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WCC Men's Soccer Gears Up for 2009 Season

Aug. 31, 2009

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The seven WCC men's soccer teams will begin their 2009 campaigns this Saturday.


All Times PST

Trinity Western at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
4:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at San Diego State San Diego, CA
4:00 PM
Sacramento State at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
Missouri-Kansas City at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Northridge at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
UC Irvine at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Alabama A&M at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
GONZAGA at Ohio State University Columbus, OH
4:30 PM
Virginia at PORTLAND Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SANTA CLARA vs. Cleveland State Irvine, CA
5:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
7:00 PM
GONZAGA at Penn State University Park, PA
9:00 AM
SAN DIEGO at San Diego State San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Saint Louis at PORTLAND Portland, OR
2:30 PM
UC Riverside at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
3:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA
4:00 PM


San Francisco Selected as Preseason Favorite in 2009 WCC Men's Soccer Poll
The 2008 WCC Champion University of San Francisco garnered the maximum six first place votes to earn the top spot in the 2009 West Coast Conference men's soccer preseason coaches poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Dons are followed by Bay Area rival Santa Clara University, who was selected as the preseason favorite last year. Loyola Marymount University and Gonzaga University both moved up from last season's coaches' poll and now are tied for third place. Rounding out this year's list are the University of San Diego, which was selected fifth, followed by the University of Portland and Saint Mary's College.

2009 WCC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. San Francisco 36 (6)
2. Santa Clara 24
3. Loyola Marymount 23 (1)
Gonzaga (23)
5. San Diego 19
6. Portland 16
7. Saint Mary's 6
(First place votes)

2008 WCC Player of the Year Conor Chinn was one of two WCC players to be named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. .

Two WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
The WCC landed two players on the 2009 Men's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. 2008 WCC Player of the Year Conor Chinn from San Francisco was selected, as was Loyola Marymount's Rafael Baca.

After shattering the WCC record with 17 goals, including six game-winners, Chinn was also selected to the 2009 College Soccer News All-American Second Team. Baca, the first LMU soccer player to be included on the Hermann Trophy List, led the Lions with five goals and 11 points last season, earning him a selection to the NSCAA/adidas All-West Region Third Team.

2009 WCC Preseason All-Conference
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team for the first time. Below is the list of players named to the 2009 WCC preseason all-conference team.

Preseason All-Conference Team
Jalil Anibaba, Santa Clara - JR, MF
Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount - JR, F
Nick Barclay, Gonzaga - SR, D
Bryan Burke, San Francisco - JR, F
Conor Chinn, San Francisco - SR, F
Roger Downes, Loyola Marymount - SO, D
Austin Guerrero, Portland - JR, GK
Tye Perdido, Gonzaga - SR, MF
Ryan Peterman, San Diego - SR, D
Yousef Samy, Saint Mary's - SR, MF
Collen Warner, Portland - SR, MF



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  • Gonzaga University was picked tied for third in the WCC preseason poll as voted on by the conference coaches.

  • Bulldog forward Tye Perdido and 2008 WCC Defender of the Year Nick Barclay were named to the preseason All-WCC team. Perdido and Barclay were the offensive and defensive leaders, respectively, for the Bulldogs last season and are two of eight returning starters and 19 returning letterwinners.

  • Gonzaga ended last year's season with a 9-8-2 record overall, its third straight nine-win season, and tied for second with University of San Diego, just three points shy of conference title winner University of San Francisco. If the Bulldogs had won their final match of the season, they would have shared the conference title with the Dons.

  • The Bulldogs open the season at home against Trinity Western University tomorrow (9/1) at 4 PM.

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  • Loyola Marymount was selected tied for third with Gonzaga in the WCC preseason poll. In addition, forward Rafael Baca and defender Roger Downes were named to the preseason all-WCC team.

