-place vote and 34 points while Saint Mary’s earned the final first-place vote for the second consecutive season, finishing fifth in the preseason poll with 27 points. Meanwhile, Portland (21 points), Gonzaga (13 points) and Pacific (8 points) round out the balloting.

All eight programs placed at least one student-athlete on the 11-member preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Saint Mary’s, San Francisco and Santa Clara were each represented with two student-athletes on the squad.

The preseason poll and All-WCC team were selected solely by a vote of the conference's eight head coaches.

All eight West Coast Conference teams open the 2016 campaign Friday, August 26.

2016 WCC Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll

Team 

(First Place Votes)

Pts.

1. Santa Clara

(4)

45

T2. San Diego

(2)

38

T2. San Francisco

 

38

4. Loyola Marymount

(1) 

34

5. Saint Mary's

(1)

27

6. Portland

 

21

7. Gonzaga

 

13

8. Pacific

 

8

 

 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Men's Soccer Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Christian Aldema

Pacific

Jr.

D

Valdemar Andersen

Santa Clara

Jr.

D

Alex Braman

Saint Mary's

Sr.

D

Carlos Delgadillo

Santa Clara

Jr.

F

David Garrett

San Francisco

Sr.

F

Alvaro Madrigal

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

F

Davi Ramos

San Francisco

Sr.

M

Eddie Sanchez

Portland

Sr.

M

Rafael Sanchez

Saint Mary's

Sr.

D

Michael Turner

San Diego

Sr.

M

Ben White

Gonzaga

Jr.

D