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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/3

Sept. 3, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Jamil Roberts, Santa Clara

Jamil Roberts led Santa Clara to a pair of wins to open the 2007 season over the weekend. The senior captain scored a goal and collected two assists in Friday's 3-2 win over Alabama A&M before helping the Broncos post a 2-0 shutout victory over Vermont on Sunday. Roberts opened up the scoring on Friday, tallying a goal before assisting on two more Bronco goals, including Stephen McCarthy's game-winner in the 83rd minute. The defender was also solid on Sunday, helping limit the Catamounts to just four shots and providing a goal-line clearance to thwart a Vermont attack.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 7
Washington at Gonzaga - 4:00 PM
1 Santa Clara at Brown - 4:30 PM
2 Portland at Sacramento State - 5:00 PM
3 Loyola Marymount at New Mexico - 6:00 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Sept. 8
Cal State Bakersfield at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM

Sept. 9
1 Santa Clara at Boston University - 9:00 AM
3 Loyola Marymount vs. Central Florida - 10:00 AM
2 Portland at UC Davis - 1:00 PM
New Jersey Tech at San Diego - 2:00 PM
San Jose State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

1 adidas/Brown Classic (Providence, RI); 2 Copa de Causeway (Sacramento/Davis, CA); 3 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invite (Albuquerque, NM)

Around The WCC

Zags Knock Off Top-Ranked Foe
Gonzaga posted perhaps the biggest upset in the nation over the weekend, handing No. 1 ranked and defending national champion UC Santa Barbara a 1-0 defeat on the road on Sunday. Senior Grant Lundberg provided the game-winner for the Zags, who last defeated a top-ranked opponent in 1999.

Overtime And Shutouts Highlight Opening Weekend
Three non-conference matches ventured into overtime on the opening weekend of the 2007 season, and all three contests ended in sudden-death victories. San Francisco was the only conference team to triumph in overtime, getting a goal from freshman Jeff Penna to defeat Alabama A&M on Sunday. Portland fell to Cal State Bakersfield in overtime, 2-1, despite out-shooting the Roadrunners by a large 31-13 margin, while Saint Mary's also fell in extra periods to Charlotte on Sunday, 2-1. Four WCC teams posted shutouts on the opening weekend of the 2007 season. Portland provided the biggest scoring difference, handing New Hampshire a 3-0 defeat on Sunday. Saint Mary's and Santa Clara each posted 2-0 victories on the weekend, and Gonzaga topped UCSB, 1-0.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from a 1-0 loss at UC Irvine on Friday to knock off No. 1 ranked and defending national champion UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, 1-0.

- Grant Lundberg netted the game-winning goal against the Gauchos, propelling the Zags to the program's first win over a top-ranked opponent since 1999, when GU toppled Creighton on the road, 1-0.

- George Josten assisted on Lundberg's goal, giving the senior 11 career assists to move into a tie for seventh place on the GU career list.

- Vito Higgins collected five saves and recorded his ninth career shutout on Sunday.

- Gonzaga hosts Washington (9/7) in its lone match this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (0-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount opened the 2007 season at home on Saturday, falling 2-0 to Cal Poly at Sullivan Field.

- Patrick Lane made his first career start in between the pipes for the Lions, collecting three saves in 90 minutes of action.

- Head Coach Paul Krumpe fielded a number of new faces in the season opener, as 10 different newcomers made their LMU debuts on Saturday.

- Tyler Mehl paced the Lion attack, collecting a team-high three shots in the defeat. Brad Stisser attempted two shots, with both coming on goal.

- The Lions travel to the TLC Plumbing & Utility Invite in Albuquerque this weekend where they will face host New Mexico (9/7) and Central Florida (9/9).

Portland Pilots (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal State Bakersfield to post a convincing 3-0 win over New Hampshire in the Nike Invitational at Merlo Field over the weekend.

- Jeff Griffin assisted on a pair of Pilot goals over the weekend, assisting on Bryan Irwin's strike on Friday and helping on Collen Warner's goal to open the scoring in Sunday's win over the Wildcats.

