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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 10/2

Oct. 2, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Dylan Leslie, Saint Mary's

Saint Mary's freshman Dylan Leslie became the second straight Gael to earn WCC Player of the Week accolades after leading SMC to the top of the WCC standings with a win and a tie over the weekend. Leslie's first career hat trick propelled Saint Mary's to its second straight win over a ranked opponent, as the Gaels knocked off then-No. 10 ranked San Diego on Friday. Against a Torero defense that had surrendered just three goals all season, Leslie struck three times and put four of his game-high six shot attempts on frame.

Upcoming Games

Oct. 6
Santa Clara at Gonzaga* - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount* - 4:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 7:00 PM

Oct. 8
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Records Set To Be Broken In WCC Play
After just two weeks of conference action, a number of players look to break long standing WCC records for league play. San Francisco's Aaron Chandler enters the week tied for second on the career list with 15 goals in WCC contests, and needs just two more scores to move ahead of former Gonzaga standout Jeff McAllister into the all-time lead. LMU's Junior Ybarra needs just two more assists in WCC games to take over the all-time lead with 15, and with two more shutouts, USF's Geremy Uhl can pass former Portland and current U.S. National Team goalkeeper Kasey Keller on the career chart with 14 clean sheets.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-5-1 / 0-3-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga closed out a seven-match road stretch with a 2-1 loss at San Francisco on Friday.

- Grant Lundberg scored his second goal of the season in Friday's loss, bringing his career goal total to seven with the strike.

- George Josten, the WCC leader with 16 points so far this season, assisted on Lundberg's goal to bring his team-leading assist total to four on the season. It marked the 10th career assist for Josten, who moved into a tie for eighth on the Gonzaga career assist chart.

- Vito Higgins collected seven saves in net for the Zags on Friday.

- Gonzaga returns home for the first time since August 27 this weekend, as Santa Clara (10/6) and Saint Mary's (10/8) visit Martin Field.

Loyola Marymount Lions (6-4-1 / 2-1-1 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount had a productive road trip to the Bay Area, handing Santa Clara a 2-1 defeat on Friday before battling Saint Mary's to a 1-1 tie on Sunday.

- Jawaan Delaney's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner in Friday's win over Santa Clara. The Lions, who had never defeated the Broncos on the road prior to the 2005 season, won their second straight match at Buck Shaw Stadium.

- Junior Ybarra assisted on Delaney's goal, giving him 16 career assists and putting him into a tie for fourth on the LMU career list. Ybarra has also recorded 13 career assists in WCC contests, which ties him for second on the conference chart.

- The Lions return home this weekend to resume WCC play against San Francisco (10/6) on Friday.

Portland Pilots (4-3-2 / 1-2-0 WCC)
- Portland registered a 3-0 non-conference win over Seattle on Friday before falling to San Francisco in WCC action on Sunday, 3-2.

- Alex Elliott scored a pair of goals in the win over Seattle to bring his team-leading goal total to five on the season.

- Logan Emory and Collen Warner each tallied their first collegiate goals in Sunday's loss at San Francisco.

- Luis Robles collected 12 saves last week to bring his career saves total to 296. With just eight more saves, Robles can pass Kasey Keller and move into second on the UP career list.

- Portland returns home this weekend, beginning a three-match home stand against Saint Mary's (10/6) and Santa Clara (10/8).

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-3-4 / 2-0-1 WCC)
- SMC continued to roll in WCC play, notching a 4-2 win over then-No. 10 ranked San Diego on Friday before playing LMU to a 1-1 tie on Sunday.

- The win over USD marked the second straight game in which the Gaels knocked off a ranked opponent, having defeated then-No. 11 San Francisco on September 22.

- Carlos Diaz picked up his third assist of the season on Friday, giving the sophomore 14 for his career and moving him into a tie for fourth on the Saint Mary's career chart.

- Matt Fitzgerald scored his 10th career goal in Sunday's game, moving him into a tie for 10th place on the SMC career goals list.

- The Gaels hit the road this weekend for matches at Portland (10/6) and Gonzaga (10/8).

San Diego Toreros (7-3-0 / 2-2-0 WCC)
- San Diego struggled on the road over the weekend, dropping a 4-2 decision at Saint Mary's on Friday before falling to Santa Clara by a 2-1 margin on Sunday.

- JT Howlan scored his first career goal in Friday's loss to Saint Mary's, netting an unassisted strike to become the fourth San Diego freshman to score a goal this season.

- Dustin Guerrero scored his fourth goal of the season in Friday's loss, moving him into a tie with three other Toreros for the team lead. Ryan Guy, Adam Mariani, and Ciaran O'Brien have all tallied four times so far this season.

- San Diego, which has posted a perfect 7-0 record at home so far this season, returns to the friendly confines of Torero Stadium this weekend to host San Francisco (10/8) in WCC action.

San Francisco Dons (7-3-1 / 2-2-0 WCC)
- San Francisco got back on track with a pair of wins in WCC play over the weekend. The Dons registered a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga on Friday before notching a 3-2 overtime triumph over Portland on Sunday.

- Aaron Chandler provided the scoring punch for the Dons over the weekend, netting the game-winning goal on Friday and adding another scoring strike on Sunday. The senior moved into a tie for second on the WCC's career goals scored chart, having netted 15 goals in conference matches during his time on The Hilltop.

- Conor Chinn's goal provided the difference in Sunday's win over the Pilots, marking his first career game-winning goal and his second score of the season.

- The Dons will hit the road for their next three matches beginning with a trip to Southern California this weekend to face Loyola Marymount (10/6) and San Diego (10/8).

Santa Clara Broncos (6-3-2 / 2-1-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from a 2-1 loss to LMU on Friday to upend then-No. 10 ranked San Diego at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday, 2-1.

- Keith DeVey opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's win. DeVey, who increased his career goals scored total to 18, needs just one more scoring strike to crack Santa Clara's career top-10 list.

- Brian Martin, a transfer from Furman, assisted on DeVey's goal before adding his first goal in a Bronco uniform on Sunday. Martin also moved into the team lead with three assists on the season.

- Ryan Brown netted his first collegiate goal in Friday's loss to LMU.

- Santa Clara travels to face Gonzaga (10/6) and Portland (10/8) this weekend.

Games To Watch

Saint Mary's at Portland - Friday, October 6 at 7:00 PM (PT)
Saint Mary's looks to extend its recent run of success in WCC play, as the Gaels travel to face Portland on Friday. SMC is undefeated through three conference games for the first time since 1999, and is coming off of wins over ranked opponents in consecutive weeks. Portland will be looking to even its conference record after falling to San Francisco in overtime on Sunday. The Pilots have posted an undefeated 2-0-2 mark at Merlo Field, and have notched five shutouts so far this season.

#18 San Francisco at San Diego - Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco visits San Diego on Sunday in a match up of two sqauds that have seen time in the national rankings this season. USF heads to Southern California after recording wins over Gonzaga and Portland at Negoesco Stadium over the weekend, and San Diego returns home to Torero Stadium after suffering a pair of defeats in the Bay Area. All seven of USD's wins so far this season have come at home, while USF has recorded a 4-2-1 mark on the road in 2006.