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WCC Weekly Men's Soccer Notes

Oct. 6, 2010

Complete Release in PDF Format


2010 MEN'S SOCCER WRAPS UP FIRST WEEK OF WCC ACTION

WCC Player of the Week Loyola Marymount redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack McCormack recorded a pair of 1-0 shutouts to help LMU climb into sole possession of first place in the WCC standings after the opening weekend. Three second half unanswered goals helped Santa Clara rally to defeat Gonzaga 3-1 Friday afternoon in Spokane.


AROUND THE WCC

2010 WCC Preseason Poll

2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Loyola Marymount - 32 (3)
2. Portland 28 - (2)
3. San Diego 26 - (1)
4. Saint Mary's - 22 (1)
5. Santa Clara - 20
6. San Francisco - 12
7. Gonzaga - 7
(First place votes)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount - SR, F
Bryan Burke, San Francisco - SR, F
Jordan Grider, Saint Mary's - SR, D
Austin Guerrero, Portland - SR, GK
Erik Hurtado, Santa Clara - SO, F
Ryan Kawulok, Portland - JR, D
Dylan Leslie, Saint Mary's - R-SR, MF
Erik Masch, Santa Clara - Jr, D
Vincent Ocampo, Loyola Marymount - SR, MF
Jarad vanSchaik, Portland - SR, MF
Patrick Wallen, San Diego - SO, F

2009 WCC STANDINGS
1. San Diego (12-6-2 / 8-2-2 WCC)
2. Saint Mary's (10-5-5 / 6-3-3 WCC)
3. LMU (10-9-2 / 5-5-2 WCC)
4. Portland (12-6-5 / 4-4-4 WCC)
5. Santa Clara (6-9-5 / 4-5-3 WCC)
6. San Franciso (7-10-2 / 4-7-1 WCC)
7. Gonzaga (6-10-3 / 3-8-1 WCC)

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 3-6-0
WCC Record: 0-2-0
  • Gonzaga played its first home match of the season last Wednesday, but the Portland Pilots came away with a 2-0 victory to spoil the homecoming.

  • Both teams finished with nine shots, Portland with five on goal and Gonzaga with two.

  • The Bulldogs grabbed an early 1-0 lead at 12:10 over Santa Clara on Friday at Gonzaga Soccer Field when junior Colin Flynn scored his first goal of the season on an assist from senior Philippe Garre. But the Broncos scored three late unanswered goals and posted a 3-1 come-from-behind victory.

  • The Bulldogs will hit the road this weekend for a Friday match at Loyola Marymount and a Sunday contest at San Diego.

  • Overall Record: 6-3-1
    WCC Record: 2-0-0
  • LMU got their 2010 West Coast Conference campaign off to a winning start as freshman Christian Alvarado's first career goal lifted LMU to a 1-0 victory over San Francisco Friday night at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco.

  • WCC Player of the Week junior Jack McCormack preserved the lead by making all four of his saves in the second half for his third shutout of the season against the Dons.

  • LMU made it an unbeaten weekend to start Conference play, shutting out Saint Mary's 1-0 on Sunday at Saint Mary's Stadium. Sophomore David Ponce scored the game's only goal in the 17th minute for the Lions, who improved to 2-0-0 in WCC play for the first time since 2004.

  • The Lions return to Sullivan Field next week for the first time since September 5th, opening up a three-game homestand with a visit from Gonzaga on Friday at 3 p.m. LMU will then host #25 Portland on Sunday at 1 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 4-1-4
    WCC Record: 1-0-1
  • Portland junior Michael Nielsen scored in the first half and senior Ryan Luke found the back of the net after the break as the No. 25 Pilots opened play in the West Coast Conference with a 2-0 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Gonzaga Soccer Field on Wednesday.

  • It was the second shutout of the fall for Portland senior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero, who now has 18 career blank slates.

  • Portland freshman Steven Evans scored his second career goal in the 72nd minute on Sunday afternoon against Santa Clara at Merlo Field, earning the Pilots a 1-1 draw.

  • The Pilots next hit the road for a pair of WCC games in California this week. Portland will play at San Diego at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, while Sunday's match at LMU is set for 2:30 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 5-3-1
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened up West Coast Conference action by defeating defending Conference champion San Diego by a 1-0 score in overtime on Friday. Redshirt junior Justin Grider directed a header into the net off a pass from redshirt junior Joel Fumia in the 98th minute to cash in the victory for the Gaels.

  • The Saint Mary's men's soccer team could not overcome a first-half goal as Loyola Marymount defeated the Gaels 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium.

  • The Gaels kept the pressure on the Lions, holding a 9-1 advantage on corner kicks, including six corner kicks in the second half. Loyola Marymount's sophomore David Ponce scored in the 17th minute of the game, which proved to be enough for the win.

  • It will be a short practice week for the Gaels as Saint Mary's is back in action on Wednesday, October 6th, when it travels to San Francisco to take on the Dons. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on the USF campus. The Gaels return to Saint Mary's Stadium on Sunday when they host Santa Clara.

  • Overall Record: 4-4-1
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • San Diego, who is ranked in the nation's top 50 with a 1.67 goals per game average, dropped an overtime match to Saint Mary's 1-0 on Friday afternoon at the SMC Soccer Complex to open their conference schedule. The Toreros then posted a 3-1 win at San Francisco on Sunday.

  • In the overtime period, Saint Mary's posted a 3-1 shot advantage, including the game-winning goal by redshirt junior midfielder Justin Grider for the 1-0 win in the 98th minute.

  • With goals from senior Marcello Carminatti, sophomores Patrick Wallen and Sergio Carranza, the Toreros finished their trip to the Bay Area on a positive note with a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon over San Francisco.

  • The Toreros return home to host a weekend of Pacific Northwest teams with Portland on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium followed by a 2:00 p.m. match with Gonzaga.

  • Overall Record: 2-6-1
    WCC Record: 0-2-0
  • The Dons couldn't find the back of the net in their league-opening match against the visiting Loyola Marymount Lions in a 1-0 loss Friday night at Negoesco Stadium. LMU freshman Christian Alvarado's first career goal with 30 seconds remaining in the first half proved to be the winner for the Lions on Friday night.

  • The Dons dropped their third straight match on Sunday afternoon in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of San Diego.

  • After San Diego sophomore Patrick Wallen put the Toreros up 2-0 in the 49th minute, San Francisco junior forward Felipe Cabrera scored his first goal of the season following the kickoff to bring the Dons to a 2-1 deficit. But San Francisco would get no closer as sophomore Sergio Caranza punched in a failed clearance in the box to make the score 3-1 Toreros.

  • San Francisco plays its third game in six days Wednesday when it hosts Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in WCC play. Match time against the Gaels is set for 7:00 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.

  • Overall Record: 4-4-2
    WCC Record: 1-0-1
  • Santa Clara University rallied from a goal down to defeat Gonzaga 3-1 Friday afternoon in Spokane. Santa Clara received second-half goals from juniors Eric Masch and Mykell Bates as well as sophomore Erik Hurtado, as the Bulldogs didn't have an answer for the second-half comeback.

  • Santa Clara remained unbeaten after the first weekend of league play after settling for a 1-1 draw against Portland on Sunday. The Broncos outshot the Pilots 17-13 and after a scoreless first half, junior Murphy Campbell put the Broncos in front 1-0 just minutes after the intermission.

  • No. 25 Portland responded with an equalizer in the 72nd minute when freshman Steven Evans put a 25-yard shot past Broncos redshirt junior goalkeeper Kevin Klasila.

  • The Broncos will return to action when they host local rival San Francisco Friday night at 7 p.m.