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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 9/25

Sept. 25, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Peter Lowry, Santa Clara

Peter Lowry led Santa Clara to a pair of impressive victories to close out the non-conference portion of the 2007 season for SCU. The senior scored both Bronco goals in a 2-0 shutout of crosstown rival San Jose State on Thursday, and netted the late equalizer to force overtime in a 2-1 victory over then-No. 5 ranked UCLA at home on Saturday. Lowry was tabbed for National Player of the Week honors by College Soccer News, and his three scoring strikes moved him into a tie for ninth place on the SCU all-time goals chart with 19.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 29
Gonzaga at Portland* - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Santa Clara's Lowry Named National Player Of The Week
Santa Clara midfielder Peter Lowry was tabbed for National Player of the Week honors by College Soccer News after leading the Broncos to wins over San Jose State and then-No. 5 ranked UCLA over the weekend. The senior tallied both goals in a 2-0 win over the Spartans before netting the equalizer in an overtime victory over the Bruins. It marks the first time that a WCC player has been tabbed for National Player of the Week recognition since Keith DeVey, Lowry's former SCU teammate, received the honor in September 2005.

WCC Enjoys Non-Conference Success
WCC teams have had great success against non-conference opponents, posting a 26-19-4 (.571) overall record so far this season. Included in that mark is an outstanding 12-6-3 (.643) record against teams from west region circuits, encompassing the Big West, Pac-10, and MPSF conferences.

SCU Tops NSCAA/adidas West Region Rankings
The Santa Clara Broncos have been ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas West Region rankings for the fourth straight week after knocking off San Jose State and then-No. 5 ranked UCLA. Gonzaga jumped back into the regional listing at No. 8, while San Francisco dropped out of the rankings after garnering a No. 5 listing a week ago.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga remained hot, posting a 2-1 win over then-No. 26 ranked Loyola (MD) before shutting out Northern Illinois, 1-0, to win the Hensor/Zaher Classic at Oregon State over the weekend.

- George Josten continued his torrid scoring pace, scoring the tying goal against Loyola and assisting on game-winning scores in both matches. The senior, who leads the Zags with three goals and three assists, has notched a goal or an assist in each of GU's five wins this season.

- Freshman Phillippe Garre scored his first collegiate goal in Sunday's win.

- Daniel Scott was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his play on the Gonzaga backline over the weekend.

- The No. 21 ranked Zags open WCC play at Portland (9/29) this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (2-4-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- After managing just a single goal through the first five games of the 2007 season, LMU exploded for three strikes in a 3-2 win over then-No. 6 ranked Harvard before battling Columbia to a scoreless draw in the LMU Invitational.

- Jawaan Delaney made his first career start at forward, and tallied a goal in the fifth minute to open the scoring against the Crimson. It marked the fifth career goal for the junior.

- Josh Carroll and Steffen Canty both tallied their first career goals in the win over Harvard.

- Rafael Baca and goalkeeper Patrick Lane were named to the LMU Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Adam Sloustcher was tabbed for Defensive Co-MVP honors.

- The Lions have the week off before hosting Santa Clara (10/5) in league play.

Portland Pilots (3-3-1 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Portland had a busy week on the road, falling to then-No. 19 Washington, 1-0, and then-No. 23 Furman, 2-0, before closing out the Husky Fever Classic with a 2-1 win over Denver on Sunday.

- Alex Elliott provided most of the offense in Sunday's win over the Pioneers. The junior assisted on Logan Emory's first goal of the season in the 10th minute before burying a 49th minute penalty kick to lead the Pilots to the win. Elliott enters the week with a team-high four goals and three assists on the season.

- Austin Guerrero collected six saves in between the pipes on Sunday to increase his WCC-leading saves total to 28.

- The Pilots return to Merlo Field for the first time since September 2 to open WCC play against Pacific Northwest rival Gonzaga (9/29) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-2-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's enjoyed an outstanding week, shutting out Sacramento State on the road, 1-0, before knocking off San Jose State at home by a 2-1 margin on Sunday.

