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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 8/28

Aug. 28, 2006

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WCC Co-Players of the Week
Trini Gomez, Loyola Marymount & Geremy Uhl, San Francisco

Loyola Marymount midfielder Trini Gomez and San Francisco goalkeeper Geremy Uhl share WCC Player of the Week honors after leading their respective squads to big wins over the weekend. Gomez tallied the game-winning goal as the Lions defeated then-No. 2 ranked UConn on the road on Saturday. The victory marked the Huskies' first loss at home since 2004, and propelled LMU to a No. 14 national ranking this week. Uhl was perfect in net as USF claimed the WCC-Pac-10 Classic title over the weekend. The senior made six saves as the No. 10 ranked Dons topped Cal, 1-0, before handing Stanford a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The two clean sheets put Uhl into a tie for sixth place on the WCC career shutouts list with 20.

Upcoming Games

Aug. 31
Saint Mary's at San Jose State - 7:00 PM

Sept. 1
*Gonzaga vs. UMBC - 12:00 PM
San Diego at Brown - 4:30 PM
^Vermont at Portland - 7:00 PM

Sept. 2
Marquette at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
Cal Poly at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
@Santa Clara vs. Northwestern - 5:00 PM

Sept. 3
San Diego at Providence - 8:30 AM
*Gonzaga at Navy - 10:00 AM
^Air Force at Portland - 2:30 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State - 7:00 PM

Sept. 4
@Santa Clara vs. Niagara - 11:00 AM

*Anders Navy Classic (Annapolis, MD); ^Portland/Nike Invitational (Portland, OR); @UC Irvine College Classic (Irvine, CA)

Around The WCC

LMU's Gomez & USF's Uhl Named To National Team Of The Week
Loyola Marymount's Trini Gomez and San Francisco's Geremy Uhl were both named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following the first weekend of the 2006 season. Gomez scored the game-winning goal as LMU upset then-No. 2 ranked UConn on the road, while Uhl recorded shutouts of Cal and Stanford as USF won the WCC-Pac-10 Classic. The two players also shared WCC Player of the Week honors following their performances.

WCC Caps Successful Opening Weekend
All seven WCC men's soccer teams enjoyed an outstanding opening weekend to the 2006 season. Gonzaga started things off by topping UNLV on Friday, 4-1, marking the Zags highest opening day scoring total since a 5-3 win over Air Force in 2003. LMU took the furthest road trip in program history to begin the year, and made it a memorable one by upsetting then-No. 2 ranked UConn, 1-0. Portland began the season at home on Saturday, and battled then-No. 3 ranked New Mexico to a scoreless draw behind solid goalkeeping from Luis Robles. Saint Mary's started the season 1-0-1 at the Wright State Tournament, while San Diego out-scored Rutgers and Albany by a 6-0 margin to begin the new campaign with two wins. San Francisco and Santa Clara took part in the second annual WCC-Pac-10 Classic, with USF shutting out Cal and Stanford en route to the tournament title. Santa Clara handed Stanford a 1-0 defeat before playing Cal to a 1-1 tie on Sunday. WCC teams posted an 8-2-3 overall mark against non-conference foes on the opening weekend, and recorded a 2-0-2 mark against nationally ranked opponents.

Own Goals
San Diego and San Francisco were the beneficiaries of opponents' own goals over the weekend. The Toreros capitalized on rare own goals in back-to-back games during wins over Rutgers and Albany, while USF used an own goal to knock off California on Friday.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga began the 2006 season by handing UNLV a 4-1 defeat on Friday before falling to UC Davis on Sunday, 4-0.

- John Palladino, who sat out all of the 2005 season with a knee injury, scored Gonzaga's first goal in the win over UNLV. It marked the junior's second career scoring strike.

- Freshman Nick Barclay scored in his collegiate debut on Friday, tallying on a header from the top of the box against UNLV.

- Grant Lundberg and John Reha each recorded a goal and an assist in Gonzaga's win over the Rebels.

- Gonzaga, which will not return home to Martin Field until October 6, travels to the Anders Navy Classic this weekend to face UMBC (9/1) and the host Midshipmen (9/3).

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount jumped into the national rankings for the first time this season after upsetting then-No. 2 ranked UConn on the road on Saturday, 1-0. LMU is currently ranked No. 14 in the Soccer America poll, and No. 22 in the College Soccer News rankings. The Lions finished off their season-opening road trip with a 2-1 loss in double-overtime to Central Connecticut State on Monday.

- Trini Gomez, LMU's leading scorer with six goals last season, provided the game-winner against UConn.

