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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/18

Sept. 18, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Conor Chinn, San Francisco

Conor Chinn scored three goals to lead San Francisco to wins over then-No. 11 ranked California and Stanford over the weekend. The sophomore notched the first multi-goal match of his career against the Golden Bears, scoring the equalizer in the 11th minute before burying the game-winner just after the half in a 2-1 USF triumph. Chinn struck again in San Francisco's 2-1 overtime victory at Stanford on Sunday, opening the scoring with his third goal of the weekend in the seventh minute. The Dons garnered a No. 12 ranking in the Soccer America poll following the two wins.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 18
Portland at Washington - 7:00 PM

Sept. 20
UCLA at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State - 7:00 PM

Sept. 21
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 4:00 PM
(1) Harvard at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM
(2) Portland vs. Furman - 4:30 PM
(3) Gonzaga vs. Loyola (MD) - 5:00 PM
Brown at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Sept. 22
(3) Gonzaga vs. Northern Illinois - 5:00 PM
New Mexico at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
UCLA at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Sept. 23
(2) Portland vs. Denver - 11:00 AM
Loyola (Ill.) at San Diego - 2:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's - 2:30 PM
(1) Columbia at Loyola Marymount - 4:00 PM

1 LMU Tournament (Los Angeles, CA); 2 Husky Fever Classic (Seattle, WA); 3 Hensor/Zaher Classic (Corvallis, OR)

Around The WCC

WCC In The National Rankings
San Francisco jumped into the national rankings for the first time this season after posting two wins over the weekend. USF, which checked in at No. 12 in the Soccer America poll, became the second WCC team in as many weeks to earn a ranking for the first time in 2007. Gonzaga received a national rank for the first time since 2001 on September 10, and is currently ranked as high as No. 25 by Soccer America. Santa Clara remained in the top-10 this week, checking in at No. 7 in the Soccer Times listing.

Santa Clara And San Francisco To Be Featured On Fox Soccer Channel
One of the most storied rivalries in college soccer history will be renewed on national television on October 12, as San Francisco will make the short trip to Santa Clara for a conference clash on the Fox Soccer Channel. The match, slated for a 5:00 PM (PT) start, will be televised as part of the NSCAA Match of the Week package, and will feature two conference programs that have claimed each of the last four WCC championships. The match will mark the first time that a regular season WCC men's soccer contest will be broadcast to a national television audience.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from a 1-0 loss to then-No. 20 ranked Wisconsin to knock off host Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2-1, at the Panther Invitational over the weekend.

- George Josten scored the equalizer on a penalty kick against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, bringing his career goal tally to 31. Josten needs just three more goals to move into a tie with former Zag and current MLS standout Brian Ching for third place on the GU career list.

- Nick Barclay tallied the game-winner against the Panthers, netting his first goal of the season off of a Conor Baranski corner kick.

- The No. 25 ranked Bulldogs, who have faced three ranked opponents in their first five matches, will meet another ranked foe in No. 26 Loyola (MD) before taking on Northern Illinois (9/22) at the Hensor/Zaher Classic in Corvallis, OR this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-4-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount dropped a pair of 1-0 heartbreakers to then-No. 19 ranked St. Louis and then-No. 16 ranked Creighton in overtime at the SLU Tournament over the weekend.

- The Lions have dropped three straight 1-0 contests, and have faced three ranked opponents on the road through their first five matches of the season.

- Nick Blanco and Adam Sloustcher were both named to the All-Tournament team in St. Louis.

- Patrick Lane collected six saves in net during Sunday's loss to Creighton.

- The Lions return home for the LMU Tournament, where they will meet No. 6 ranked Harvard (9/21) and Columbia (9/23) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (2-1-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland had the week off after handing Sacramento State a 2-0 defeat and playing UC Davis to a 3-3 tie at the Copa de Causeway.

- Alex Elliott tallied in each of Portland's games against the Hornets and the Aggies, bringing his team-high goals total to three after netting an unassisted score at UC Davis.

- Freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero has played every minute in net through the Pilots' first four games of the season. Guerrero has collected 17 saves, and has posted a pair of shutouts so far this season.

- The Pilots wrap up a five-game road stretch with a busy week of non-conference action, traveling to No. 19 ranked Washington (9/18) before returning to Seattle for the Husky Fever Classic, where they will meet No. 22 Furman (9/21) and Denver (9/23).

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's recorded its first home victory of the season, and evened its record at 2-2-0 with a 2-1 win over Wright State in Moraga on Sunday.

- Senior Erik Robert's first career goal proved to be the game-winner against the Raiders. Freshman Erik Rivas was credited with an assist on Robert's scoring strike.

- A pair of junior transfers teamed up for Saint Mary's first goal against Wright State, as Justin Kim, a transfer from Bowling Green, assisted on a goal by Brian Siu, a transfer from Cal State Northridge. It marked the first goal in a Gael uniform for Siu, while Kim's assist was his team-leading third of the year.

- The Gaels travel to Sacramento State (9/21) before returning home to host San Jose State (9/23) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (3-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Diego recorded a split on the East Coast, dropping a 4-3 overtime decision at Hofstra before rebounding to post a 2-1 victory at Long Island over the weekend.

- Each of the five goals scored by San Diego over the weekend were tallied by different players, as JT Howlan, Dustin Guerrero, Colin Jennings, Ryan Peterman, and Sam Reeder all found the back of the net. It marked the first goals in a Torero uniform for Jennings, Peterman, and Reeder.

- Kelin Briones made nine saves in net during USD's win over Long Island, setting a WCC single-game high for the 2007 season. Briones enters the week with a WCC-high 18 saves so far this season.

- San Diego returns home to host No. 9 ranked Brown (9/21) and Loyola (Ill.) this week.

San Francisco Dons (4-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco extended its winning streak to four games after posting victories over California and Stanford in the WCC/Pac-10 Classic over the weekend. The Dons garnered a No. 12 ranking in the Soccer America poll following their performances.

- Conor Chinn exploded for three goals in two games, tallying both USF goals against Cal and opening up the scoring with a strike against the Cardinal. Chinn was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week after upping his WCC-high goal total to four on the season.

- Chris Rodd scored the game-winner against Stanford, netting his first goal of the season in the second overtime period.

- Another challenging weekend awaits the Dons, as USF will host No. 5 ranked UCLA (9/20) before taking on No. 28 ranked New Mexico (9/22) at Negoesco Stadium this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (3-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara battled to a pair of ties in the WCC/Pac-10 Classic, scoring a late goal to draw Stanford on Friday before playing California to a scoreless tie on the road on Sunday.

- Peter Lowry scored the game-tying goal on a free kick with just 40 seconds remaining in regulation against Stanford. It marked the second goal of the season for Lowry, who has scored 16 times during his career on the Mission Campus, and needs just three more tallies to crack SCU's top-10 all-time chart.

- Freshman Kevin Klasila made his first career start in between the pipes against Cal on Sunday, and collected a save en route to recording his first career shutout.

- The Broncos return to action against crosstown rival San Jose State (9/20) before hosting No. 5 ranked UCLA (9/22) at Buck Shaw Stadium this weekend.

Games To Watch

Portland at #19 Washington - Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
Portland returns to action after a week off, and will travel to face No. 19 ranked Washington in Seattle on Tuesday. The Pilots have been led up front by Alex Elliott, who has scored a team-high three goals so far this season. The Huskies are coming off of big wins over New Mexico and SMU last weekend, and are led by reigning College Soccer News National Player of the Week Kevin Forrest. UP has won four straight meetings with UW dating back to 2004.

#9 Brown at San Diego - Friday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
San Diego returns to Torero Stadium after last weekend's East Coast swing that saw USD post a 1-1 mark against Hofstra and Long Island. The Toreros feature a balanced attack that has seen eight different players combine to score USD's nine team goals so far this season. Brown enters the week with a perfect 4-0-0 record that includes a 2-1 win over then-No. 5 ranked Santa Clara on September 7.