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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Sept. 18, 2008

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WCC men's soccer teams continue non-conference action this weekend with a full slate as six of the seven teams play two games. The WCC has played arguably the most challenging non-conference slate as the conference teams have faced 14 ranked opponents in 32 combined matches with six of the seven league schools facing at least one ranked foe.


All Times PST

UMKC at Gonzaga Gonzaga/Nike Soccer Classic (Spokane, WA)
4:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Northwestern Chicago Soccer Classic (Evanston, IL)
4:00 PM
Portland vs. New Mexico Husky Fever Classic (Seattle, WA)
4:30 PM
Saint Mary's vs. Penn State BMW/Nike Soccer Challenge (San Francisco, CA)
5:00 PM
UC Davis at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
UNLV at San Francisco BMW/Nike Soccer Challenge (San Francisco, CA)
7:30 PM
Santa Clara at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Portland vs. CS Fullerton Husky Fever Classic (Seattle, WA)
11:00 AM
Penn State at San Francisco BMW/Nike Soccer Challenge (San Francisco, CA)
12:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Illinois-Chicago Chicago Soccer Classic (Evanston, IL)
12:00 PM
UC Irvine at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
CS Bakersfield at Gonzaga Gonzaga/Nike Soccer Classic (Spokane, WA)
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. UNLV BMW/Nike Soccer Challenge (San Francisco, CA)
2:30 PM

WCC Player of the Week: Portland's Leland Wright Earns Weekly Honor
Wright tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Northwest rival Washington in a nationally televised contest on Fox Soccer Channel. With the match tied at 1-1 entering the second period, Wright provided the decisive tally in the 53rd minute after a nice through ball by teammate Collen Warner. After running past a UW defender, Wright one-timed his attempt to the lower left of the goal and past the diving Husky goalkeeper. A native of Eugene, Ore., Wright now has a goal and an assist on the season.

WCC Tradition In The NCAA Tournament
The 2007 marked the seventh straight season, and the 19th time in conference history, that multiple WCC teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. Santa Clara played in its fifth straight NCAA Tournament and the 18th in program history, while Portland made its 13th appearance, and Gonzaga earned postseason selection for the second time. WCC teams have made 78 NCAA Tournament appearances since the NCAA competition began, and have claimed five national championships. USF leads all conference teams with four national championships, while SCU earned a share of the Division I crown in 1989 after battling Virginia to a draw in the title game. Santa Clara is the last WCC team to have appeared in a College Cup, advancing to college soccer's "Final Four" in 2003.



Overall Record: 1-2-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs posted a 1-1-0 record last week, defeating UNLV, 2-1, for their first win of the season before dropping a 3-2 decision to UC Riverside at the UNLV Nike Invitational.

  • Redshirt freshman Zach Smith came off the bench and scored his first two career goals to lead the Zags to the win over UNLV.

  • Junior GK Scott Barnum, who got his first Gonzaga start two weeks ago in a 0-0 tie at Oregon State, got the call again against UNLV and recorded three saves to earn the win.

  • Junior D Tim Muravez scored his first two goals of the season in the loss to UC Riverside. The two goals marked the first multi-goal season of his career.

  • GU hosts UMKC (9/19) and CS Bakersfield (9/21) in the Gonzaga/Nike Soccer Classic.
  • Sept. 19
    UMKC - 4:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    CS Bakersfield - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions, who were idle last week, continue non-conference play.

  • 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.

  • LMU's strong start to the season has gained receiving attention from both regional and national polls. The Lions are currently ranked eighth in the West Region according to the NSCAA while they are receiving votes nationally from College Soccer News.

  • LMU is 23-30-6 all-time against ranked foes but has done well recently, defeating at least two top-25 squads each season since 2001.

  • The Lions continue their demanding non-conference slate as they play at No. 9 Northwestern (9/19) and at No. 11 Illinois-Chicago (9/21).
  • Sept. 19
    at Northwestern - 4:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    at UIC - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland defeated Northwest rival Washington, 3-1, in front of a national television audience.

  • Senior MF Leland Wright scored the game-winning goal in the Pilots' win over the Huskies. For his performance, Wright became the second Portland player to earn WCC Player of the Week honors, joining teammate Frankie Lopez.

  • Lopez returned to his scoring ways, tallying his conference-leading fifth goal of the season in the win over Washington.

  • Portland finished with a 12-6 advantage in shots against UW. The Pilots lead the conference in shots with 74.

  • The Pilots take on New Mexico (9/19) and CS Fullerton (9/21) at the Husky Fever Classic.
  • Sept. 19
    vs. New Mexico - 4:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    vs. CS Fullerton - 11:00 AM

    Overall Record: 1-4-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels dropped a 1-0 decision to Sacramento State in their lone match last week.

  • The loss to Sacramento State marked the Gaels' second 1-0 setback in the last three matches.

  • The Gaels rank second in the conference in shots (67), points (20), goals (8), and corner kicks (35).

  • Saint Mary's has attempted 27 more shots than its opponents.

  • Junior MF Yousef Samy leads the Gaels with two goals and five points.

  • Saint Mary's takes on Penn State (9/19) and UNLV (9/21) at the USF Tournament.
  • Sept. 19
    vs. Penn State - 5:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    vs. UNLV - 2:30 PM

    Overall Record: 0-3-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros dropped a hard fought 2-1 decision to No. 15 Indiana in their lone match last week.

  • Junior F JT Howlan scored the Toreros' lone goal against the Hoosiers, scoring on a penalty kick for his second goal of the season. Howlan now leads the team in shots (8), goals (2), and points (4).

  • San Diego's opponents have attempted more than twice as many corners (31-to-14) than the Toreros.

  • Three of the Toreros' five games so far this season have gone into overtime.

  • San Diego looks for its first win of the season as the Toreros host UC Davis (9/19) and UC Irvine (9/21) this weekend.
  • Sept. 19
    UC Davis - 7:00 PM

    Sept. 21
    UC Irvine - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-4-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco's tough luck continued last week as the Dons suffered a pair of 1-0 setbacks, dropping a double-overtime decision to San Jose State before falling to Stanford.

  • All four of San Francisco's losses have been by a 1-0 decision.

  • Although goals have been tough to come by for the USF offense this season, opponents have not fared much better. Through four matches, the Dons have given up a league-low four scoring strikes. San Francisco's senior goalkeeper tandem of Eric Conner and Jeremy Coupe lead the West Coast Conference in GAA at 0.96.

  • The Dons have taken nearly twice as many corner kicks (23-to-12) as their opponents.

  • The Dons host UNLV (9/19) and Penn State (9/21) in the BMW/Nike Soccer Challenge.
  • Sept. 19
    UNLV - 7:30 PM

    Sept. 21
    Penn State - 12:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos battled the then-No. 4 Golden Bears of California to a 1-1 time Friday night in their 2008 home opener.

  • The match was held scoreless until the final minute as freshman F Connor Mitchell scored with 49 seconds remaining. However, after a handball was called on the Broncos, Cal took a PK to knot the score 1-1.

  • Junior MF Jeff Cosgriff continues to lead the Broncos in points with six (2G, 2A). He notched assist No. 2 on Mitchell's goal against Cal.

  • Mitchell became the fifth different Bronco to find the back of the net this season, while three players have notched assists.

  • Santa Clara travels to Los Angeles to take on UCLA (9/20).
  • Sept. 20
    at UCLA - 7:00 PM