- David Blanchard notched the game-winning goal in each of Saint Mary's wins over the weekend, scoring on headers from set pieces in both matches. The senior moved into the team lead with three goals on the season, matching a career-high that was set last season.

- Brian Mason recorded his 19th career clean sheet against Sacramento State on Friday to move into a tie with former Gael Mike Reis (1988-91) for third place on the Saint Mary's all-time shutouts list.

- The Gaels have the week off before hosting Gonzaga (10/5) and Portland (10/7) to begin league play.

San Diego Toreros (3-4-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros suffered a pair of defeats in the adidas/San Diego Classic at home over the weekend, falling 3-2 to then-No. 9 ranked Brown before dropping a 1-0 decision to Loyola (Ill.) on Sunday.

- San Diego and Brown combined for 54 fouls in Friday's contest, and both Torero goals were scored on penalty kicks. Tannen Wels and Fabrice Gautrat both converted from the spot, giving each player two goals on the season.

- San Diego out-shot its opponent in both weekend matches, as the Toreros held a 14-7 shot advantage against the Bears and an 8-2 advantage against Loyola (Ill.). USD has attempted 91 shots so far this season, and has limited opponents to just 48 shot attempts.

- San Diego will have the week off before traveling to face No. 10 ranked UCLA (10/2) in its final non-conference contest of the season.

San Francisco Dons (4-3-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco slumped at home over the weekend, as the Dons were edged by then-No. 5 ranked UCLA on Thursday, 1-0, before dropping a 2-0 decision to then-No. 28 ranked New Mexico on Saturday.

- The Dons played UCLA to a stalemate for most of Thursday's match before surrendering a goal off of a corner kick in the 88th minute. USF goalkeeper Eric Conner, a transfer from UCLA, made three saves in between the pipes against his former teammates.

- Conor Chinn continued to lead the Dons in the attack, attempting a pair of shots in each of USF's matches over the weekend. The sophomore enters conference play with a team-leading four goals and 18 shot attempts so far this season.

- San Francisco will have a week off to rest before opening its conference slate at home against Portland (10/5) and Gonzaga (10/7).

Santa Clara Broncos (5-1-2 / 0-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara closed out its non-conference schedule with a pair of impressive wins, as the Broncos blanked San Jose State, 2-0, before handing then-No. 5 ranked UCLA a 2-1 overtime defeat at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday.

- Peter Lowry provided the goal-scoring fireworks for the Broncos, netting twice against the Spartans and tallying the equalizer against the Bruins. Lowry was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his efforts.

- Jeff Cosgriff scored the game-winner just 39 seconds into overtime against UCLA. It marked the second goal of the season for the sophomore, who tallied four times for SCU last season.

- Matt Hatzke collected his first two assists of the season, aiding on two of Lowry's goals.

- The Broncos have the week off before road contests at LMU (10/5) and San Diego (10/7).

Game To Watch

#21 Gonzaga at Portland - Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 PM
The 2007 conference season begins this week, as Pacific Northwest rivals Gonzaga and Portland will square off at Merlo Field to open WCC play on Saturday night. The Zags are off to the program's best start since 1997 with a 5-2-0 record, and have earned national rankings for the first time since the 2001 campaign. GU is led by the goal-scoring prowess of senior George Josten, who leads the Bulldogs with three goals and three assists so far this season. Gonzaga has won three straight, including last weekend's victories over Loyola (MD) and Northern Illinois. Portland's attack is led by Alex Elliott, who scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 win over Denver, while the defense is paced by freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero, who has collected a WCC-leading 28 saves on the year. The Pilots hold a slim 9-8-1 series advantage in WCC contests against GU, but Gonzaga has gone unbeaten in its last four games against Portland, including a two-game sweep of the Pilots last season.