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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/11

Sept. 11, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
George Josten, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's George Josten enjoyed an outstanding weekend, leading the Zags to wins over Xavier and Oregon State at the Hensor/Zaher Classic in Corvallis, OR. Josten had a hand in six of Gonzaga's seven goals on the weekend, scoring four goals and adding two assists as the Bulldogs improved to 3-2-1. The junior scored twice and assisted on Gonzaga's third goal in Friday's 3-0 win over Xavier, before adding two more goals and another assist as GU knocked off OSU on Sunday, 4-1. Josten moved into the WCC lead with six goals and 15 points on the season.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 12
UC Riverside at San Diego - 5:00 PM

Sept. 15
San Francisco at Cal State Northridge - 4:00 PM
1 Portland vs. Marshall - 4:30 PM
2 Saint Mary's at UNLV - 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Santa Barbara - 7:30 PM
Long Island at San Diego - 7:30 PM
Santa Clara at UCLA - 8:00 PM

Sept. 17
1 Portland vs. Northern Illinois - 11:00 AM
2 Saint Mary's vs. UC Irvine - 12:00 PM
San Francisco at UCLA - 1:00 PM
Cal Baptist at Loyola Marymount - 2:00 PM
Rider at San Diego - 2:30 PM
Santa Clara at Cal State Northridge - 4:00 PM

1 Husky Fever Classic (Seattle, WA); 2 UNLV Rebel Classic (Las Vegas, NV)

Around The WCC

WCC In The Far West Region Rankings
Three WCC teams were ranked among the top-five in the first NSCAA/adidas Far West Region ranking released on September 5. San Francisco, who jumped into the NSCAA/adidas national rankings at No. 13 last week, was the highest ranked WCC squad at No. 2, while Washington was ranked No. 1. Santa Clara was listed directly behind the Dons in both the national and regional polls, checking in at No. 14 nationally and at No. 3 in the Far West Region. Loyola Marymount rounded out the WCC teams in the regional listing at No. 5, just behind No. 4 UC Santa Barbara.

San Francisco's Kevin Long Earns National Team of the Week Recognition
San Francisco defender Kevin Long was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his role in leading the Dons to a 1-0-1 mark at the Penn State Classic over the weekend. The senior was named MVP of the Penn State Classic after scoring the game-winning goal in USF's 2-0 victory over the host Nittany Lions, and assisting on teammate Aaron Chandler's goal in Sunday's 1-1 tie against Ohio State. Long has also led a San Francisco defense that recorded 437 minutes of shutout play to begin the season before conceding a goal to the Buckeyes on Sunday. Long is the fourth West Coast Conference player to earn Team of the Week recognition this season.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga capped an exceptional weekend by claiming the title of the Hensor/Zaher Classic at Oregon State. The Zags defeated Xavier on Friday, 3-0, before knocking off the host Beavers on Sunday, 4-1.

- George Josten scored four goals and added two assists on the weekend to bring his WCC-high points total to 15. Josten brought his career points total to 55, moving him into fourth place on the Gonzaga career list.

- Goalkeeper Vito Higgins made two saves to notch his first shutout of the year on Friday.

- Saturday's win over Oregon State marked the second time this season that Gonzaga has scored four goals in a game. The Zags currently lead the WCC with 14 goals as a team.

- Gonzaga has the week off before opening WCC play at LMU on September 22.

Loyola Marymount Lions (3-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount split two games at the Harvard Tournament, defeating Rhode Island, 2-1, before falling to the host Crimson, 1-0.

- Bobby Burling scored the game-winner in Friday's win over Rhode Island, bringing his career goal total to 13 and putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the LMU career list.

- David Niemeyer scored LMU's first goal against Rhode Island, marking the second straight game in which he has scored. The senior entered the season with just one goal during his three years at LMU, and has already eclipsed his career total.

- Burling, Niemeyer, and Junior Ybarra were named to the All-Tournament team on Sunday.

- LMU returns to Southern California for a pair of matches this weekend, traveling to UC Santa Barbara (9/15) before hosting Cal Baptist (9/17) at Sullivan Field.

Portland Pilots (1-0-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland was idle last weekend after posting a 1-0-1 mark at the Nike Invitational on the previous week.

