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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/18

Sept. 18, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Dustin Guerrero, San Diego

San Diego's Dustin Guerrero scored three goals and added three assists as the Toreros posted a perfect 3-0 record last week. The junior assisted on San Diego's first two goals in a 3-1 win over UC Riverside on Tuesday, and pitched in with a goal and an assist as the Toreros knocked off Long Island on Friday by a 3-0 margin. Guerrero helped San Diego post a record-breaking 11-0 win over Rider on Sunday, scoring two goals on two shots to move into a tie for the team lead with three goals on the season. The San Diego native finished the week with three scoring strikes on just four shots.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 22
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount* - 4:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 4:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 7:00 PM

Sept. 24
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 2:30 PM
Portland at Loyola Marymount* - 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC Conference Play Begins This Week
The 19th season of WCC round robin conference play will kick off this weekend, as all seven men's soccer teams will be in action. Gonzaga and Portland head to Southern California for matches with Loyola Marymount and San Diego, while two time defending WCC champion San Francisco opens the 2006 conference slate at Saint Mary's on Friday before hosting Santa Clara on Sunday night. The 2006 season marks the third straight year that the WCC will be playing a double round robin format, with all seven teams playing one another twice during the season. The regular season champion will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

WCC In The West Region Rankings
Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount remained in the West Region rankings released by NSCAA/adidas last Tuesday. The Broncos leapfrogged USF into the No. 2 spot behind Washington, while the Dons checked in at No. 3. LMU rounded out the WCC teams in the listing at No. 9.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga took the week off after improving to 3-2-1 with a pair of victories at the Oregon State Tournament.

- George Josten has scored a WCC-high six goals and added three assists for 15 points. Josten currently ranks fourth on the GU career list with 23 goals, and fourth on the Zags' career chart with 55 points.

- John Palladino has emerged as a reliable goal scorer during the early part of the season after missing nearly all of last year with an injury. The junior, who entered the season with just one career goal, currently ranks second on the squad with three scoring strikes.

- The Zags are in the middle of a seven-game road stretch and will not return home for a match at Martin Field until October 6. Gonzaga opens up conference play this weekend with matches at Loyola Marymount (9/22) and San Diego (9/24).

Loyola Marymount Lions (4-3-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount fell to then-No. 12 ranked UCSB on the road, 1-0, before rebounding to hand Cal Baptist a 2-1 defeat at home on Sunday.

- David Niemeyer tallied the game-winner against Cal Baptist, marking his second goal in four games for the Lions. Niemeyer, who entered the season with just one career goal, moved into the team lead with three goals on the season.

- Jay Singh recorded his first career goal against Cal Baptist, scoring on a free kick in the 17th minute.

- Freshman Pasquale Murillo notched his first career assist on Niemeyer's goal on Sunday.

- LMU begins conference play at home, hosting Gonzaga (9/22) and Portland (9/24) at Sullivan Field this weekend.

Portland Pilots (2-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland earned a split at the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle over the weekend, posting a 6-0 win over Marshall on Friday before falling to Northern Illinois on Sunday, 1-0.

- Alex Elliott scored twice in the win over Marshall, bringing his team-leading goal total to three. The six goals scored were the most for a Pilot squad since a 6-1 win over Saint Mary's in 2003, and the largest margin of victory for UP since blanking DePaul by the same score in 2002.

- Goalkeeper Luis Robles collected his first career assist in the win over Marshall, assisting on Steven Hosseinmardi's first goal of the season. Robles was also credited with his 20th career shutout, which gives him sole possession of fourth place on the UP career list.

- Portland heads to Southern California to begin WCC play, as the Pilots travel to face San Diego (9/22) and Loyola Marymount (9/24) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-3-3 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels traveled to the UNLV Classic over the weekend where they battled the host Rebels to a 1-1 draw before being edged by UC Irvine on Sunday, 2-1.

- Freshman Keenan Flynn saw his first career action in goal over the weekend, starting both SMC contests and collecting nine saves.

- David Blanchard scored a goal in his second straight game, netting the equalizer against UNLV.

- Corey Heldreth scored his first collegiate goal in Sunday's loss to UC Irvine.

- Saint Mary's returns home to take on San Francisco (9/22) to open conference play.

San Diego Toreros (5-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego enjoyed a huge week, registering three wins at home to improve to 5-1-0 on the season. The Toreros knocked off UC Riverside, 3-1, and Long Island, 3-0, before posting a record-setting 11-0 win over Rider on Sunday.

- The 11 goals against Rider broke USD's program record of nine goals scored in a single game, while the team's five first half goals also eclipsed the previous program-high of four. JT Howlan set a new program single-game standard with four assists in the win.

- Four different Toreros scored two goals in Sunday's win, and another three players added a goal apiece. Michael Caso scored twice to move into a tie for the team lead with three goals.

- San Diego, which improved to 5-0-0 at home so far this season, hosts Portland (9/22) and Gonzaga (9/24) to open up league play this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (5-1-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco earned a split on a Southern California road swing, defeating Cal State Northridge, 2-1, before falling to then-No. 8 ranked UCLA on Sunday, 2-0.

- Ardalan Attar and Aaron Chandler provided the goals in Friday's win at Cal State Northridge, marking the second goals of the season for both players. Chandler's game-winner against the Matadors was his 24th career scoring strike, and his 12th career game-winning goal.

- Conor Chinn was credited with an assist on Chandler's game winning goal on Friday, giving the freshman the first assist of his collegiate career.

- The Dons will wrap up their six-match road stretch with a match at Saint Mary's (9/22) on Friday to open conference play. USF will then return to Negoesco Stadium for the first time since August 27 to take on Bay Area rival Santa Clara on Sunday.

Santa Clara Broncos (4-2-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara endured a tough weekend on the road, falling to then-No. 8 ranked UCLA on Friday, 2-1, before dropping a 4-1 decision at Cal State Northridge on Sunday.

- Keith DeVey scored his second goal of the season in the closing moments of Friday's loss at UCLA. DeVey increased his career goals total to 16, and needs just three more scores to move onto SCU's top-10 career chart.

- Peter Lowry tallied on a penalty kick to open the scoring in Sunday's loss to Cal State Northridge, giving him a team-high four goals on the season. Three of Lowry's four goals have come from the penalty spot, and all four strikes have come on set pieces.

- Santa Clara returns home to take on San Jose State (9/22) before heading to San Francisco (9/24) to open up conference play on Sunday.

Games To Watch

Portland at San Diego - Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM (PT)
Portland visits San Diego to open WCC play on Friday night at Torero Stadium. Both teams are off to solid starts, with each squad having suffered just one defeat so far this season. San Diego, coming off of a record-breaking 11-0 defeat of Rider on Sunday, has posted four shutouts in six games while out-scoring opponents by a remarkable 24-3 margin. Portland's defense has been just as tough, recording clean sheets in three of UP's first five games. The Pilots also posted a big win last weekend, dispatching Marshall, 6-0, at the Husky Fever Classic on Friday.

#15 Santa Clara at #11 San Francisco - Sunday, September 24 at 7:00 PM (PT)
The Broncos visit San Francisco on Sunday in a match up of the WCC's two ranked teams and the league's oldest soccer rivals. Both squads had mixed results in Southern California last weekend, with SCU dropping decisions to UCLA and Cal State Northridge and USF splitting a pair of games against the same opponents. The Broncos are 3-1-1 against the Dons in their last five meetings, but haven't posted a win at Negoesco Stadium since 2003.