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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/10

Sept. 10, 2007

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WCC Co-Players of the Week
Ben Funkhouser, Gonzaga & Daniel DeGeer, San Francisco

Gonzaga's Ben Funkhouser and San Francisco's Daniel DeGeer share WCC Player of the Week honors after leading their respective teams to wins over the weekend. Funkhouser provided the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as the Zags topped then-No. 15 ranked Washington for the first time in program history. The sophomore's goal helped GU knock off a ranked team for the second straight game, and propelled the Zags to the program's highest-ever national rank at No. 12 in the Soccer America listing. DeGeer scored his first two collegiate goals on first half free kicks as the Dons knocked off San Jose State on Sunday, 3-2. The senior also assisted on the eventual game-winning goal, tallying five points in a single match after entering the game with just four career points.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 13
(1) Loyola Marymount at St. Louis - 5:30 PM

Sept. 14
(2) Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin - 12:00 PM
San Diego at Hofstra - 5:00 PM
(3) California at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
(3) Stanford at Santa Clara - 7:30 PM

Sept. 15
(1) Loyola Marymount vs. Creighton - 10:00 AM

Sept. 16
San Diego at Long Island - 9:00 AM
(2) Gonzaga at Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 12:30 PM
Wright State at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
(3) Santa Clara at California - 2:00 PM
(3) San Francisco at Stanford - 7:00 PM

1 St. Louis Tournament (St. Louis, MO); 2 Panther Invitational (Milwaukee, WI); 3 WCC/Pac-10 Classic

Around The WCC

Gonzaga Jumps Into National Rankings
Gonzaga jumped into the national rankings for the first time since the 2001 season after knocking off then-No. 15 ranked Washington at home last Friday. It marked the second straight win over a ranked opponent for the Zags, who ascended to a No. 12 ranking in the Soccer America listing and a No. 21 rank in the College Soccer News poll. The No. 12 ranking marks the highest in program history for the Zags, eclipsing the previous high of No. 16 reached in both 1997 and 2001.

Santa Clara's Roberts And San Francisco's DeGeer Earn National Honors
Santa Clara's Jamil Roberts was named to the National Team of the Week by both College Soccer News and Soccer America last week after scoring a goal and collecting two assists in wins over Alabama A&M and Vermont on the season's opening weekend. San Francisco's Daniel DeGeer tallied his first two collegiate goals in a win over San Jose State on Sunday, and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his efforts on Monday. Both of the senior's goals came on free kicks, and he also assisted on the game-winning score in the 3-2 victory.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga notched its second straight win over a ranked opponent, handing then-No. 15 Washington a 2-1 defeat at Martin Field on Friday.

- The victory marked the first-ever for the Bulldogs against the Huskies, as Gonzaga had gone winless against Washington in 19 tries dating back to 1981. The two programs played to a 2-2 tie at Martin Field in 1999.

- Ben Funkhouser netted the game-winning goal in the 85th minute on an assist from fellow sophomore Tye Perdido to break a 1-1 tie against the Huskies.

- George Josten netted his 30th career goal and 71st career point with his first scoring strike of the season on Friday. He ranks fourth in the GU career record book in both goals and points.

- GU travels to face No. 20 Wisconsin (9/14) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9/16) this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount upset then-No. 17 ranked host New Mexico on Friday, 1-0, before falling to Central Florida by the same margin on Sunday at the TLC Plumbing & Utility Invite in Albuquerque.

- Brad Stisser scored his first goal of the season on a free kick in the ninth minute to notch the game-winner against the Lobos. It marked the Lion's first win over New Mexico in four all-time meetings between the two programs.

- Goalkeeper Patrick Lane collected five saves in between the pipes to record his first career shutout on Friday. Lane also collected three saves in Sunday's loss to bring his season save total to 11.

- The Lions will hit the road again this weekend, traveling to the St. Louis Tournament to meet the No. 19 ranked Billikens (9/13) and No. 18 ranked Creighton (9/15).

Portland Pilots (2-1-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland traveled to the Copa de Causeway in Northern California over the weekend, handing Sacramento State a 2-0 defeat before playing UC Davis to a 3-3 tie on Sunday.

