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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Aug. 26, 2008

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WCC TEAMS OPEN THE 2008 SEASON THIS WEEKEND
All seven WCC men's soccer teams open the 2008 season this weekend. WCC Preseason favorite Santa Clara opens the season ranked in the top five of all four major soccer polls, including a No. 3 listing in the Soccertimes.com preseason poll.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

August 29
1 Saint Mary's vs. UMBC - 1:00 PM
2 San Diego vs. St. Louis - 1:00 PM
2 New Mexico at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
3 San Francisco at Northwestern - 5:00 PM
Gonzaga at Creighton - 5:30 PM
4 Virginia Tech at Portland - 7:00 PM

August 30
Santa Clara at Loyola-Chicago - 5:00 PM

August 31
1Saint Mary's at Navy - 9:00 AM
3San Francisco vs. Northern Illinois - 10:00 AM
2San Diego vs. New Mexico - 11:30 AM
2St. Louis at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
4Fairleigh Dickinson at Portland - 2:30 PM

September 1
Santa Clara at UIC - 5:00 PM

1 Navy Soccer Classic (Annapolis, MD); 2 LMU Fall Classic (Los Angeles, CA); 3 Northwestern Tournament (Evanston, IL); 4 Nike Portland Invitational (Portland, OR)

AROUND THE WCC




2008 WCC Preseason Poll

1. Santa Clara - 36 (6)
2. San Diego - 30 (1)
3. Portland - 25
4. San Francisco - 20
5. Loyola Marymount - 14
6. Gonzaga - 12
7. Saint Mary's - 10
(First place votes)


Santa Clara Selected As Preseason Favorite In 2008 WCC Men's Soccer Poll
Santa Clara has been selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2008 WCC regular season title, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Broncos, who will be returning seven starters from last year's squad, received six first place votes for a total of 36 points. This marks the fourth time in the past five years that Santa Clara has been voted the preseason favorite. Tabbed second was San Diego, which totaled 30 points with one first place vote. Rounding out the top three was Portland (25), which advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament. Behind Portland was San Francisco (20), Loyola Marymount (14), Gonzaga (12), which also made the NCAA Tournament last year, and Saint Mary's (10).

Two WCC Men's Soccer Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
A pair of WCC junior standouts were named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland's Collen Warner and Santa Clara's Stephen McCarthey were two of the 48 players selected to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2008. Warner scored three goals and dished out four assists in 2007 en route to All-WCC first team honors last season. McCarthy, an All-WCC second team performer last season, scored six goals for the Broncos in 2007, helping Santa Clara to its second straight WCC title with an unbeaten 10-0-2 record.

WCC Tradition In The NCAA Tournament
The 2007 marked the seventh straight season, and the 19th time in conference history, that multiple WCC teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. Santa Clara played in its fifth straight NCAA Tournament and the 18th in program history, while Portland made its 13th appearance, and Gonzaga earned postseason selection for the second time. WCC teams have made 78 NCAA Tournament appearances since the NCAA competition began, and have claimed five national championships. USF leads all conference teams with four national championships, while SCU earned a share of the Division I crown in 1989 after battling Virginia to a draw in the title game. Santa Clara is the last WCC team to have appeared in a College Cup, advancing to college soccer's "Final Four" in 2003.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 0-0-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga, picked sixth in the WCC preseason coaches poll, advanced to last season's NCAA Tournament, marking the second postseason appearance in program history, and the Bulldogs first since 2001.

  • The Zags will have a much different look in 2008 as they must replace 10 seniors from last year's squad. The Gonzaga roster consists of three seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and 13 freshman newcomers.

  • Junior MF Tye Perdido, a 2007 All-WCC honorable mention selection, is the top returning scorer for the Bulldogs, netting three goals and an assist a year ago for seven points. The return of defenders Nick Barclay and Tim Muravez, two of five players to start all 20 matches a year ago, should solidify the Bulldogs' backline.

  • The Zags open the season on the road at Creighton (8/29) this weekend.
  • August 29
    at Creighton - 5:30 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount, picked fifth in this year's WCC preseason coaches poll, returns six starters and 18 letterwinners. The 18 returning letterwinners accounted for 83 percent of the Lions goals in 2007.

