Another week of WCC Men's Soccer saw Gonzaga capture the Seattle University Tournament championship with victories over host Seattle on Friday and a 1-0 shutout over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. LMU's 3-0 start came to a halt on Sunday at the hands of #25 Butler at the Wildcat Invitational in Kentucky. WCC Player of the Week junior Ryan Kawulok provided the game-winning goal in the 89th minute as the No. 16 Portland Pilots knocked off the No. 22 New Mexico Lobos 2-1 last Sunday at the New Mexico Invitational. Overall, the Conference went 7-5-2 in non-conference play.
AROUND THE WCC
2010 WCC Preseason Poll
2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Loyola Marymount - 32 (3) 2. Portland 28 - (2) 3. San Diego 26 - (1) 4. Saint Mary's - 22 (1) 5. Santa Clara - 20 6. San Francisco - 12 7. Gonzaga - 7 (First place votes)
Preseason All-Conference Team Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount - SR, F Bryan Burke, San Francisco - SR, F Jordan Grider, Saint Mary's - SR, D Austin Guerrero, Portland - SR, GK Erik Hurtado, Santa Clara - SO, F Ryan Kawulok, Portland - JR, D Dylan Leslie, Saint Mary's - R-SR, MF Erik Masch, Santa Clara - Jr, D Vincent Ocampo, Loyola Marymount - SR, MF Jarad vanSchaik, Portland - SR, MF Patrick Wallen, San Diego - SO, F
2009 WCC STANDINGS 1. San Diego (12-6-2 / 8-2-2 WCC) 2. Saint Mary's (10-5-5 / 6-3-3 WCC) 3. LMU (10-9-2 / 5-5-2 WCC) 4. Portland (12-6-5 / 4-4-4 WCC) 5. Santa Clara (6-9-5 / 4-5-3 WCC) 6. San Franciso (7-10-2 / 4-7-1 WCC) 7. Gonzaga (6-10-3 / 3-8-1 WCC)
Overall Record: 2-1-0 WCC Record: 0-0-0
Gonzaga rebounded from its season-opening loss to post a 2-1 win over fellow Jesuit institution Seattle last Friday at the Seattle University Tournament.
A 1-0 shutout over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday captured the Seattle University Tournament championship as senior defender Stefan Eysteinsson's second-career goal at 86:25 proved to be the winner.
WCC Player of the Week nominee senior Nick Love scored the game-winning goal at 43:01 in the 2-1 victory in the opening match of Seattle University Tournament after assisting on Nick Garre's equalizing goal that drew Gonzaga even at 1-1 in the 24th minute.
The Bulldogs return to action when they travel to Evanston, IL to take on the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10 Conference on September 18th.
Overall Record: 3-1-0 WCC Record: 0-0-0
WCC Player of the Week nominee sophomore David Ponce's first career goal 20 seconds into overtime lifted LMU to its third consecutive victory, 1-0 over Kentucky Friday night at the Wildcat Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
After a dramatic victory against the Wildcats, LMU's school-record-tying 3-0 start to the season came to a halt on Sunday as the Lions conceded two goals in the second half to fall 3-1 to #25 Butler at the Wildcat Invitational.
Sophomore Kyle Johanson had pulled the Lions even in the first half of the Sunday match, but the Bulldogs (4-0-0) scored twice in the final 33 minutes to remain unbeaten on the year.
Loyola Marymount continues its eight-match road trip next weekend as it heads to Northern California for a match with Sacramento State on Friday at 4 p.m.
Overall Record: 2-0-2 WCC Record: 0-0-0
WCC Player of the Week junior Ryan Kawulok provided the game-winning goal in the 89th minute as the No. 16 Pilots knocked off the No. 22 New Mexico Lobos 2-1 last Sunday at the New Mexico Invitational.
Kawulok, senior Jarad vanSchaik and freshman Steven Evans were selected to the all-tournament team.
The Pilots played to a 3-3 draw with the University of Denver on Friday afternoon as the Pioneers came from behind three times. Junior Connor Barbaree and sophomore Ben Hemphill provided two of the goals. Portland's other goal was ruled an own goal.
Portland hits the pitch just once this week, with a home date against Washington on Saturday, September 18th.
Overall Record: 2-1-1 WCC Record: 0-0-0
In their first road game of the 2010 season, the Gaels men's soccer team upset No. 19 California 2-1 in double overtime on the first day of the 14th annual Cal Legacy Classic.
Senior Jordan Grider put the Gaels on the board first, and sophomore Trevor Newquist scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
Saint Mary's dropped a Sunday afternoon matchup with UC Davis 2-1. Redshirt junior Tom Mohoric scored in the fourth minute of the game but it was UCD responding with scores in the 58th and 72nd minute to hand Saint Mary's its first defeat of the 2010 season.
Saint Mary's is back in action on Thursday, September 16 when it travels to face San Jose State.
Overall Record: 1-2-1 WCC Record: 0-0-0
With an 18-5 shot advantage, the San Diego men's soccer team was unable to break a scoreless draw against Holy Cross to wrap up the final day of the Dartmouth Invitational Sunday afternoon.
Senior captain Cory Norris was named the defensive MVP of the tournament.
Last Friday, the Toreros took the Dartmouth Big Green into overtime in their first match of the tournament after being tied at 1-1 for 85 minutes of play until Dartmouth scored in the second overtime period on a golden goal.
The Toreros will travel to Drake Stadium on the campus of #17 UCLA on Sunday, September 19 for a 2:00 p.m. match against the Bruins.
Overall Record: 1-1-1 WCC Record: 0-0-0
The Dons suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, a 2-0 defeat to #20 Cal State Bakersfield in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
San Francisco had an opportunity a scant 57 seconds into the match as freshman midfielder Mauricio Diaz De Leon collected a ball in front of the net with the keeper out and lofted the ball over a pair of CSUB defenders. The ball glanced softly off the cross bar and fell to the FieldTurf inches from the goal line but USF could not send it to the back of the net.
USF held a 14-12 shot advantage over the Roadrunners, including 9-6 in the second half.
San Francisco takes part in the Bay Area Classic in which it will host Stanford (Sept. 16) before making the trip across the bridge to play at #25 California (Sept. 19).
Overall Record: 2-2-0 WCC Record: 0-0-0
The Broncos picked up a big win Sunday, beating Marquette on the road, 2-0. The match marked the last of a four-match road swing to start the year, playing twice at the UC Irvine Collegiate Classic and twice at the Marquette Invitational.
Juniors Eric Masch and Brandon Zimmerman provided goals and goalkeeper Kevin Klasila posted his second shutout of the young season.
Santa Clara dropped a 1-0 decision to an upstart Valparaiso squad Friday in the first game of the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee.
Regional rivals Santa Clara and #25 California are set to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday night at SCU's Buck Shaw Stadium. It marks the Broncos' 2010 home opener and the first of two games SCU will play in the 2010 Bay Area Classic. The Broncos second game of the tournament will be at Stanford on September 19th.