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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 2, 2008

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WCC TEAMS CONTINUE CONFERENCE PLAY
Gonzaga and Portland opened WCC play last weekend, with the Bulldogs earning a 2-1 win over the Pilots. The five other WCC schools open conference play this week Gonzaga and Portland hosting Bay Area schools San Francisco and Santa Clara. In other action, Saint Mary's plays host to San Diego and Loyola Marymount.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Cal State Bakersfield at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
3:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Portland Portland, OR
1:30 PM
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Santa Clara's Connor Mitchell Earns Weekly Honor
Santa Clara freshman forward Connor Mitchell earned WCC Player of the Week honors for his late game heroics in the Broncos' 1-0 overtime win versus Bay Area rival Stanford. Mitchell came off of the Bronco bench and found the back of the net in the 95th minute to lift Santa Clara over Stanford. The goal was Mitchell's second of the season. He is the first Santa Clara player to earn the conference's weekly award this season.

The Champion Within: For LMU's Stephen Carlson, Leadership Begins With The Community
A native of Honolulu, HI, senior Stephen Carlson decided to cross the Pacific and play soccer for the LMU Lions, a sport he was destined to play as his father also played at the NCAA level.

This week he took some time with us to talk about being a fifth year senior, his views on leadership, and being active in the classroom as well as the community. Click here to read the Stephen Carlson Q&A.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 4-3-1
WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • The Bulldogs defeated Portland, 2-1, to earn their first WCC win, before falling to Washington, 2-1.

  • Freshman F Mitchell Weller made his first collegiate goal a big one as he scored the match winner in the Zags' win over Portland.

  • Junior F Tye Perdido tallied his fourth goal of the season in the match versus Portland. The goal also snapped a WCC scoring draught of 493:35 for the Zags since a 1-0 win over the University of San Francisco last Nov. 2. The Bulldogs went the final four WCC matches of the season without a goal.

  • Junior MF Ben Funkhouser registered his second goal of the season in the loss to UW.

  • Gonzaga hosts San Francisco (10/3) and Santa Clara (10/5) this weekend.
  • Oct. 3
    San Francisco - 3:00 PM

    Oct. 5
    Santa Clara - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions earned a 1-1 tie versus Oregon State in their lone match last week. LMU's four ties the school record for most draws in a season, set in 1988 and matched in 2005.

  • The Lions have played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation, as all six of their opponents have been ranked in the top 25 and four of the six were ranked in the top 10.

  • Through his first five games, junior GK Patrick Sampson has put himself on pace to shatter the school goals-against-average record. Despite facing four ranked opponents in his first four games, Sampson enters this week's play with a 0.53 GAA, well ahead of the current record of 0.82 set by Shaun Kalnasy in 2003. Sampson leads or is tied for the WCC lead in GAA (0.45), shutouts (two), and saves per game (5.00). He is second in total saves with 20.

  • LMU hosts CS Bakersfield (10/2) before traveling to Saint Mary's (10/5) to open WCC play.
  • Oct. 5
    at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 3-3-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland dropped a 2-1 decision to Northwest rival Gonzaga in its WCC opener last week.

  • Senior F Bryan Irwin scored the Pilots' lone goal against the Bulldogs, his second score of the season.

  • Sophomore F/MF Frankie Lopez has been impressive so far this season. Lopez leads the team and the conference with six goals, 13 points and two game-winners. He is also one of six Pilots to hand out at least one assist this fall, while his nine shots on-goal lead the squad. Nationally, Lopez ranks 23rd in goals per game (0.75).

  • Junior MF Collen Warner leads the Pilots and ranks second in the WCC in assists (3).

  • The Pilots host Santa Clara (10/3) and San Francisco (10/5) this weekend.
  • Oct. 3
    Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 5
    San Francisco - 1:30 PM

    Overall Record: 1-5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Junior MF Yousef Samy is leading the Gaels in points this season. The transfer from San Jose State has played in all but 22 minutes of the season so far, starting all five games. He has notched three goals and one assist for seven points. Of his 11 shots, six have been on target this season.

  • In 2007 the Gaels did not have a single penalty kick the entire season. So far 2008 has been a different story, as the Gaels have been awarded two penalty kicks. They have taken full advantage of their opportunities, as Samy has sent both PK's past the keeper.

  • The Gaels are 8-11-1 in WCC openers dating back to 1988 when men's soccer joined the WCC.

  • Saint Mary's opens conference play by hosting San Diego (10/3) and Loyola Marymount (10/5) this weekend.
  • Oct. 3
    San Diego - 4:00 PM

    Oct. 5
    LMU - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 0-5-3
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros earned a 1-1 tie versus UCLA in their lone game last week.

  • Four of the Toreros' five losses this season have been by one goal, including the last three USD setbacks.

  • San Diego's leading goal scorer is junior F Andrew Feld with two goals and one assist for five points. He's followed closely by senior F JT Howlan with two goals for four points and one penalty kick goal.

  • The Toreros have gotten used to logging extra minutes as four of their eight games so far this season have gone into double overtime, including three of the last five.

  • San Diego opens conference play at Saint Mary's (10/3) this weekend.
  • Oct. 3
    at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • San Francisco fell to No. 6 Cal, 2-0, in its lone match last week.

  • USF attempted six shots in both halves and held a 12-8 advantage in the match versus the Golden Bears, with five of them on goal.

  • The Dons have outshot their opponents, 82-63, and have taken 35 corner kicks to their opponents 20.

  • Junior F Conor Chinn, the Dons leading scorer, paces USF and is tied for fourth in the WCC in shots with 21.

  • Senior GK Jeremy Coupe ranks second in the WCC in goals against average (0.93).

  • The Dons open WCC play at Gonzaga (10/3) and Portland (10/5) this week.
  • Oct. 3
    at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM

    Oct. 5
    at Portland - 1:30 PM

    Overall Record: 2-4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Broncos earned a 1-1 tie versus San Jose State, before defeating Stanford, 1-0.

  • M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidate Stephen McCarthy scored his first goal of the season in the Broncos' tie with San Jose State.

  • Freshman reserve Connor Mitchell netted his second collegiate goal in overtime to lift the Broncos over the Cardinal. For his efforts, Mitchell was named WCC Player of the Week.

  • Junior MF Jeff Cosgriff and freshman MF Brandon Zimmerman have been integral in setting up several of the Broncos goals this season. Both midfielders are tied for first on the team with two assists each.

  • Santa Clara opens WCC play at Portland (10/3) and at Gonzaga (10/5) this weekend.
  • Oct. 3
    at Portland - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 5
    at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM