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WCC Men's Soccer Heads Into Last Week of Non-Conference Play

Sept. 22, 2009

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WCC MEN'S SOCCER HEADS INTO LAST WEEK OF NON-CONFERENCE PLAY

All seven WCC teams look forward to wrapping up non-conference play this week. No. 20-ranked Loyola Marymount will start off by taking on UC Riverside at home on Thursday, hoping to continue its successful start to the season. San Francisco has dropped out of the rankings after losing to two tough ranked opponents in the 2009 Bay Area Soccer Classic. The Dons hope to bounce back on Friday against San Jose State. Gonzaga will be the only school to not compete this weekend, as the Zags take a break before opening conference play.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
UC Riverside at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PM
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
PORTLAND vs. Cal Poly Seattle, WA
4:30 PM
UC Davis at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
San Jose State at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
UCLA at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
Brown at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
7:30 PM
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
PORTLAND vs. Creighton Seattle, WA
11:00 AM
Brown at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at CS Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
3:00 PM
SANTA CLARA at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

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WCC Player of the Week: Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount
Junior forward Rafael Baca scored two goals on Sunday to help lead the #20 Lions to a 3-2 victory over #5 Dartmouth at the San Diego Nike Classic. The award is Baca's first of his career while he is the second straight Lion to take home the honor, following up redshirt freshman Max Young's recognition last week. A Hermann Trophy candidate for the nation's best player, Baca leads the team and the conference with five goals and ten points in six games. Thanks in part to Baca's efforts, LMU (4-2-0) is off to its best start since 2002.

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 Rafael Baca was also one of two WCC players to be named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. .


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.

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: 4-2-2
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga split its games over the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over Binghamton University and a 3-0 loss to University of New Mexico.

  • Forward Nick Love scored his first goal of the season, the game-winner against Binghamton, in the opening match of the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invitational hosted by UNM. Love's rebound goal was his fifth career tally.

  • UNM put up a tough fight against the Zags, dominating the field on both ends. UNM outshot the Zags 22-10 and kept the Zags to just two shots on goal in all of the second half.

  • Three Bulldogs players were named to the All-Tournament Team, forwards Tye Perdido and Nick Love and defender Nick Barclay.

  • Gonzaga will begin conference play at Saint Mary's College next Friday (10/2) at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 4-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • After a tough 3-0 loss to #15 Michigan State, the #20 Loyola Marymount Lions bounced back with a 3-2 win over #5 Dartmouth, their second win this season over a ranked opponent.

  • The Lions' two-game win streak was snapped on Friday as the Spartans continues its undefeated campaign. LMU goalkeepers Patrick Sampson and Max Young recorded no saves in the game.

  • Forward Steffen Canty scored the Lions' opener and assisted on Rafael Baca's first goal in Sunday's win over #5 Dartmouth. Baca went on to score the game-winner in the 82nd minute, helping his team knock off its second top-10 opponent in a week.

  • Loyola Marymount will end non-conference play by hosting UC Riverside on Thursday (9/24) at 4 PM before traveling to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday (9/26) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland won its lone game of the week on the road against University of Washington. The Pilots scored twice in the first half and held onto a 2-1 lead for the win.

  • The Pilots scored both their goals within minutes of each other. The first goal came in the 20th minute as freshman Keith Grubisich gained possession in the UW half and banked in a shot from long range. Three minutes later, sophomore Michael Nielsen headed in a rebound off his own shot on goal, locking in a 2-0 lead.

  • UW outshot the Portland 15-10, but Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero played a tough game, making four saves on the night.

  • The Pilots will return to the Husky Soccer Field for the Husky Fever Classic where they will face Cal Poly on Friday (9/25) at 4:30 PM before taking on Creighton on Sunday (9/27) at 11 AM.

  • Overall Record: 3-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's split its games over the weekend with a 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 17-ranked UC Irvine and a 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton.

  • The 2-1 upset over #17 UC Irvine came on a game-winning goal by midfielder Dylan Leslie. This marks the second overtime win for the Gaels this season.

  • The Anteaters outshot the Gaels 12-7, but Saint Mary's took five shots on goal. Gael goalkeeper Doug Herrick had three saves to improve his record to 3-0-2.

  • The lone goal against Cal State Fullerton was scored by midfielder Justin Grider five minutes into the game to give him his third goal of the season. Despite outshooting the Titans 14-6, the Gaels were unable to score again, dropping a 1-2 decision to the Titans.

  • The Gaels will begin conference play by hosting Gonzaga on Friday (10/2) at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 4-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego opened the 2009 Nike Soccer Classic with a 2-1 loss to #5 Dartmouth but came back with a 2-0 win over #15 Michigan State.

  • The game was scoreless between Dartmouth and San Diego up until the 35th minute of play when Toreros forward Marcelo Carminatti sent a header into the net from 10 yards out, lifting his team to a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

  • San Diego ended the game with eight shots to Dartmouth's seven but could not find the goal again. Torero goalkeeper Kelin Briones gave up two goals and tallied three saves that night.

  • Two late goals by forwards Andrew Feld and Patrick Wallen lifted San Diego to a 2-0 shutout over Michigan State last Sunday. The Toreros out-shot the Spartans 12-4 in the match.

  • San Diego returns to action at home against UCLA on Friday (9/25) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 2-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco suffered two tough losses to ranked opponents last weekend as the team competed in the 2009 Bay Area Soccer Classic. The Dons lost 3-0 to #8 California at home on Thursday night and 1-0 to Stanford in overtime on Sunday.

  • The Cal Bears came out agressive and held a 17-12 shot advantage and fired nine on frame while the Dons managed three on target. San Francisco goalkeeper Brendan Roslund recorded a season-high five saves.

  • Playing without two of their injured starters, San Francisco put up a good fight against the Cardinal, only being edged 12-11 in shots during regulation. The Stanford game-winner came less than two minutes into the first overtime period.

  • The Dons will end non-conference play against San Jose State on Friday (9/25) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 2-4-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara competed in the 2009 Bay Area Soccer Classic last weekend and fell 2-0 to Stanford and 3-1 to #8 California.

  • The 2-0 victory marked Stanford's first win over Santa Clara in their last six meetings.

  • After two early Stanford goals, Santa Clara came out shooting in the second half, edging the Cardinal 7-1. However, the Broncos were held scoreless for the second time this season.

  • Against California, freshman forward Erik Hurtado scored an unassisted goal just 10 minutes into the match, tying the game 1-1 at the half. Again, the Broncos came out of intermission shooting, with shots by defender Ross Smith, midfielder Jalil Anibaba and Hurtado, but all were denied.

  • Santa Clara is scheduled to host Brown University on Friday (9/25) at 7:30 PM.