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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 9, 2008

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WCC MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS CONTINUE CONFERENCE PLAY
WCC men's soccer teams continue conference play this weekend. Opening the second weekend of conference action is Portland playing at Loyola Marymount, while San Diego hosts Gonzaga and Saint Mary's crosses the Bay to take on San Francisco. On Sunday, Portland travels to San Diego, while Gonzaga plays at LMU, and Saint Mary's hosts Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PM
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
3:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Santa Clara's Connor Mitchell Earns Weekly Honor
USF senior goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe kept opponents scoreless in the opening weekend of WCC play to earn WCC Player of the Week honors. Coupe led the Dons to a Pacific Northwest sweep at Gonzaga and Portland to open the 2008 league campaign. Coupe posted back-to-back shutouts, lowering his season GAA to an impressive 0.68. Coupe made five saves on the weekend, preserving the Dons' first 2-0 WCC start since going 3-0 to open the 2002 campaign and their first road sweep of the Bulldogs and Pilots since 2005.

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.

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: 5-4-1
WCC Record: 2-1-0
  • The Bulldogs fell to San Francisco, 1-0, but bounced back to defeat Santa Clara, 2-1, in overtime.

  • Gonzaga is now tied for first in the WCC standings with USF after the first full weekend of WCC play, with each team owning six points.

  • Junior MF Ben Funkhouser tallied the game-winning goal in the Zags' win over Santa Clara. Funkhouser's goal was his second career match-winning goal, the other coming last year at home against the Northwest rival Washington.

  • Freshman forward Mitchell Weller scored his second career goal in the Bulldogs' win over the Broncos.

  • Gonzaga plays at San Diego (10/10) and Loyola Marymount (10/12) this weekend.
  • Oct. 10
    at San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 12
    at LMU - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-3-4
    WCC Record: 0-1-0
  • The Lions earned a 2-1 overtime victory versus Cal State Bakersfield, before dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Saint Mary's in their conference opener.

  • Freshmen took center stage in LMU's win over Cal State Bakersfield. Freshman MF/D Fernando Barba scored the first goal of his LMU career, 27 seconds into overtime, to lift the Lions over Cal State Bakersfield, while classmate Artur Jozkowicz scored his team-leading second goal in the Lions' win over the Roadrunners.

  • Junior GK Patrick Sampson capped an incredible September by winning the WCC Player of the Month award. Sampson posted a pair of shutouts against ranked opponents and posted a conference-low goals-against-average of 0.45 while allowing just two goals in the month.

  • LMU hosts Northwest foes Portland (10/10) and Gonzaga (10/12) this weekend.
  • Oct. 10
    Portland - 4:00 PM

    Oct. 12
    Gonzaga - 2:00 PM

    Overall Record: 4-4-2
    WCC Record: 1-2-0
  • The Pilots split their two WCC games at home last weekend, defeating Santa Clara, 4-1, before falling to San Francisco, 1-0.

  • Senior F Bryan Irwin scored twice on the night, including the game-winner in the 44th minute to lift the Pilots over Santa Clara. Senior D Brayton Knapp and sophomore F/MF Frankie Lopez also scored for the Pilots.

  • Lopez has been impressive so far this season, leading the team and the conference with seven goals, 14 points and two game-winners. He is also one of six Pilots to hand out at least one assist this fall, while his 11 shots on-goal lead the squad. Nationally, Lopez ranks 25th in goals per game (0.70).

  • The Pilots continue conference play this weekend as they travel to Loyola Marymount (10/10) and San Diego (10/12).
  • Oct. 10
    at LMU - 4:00 PM

    Oct. 12
    at San Diego - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-6-1
    WCC Record: 1-1-0
  • Saint Mary's earned a split in its WCC opener, falling to San Diego, 1-0, before bouncing back to defeat Loyola Marymount, 2-1.

  • Freshman Emmanuel Sarabia picked the perfect time to score his first collegiate goal for Saint Mary's as he entered the match in the final minute of regulation and headed home the game-winner to lift the Gaels past LMU.

  • The Gaels defense, which set a record for lowest goal against average with a 1.13 GAA last season, has been relentless lately. The Gaels have allowed just four goals in their last five games. And all but one of those goals came on dead ball plays. Currently the team has a goal against average of 1.63.

  • Saint Mary's continues WCC action this week against a pair of Bay Area rivals as the Gaels play at San Francisco (10/10) before hosting Santa Clara (10/12).
  • Oct. 10
    at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 12
    Santa Clara - 3:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-5-3
    WCC Record: 1-0-0
  • The Toreros earned a 1-0 win at Saint Mary's to open WCC play last weekend.

  • Senior MF Eddie Ahman scored his first collegiate goal on a penalty kick to lift the Toreros to the 1-0 win over the Gaels.

  • Senior GK Kelin Briones collected three saves to preserve his first clean sheet of the season. Briones posted six shutouts in 2007 and has eight career shutouts.

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

  • The Toreros continue conference play this weekend as they host Northwest foes Gonzaga (10/10) and Portland (10/12).
  • Oct. 10
    Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 12
    Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 3-5-1
    WCC Record: 2-0-0
  • San Francisco registered 1-0 shutout wins over Gonzaga and Portland to open WCC play.

  • USF opens WCC play at 2-0-0 for the first time since going 3-0-0 out of the gate in 2002. The Dons also sweeps the Pacific Northwest road trip for the first time since 2005.

  • Junior F Conor Chinn scored the game-winning goal in both matches. Chinn now leads the Dons and is tied for second in the WCC in goals with four, while his three game-winning scores paces the conference.

  • Senior GK Jeremy Coupe posted back-to-back shutouts, lowering his season GAA to an impressive 0.68. For his efforts, Coupe was named the WCC Player of the Week.

  • The Dons host Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (10/10) in their lone match this week.
  • Oct. 10
    Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-6-2
    WCC Record: 0-2-0
  • The Broncos dropped a pair of road matches, falling at Portland, 4-1, and at Gonzaga, 2-1 in overtime, to open WCC play.

  • Sophomore F Kellen Wantulok notched both Bronco goals over the weekend. The two goals were his first two scores of the season. Wantulok is tied for the team lead with two goals and now has four career goals.

  • Wantulok is tied for the team lead in goals with senior F Brian Martin, junior MF Jeff Cosgriff, and freshman MF Brandon Zimmerman.

  • Cosgriff and 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.

  • The Broncos look for their first WCC win as they travel to rival Saint Mary's (10/12).
  • Oct. 12
    at Saint Mary's - 3:00 PM