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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 3, 2008

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WCC TEAMS CONTINUE CHALLENGING SLATE
West Coast Conference men's soccer teams opened the 2008 season last weekend with an extremely challenging schedule as eight of the 13 WCC opponents were ranked in the top 25. Things don't get any easier as WCC teams take on four more ranked opponents in week two. Loyola Marymount hosts No. 24 Cal Poly, while Portland plays at No. 4 Creighton. The Pilots then face No. 11 Saint Louis at the Creighton Invitational, while the Lions host No. 7 UC Santa Barbara.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

September 5
5Santa Clara at Wisconsin - 3:00 PM
Cal Poly at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
6Houston Baptist at Saint Mary's - 4:30 PM
7Portland at Creighton - 5:00 PM
8Albany at San Diego - 7:00 PM

September 7
7Portland vs. St. Louis - 10:00 AM
Gonzaga at Oregon State - 10:30 AM
8Michigan at San Diego - 1:00 PM
5Santa Clara vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 1:00 PM
6UC Irvine at Saint Mary's - 2:30 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM

5 Wisconsin Invitational (Madison, WI); 6 Saint Mary's Tournament (Moraga, CA); 7 Creighton Invitational (Omaha, NE); 8 San Diego Classic (San Diego, CA)

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Frankie Lopez, POR
Lopez had a phenomenal weekend, scoring four goals and handing out an assist as the Pilots claimed the 2008 Nike Invitational title. Lopez, who was named the tournament's offensive MVP, scored both of Portland's goals on Friday during a 2-2 draw with the 10th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Both of his strikes came during a four minute stretch in the second half. The first tied the score at 1-1, while the second gave UP a 2-1 lead. On Sunday, Lopez netted two more goals and recorded an assist as Portland dominated Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0. For his efforts, Lopez was named to the national team of the week by Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

WCC Teams Playing The Nation's Best
No one will accuse WCC men's soccer teams of playing easy schedules. The WCC has played arguably the toughest schedule in the country in the first two weeks of the season. Once the second week of the season concludes, WCC teams will have faced 12 ranked opponents in 24 combined matches with six of the seven WCC schools facing at least one ranked foe.

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: 0-1-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs dropped their season-opener, falling at No. 6 Creighton, 4-1.

  • Junior MF Tye Perdido, the leading returning scorer for the Bulldogs, headed in a cross by junior MF Bryan Mullaney early in the second half versus Creighton.

  • Perdido's goal snapped a Bulldog scoreless string of 601:21 dating back to last season. Gonzaga went scoreless in the final 548:13 of the 2007 season. The Zags previous goal came in a 1-0 win over the University of San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2007.

  • Freshman GK Andrew Hickman, making his first career start, collected four saves versus Creighton.

  • The Zags look for their first win of the season when they travel to Oregon State (9/7).
  • Sept. 7
    at Oregon State - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-0-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions earned ties against a pair of ranked opponents to start the season, battling No. 10 New Mexico to a 1-1 draw and No. 8 Saint Louis to a 2-2 tie.

  • Freshmen took center stage for the Lions, as LMU started four rookies against New Mexico and five against Saint Louis. Freshmen scored two of LMU's three goals over the weekend, as freshman MF Logan McDaniel scored in his collegiate debut, helping the Lions earn a tie versus No. 10 New Mexico, while freshman F/MF Artur Jozkowicz tallied his first collegiate goal against Saint Louis.

  • Sophomore F Rafael Baca, freshman D Roger Downes, and McDaniel were named to the LMU Fall Classic all-tournament team.

  • The Lions host Cal Poly (9/5) and UC Santa Barbara (9/7) this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    Cal Poly - 4:00 PM

    Sept.
    UCSB - 4:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland posted a 1-0-1 record to start the season, earning a 2-2 tie with then-No. 10 Virginia Tech, before shutting out Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-0.

  • Sophomore F/MF Frankie Lopez was brilliant for the Pilots, scoring four goals and adding an assist in the opening weekend. Lopez scored both goals in the Pilots' tie with Virginia Tech before scoring two more goals, including the game-winning goal, and adding an assist in UP's 4-0 win over FDU. For his efforts, Lopez was named the Nike Invitational tournament offensive MVP.

  • Lopez, the WCC Player of the Week, was named to the national team of the week by Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

  • Freshman D Ryan Kawulok and senior D Bryan Irwin added goals against FDU.

  • Portland plays Creighton (9/5) and Saint Louis (9/7) at the Creighton Invitational.
  • Sept. 5
    at Creighton - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    Saint Louis - 9:00 AM

    Overall Record: 1-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels fell to UMBC, 4-2, to open the season, but bounced back to defeat Navy, 4-2, for their first win of the season.

  • Five different players scored for Saint Mary's over the weekend. Junior MF Yousef Samy tallied goals in both matches to pace the Gaels.

  • The Gaels also got goals from sophomore F Joe Claycomb, freshman MF Jordan Grider, sophomore MF Erik Rivas, and senior D Brian Siu.

  • Saint Mary's dominated the action in the two matches, out-shooting UMBC and Navy by a combined 35-12 margin.

  • Saint Mary's hosts Houston Baptist (9/5) and UC Irvine (9/7) in the Saint Mary's Tournament this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    Houston Baptist - 4:30 PM

    Sept. 7
    UC Irvine - 2:30 PM

    Overall Record: 0-1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros opened the season with a 1-1 tie versus No. 8 Saint Louis, before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to No. 10 New Mexico at the LMU Fall Classic.

  • Freshman F Andrew Feld scored in his collegiate debut to help the Toreros earn the tie versus the No. 8 ranked Billikens. Junior MF Jesse Baker earned the assist on Feld's goal.

  • Junior forward JT Howlan scored the Toreros' lone goal versus No. 10 New Mexico with Feld earning the assist. Howlan is the top returning goal scorer in the WCC after tallying seven goals and four assists in 2007.

  • Senior GK Kelin Briones made three saves in USD's tie with Saint Louis.

  • The Toreros host Albany (9/5) and Michigan (9/7) in the San Diego Classic this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    Albany - 7:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    Michigan - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco opened the season with a pair of 1-0 setbacks, falling at No. 20 Northwestern and versus Northern Illinois at the 2008 Lakeside Classic, hosted by Northwestern.

  • Freshman D Adam Nowak led the way for San Francisco with a pair of shots versus Northwestern and was one of four USF newcomers to start, three of them freshmen.

  • Sophomore F Jonathan McMullen and sophomore D Justin Warren were named to the Lakeside Classic all-tournament team.

  • Senior GK Eric Conner, who collected 54 saves during conference play to lead the WCC last season, posted three saves versus Northwestern.

  • The Dons are idle this week before returning to action at San Jose State (9/10).
  • Sept. 10
    at San Jose State - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos suffered a pair of setbacks to open the season, falling at Loyola-Chicago, 2-1, before dropping a 4-3 decision at No. 16 ranked Illinois-Chicago.

  • Junior MF Jeff Cosgriff netted two goals over the weekend, scoring the Broncos' lone goal versus Loyola-Chicago and adding a score against UIC. The two goals already match Cosgriff's total from last season.

  • Ross Smith and Brian Martin scored their first goals of the season in the loss to UIC.

  • The Broncos are ranked No. 12 in the latest poll Soccer America poll.

  • SCU will play Wisconsin (9/5) and UW-Milwaukee (9/7) in the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invite this weekend.
  • Sept. 5
    at Wisconsin - 3:00 PM

    Sept. 7
    at UW-Milwaukee - 1:00 PM