- Goalkeeper Robert Flores collected six saves to record his 11th career shutout on Saturday. Flores needs just three more clean sheets to move into a tie with former Lion Jerad Bailey (1997-00) for first place on the LMU career shutouts list with 14.

- LMU returns to Los Angeles for its home opener against Marquette (9/2) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (0-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland started the season off on a strong note on Saturday, battling No. 3 ranked and returning NCAA runner-up New Mexico to a scoreless draw at Merlo Field.

- Goalkeeper Luis Robles collected six saves to record his first shutout of the season on Saturday. Robles currently ranks fifth on the Portland chart with 18 career clean sheets during his time on The Bluff.

- Alex Elliott attempted two of Portland's 10 shots against New Mexico, having a goal called back due to an offside call. Elliott led the team with 49 shot attempts as a freshman during the 2005 season.

- Portland hosts the Nike Invitational this weekend, welcoming Vermont (9/1) and Air Force (9/3) to Merlo Field.

Saint Mary's Gaels (1-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's began the new campaign at the Wright State Tournament, where the Gaels tied Butler, 1-1, before knocking off the host Raiders on Sunday, 2-1.

- Carlos Diaz scored goals in both contests, including the game-winner in Sunday's victory. His two goals already matches his goal total for all of the 2005 season.

- Diaz, Matthew Fitzgerald, and Jason Stanwood were named to the All-Tournament team. Fitzgerald tallied the equalizer in Sunday's win over Wright State, while Stanwood appeared in both games in the Saint Mary's midfield.

- The Gaels travel to San Jose State (8/31) before opening up their home schedule against Cal Poly (9/2) on Saturday.

San Diego Toreros (2-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego kicked off the 2006 season with a bang, shutting out Rutgers on Friday, 2-0, before handing visiting Albany a 4-0 defeat at Torero Stadium on Sunday.

- A pair of freshmen tallied their first collegiate goals for the Toreros over the weekend. Ciaran O'Brien scored the game-winner in Friday's win, while Mike Barbeito scored in Sunday's victory. O'Brien also assisted on a Ryan Guy goal in Sunday's contest.

- Eric Pohl assisted on three goals over the weekend, bringing his career assist total to 11.

- Goalkeeper Lance Friesz kept a clean sheet in both games, bringing his career shutout total to 20 and moving him into a tie for sixth place on the WCC career shutouts list.

- San Diego travels to Brown (9/1) and Providence (9/3) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (2-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco captured the WCC-Pac-10 Classic title with a pair of wins over the weekend. The Dons defeated Cal on the road on Friday, 1-0, before notching a 2-0 victory over Stanford at home on Sunday night.

- Goalkeeper Geremy Uhl made six saves on the weekend and posted two shutouts, putting him into a tie for sixth place on the WCC career shutouts list with 20.

- Ardalan Attar, a former junior college All-American in his first season on the Hilltop, scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's win over Stanford.

- Adam Bergman assisted on Attar's score before netting his first goal of the season to cap USF's win over the Cardinal on Sunday.

- The Dons begin a six-match road stint at San Jose State (9/3) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (1-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara was impressive on the season's opening weekend, handing Stanford a 1-0 defeat before battling then-No. 11 ranked California to a 1-1 tie on Sunday.

- Peter Lowry provided the difference in Friday's win over Stanford, scoring on a penalty kick to bring his career goals total to nine. Six of Lowry's nine career goals have been game-winners for Santa Clara.

- Freshman Jeff Cosgriff notched his first career goal in Sunday's tie with Cal, scoring the equalizer just before halftime.

- Goalkeeper Joe Buttita recorded a shutout in his first collegiate start on Friday.

- SCU heads to Irvine, CA this weekend to face Northwestern (9/2) and Niagara (9/4).

Games To Watch

San Diego at Brown - Friday, September 1 at 4:30 PM
Fresh off of a 2-0 start at home, the Toreros head to the East Coast to take on Brown in Providence, RI on Friday. San Diego got the season off to a great start over the weekend, as the Toreros posted back-to-back shutouts of Rutgers and Albany, out-scoring their opponents by a 6-0 margin. The contest will mark the season opener for Brown, which posted an 11-5-2 mark last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

#10 San Francisco at San Jose State - Sunday, September 3 at 7:00 PM
San Francisco ascended to a No. 10 national ranking in the Soccer America poll after defeating California and Stanford over the weekend. The Dons will put that lofty ranking to the test as the team will play its next six matches on the road, beginning with Sunday's contest at San Jose State. Adam Bergman has provided the scoring spark for the Dons so far, scoring one goal and adding an assist over the weekend. The Spartans dropped a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday to begin the 2006 season.