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Portland and Santa Clara both 2-0-0 to start WCC play

Oct. 2, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- After one week of conference play, both Portland and Santa Clara have jumped out to 2-0-0 starts. WCC action continues on Wednesday afternoon when Saint Mary's hosts Santa Clara at 4 p.m. PT.


  • Portland began conference play with a 4-1 win overGonzaga and a 1-0 victory against San Francisco last week. Junior Steven Evans scored a goal against the Bulldogs and ranks sixth in the NCAA with .89 goals per game and is 10th with 1.89 points per game.

  • Santa Clara is the other WCC team to begin conference play with a 2-0-0 record. The Broncos defeated San Diego 2-0 and Loyola Marymount 1-0 last week, extending their winning-streak to four matches. WCC Player of the Week Erik Hurtado is tied for 12th in the nation with .78 goals per game.

  • San Diego split its first two conference matches on the road last week, falling 2-0 to Santa Clara before rebounding with a 1-0 win at defending-champion Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon.

  • San Francisco is 1-1-0 to start WCC action after losing 1-0 at Portland and topping Gonzaga 2-1 last week. Junior Mauricio Diaz de Leon knocked in both goals for the Dons in Spokane.

  • Saint Mary's leads the WCC in both goals against average (0.83) and shutouts (four). The Gaels' .44 shutout percentage is 32nd in the NCAA. Freshman goalkeeper Andre Rawls is averaging four saves per match.

  • The next nationally-televised men's soccer match will be on Friday, October 26 when Portland visits Santa Clara. That contest can be seen live on FOX Soccer.

  • Visit WCCsports.com each Tuesday for a new edition of the WCC Top Play Tuesday, featuring men's soccer highlights from the previous week.

  • The West Coast Conference REPRESENT campaignpromotes positive sportsmanship through its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Each school will host aREPRESENT match in each sport, and the next men's soccer match will be on Friday when San Francisco hosts Saint Mary's.