- Alex Elliott had a hand in two of Portland's goals on Sunday, getting his first tally of the season in the 56th minute and assisting on freshman Ryan Luke's first collegiate goal to close out the game.

- Portland travels to the Copa de Causeway this weekend, where they will meet Sacramento State (9/7) and UC Davis (9/9).

Saint Mary's Gaels (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's notched a 2-0 victory at Davidson to open up the new season before falling in overtime to Charlotte on Sunday, 2-1.

- Brian Mason collected a pair of saves on Friday to notch his first shutout of the season. The senior is Saint Mary's all-time leader with 14.5 career clean sheets.

- Justin Kim, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, made his impact felt in his first game as a Gael by assisting on both Saint Mary's goals on Friday.

- Freshman Erik Rivas tallied his first collegiate goal in Friday's win, netting Saint Mary's second score in the 82nd minute.

- The Gaels return to Moraga for their home opener against Cal State Bakersfield (9/8).

San Diego Toreros (0-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego opened the 2007 campaign against No. 11 ranked California at home, falling to the Golden Bears on Friday by a 2-0 margin.

- Goalkeeper Kelin Briones made the start in net for the Toreros, playing all 90 minutes and collecting four saves on Friday.

- San Diego out-shot California, 14-10, with Colin Jennings attempting a match-high four shots. Four Toreros had multiple shots in the contest.

- Three freshman saw action in USD's first game of the season, as Brandon Kelley, Kyle Ochoa, and JD Penilton all made their collegiate debuts.

- San Diego remains at home for a pair of non-conference matches this weekend, welcoming Fairleigh Dickinson (9/7) and New Jersey Tech (9/9) to Torero Stadium.

San Francisco Dons (1-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Vermont in the season opener to edge Alabama A&M in overtime on Sunday, 3-2.

- Freshman Jeff Penna scored his first two goals in a USF uniform on Sunday, tallying on a header in the 60th minute and providing the game-winner in overtime against the Bulldogs.

- Conor Chinn enjoyed a solid outing on Sunday, opening up the scoring in the victory and assisting on Penna's game-winning goal in overtime.

- Jeremy Coupe, a senior transfer from Cal Poly, made the start in net on Sunday and collected seven saves in the win.

- The Dons host San Jose State (9/9) in their lone match this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (2-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara got the season off to a great start at home, edging Alabama A&M on Friday, 3-2, before handing Vermont a 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

- Stephen McCarthy tallied the game-winner in the 83rd minute in Friday's win over Alabama A&M. It marked the first collegiate goal for the 2006 WCC Co-Freshman of the Year.

- Jide Ogunbiyi had a hand in both Bronco goals in Sunday's win over the Catamounts. The junior assisted on Peter Lowry's goal in the 12th minute, before tallying his first goal of the season on a header in the 22nd minute.

- Redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok assisted on both SCU goals in Sunday's win.

- The Broncos travel to the Brown Tournament in Providence, RI where they will meet the host Bears (9/7) and Boston University (9/9) this weekend.

Games To Watch

Loyola Marymount at #10 New Mexico - Friday, September 7 at 6:00 PM
The Lions will look to get back on track after dropping their season-opener to Cal Poly at home on Saturday, 2-0. A tall task awaits, as LMU will meet No. 10 ranked New Mexico to open the TLC Plumbing & Utility Invite in Albuquerque on Friday. The Lions, who debuted 10 newcomers in Saturday's loss to the Mustangs, will face a Lobo squad that is coming off of a 1-1 opening weekend that saw UNM fall to Akron before defeating Hartwick on Sunday.

#5 Santa Clara vs Boston University - Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 AM
Santa Clara looks to continue its hot start to the 2007 season at the adidas/Brown Classic in Providence, RI this weekend. The Broncos will face the host Brown Bears before meeting Boston University on Sunday. The Terriers opened the 2007 season with a 1-0 loss to local rival Boston College, and will meet Northeastern on Monday. The Broncos recorded a pair of wins at home last weekend, including a 2-0 shutout of America East conference member Vermont on Sunday.