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WCC Weekly Men's Soccer Notes

Sept. 1, 2010

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Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, and San Diego kick off the non-conference season on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The Lions are the preseason favorite for the WCC title, edging Portland and San Diego by a spread of six points.


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 - 206. San Francisco - 127. 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

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: 0-0-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga is expected to look to senior forward Nick Love for leadership as he is the only senior with three years experience in the program. He is the top returner in both goals and assists from a season ago.

  • Sophomore midfielder James Matern is the only returning player to have earned conference honors last year after being named All-WCC honorable mention and selected to the league's all-freshman team.

  • The Zags finished the 2009 season with a 6-10-3 overall record and went 3-8-1 in WCC play.

  • Gonzaga opens the season with seven straight road contests, including three out-of-state trips to California, Illinois and Oregon. It all begins Sept. 1 at No. 25 UC Irvine. The team's only six home matches are all WCC contests.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount just edged out Portland and San Diego for the top spot in the 2010 WCC preseason coaches poll with 32 points and three first place votes. Top returners include All-WCC selections in senior forward Rafael Baca and senior midfielderVincent Ocampo, both preseason picks. Baca also has been named by College Soccer News to its Preseason All-America Third team.

  • LMU's 2010 schedule features five opponents who played in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and seven who won 10 or more contests a year ago. The Lions are looking to return to the postseason for the second straight year and sixth time since 2001.

  • The Lions finished the 2009 season 10-9-2 overall and third in the conference at 5-5-2.

  • Loyola Marymount begins play with home contests against San Diego State (Sept. 1) and Cal State Northridge (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland finished a close second in the preseason coaches poll,garnering 28 points and two first-place votes. LMU finished on top with 32 points. With seven starters and 15 letterwinners returning, the Pilots are ranked #19 in the preseason NSCAA poll.

  • Portland led the way with three players selected to the preseason all-conference team: senior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero; junior defender Ryan Kawulok and senior midfielder Jarad vanSchaik.

  • The Pilots finished fourth in WCC play in 2009 with a 4-4-4 mark and were 12-6-5 overall. They advanced as far as the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

  • Portland opens by hosting the Nike Portland Invitational where it will face Northern Illinois (Sept. 3) and Evansville (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's returns the WCC Coach of the Year in Adam Cooper as well as senior defender Jordan Grider and senior midfielder Dylan Leslie, both all-conference picks a year ago and preseason selections in 2010. Grider is the defending WCC Defensive Player of the Year while Leslie has been nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

  • Fifteen new faces grace the Saint Mary's roster, including 13 freshmen and a pair oftransfers.

  • The Gaels concluded the 2009 season 10-5-5 overall, their best record in school history, and a 6-3-3 mark in the WCC, good for second place.

  • Saint Mary's hosts its own tournament on the season's first weekend and will play Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 3) and ninth-ranked Northwestern (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego returns 16 players from a year ago, including defending WCC Freshman of the Year and all-conference selection in sophomore forward Patrick Wallen, also named to this year's preseason team.

  • The USD roster features players from seven different countries: Brazil, England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Sweden. There also are players from six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Kansas.

  • The defending WCC champ Toreros posted a 8-2-2 mark in league play a year ago to go along with their 12-6-2 overall ledger. They advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament.

  • San Diego plays its season opener on the road at Cal State Northridge (Sept. 3) before its home opener against crosstown rival San Diego State (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco will have a new look this season with just six returning upperclassmen. One of the key veterans is senior forward Bryan Burke, a preseason all-conference pick. He led the team last year with seven assists and is the top returning scorer. Senior midfielder Victor Cortez captured honorable mention accolades from the league coaches last year.

  • USF will be playing on a new field this year. They'll still be at Negoesco Stadium but the surface will be newly installed FieldTurf.

  • The Dons were 7-10-2 overall in 2009 and 4-7-1 in WCC matches.

  • San Francisco remains in the Bay Area for its first 11 matches, with seven being played at home. It begins with No. 9 Northwestern (Sept. 3) at home before a short trip to the East Bay to face Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 5) as part of the Saint Mary's Tournament.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara boasts two preseason all-conference selections insophomore forward Erik Hurtado and junior defender Eric Masch. Hurtado was a second-team All-WCC pick last season after leading the Broncos with seven goals, 16 points and 42 shots to go along with three game-winners.

  • SCU plays five of its first six and eight of their first 10 matches on the road. The team also will host five of its last eight at Buck Shaw Stadium.

  • The Broncos finished the 2009 campaign with a 6-9-5 overall record and a 4-5-3 mark against league opponents.

  • Santa Clara opens the season with four weekends of tournaments beginning with the UC Irvine Tournament where it will face Wisconsin (Sept. 4). The balance of the event will be played next week against Loyola Chicago (Sept. 6).