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WCC Men's Soccer Completes First Week of Conference Play

Oct. 6, 2009

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No. 16-ranked Portland currently is at the top of the standings in WCC play after a win and a draw last weekend. Saint Mary's has emerged as a stronghold early this season, sharing the top position with the Pilots after defeating Gonzaga and tying with Portland. Conference play will continue as travel partners San Diego and Portland move up north to take on Portland and Gonzaga this Friday and Sunday. San Francisco will face Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.


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WCC Player of the Week: Doug Herrick, Saint Mary's
Goalkeeper Doug Herrick went 1-0-1 in the opening weekend of WCC play after notching 10 saves on the weekend (5 versus Gonzaga and 5 versus No. 18-ranked Portland) and a 0.45 goals against average, only giving up one goal to No. 18 Portland. Herrick currently holds a 0.81 goals against average through nine games and has played in all 889:46 minutes for the Gaels, holding a 5-1-3 overall record. The Gaels beat Gonzaga 2-0 on Friday for Herrick's second shutout of the season and tied with No. 18 Portland 1-1 on Sunday.

September 2009 Player of the Month: Rafael Baca, Jr., F, LMU
Junior Rafael Baca started the season with a bang and has not slowed down since, leading the WCC in goals (5) and points (10) through the first month. A team captain and M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidate, Baca has been one of the catalysts to LMU's 5-3-0 start that returned the Lions to the national rankings for the first time since 2006. He opened the 2009 campaign with both goals in the Lions' 2-1 season-opening win at San Diego State that snapped the program's 18-match road winless streak. On September 13, he scored the first goal in a 2-1 upset at #6 UC Santa Barbara that put the Lions into the top-25 for the first time this year. The following week, he had his second multi-goal outing of the season, scoring twice, including the game-winner with eight minutes left, as LMU upset #5 Dartmouth at the San Diego Nike Classic. That performance netted him his first-ever WCC Player of the Week honor and a place on the Soccer America Team of the Week. Thanks in part to Baca, the Lions posted their best non-conference season since 2004.

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 Month for September: Rafael Baca, LMU

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



Overall Record: 3-4-2
WCC Record: 0-2-0
  • Gonzaga went on the road over the weekend and dropped its first two conference matches to Saint Mary's (2-0) and Santa Clara (1-0).

  • This was the first time the Bulldogs suffered back-to-back shutouts since 2007.

  • The Bulldogs are winless in their last four meetings with the Gaels. The Zags had won four straight in the series prior to the current winless streak.

  • Gonzaga goalkeeper Scott Barnum had seven saves--six in the first half--against Santa Clara. Barnum, however, could not deny the penalty kick that came in the very last minute of play, giving the Broncos a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

  • The Zags return home this week for their WCC home openers when Loyola Marymount visits on Friday (10/9) at 3 PM, followed by San Diego on Sunday (10/11) at 1 PM.

  • Overall Record: 6-3-0
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • In their first conference match this season, the LMU men's soccer team came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the defending WCC Champion San Francisco 3-2 in overtime play on Friday afternoon.

  • Despite out-shooting the Dons 10-5 and tallying five corner kicks, the Lions remained scoreless in the first half. LMU then came back strong in the second half, entering overtime with 21 shots on goal and nine corner kicks.

  • The winning goal came off an assist by September's WCC Player of the Month Rafael Baca, who charged up mid-field and passed the ball to sophomore Phil Da Silva, who punched it in the net to end the game at 98:26.

  • Loyola Marymount will travel up north for more conference play, taking on Gonzaga on Friday (10/9) at 3 PM and Portland on Sunday (10/11) at 12 PM.

  • Overall Record: 6-1-2
    WCC Record: 1-0-1
  • The Portland men's soccer team moved up to No. 16 in the nation after a solid first weekend in WCC play. The Pilots defeated Santa Clara 1-0 on Friday and tied Saint Mary's 1-1 on Sunday.

  • Portland midfielder Collen Warner scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to claim the 1-0 victory over the Broncos. This was the fifth straight win for Portland, who now boast a seven-game unbeaten streak.

  • In the game against Saint Mary's, Pilot midfielder Jarad vanSchaik scored the equalizer 18 minutes into the second half. Both teams went scoreless for the remainder of regulation and two overtime periods, ending the game at a 1-1 draw.

  • Portland will continue conference play by hosting San Diego on Friday (10/9) at 7 PM and Loyola Marymount on Sunday (10/11) at 12 PM.

  • Overall Record: 5-1-3
    WCC Record: 1-0-1
  • Saint Mary's defeated Gonzaga 2-0 and tied with No. 18 Portland 1-1 in the first two matches of conference play. Saint Mary's and Portland are currently tied for the top position in the WCC standings.

  • Midfielder Dylan Leslie led the Gaels to victory, scoring both goals against the Zags in the first half. The Gaels outshot the Bulldogs 12-10, with Gael goalkeeper and WCC Player of the Week Doug Herrick notched five saves in the conference opener.

  • Defender Jason Coehlo scored the first goal of his career on Sunday, connecting on a shot in the last second in the first half against Portland. Herrick put up a strong defensive game again, notching another five saves to help Saint Mary's remain unbeaten at home.

  • Saint Mary's will continue conference play at home by hosting cross bay rival San Francisco on Sunday (10/11) at 2 PM.

  • Overall Record: 5-3-0
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • San Diego won its only match of the weekend, the conference opener against San Francisco 1-0.

  • Torero forward Patrick Wallen scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute of play on a header. This is the freshman's fourth goal of the season.

  • San Diego recorded eight shots in the first half and six shots in the second half to San Francisco's one shot in the second.

  • Goalkeeper Kelin Briones was quiet as the Torero defense neutralized the Don offense, allowing no shots on goal the entire game.

  • San Diego will travel up north to take on Portland on Friday (10/9) at 7 PM and Gonzaga on Sunday (10/11) at 1 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-5-1
    WCC Record: 0-2-0
  • San Francisco lost both its matches on the road over the weekend to start the conference season. The Dons dropped a 3-2 overtime match to Loyola Marymount and 1-0 decision to San Diego.

  • The Dons started off strong as All-American Conor Chinn scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and defender Justin Kendro scored the first goal of his career to put the Dons up 2-0. LMU would come back to tie and win the game in overtime, handing goalkeeper Brendan Roslund the loss, despite recording a career-high nine saves.

  • San Diego held a 14-1 shot advantage over San Francisco in the 1-0 win for the Toreros. Roslund recorded three saves on the night, while Torero goalkeeper earned a shutout without making a save.

  • The Dons return to action against Bay Area rival Santa Clara on Friday (10/9) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-5-2
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • Santa Clara split its first conference matches of the season with a 1-0 loss to Portland and 1-0 win over Gonzaga.

  • In the match against Portland, Santa Clara dominated the first half and controlled the tempo throughout but left the field scoreless. The Pilots were granted a penalty kick with 14 minutes left in the game, which was driven in for a 1-0 victory.

  • Midfielder Brandon Zimmerman scored off a penalty kick goal with 45 seconds remaining to lift the Broncos to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday. After being shutout in their last two outings, the Broncos came out firing, recording a season-high 17 shots en route to its first win in six tries.

  • Santa Clara will face San Francisco on the road to continue conference play on Friday (10/9) at 7 PM.