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WCC Men's Soccer Completes First Week of Non Conference Play

Sept. 8, 2009

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Oregon State University at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
Portland at Vermont Burlington, VT
1:30 PM
Georgia Southern University at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
4:00 PM
San Jose State at LMU Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PM
Sacramento State at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Pennsylvania at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
University of Detroit Mercy at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
PORTLAND vs. New Hampshire Burlington, VT
1:30 PM
Wisconsin at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at CSU Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
3:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
6:00 PM
Sacramento State at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM


WCC Player of the Week: Conor Chinn, San Francisco
In the Dons' season opener last Tuesday, All-American forward Conor Chinn scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 rout of 2008 NCAA Tournament participant UMKC and provided the game-winner at New Mexico in the closing minutes in Albuquerque on Sunday. It was the 10th career game-winner for Chinn, who has now scored 19 goals in his last 19 matches.

Each week, the West Coast Conference will select a Player of the Week based on the previous week's men's soccer performances. For more information about the WCC Player of the Week selection(s) and other news, please log on to WCCsports.com.

San Francisco Selected as Preseason Favorite in 2009 WCC Men's Soccer Poll
The 2008 WCC Champion University of San Francisco garnered the maximum six first place votes to earn the top spot in the 2009 West Coast Conference men's soccer preseason coaches poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Dons are followed by Bay Area rival Santa Clara University, who was selected as the preseason favorite last year. Loyola Marymount University and Gonzaga University both moved up from last season's coaches' poll and now are tied for third place. Rounding out this year's list are the University of San Diego, which was selected fifth, followed by the University of Portland and Saint Mary's College.

2009 WCC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
1. San Francisco 36 (6)
2. Santa Clara 24
3. Loyola Marymount 23 (1)
Gonzaga (23)
5. San Diego 19
6. Portland 16
7. Saint Mary's 6
(First place votes)

Loyola Marymount's Rafael Baca was one of two WCC players to be named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Baca scored two goals last week to help lead the Lions to a 2-1 win over San Diego State.

Two WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
The WCC landed two players on the 2009 Men's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. 2008 WCC Player of the Year Conor Chinn from San Francisco was selected, as was Loyola Marymount's Rafael Baca.

After shattering the WCC record with 17 goals, including six game-winners, Chinn was also selected to the 2009 College Soccer News All-American Second Team. Baca, the first LMU soccer player to be included on the Hermann Trophy List, led the Lions with five goals and 11 points last season, earning him a selection to the NSCAA/adidas All-West Region Third Team.

2009 WCC Preseason All-Conference
In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coaches were also asked to submit a preseason all-conference team for the first time. Below is the list of players named to the 2009 WCC preseason all-conference team.

Preseason All-Conference Team
Jalil Anibaba, Santa Clara - JR, MF
Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount - JR, F
Nick Barclay, Gonzaga - SR, D
Bryan Burke, San Francisco - JR, F
Conor Chinn, San Francisco - SR, F
Roger Downes, Loyola Marymount - SO, D
Austin Guerrero, Portland - JR, GK
Tye Perdido, Gonzaga - SR, MF
Ryan Peterman, San Diego - SR, D
Yousef Samy, Saint Mary's - SR, MF
Collen Warner, Portland - SR, MF



Overall Record: 0-0-0
WCC Record: 1-1-1
  • Gonzaga kicked off the regular season with a 5-1 win over Trinity Western University of Langley, British Columbia last Tuesday. Zag midfielder Ben Funkhouser tallied a goal and an assist, while the team converted a pair of penalty kicks.

  • Over the weekend, the Bulldogs competed in the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic. On Friday, the Bulldogs came from behind to tie host Ohio University 1-1 in double-overtime in the nightcap-- thanks to a goal by Joel Schilperoort in the last 10 minutes of regulation--and then on Sunday, fell to Penn State University 1-0.

  • Goalkeeper Scott Barnum was named to the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic All-Tournament team. He has allowed only one goal in each of the three Zag matches thus far and brings a 0.96 GAA into this week's play. Defender Mitch Boland was also named to the All-Tournament team.

  • The Zags will be back in action on Tuesday (9/8) against Oregon State at 5:00 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • Loyola Marymount got its season off to an exciting start with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at San Diego State. Hermann Trophy Watch List member Rafael Baca scored both goals, leading the Lions to their first season opening win since 2006 and an improved head-to-head record of 4-1-1 against the Aztecs.