  • Headlining the list of returners for the Lions is sophomore F/MF Rafael Baca, who was named to the All-WCC second team and the All-WCC freshman squad last season. Baca scored two goals and dished out five assists to lead the Lions with nine points. His five assists were tied for the sixth most in the conference and the most among WCC freshmen.

  • The Lions showed flashes of brilliance last season as all three of LMU's victories in 2007 came against nationally ranked opponents (No. 17 New Mexico, No. 6 Harvard, No. 23 Gonzaga).

  • The Lions open the 2008 season by hosting New Mexico (8/29) and Saint Louis (8/31) in the LMU Fall Classic.
  • August 29
    New Mexico - 4:00 PM

    August 31
    Saint Louis - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots, picked third in the 2008 WCC preseason coaches poll, earned their first postseason bid since the 2004 season after winning five of its last six regular season matches to close out the 2007 campaign.

  • The Pilots return six starters and 16 letterwinners from last year. Headlining the list of returners for Portland is junior MF Collen Warner (3g, 4a) and sophomore GK Austin Guerrero, both of whom earned All-WCC first team honors last season. Also back is senior F Bryan Irwin, who finished second on the team with six goals last fall en route to All-WCC honorable mention accolades.

  • Guerrero enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign in the Pilot net, leading the conference with 85 saves and eight shutouts.

  • UP hosts Virginia Tech (8/29) and Fairleigh Dickinson (8/31) in the Nike Portland Invitational
  • August 29
    Virginia Tech - 7:00 PM

    SAugust 31
    Fairleigh Dickinson - 2:30 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels, picked seventh in the WCC preseason poll, welcome back eight starters and 14 letterwinners overall.

  • In 2008, the Gaels will be relying heavily on the strength of their record setting defense. Last season, the Gaels set a program record with a 1.13 goals against average. The Gaels surrendered just 21 goals during the regular season, breaking the previous program-low of 25 set in 1981 and repeated in 1994 and 2004.

  • The Gaels will be without one of their top players as junior MF Dylan Leslie will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL. Leslie was named to the All-WCC first team after tallying four points off one goal and two assists in his sophomore season.

  • The Gaels open the 2008 season at the Navy Soccer Classic where they will take on UM Baltimore-County (8/29) and host Navy (8/31).
  • August 29
    vs. UMBC - 1:00 PM

    August 31
    at Navy - 9:00 AM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros, picked second in the WCC preseason poll, wrapped up the 2007 season with an 11-8-1 overall record and finished second in the WCC with an 8-3-1 mark in conference play.

  • San Diego's second place finish in the WCC standings last season was its highest since 2003, while the Toreros' eight wins in conference play marked a program-best.

  • The Toreros return nine starters and 16 letterwinners from last year. San Diego returns two of the top defenders in the conference in senior Sam Reeder and junior Tim Grey, as both players earned All-WCC second team honors last season.

  • Torero junior F JT Howlan (7g, 4a) is the top returning goal scorer in the WCC.

  • USD takes on Saint Louis (8/29) and New Mexico (8/31) at the LMU Tournament.
  • August 29
    vs. Saint Louis - 1:00 PM

    August 31
    vs. New Mexico - 11:30 AM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco was picked to finish fourth in the WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • The Dons, looking for their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years, return six starters and 18 letterwinners.

  • San Francisco returns one of the top players in the WCC in junior F Conor Chinn. Chinn finished in the top five in the conference in goals (T4th - 6) and points (5th - 16), and ranked tied for 8th in assists (4).

  • Senior GK Eric Conner collected 54 saves during conference play to lead the WCC.

  • USF opens the season at the Northwestern Tournament where the Dons will face the host Wildcats (8/29) and Northern Illinois (8/31).
  • August 29
    at Northwestern - 5:00 PM

    August 31
    vs. No. Illinois - 10:00 AM

    Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the 2008 WCC regular season title, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Broncos have now been selected first in the WCC preseason poll in four of the last five seasons.

  • The Broncos return 15 letterwinners from last year's squad, including two of their top three scorers from last season. Leading the way for Santa Clara will be last year's WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC first team member, Jalil Anibaba (1g, 2a).

  • Junior MF Stephen McCarthey, a 2007 All-WCC second team member, was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List.

  • The Broncos open the 2008 season on the road as they play at Loyola Chicago (8/30) and at Illinois-Chicago (9/1).
  • August 30
    at Loyola-Chicago - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 1
    at UIC - 5:30 PM