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WCC Men's Soccer Completes Second Week of Non-Conference Play

Sept. 15, 2009

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WCC MEN'S COMPLETES SECOND WEEK OF NON-CONFERENCE PLAY

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
California at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Stanford at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
PORTLAND at Washington Seattle, WA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
GONZAGA vs. Binghamton Albuquerque, NM
4:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. Michigan Stte San Diego, CA
4:00 PM
Dartmouth at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. Dartmouth San Diego, CA
11:00 AM
GONZAGA at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
12:30 PM
SANTA CLARA at California Berkeley, CA
2:00 PM
Michigan State at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at CS Fullerton Fullerton, CA
3:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO at Stanford Stanford, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week: Max Young, Loyola Marymount
Making his first career start, redshirt freshman Max Young shutout No. 6 UC Santa Barbara for over 86 minutes in helping LMU to a 2-1 upset win last Sunday. Young made eight saves, including five in a second half in which LMU was outshot 11-2, to preserve the victory after the Lions had taken a 2-0 halftime lead. The Lions are currently 3-1-0 on the season.

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.

Be sure to refer to the full release in PDF format to view all national rankings and team schedules!

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)

WCC Player of the Week: Max Young, GK, Loyola Marymount


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


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 3-1-2
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga had a successful weekend, picking up two wins and a tie to improve their overall record to 3-1-2. The Zags tied 1-1 with Oregon State, then followed with a 3-0 shutout over Georgia Southern and a 4-0 shutout over Detroit.

  • Midfielder Ben Funkhouser scored Gonzaga's third penalty-kick goal of the season on Tuesday to give the Bulldogs a 1-1 overtime tie with Oregon State. The teams played only one overtime period because of darkness.

  • Goalkeeper Scott Barnum posted back-to-back shutouts at the Gonzaga/Nike Soccer Classic, earning him all-tournament honors along with three of his teammates. Barnum recorded nine saves against Georgia Southern, while Tye Perdido scored three goals over the weekend. Defender Nick Barclay was named the tournament MVP.

  • The Zags will travel to Albuquerque, NM on Friday (9/18) to take on Binghamton at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • At 3-1-0, #18 LMU is off to its best start since the 2006 season and has won two in a row. The Lions defeated San Jose State 1-0 last Friday and then-ranked No. 6 Santa Barbara 2-1 on Sunday.

  • 2009 Hermann Trophy candidate Rafael Baca and midfielder Phil Da Silva each scored a goal against UCSB, while WCC Player of the Week Max Young made eight saves in his first collegiate start to help the Lions record their first victory over a ranked opponent this season.

  • After being absent from any national rankings since 2006, LMU was ranked No. 18 this week by Soccer America. The Lions are currently the highest-ranked WCC school according to Soccer America and trail only UCLA (#6) and California (#8) among western region teams.

  • The Lions will be taking on two more top-25 opponents this weekend at the San Diego Nike Classic, Michigan State on Friday (9/18) at 4 PM and Dartmouth on Sunday (9/20) at 11 AM.

  • Overall Record: 2-1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Pilots competed in the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Classic last weekend and ended with a 1-1 draw with Vermont on Friday and a 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Sunday.

  • Portland midfielder Ricardo Carrillo scored the equalizer in the 64th minute to give the Pilots a 1-1 draw against the Vermont Catamounts. The Pilots and Catamounts would follow Carrillo's strike with 46 minutes of scoreless soccer.

  • Against New Hampshire, freshman Colin Barich scored his first collegiate goal while goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made one save to help lead the Pilots to their first shutout of the season. With the win, Portland was awarded the tournament title after Massachusetts and Vermont played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon.

  • Portland travels to Seattle, Wash. to take on Washington on Thursday (9/17) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 2-0-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's tied 1-1 with CSU Bakersfield last Sunday to bring its record to 2-0-2 for the season.

  • Redshirt sophomore Justin Grider scored the lone goal for the Gaels, off a header in the first half, that came as a rebound off junior Erik Rivas' shot that hit the crossbar. With the goal, Grider now leads the Gaels with two goals on the season.

  • At the end of regulation, the score remained 1-1 and the game went into overtime. Both teams were unable to score after two overtime periods, despite the Gaels having six shots on goal and the Roadrunners having seven. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Doug Herrick recorded six saves on the day, while Bakersfield's Eric Shannon tallied four.

  • The Gaels return to action in Southern California next weekend to battle UC Irvine on Friday (9/18) at 7 PM and CSU Fullerton on Sunday (9/20) at 3 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego enjoyed a 3-0 win over Wisconsin at home on Friday before its three-match win streak was snapped by Penn in a 3-2 loss on Sunday. San Diego's 3-0-0 record before the loss to Penn was the best season start for the Toreros since 2002.

  • The three goals over Wisconsin were scored by forwards JT Howlan, Stephen Posa, and Kyle Ochoa. Howlan took advantage of a penalty kick breaking up a 0-0 tie; Posa scored from a pass 15 yards out from the goal; and Ochoa scored the final goal of the night off a header.

  • In the match against Penn, the Toreros out-shot the Quakers 8-7 and recorded six corner kicks to Penn's one. After the third Quaker goal in the 49th minute, forward Patrick Wallen responded with his own just 15 minutes after. However, the Toreros were unable to add a tying goal.

  • San Diego sets off its 2009 San Diego Nike Classic on Friday (9/18) against Dartmouth.

  • Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The No. 21-ranked San Francisco team suffered its first loss of the season to Sacramento State, dropping a 2-1 decision in non-conference play.

  • The lone goal for the Dons came in the 32nd minute from senior midfielder Jonathan Levi. Levi was assisted by junior forward Bryan Burke, who also recorded one shot on goal.

  • Trailing 2-1, San Francisco was relentless offensively after the intermission and outshot the Sacramento State 11-2 in the second half and 16-6 in the entire match. 2008 All-American and last week's WCC Player of the Week Conor Chinn tallied three shots and two shots on goal.

  • The Dons recorded seven corner kicks on Friday night compared to the Hornets' one.

  • San Francisco returns to action Thursday when it hosts No. 10 California in the 2009 Bay Area Classic at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 2-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara celebrated its 20th anniversary of the program's 1989 NCAA National Championship with a 1-0 shutout victory over Sacramento State.

  • Freshman forward Erik Hurtado beat two defenders in the box and Hornet keeper Ryan Kenny in the 76th minute to score his first collegiate goal, the game-winner of the night.

  • Goalkeeper Larry Jackson recorded three saves on the night, one of which came in the 84th minute, where he denied a late breakaway and assured the Bronco victory.

  • The 1989 NCAA National Championship team that was commemorated Sunday night was the first of Santa Clara's 18 men's soccer teams to qualify for NCAA Tournament play.

  • Santa Clara now prepares to face Stanford (9/17) at 7 PM and No. 11 California (9/20) at 2 PM this week in the 2009 Bay Area Soccer Classic at the Broncos' Shaw Stadium.