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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 11, 2008

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WCC TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
WCC men's soccer teams continue non-conference action this weekend. The WCC has played arguably the most challenging non-conference slate as the conference teams have faced 12 ranked opponents in 25 combined matches with six of the seven league schools facing at least one ranked foe. This week, Santa Clara hosts No. 5 Cal, while San Diego takes on No. 15 Indiana at UCLA.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

September 12
9 Gonzaga at UNLV - 7:00 PM
California at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Washington at Portland - 8:00 PM

September 14
9 Gonzaga vs. UC Riverside - 10:30 AM
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 1:00 PM
10 San Diego vs. Indiana - 2:00 PM
Stanford at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

9 UNLV Invitational (Las Vegas, NV); 10 at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

AROUND THE WCC






Portland Battles Washington On Fox Soccer Channel
The Portland Pilots return home this week to host Northwest rival Washington on Friday night in a game that will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. The Pilots and Huskies are set to play at 8:00 p.m. at Merlo Field. The Pilots and Huskies have a long history with each other, meeting at least once during every single season of the UP men's soccer program's (est. 1977) existence. UW holds a 24-15-3 advantage over the Pilots, including a 1-0 win during the first round of the NCAA playoffs last season in Seattle. UP has won three straight over UW in Portland, while the Huskies hold a slim 12-11-1 all-time advantage in the Rose City.

WCC Player of the Week: LMU's Patrick Sampson Earns Weekly Honor
Loyola Marymount's Patrick Sampson is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance in the Lions' 1-0 win over then-No. 24 Cal Poly. Sampson was at the top of his game against the Mustangs, recording his first career shutout as the Lions earned their first victory of the season. Sampson made six saves on the day, including two crucial finger-tip stops, to preserve the single-goal win. In doing so, he lowered his season goals-against-average to 0.45.

The Champion Within: For Santa Clara's Jide Ogunbiyi, The Time Is Now
As a senior captain on Santa Clara's nationally ranked men's soccer team, Jide Ogunbiyi looks to lead the Broncos to their third consecutive WCC regular season title and their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The senior forward took a few moments to talk to us about being a senior, facing adversity, competing for a spot on the Nigerian National Team, life after Santa Clara, and the WCC. Read more.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 0-1-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs played Oregon State to a 0-0 tie in their lone game last week. The tie marks the fourth straight season that the Bulldogs and the Beavers have played to a draw.

  • Junior GK Scott Barnum, a transfer from Spokane's Whitworth College, recorded the shutout in his first start as a Bulldog. Barnum, who has been rehabilitating a shoulder injury much of the fall campaign, made seven saves in earning the clean sheet. He is now tied for the WCC lead in shutouts.

  • Gonzaga ranks second in the WCC in goals against average (1.80).

  • Junior MF Ben Funkhouser leads the Bulldogs with six shots.

  • The Zags take on UNLV (9/12) and UC Riverside (9/14) at the UNLV Nike Invitational.
  • Sept. 12
    at UNLV - 7:00 PM

    Sept. 14
    vs. UC Riverside - 10:30 AM

    Overall Record: 1-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions earned their first win of the season with a 1-0 shutout of No. 24 Cal Poly, before dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara.

  • The Lions have played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation, as all four of their opponents have been ranked in the top 25 and three of the four were ranked in the top 10.

  • Sophomore F Rafael Baca, a 2007 All-WCC second team and all-freshman team member, scored the game-winning goal in the Lions' win over the Mustangs.

  • Junior GK Patrick Sampson was spectacular in the Lions' win over Cal Poly, collecting six saves en route to earning the shutout. For his efforts, Sampson was named the WCC Player of the Week.

  • The Lions host their Alumni match this week.
  • Sept. 13
    Alumni Match - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland fell at Creighton, 3-0, and versus Saint Louis, 5-1, at the Creighton Invitational.

  • Junior D Logan Emory had Portland's only goal of the weekend, scoring in the 79th minute against the Billikens.

  • Defenders Patrick Jurney and Ryan Kawulok were both named to the Creighton Invitational all-tournament team.

  • Sophomore F/MF Frankie Lopez leads the team and the conference this season with four goals and nine points.

  • The Pilots look to get back to their winning ways as they host Northwest rival Washington (9/12) in a game that will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
  • Sept. 12
    Washington - 8:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels dropped a pair of hard-fought decisions, falling 1-0 to Houston Baptist and 3-2 to UC Irvine.

  • Freshman F Malcolm Alugas scored his first collegiate goal in the Gaels' setback versus UC Irvine.

  • The Gaels are leading the WCC in three offensive categories: goals, points, and goals per game. Currently, the Gaels have notched eight goals in four games, giving SMC a 2.0 goal per game average. As a team they have tallied 20 points through four games.

  • Through the first two weeks, the Gaels have doubled the shots on their opponents, tallying 55 shots to their opponents 25.

  • Saint Mary's travels to Sacramento State (9/14) in its lone game this week.
  • Sept. 14
    at Sacramento State - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros posted a 0-1-1 record last week, falling to Albany, 3-0, before earning a 1-1 tie versus Michigan.

  • Sophomore F Kyle Ochoa scored the Toreros lone goal last week. The goal is Ochoa's first of the season and second of his career.

  • Sophomore GK Tommy McClain collected seven saves in the Toreros' tie with Michigan.

  • Junior F JT Howlan leads the Toreros with six shots.

  • The Toreros take on No. 15 Indiana at UCLA's Drake Stadium. This will be the second meeting between the Hoosiers and the Toreros. The last time these two teams met was on November 24, 1992 in the Quarterfinals of the College Cup when San Diego defeated Indiana 2-0 at Torero Stadium to advance to the semi-finals.
  • Sept. 14
    vs. Indiana - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 double-overtime decision to Bay Area rival San Jose State on Wednesday.

  • The Dons have had some tough luck to start the season. The loss to San Jose State marks the third consecutive 1-0 setback for the Dons to open the 2008 campaign.

  • USF is usually on the right side of a 1-0 decision as the Dons own a 33-26 ledger in one goal matches dating back to the start of the 2003 season.

  • Senior GK Jeremy Coupe made four saves in the setback versus the Spartans.

  • Junior Connor Chinn led the Dons with four shots against SJSU.

  • The Dons look for their first win of the season as they host Bay Area rival Stanford (9/14).
  • Sept. 14
    Stanford - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Wisconsin, before earning a 2-1 victory over UW-Milwaukee for their first win of the season.

  • Freshman D Mykell Bates scored the game-winning goal in the Broncos' win over UW-Milwaukee.

  • Junior MF Jeff Cosgriff, Bates and sophomore MF Jalil Anibaba earned Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational all-tournament honors this weekend.

  • The Broncos have had four different players score at least one goal and three dish out some help. Cosgriff leads the squad with five points (2G, 1A), while senior F Brian Martin is right behind him with 4 points (2G).

  • Santa Clara plays host to Bay Area rival Cal (9/12) in its lone match this week.
  • Sept. 12
    Cal - 7:00 PM