Sept. 4, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
David Niemeyer, Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount midfielder David Niemeyer helped lead the Lions to a 1-1-0 record on the week, as LMU continued its hot start to the 2006 season. Niemeyer scored his first goal of the year, and the second of his career, to give the Lions the lead in last Monday's 2-1 loss at Central Connecticut State. The Long Beach, CA native then helped LMU record a victory in its home opener on Saturday, with the senior assisting on Brad Stisser's game-winning goal as the Lions knocked off visiting Marquette, 2-1. Niemeyer also attempted a team-high four shots in Saturday's win.
1 Loyola Marymount vs. Rhode Island - 10:30 AM
2 Gonzaga vs. Xavier - 1:30 PM
3 San Francisco at Penn State - 2:00 PM
4 Bowling Green at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
5 St. Louis at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
2 Gonzaga at Oregon State - 7:30 PM
3 San Francisco vs. Ohio State - 9:00 AM
1 Loyola Marymount at Harvard - 11:00 AM
4 UC Riverside at Saint Mary's - 11:00 AM
1 Harvard Tournament (Cambridge, MA); 2 Hensor/Zaher Classic (Corvallis, OR); 3 Penn State Classic (University Park, PA); 4 Saint Mary's Classic (Moraga & Sacramento, CA); 5 adidas/SCU Classic (Santa Clara, CA)
Around The WCC
More Clean Sheets
WCC defenses continue to be hard on opposing attackers as conference squads combined to post three shutouts over the weekend. San Francisco and Santa Clara each posted 2-0 victories, while Portland battled to a 0-0 tie against Vermont on Friday. The Dons defeated San Jose State on the road to notch the team's third straight shutout to begin the season, while the Broncos handed then-No. 28 ranked Northwestern a shutout defeat at the UC Irvine Classic. Conference squads posted seven shutouts on the opening weekend of the season, and have kept a total of 10 clean sheets in 24 matches (.417 percentage) so far this year.
WCC Defenses Don't Rest
Tough defense has been the hallmark of West Coast Conference teams so far this season, as league squads have racked up a 13-6-5 record against non-conference opposition through two weeks of play. WCC teams have out-scored their opponents by a 36-21 margin, and have proven especially tough to score upon as six of the conference's seven teams have conceded four goals or fewer so far this season. San Francisco has yet to let up a goal, while Portland has surrendered just one goal through three games and Santa Clara and San Diego have allowed just two goals each.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga played two games in two days at the Anders Navy Classic, playing UMBC to a 2-2 draw before falling to the host Midshipmen on Sunday, 2-1.
- George Josten scored goals in back-to-back games over the weekend, bringing his career goals total to 19 and putting him into sole possession of fourth place on the Gonzaga career goals list. The junior also ranks fifth on the GU career points chart with 45.
- Chris Hoyd became the sixth different Bulldog to score this season, tallying an unassisted goal against UMBC on Saturday. The Zags have scored seven goals as a team this season, tying them with San Diego for second in the conference in goals scored.
- Gonzaga continues its seven-game road stint at the Hensor/Zaher Classic in Corvallis, OR this weekend. The Zags will face Xavier (9/8) and host Oregon State (9/9).
Loyola Marymount Lions (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount opened its home schedule with a 2-1 victory over visiting Marquette on Saturday.
- Brad Stisser, a sophomore transfer from Coastal Carolina, scored his first goal in a Lion uniform on Saturday, netting the game-winner against Marquette.
- Bobby Burling scored LMU's first goal against Marquette, giving the senior 12 career scoring strikes during his Lion career and putting him into a tie for seventh place on the LMU career goals list.
- Adam Sloustcher, a transfer from North Carolina, picked up his first assist of the season against Marquette, helping to set up Burling's goal.
- LMU heads to the Harvard Tournament to meet Rhode Island (9/8) and the Crimson (9/10).
Portland Pilots (1-0-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland hosted the Nike Invitational over the weekend, battling Vermont to a 0-0 tie before defeating Air Force on Sunday, 2-1.