  • Baca and Downes are two of eight starters and 17 letterwinners returning from last year's season. Baca was recently selected to the 2009 Hermann Trophy Watch List, becoming the first Loyola Marymount men's soccer player to be included on the annual list. In 2008, Baca was a First Team All-WCC selection, and Downes was named the WCC Freshman of the Year.

  • The Lions went 7-8-5 overall last season and 5-6-1 in conference play, finishing fifth in the WCC.

  • Loyola Marymount begins its season on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs tomorrow (9/1) at 4 PM.

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  • Portland was chosen sixth by the WCC coaches in the preseason poll.

  • One of four conference programs to land two players on the preseason All-WCC team, the Pilots welcome back All-WCC First Team midfielder Collen Warner and All-WCC Honorable Mention goalkeeper Austin Guerrero. Warner is the team's top returning scorer and the conference's assists leader from last fall, while Guerrero is currently No. 6 all-time in program history with 176 saves.

  • The Pilots ended last season with am 8-10-2 overall record. They look to improve on last season's sixth place finish with 12 returning letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad and the addition of nine newcomers.

  • Portland opens the 2009 campaign by hosting the Nike Invitational at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Portland's first match is scheduled for Friday (9/4) against Virginia at 7 PM.

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  • Saint Mary's was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, despite coming off its best season finish in conference since the WCC went to a double round robin schedule back in 2004.

  • Midfielder Yousef Samy was voted to the preseason All-WCC team after leading the the Gaels in points and setting the Saint Mary's single season record in penalty kick goals in 2008. Samy is one of 20 returning players, 10 of which are from last year's starting line-up.

  • The Gaels ended the fall of 2008 with a 6-9-4 record overall. This season, eight newcomers have been added to the roster in hopes of improving on their fourth place conference finish.

  • Saint Mary's competed in an exhibition match at Stanford last Tuesday, which ended in a 0-0 tie with the Cardinal. The Gaels are scheduled to set off the regular season at home against Sacramento State tomorrow (9/1) at 4 PM.

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  • San Diego was voted fifth in the preseason poll by the conference head coaches.

  • Defender Ryan Peterman was named to the preseason All-WCC team. He and goalkeeper Kelin Briones are the only two All-WCC First Team members to return this season. Briones played a significant role on the team last season, recording 65 saves and four shutouts.

  • San Diego went 6-10-4 overall but picked it up in conference play to end the season third in the WCC.

  • Head coach Seamus McFadden enters his 30th season with the Toreros. Coach McFadden ranks 12th nationally in wins among active Division I coaches and 31st all-time.

  • San Diego opens the season by hosting Cal State Northridge tomorrow (9/1) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco was selected to finish first in the 2009 WCC preseason coaches poll, garnering the maximum six first place votes.

  • The Dons are excited to return eight starters from last year's squad, headlined by WCC Player of the Year Conor Chinn. After becoming ranked No. 8 among national Division I leaders in goals per game last season, Chinn was also named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List and selected to the preseason All-WCC team.

  • Despite losing to Loyola Marymount (4-5) to end the 2008 regular season, San Francisco still won the conference title outright due to Gonzaga's loss to Saint Mary's the same day. With its third WCC title in five years, San Francisco moved on to the first round of the NCAA Tourna¬ment, where the team lost to then No. 10-ranked California.

  • The Dons start the 2009 season against Missouri-Kansas City at home tomorrow (9/1) at 7 PM.

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  • Santa Clara was tabbed as the runner-up in the 2009 WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • Center defender Jalil Anibaba was also named to the preseason All-WCC team. Anibaba started 18 games last season after being named the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2007. He is one of seven returning starters and 18 letterwinners.

  • After suffering a disappointing 2008 campaign, finishing seventh in the WCC and going 4-9-7 overall, the Santa Clara team hopes to bounce back this year, in search of its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance.

  • The Broncos officially kick off their season at home against UC Irvine tomorrow (9/1) at 7 PM. At the match, Broncos players and fans will celebrate their 20th anniversary of winning the NCAA title in 1989.