- Portland's tie with Vermont on September 1 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.

- Goalkeeper Luis Robles has collected 17 saves through three games, bringing his career saves total to 270. The senior needs just four more saves to move ahead of former Pilot standout Curtis Spiteri (1999-02) into third place on the UP career saves list.

- Portland returns to action this weekend, traveling to the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle to take on Marshall (9/15) and Northern Illinois (9/17).

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-2-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels battled Bowling Green to a 1-1 draw before closing out the Saint Mary's Classic with a bang by defeating UC Riverside, 4-2. The four goals on Sunday marked the most for an SMC squad since a 5-0 win over Gonzaga in 2003.

- Carlos Diaz continued his hot scoring pace, netting his team-best third goal of the season on a free kick against Bowling Green on Friday. The sophomore also assisted on one of SMC's four goals in Sunday's win over UC Riverside.

- Freshman Dylan Leslie scored his first collegiate goal on Sunday, tallying the Gaels' fourth score against the Highlanders.

- Saint Mary's travels to the UNLV Classic this weekend where they will face the host Rebels (9/15) and UC Irvine (9/17).

San Diego Toreros (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego had the week off following an East Coast road swing in which the Toreros posted a 1-1-0 record.

- Five different San Diego players have scored goals so far this season, while three different players have recorded assists. Michael Caso (1g, 1a), Eric Pohl (3a), and Ciaran O'Brien (1g, 1a) are all tied for the team lead with three points through three games this season.

- Goalkeeper Lance Friesz needs just one more save to crack the 200-save barrier, as the senior has collected four saves so far this season to bring his career saves total to 199. Friesz has started 63 straight games in the Torero net.

- San Diego returns home for a five-match homestand that includes three non-conference contests this week. The Toreros will take on UC Riverside (9/12) before hosting Long Island (9/15) and Rider (9/17) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (4-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Dons traveled to the Penn State Classic over the weekend where they recorded a pair of impressive results, knocking off the host Nittany Lions, 2-0, before playing Ohio State to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

- Kevin Long and Matt Languis each scored their first goals of the season in the win over Penn State. Long, who also recorded an assist against Ohio State on Sunday, was named Tournament MVP for his efforts.

- Aaron Chandler, who has led the team in goals in each of the last two seasons, notched his first scoring strike of the season against Ohio State to bring his career goal total to 23.

- The Dons, who are undefeated through five matches for the first time since the 1991 season, travel to Southern California for matches against Cal State Northridge (9/15) and No. 8 ranked UCLA (9/17) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (4-0-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara began the week with a 4-1 win over Niagara last Monday before knocking off then-No. 18 ranked St. Louis by a 4-1 margin at Buck Shaw Stadium on Friday.

- Four different Broncos scored goals in the win over the Billikens including Peter Lowry, who tallied his team-leading third goal of the season.

- Amaechi Igwe scored his first collegiate goal against Niagara on Monday, and added his second goal of the season against St. Louis. Along with fellow newcomers Jeff Cosgriff (3g) and Sean Danzeiser (1g), Igwe and SCU's freshmen have combined to score six of the team's 12 goals so far this season.

- Santa Clara heads to Southern California along with USF to take on No. 8 ranked UCLA (9/15) and Cal State Northridge (9/17) this weekend.

Games To Watch

Loyola Marymount at #12 UC Santa Barbara - Friday, September 15 at 7:30 PM (PT)
Loyola Marymount gets another shot at a ranked opponent this weekend, as the Lions travel to take on No. 12 UC Santa Barbara on Friday. LMU, who was ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation after defeating then-No. 2 ranked UConn on August 26, has gotten production from senior Bobby Burling, who has scored twice despite a change in position from forward to defender this season. UCSB has a 3-2-0 mark and features freshman scoring sensation Bongomin Otii, who leads the team with five goals.

#8 San Francisco at #8 UCLA - Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco and UCLA will renew their Northern California-Southern California rivalry on Sunday, with both teams bringing lofty rankings into the contest. The Dons, who are undefeated through five games, are off to the program's best start since 1991, while the Bruins rebounded from a slow start to defeat Oakland and then-No. 15 ranked New Mexico last weekend to improve to 2-2-1 on the season.