Sept. 3, 2008
|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.
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.
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