- Alex Elliott tallied in each of Portland's games over the weekend, bringing his team-high goals total to three after netting an unassisted score in Sunday's tie with the Aggies.

- Freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made five saves in Friday's win over the Hornets to notch his second shutout of the season.

- Frankie Lopez scored his first collegiate goal in the 52nd minute of Sunday's contest.

- The Pilots have the week off before continuing a five-game road stretch at Washington (9/18).

Saint Mary's Gaels (1-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped its home-opener to Cal State Bakersfield in Moraga on Friday, 1-0.

- The Gaels out-shot the Roadrunners by a 20-14 margin, with freshman Erik Rivas leading the way with a match-high seven shots on the afternoon. Rivas currently leads the team with 11 shot attempts on the season.

- Brian Mason was solid in net once again for the Gaels, collecting four saves against Cal State Bakersfield. The senior upped his career saves total to 254, which ranks fourth on the Saint Mary's career list.

- The Gaels remain at home this week, welcoming Wright State (9/16) to Moraga for a non-conference clash.

San Diego Toreros (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego enjoyed a stellar weekend at Torero Stadium, shutting out Fairleigh Dickinson and New Jersey Tech by identical 2-0 scores.

- Tannen Wels had a hand in both Torero scores in Friday's win over Fairleigh Dickinson. The senior assisted on JT Howlan's goal to open the scoring against FDU, and added his first goal of the season from 19 yards out in the 60th minute.

- Kyle Ochoa and Fabrice Gautrat provided the goals in Sunday's win over New Jersey Tech, marking the first career goals for both players.

- Dustin Guerrero, USD's top returning scorer from last season, collected assists in each of the Torero victories over the weekend.

- San Diego travels to Hofstra (9/14) before meeting Long Island (9/16) on the road.

San Francisco Dons (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco improved to 2-1-0 with a 3-2 victory over Bay Area rival San Jose State at Negoesco Stadium on Sunday night.

- Daniel DeGeer scored two first half goals on free kicks to lead the Dons over the Spartans. It marked the first two career goals for the senior, who also assisted on a strike in the victory.

- Kyle Schlumpf also netted his first career goal, scoring what proved to be the game-winner in the second half of Sunday's contest.

- Eric Conner made two saves and collected his first win in between the pipes for the Dons.

- The Dons open the WCC/Pac-10 Classic at home against No. 13 ranked California (9/14) before traveling to Stanford (9/16) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (3-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from a 2-1 loss to the host Bears at the Brown Tournament to hand Boston University a 3-0 defeat on Sunday.

- Jide Ogunbiyi tallied goals in each of the SCU games over the weekend, giving him goals in three straight games. The junior has scored three times this season to eclipse his goals total from last season and match his career-high.

- Freshman David Castellanos scored his first collegiate goal on Sunday, capping the scoring with a 79th minute strike against the Terriers.

- Jamil Roberts assisted on two of SCU's three goals in Sunday's victory.

- The Broncos host Stanford (9/14) in the WCC/Pac-10 Classic before traveling to No. 13 ranked California (9/16) this weekend.

Games To Watch

#13 California at San Francisco - Friday, September 14 at 7:00 PM
Stanford at #6 Santa Clara - Friday, September 14 at 7:00 PM

The WCC/Pac-10 Classic kicks off on Friday night with San Francisco and Santa Clara hosting Bay Area rivals California and Stanford, respectively. The Dons, coming off of a 3-2 win over San Jose State, will get a shot at a ranked opponent for the first time this season as the No. 13 ranked Golden Bears visit Negoesco Stadium. The Broncos, who went 1-1 at the Brown Tournament last weekend, host a Cardinal squad that has gone 1-1-1 so far this season. The two league teams went 3-0-1 in last season's WCC/Pac-10 classic.

Loyola Marymount vs #18 Creighton - Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 AM
Loyola Marymount will travel to its second straight out-of-state tournament, heading to the St. Louis Tournament this weekend. The Lions will meet the No. 19 ranked Billikens before taking on No. 18 ranked Creighton on Saturday. LMU posted a 1-0 win over then-No. 17 ranked New Mexico last Friday, and will look to rebound from Sunday's 1-0 loss to Central Florida.