- Friday's tie with Vermont marked the second straight scoreless draw to begin the season for the Pilots. It marked the first time since 1985 that a UP squad has started the season with two ties, and the second time in three years that Pilots have recorded back-to-back shutouts to begin a season.
- Alex Elliott snapped a 239 minute UP scoreless streak with a goal against Air Force.
- Christopher Sanders, who sat out the 2005 season with an injury, scored the game-winning goal against Air Force. It marked his 15th career goal in a Pilot uniform.
- UP has the week off before hitting the road for four straight matches on September 15.
Saint Mary's Gaels (1-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's endured a tough week, dropping a pair of 1-0 contests to San Jose State and Cal Poly over the weekend.
- The Gaels out-shot San Jose State on Thursday by a 23-8 margin, led by Carlos Diaz' game-high six shot attempts.
- Goalkeeper Brian Mason became just the fifth SMC goalkeeper to crack the 200 saves barrier, making six saves on the weekend to bring his career total to an even 200. Mason, who has led the WCC in saves in each of the last two seasons, currently ranks fifth on the SMC career list for saves.
- The Gaels remain at home this weekend to host the Saint Mary's Classic. SMC will face off against Bowling Green (9/8) and UC Riverside (9/10) at Saint Mary's Stadium.
San Diego Toreros (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego suffered its first setback of the season with a 2-1 loss on the road to Brown. USD's match against Providence on Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather.
- Michael Caso scored San Diego's lone goal in the loss to Brown, marking his first goal of the season. The senior has scored 15 goals during his career at USD, making him the team's active career leader in goals.
- Eric Pohl assisted on the goal, giving him three assists on the year and 11 for his career.
- Ryan Guy, the WCC's leader in shots in each of the last two seasons, attempted three shots against Brown.
- San Diego has the week off before beginning a five-match homestand on September 12.
San Francisco Dons (3-0-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco remained undefeated on the season, notching a 2-0 win over San Jose State on the road on Sunday. The Dons moved up to No. 9 in the Soccer America rankings after beginning the season with three straight wins for just the second time since 1995.
- Freshman Conor Chinn tallied the first goal of his collegiate career in the second half of the win over the Spartans.
- Aaron Chandler picked up his team-high second assist of the season, aiding in Chinn's first career goal against San Jose State.
- The Dons face a challenging week ahead as they continue their season-high six-match road stretch. USF heads to the Penn State Classic this weekend where they will face the No. 10 ranked Nittany Lions (9/8) and No. 27 ranked Ohio State (9/10).
Santa Clara Broncos (3-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara began play at the UC Irvine Classic with an impressive 2-0 win over then-No. 28 ranked Northwestern before defeating Niagara on Monday, 4-1.
- Jeff Cosgriff scored goals in both of SCU's wins over the weekend, giving the freshman goals in three consecutive games for the Broncos.
- Erik Ustruck assisted on a pair of goals in Monday's win over Niagara, matching his assist total for the entire 2005 season.
- Amaechi Igwe's first collegiate goal opened the scoring in Monday's win over Niagara.
- Santa Clara returns to Buck Shaw Stadium to host No. 24 ranked St. Louis on Friday in the adidas/SCU Classic.
Games To Watch
#9 San Francisco at #10 Penn State - Friday, September 8 at 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco enters the most challenging portion of its non-conference schedule at the Penn State Tournament this weekend, where they will meet the host Nittany Lions as well as Ohio State. The Dons have been led by their defense so far this season, with goalkeeper Geremy Uhl recording three straight shutouts to begin the season. Penn State was ranked as high as No. 5 in the 2006 preseason polls, but has stumbled to a 1-3-0 record against an extremely challenging non-conference schedule so far this season.
Gonzaga at #30 Oregon State - Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 PM (PT)
Gonzaga will look to get back on the winning track at the Hensor/Zaher Classic hosted by Oregon State this weekend. Junior forward George Josten found his scoring stride for the Zags last weekend, netting goals in back-to-back games and leading a GU attack that has scored seven goals in four games so far this season. The Beavers posted a 3-0 win over UNLV on Sunday, and enter the weekend with a 3-1-0 record.