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WCC Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2009 Conference Season This Weekend

Sept. 30, 2009

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WCC MEN'S SOCCER ENDS SUCCESSFUL NON-CONFERENCE SEASON

WCC men's soccer had a successful overall 2009 non-conference campaign with three teams--Portland, San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount--showing up in the national polls. As a whole, the WCC men's soccer teams put together a 26-17-8 record, a huge improvement from last year's 11-26-14 record. The WCC also boasted nine wins over teams that appeared in the national rankings this season, a bright indication of the tough soccer still left to play as the WCC round robin rolls around this Friday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, OCT. 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
SAN FRANCISCO at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PM
GONZAGA at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
PORTLAND at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCT. 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
PORTLAND at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
2:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
GONZAGA at SANTA CLARA Santa Clara, CA
2:30 PM

AROUND THE WCC

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WCC Player of the Week: Austin Guerrero, University of Portland
Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made ten saves and allowed just one goal last weekend as the Pilots defeated Cal Poly 2-0 on Friday and No. 17 Creighton 2-1 on Sunday to win the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle, Wash. The 2-0 blanking of Cal Poly is his third shutout this season and the 13th of his career, which ranks fifth all-time in UP program history. Guerrero also tallied a season-high nine stops against the Bluejays, including two in the closing minute to preserve the upset. His GAA is now 0.97 on the season.

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 Austin Guerrero now ranks fifth all-time in program history, after recording the 13th shutout of his career as a goalkeeper for the No. 18-ranked Portland Pilots.


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: 3-2-2
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Gonzaga did not compete last weekend. The Bulldogs finished non-conference play with a 3-2-2 record.

  • The Zags' first match of the season, the 5-1 win over Trinity Western, was pulled from their overall record because it was determined to be an exhibition match.

  • Gonzaga's most recent update included the split two weekends ago as the Bulldogs recorded 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, while three Bulldog 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 on Friday (10/2) at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 5-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Loyola Marymount dropped out of the rankings this week after a split over the weekend. The Lions blanked UC Riverside 1-0 and dropped one to Cal State Bakersfield 1-0.

  • Freshman Chris Bernardi scored the game-winning goal with 3:41 to play in the second half against UC Riverside. In just their second home match of the season, the previously ranked #20Lions extended their strong start to the season.

  • Cal State Bakersfield snapped LMU's two-game win streak when the Roadrunners scored in in the 19th minute. This was sophomore goalkeeper Jack McCormack's first loss of the season, despite making five saves in the game.

  • Loyola Marymount will kick off conference play at home against San Francisco on Friday (10/2) at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 5-1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • After defeating Cal Poly and Creighton at the Husky Fever Classic, Portland found its way into the national polls, being ranked as high as No. 18 by Soccer America.

  • The Pilots defeated Cal Poly 2-0 as sophomore Ryan Kawulok and freshman Colin Barich both scored in the middle of the second half. Despite outshooting the Mustangs 20-9, Portland's defense proved just as tough, as junior goalkeeper and WCC Player of the Week Austin Guerrero was forced to make just one save for his third shutout this season and 13th of his career, ranking him fifth all-time in program history.

  • Portland scored twice in the second half to overcome 17th-ranked Creighton 2-1, securing the tournament title. The Pilots are currently on a four-game win streak.

  • The Pilots will travel to Santa Clara to start WCC play on Friday (10/2) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 4-1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Saint Mary's defeated UC Davis 2-1, improving their overall record to 4-1-2 for the season.

  • Junior midfielder Erik Rivas led the Gaels to victory, scoring both goals in the first half. After last Friday's match, Rivas has moved into a tie with redshirt sophomore midfielder Justin Grider for the team lead in goals and points.

  • Gael goalkeeper Doug Herrick was put to work by the Aggies, recording seven saves in 90 minutes. Herrick is now 4-1-2, after recording 23 saves and a 0.91 GAA on the season.

  • Saint Mary's received votes in the Soccer Times College Coaches Poll this week, marking the first time the Gaels have received votes nationally under head coach Adam Cooper.

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

  • Overall Record: 4-3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Diego suffered a tough 2-1 loss to No. 2-ranked UCLA, dropping its record to 4-3-0 in non-conference contests.

  • UCLA scored early with a goal in the opening 10 minutes of the match. Two minutes into the second half, UCLA extended its 1-0 lead after scoring off a penalty kick due to a San Diego foul inside its own penalty box.

  • In the 60th minute, a UCLA defender caught a hand ball in the Bruins' penalty box. Senior forward Andrew Feld lined up a well-shot penalty kick to cut the Bruin lead to 2-1.

  • The Toreros out-shot the Bruins 15-8, making it a busy day for UCLA goalkeeper, who had eight saves on the night. Torero goalkeeper Kelin Briones recorded two.

  • San Diego returns to action at home against San Francisco on Sunday (9/25) at 2 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco ended non-conference play with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over San Jose State and a 1-1 draw with #23Brown.

  • After a San Jose State goal in the 73rd minute, senior All-American Conor Chinn scored the equalizer for the Dons just 12 minutes after on a header to the far post off a feed from junior midfielder Justin Warren. It was the 20th goal for Chinn in his last 23 matches. Warren came back to provide the game-winner in the 109th minute, ending the night with three points.

  • The Dons were up 1-0 deep into the second half, but the Bears equalized the match with less than nine minutes left in the game. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Bears remained unbeaten on the year. Chinn scored the lone goal for the Dons, his fourth of the season.

  • San Francisco looks to pick up momentum as they enter conference play against Loyola Marymount on Friday (10/2) at 4 PM.

  • Overall Record: 2-4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara competed in two matches over the weekend that resulted in draws. The Broncos tied 1-1 with #23Brown and 0-0 with San Jose State.

  • In the match against Brown, sophomore Eric Masch scored his third goal of the season to put the Broncos up in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Larry Jackson had a season-high six saves against Brown, but could not keep the equalizer from coming into the net to preserve the win, allowing the Bears to avoid a loss that could have dropped them out of the national rankings.

  • Santa Clara fought off 22 shots by San Jose State, while its own offense managed just two shots on goal. The 0-0 draw marked the third time Santa Clara was held scoreless. The Broncos are now 3-0-3 versus the Spartans in the past six meetings.

  • Santa Clara will take on #18Portland in its first WCC match on Friday (10/2) at 7 PM.