  • Loyola Marymount suffered its first defeat of the season on Sunday, falling 1-0 at Cal State Northridge. The Lions, which had 10 shots in Tuesday's opener at San Diego State, were held to 11 attempts by the Matadors, who registered 21 shots of their own. The Lions actually did manage to put the ball in the back of the net but sophomore Phil Da Silva's goal in the 63rd minute was disallowed for offside.

  • The Lions will make their home debut next week after two road games to open the 2009 season. The Lions host San Jose State on Friday (9/11) at 4 PM before traveling to No. 22-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Sunday (9/13) at 6 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • Portland dropped its season opener in a 3-0 loss to No. 16-ranked Virginia at the 2009 Nike Invitational in front of 2,122 fans at Merlo Field on Friday night. Virginia finished with an 11-4 advantage in shots.

  • The Pilots got three goals from three different players to earn a 3-1 win over the No. 21-ranked St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Collen Warner scored Portland's first goal of the season and gave the Pilots a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The other two goals were scored in the second half by defender Ryan Kawulok and forward Ryan Luke.

  • Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero recorded three saves on the night, while St. Louis' Ross Kaufman only had two.

  • The Pilots will compete at the Vermont Classic where they will take on New Hampshire on Friday (9/11) at 1:00 PM before facing host Vermont on Sunday (9/13) at 8:00 AM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 2-0-1
  • Saint Mary's started off the regular season with three homes games. The first match ended in a 1-1 tie with Sacramento State. Freshman defender Trevor Newquist scored the equalizer, his first collegiate goal.

  • On Friday, the Gaels picked up their first win of the season against Alabama A&M at the Saint Mary's Tournament. Midfielder Justin Grider scored the lone goal in the 12th minute.

  • Saint Mary's concluded the tournament on Sunday with a 2-1 win in overtime over UC Riverside. The Gaels stepped up their offense and took 12 of their 17 shots in the second half alone, one of which resulted in the equalizer (sophomore Emmanuel Sarabia one touched it into the goal in the 81st minute). Forward Mark Araujo scored the game-winning goal 2:53 into overtime.

  • The Gaels will be on the road this week to compete against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday (9/13) at 3:00 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 2-0-0
  • San Diego opened its season in front of over 1,000 fans in the stands at Torero Stadium last Tuesday. The men's soccer team won 2-0 in their home opener against Cal State Northridge.

  • In the 64th minute, the Toreros broke a scoreless tie when freshman midfielder Dan Delgado broke past a Northridge defender to score his first collegiate goal. In the 85th minute, the Toreros scored again as forward Kyle Ochoa fired off a shot past Northridge keeper Brandon Ibarra from eight yards out, lifting the Toreros to a 2-0 lead.

  • In the 1-0 Torero win over crosstown rival San Diego State on Saturday afternoon, freshman forward Patrick Wallen recorded his first collegiate goal. Goalkeeper Kelin Briones improved his shutout streak to two matches with nine saves on the day.

  • San Diego returns home to Torero Stadium to face Wisconsin on Friday (9/11) at 7:00 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 2-0-0
  • The No. 21-ranked San Francisco team posted a 4-1 victory against Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night at Negoesco Stadium in the 2009 season opener for both teams. The Dons recorded a pair of goals in each half and improved to 2-0 against the Kangaroos, the defending Summit League Tournament Champions.

  • All-American and WCC Player of the Week Conor Chinn scored the game-winner in the 1-0 victory at New Mexico on Saturday night in front of 2,005 people at the UNM Soccer Complex. Chinn was assisted by forward Bryan Burke and beat Lobos' keeper Justin Fite one-on-one for the scoring tally. This is Chinn's 19th goal in his last 19 matches and 10th career game-winner.

  • So far this season, San Francisco has outscored its opponents 5-1.

  • The Dons will host Sacramento State on Friday (9/11) at 7:00 PM.

  • Overall Record: 0-0-0
    WCC Record: 1-2-0
  • Santa Clara opened its season with a 3-2 double overtime loss to No. 15-ranked UC Irvine at home. The Broncos outshot the Anteaters 3-2 in the first overtime period but could not convert. The Anteaters ended the battle with a goal in the 104th minute of play.

  • The Broncos bounced back at the UCI College Classic last Saturday and defeated Cleveland State 3-2. Midfielder Chris Sauter scored one goal in the first half, while defender Eric Masch scored two in the second.

  • On Sunday, the Broncos were disappointed by Long Island University with two second-half goals. Santa Clara was held scoreless despite outshooting the Blackbirds 13-5, which included a 10-3 shot advantage in the second half.

  • Santa Clara will be back at home on Sunday (9/13) against Sacramento State at 7:00 PM.