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WCC Weekly Men's Soccer Notes

Sept. 9, 2010

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2010 MEN'S SOCCER SEASON IN FULL SWING

Six tournaments dot the conference schedule this week. Portland remains the only ranked team at No. 16, with three other teams also receiving votes in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com rankings.


AROUND THE WCC

2010 WCC Preseason Poll

2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Loyola Marymount - 32 (3)
2. Portland 28 - (2)
3. San Diego 26 - (1)
4. Saint Mary's - 22 (1)
5. Santa Clara - 20
6. San Francisco - 12
7. Gonzaga - 7
(First place votes)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount - SR, F
Bryan Burke, San Francisco - SR, F
Jordan Grider, Saint Mary's - SR, D
Austin Guerrero, Portland - SR, GK
Erik Hurtado, Santa Clara - SO, F
Ryan Kawulok, Portland - JR, D
Dylan Leslie, Saint Mary's - R-SR, MF
Erik Masch, Santa Clara - Jr, D
Vincent Ocampo, Loyola Marymount - SR, MF
Jarad vanSchaik, Portland - SR, MF
Patrick Wallen, San Diego - SO, F

2009 WCC STANDINGS
1. San Diego (12-6-2 / 8-2-2 WCC)
2. Saint Mary's (10-5-5 / 6-3-3 WCC)
3. LMU (10-9-2 / 5-5-2 WCC)
4. Portland (12-6-5 / 4-4-4 WCC)
5. Santa Clara (6-9-5 / 4-5-3 WCC)
6. San Franciso (7-10-2 / 4-7-1 WCC)
7. Gonzaga (6-10-3 / 3-8-1 WCC)

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 0-1-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga lost its season opener at #25 UC Irvine, 4-0.

  • Gonzaga goalkeepers, redshirt freshman Ryan Caballero (6) and redshirt sophomore JeffRenslo (3), combined for nine saves in the season-opening match at UC Irvine. Renslo gotthe start, while Caballero came in for the second half. Through the first week of the season, thenine saves was the most by any WCC team in a single contest.

  • The Bulldogs have a young roster in 2010 and started four true freshman in the first match.The only starters with more than 10 starts a year ago were senior forward Nick Love, redshirtsenior defenseman Stefan Eysteinsson and senior midfielder Colin Harrison.

  • Gonzaga makes a trek across the state as it heads west to the Seattle Tournament to facehost Seattle (Sept. 10) and Illinois-Chicago (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 2-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount was the only WCC team to pick up two wins in thefirst week of the campaign thanks to home victories against San Diego State, 2-1, and CalState Northridge, 2-0. The Lions received votes in the national rankings and are knocking onthe door of the Top 25.

  • Junior midfielder Artur Jozkowicz was credited with the game-winners in both contestslast week, including the capper on a come-from-behind win vs. San Diego State. He scored 55seconds into overtime after the Lions had tied the match in the 87th minute.

  • With a 2-0 record in the first week of the season, LMU is off to its best start since the 2000campaign.

  • Loyola Marymount heads out for its only road trip away from the west coast with a journey tothe Kentucky Invitational to do battle with the host Wildcats (Sept. 10) and Butler (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland, the only conference team ranked in the Top 25, started the yearwith a tie and a win against Northern Illinios (0-0) and Evansville (2-1). ThePilots moved up three points in the poll from #19 to 16 this week.

  • Senior forward Ryan Luke was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at Portland'sown Nike Inviational last week. His best match was in the title-clincher against Evansville whenhe posted both of the team's goals, including the game-winner when he went airborne andstruck on a one-timer in the 55th minute.

  • Senior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero was clutch late in the Evansville game with two keysaves to preserve the victory.

  • Portland hits the road for the first time with the destination being the New Mexico Invitationalto face Denver (Sept. 10) and the host Lobos (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the season with a tie against Cal State Fullerton,0-0, and a victory against #9 Northwestern, 3-2. These results earned theGaels votes in the national rankings.

  • This season's first WCC Player of the Week is sophomore defenseman Trevor Newquist.The MVP of the Gaels' own tournament, Newquist had both an assist and the game-winner (aheader from a corner kick) in the upset win against #9 Northwestern.

  • The Gaels did all their scoring against Northwestern in the first half when they found theback of the net three times. Conversely, the Wildcats did all of their damage, two goals, afterthe break.

  • Saint Mary's is on the road this week for a pair with dates at 19th-ranked California (Sept.10) and UC Davis (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 1-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego posted a season-opening road win at Cal State Northridge(2-0) before dropping its next match at home against cross-town rival SanDiego State (3-2).

  • After one week of the season, sophomore midfielder Dan Delgado stands atop the WCCwith five poings, coming courtesy of one goal and a league-best three assists. He also is topswith 2.50 points per game.

  • Junior forward Stephen Posa and sophomore forward Patrick Wallen have seven and fiveshots, respectively, through the first two matches. As a team, the Toreros are second in theleague with 34 shots and 5.5 points per game.

  • San Diego makes by far the longest trip of any WCC team this season with its appearance inthe Dartmouth Invitational against the host Big Green (Sept. 10) and Holy Cross (Sept. 12).

  • Overall Record: 1-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco picked up a big win its its season opener, dropping #9Northwestern by just a 1-0 tally. The Dons followed that emotional matchwith a 1-1 tie against Cal State Fullerton. USF received a handful of votesin this week's national poll.

  • USF won its second straight season opener and now owns a 7-4-0 mark in such matchesdaing to 2000. This one was in dramatic fashion, as freshman forward Tanner Smith knockeda curling shot into the upper left corner from the top of the box in the 39th minute against #9Northwestern to lead the Dons to their highest ranked victory since defeating #9 Cal in 2007.

  • The Dons play their next nine matches in the Bay Area, six of which are at home.

  • San Francisco has just one match on the slate this week by playing host to Cal StateBakersfield (Sept. 11).

  • Overall Record: 1-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara opened play, and the season, at the UC Irvine Tournamentwith a 2-1 loss against Wisconsin, followed by a 1-0 win against LoyolaChicago.

  • The Broncos lost their season opener against Wisconsin in heartbreaking fashion. After tyingthe score in the 81st minute on a goal by junior midfielder/forward Alex Fitschen, SCU wascredited with an own goal just moments later to decide the outcome.

  • Junior defender Mykell Bates along with freshmen midfielder Carlos Montes and defender/midfielder Mark Daus were the only three Santa Clara players to play all 180 minutes in thefirst two matches.

  • Santa Clara makes the trek to the Marquette Invitational this week where it will face Valparaiso(Sept. 10) and the host Golden Eagles (Sept. 12).