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WCC Men's Weekly Soccer Notes

Oct. 13, 2009

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No. 22-ranked Portland has dropped out of the top WCC spot after being upset by No. 28-ranked San Diego. San Diego swept the Pacific Northwest with a 2-1 defeat over Portland and a 1-0 shutout over Gonzaga. The Toreros are now on a three-game win streak. Loyola Marymount, who had a strong pre-conference season, dropped two over the weekend and will look to this weekend to bounce back.


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WCC Player of the Week: Collen Warner, University of Portland
Senior midfielder Collen Warner scored two goals and handed out an assist as the Pilots split their two conference games last weekend. On Friday, Warner knocked in the Pilots' only goal on a penalty kick during a 2-1 loss to San Diego, then came back on Sunday to score the game-winner in the 18th minute of a 3-1 win over LMU. Warner also assisted on teammate Jarad vanSchaik's goal in the 56th minute of play. Warner now leads the team this season with five goals, four assists, and 14 points.

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 Week: Collen Warner, Portland

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: 4-5-2
WCC Record: 1-3-0
  • Gonzaga split its conference matches over the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over Loyola Marymount and a 1-0 loss to San Diego.

  • Forward Tye Perdido scored his fourth goal of the season at 95:02 to give the Zags a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory over the Lions. The victory snapped a three-match losing streak by the Bulldogs and marked the team's first WCC victory of the season.

  • The other Bulldog goal came off the foot of forward Nick Love at 73:57. Love's goal came off a rebound that he blasted through to the top edge of the far post.

  • Against San Diego, Gonzaga recorded seven shots--two on goal--but could not convert. The Zags were dealt their third conference loss while the Toreros continued their undefeated run.

  • The Zags will travel to San Francisco on Sunday (10/18) for their lone match of the week.

  • Overall Record: 6-5-0
    WCC Record: 1-2-0
  • Loyola Marymount dropped both its conference matches. The Lions lost to Gonzaga 2-1 in overtime play and Portland 3-1.

  • Just 10 minutes into the second half against Gonzaga, LMU forward Rafael Baca scored his seventh goal of the season. However, despite Baca's efforts and the Lions tallying 14 shots and nine corner kick opportunities, the Lions could not hold onto the lead, dropping the match 2-1 in overtime.

  • The Lions held a slim 11-10 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corner kicks against the Pilots but could not score more than one goal to overtake the ranked team. The Lions' lone goal was scored by Baca on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute, his eighth goal of the season.

  • Loyola Marymount will host two conference matches this week, competing against Santa Clara on Friday (10/16) at 3 PM and Saint Mary's on Sunday (10/18) at 3 PM.

  • Overall Record: 7-2-2
    WCC Record: 2-1-1
  • No. 22-ranked Portland lost to San Diego in a close 2-1 match on Friday but came back to overcome Loyola Marymount 3-1 on Sunday.

  • The Pilots outshot the Toreros 19-12 and held a sizable 7-0 advantage in corner kicks but could only come up with one goal on the night, not enough to continue their eight-game win streak. The lone goal was scored by WCC Player of the Week Collen Warner on a penalty kick.

  • Defender Ryan Kawulok scored the first goal of the game against Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon. Just six minutes later, Warner recorded his second goal of the weekend and fifth goal of the season. Midfielder Jarad vanSchaik scored his second goal of the year in the beginning of the second half to put the Pilots up 3-0 before the Lions cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 82nd minute.

  • Portland will continue conference play at San Francisco on Friday (10/16) at 7:30 PM.

  • Overall Record: 6-1-3
    WCC Record: 2-0-1
  • Saint Mary's defeated crossbay rival San Francisco 1-0 in overtime play, improving to 2-0-1 in conference contests. The Gaels remain unbeaten at home.

  • Midfielder Yousef Samy scored the game-winning goal two minutes into overtime against San Francisco, giving the Saint Mary's team its third overtime win this season. This is Samy's first goal of the season and second game-winner of his career.

  • The Gael defense kept the Dons to zero shots on goal in the first half. Gael goalkeeper Doug Herrick then had one save in the second half, bringing his shutout total for the season to three.

  • Saint Mary's will travel to Southern California to take on San Diego on Friday (10/16) at 7 PM and Loyola Marymount on Sunday (10/18) at 3 PM.

  • Overall Record: 7-3-0
    WCC Record: 3-0-0
  • No. 28-ranked San Diego continued its undefeated streak in conference play with a 2-1 upset over Portland and a 1-0 win over Gonzaga. With the sweep, the Toreros currently claim first place in the WCC standings.

  • Midfielder James Cohn scored the game-winner in the second half. San Diego recorded 11 shots in the match against Gonzaga, seven of which were on goal.

  • Despite being outshot by the Pilots 19-12 (and 6-4 SOG), the Toreros were able to connect on one goal in each half. Forward Stephen Posa scored the first goal from 25 yards out in the 26th minute. Five minutes into the second half, San Diego' s Tim Grey was issued a red card, leaving the Toreros with 10 men on the field. Short a player, the Toreros managed to take the lead with a goal by forward Marcelo Carminatti in the 69th minute of play.

  • San Diego will host Saint Mary's on Friday (10/16) and Santa Clara on Sunday (10/18).

  • Overall Record: 4-6-1
    WCC Record: 1-3-0
  • San Francisco split its matches against Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. The Dons put together a 2-0 shutout over the Broncos but fell to the Gaels 1-0 in overtime.

  • The Dons collected their 750th program victory against the Broncos. Forward Bryan Burke scored the game-winner on a breakway in the 26th minute, while defender Justin Warren scored the second Bronco goal in the 72nd minute. Midfielder Jonathan Levi assisted both goals.

  • In the 1-0 heartbreaker to Saint Mary's, San Francisco had six shots in the second half but could not capitalize on its chances to score. Don goalkeeper Brendan Roslund made four saves that afternoon.

  • San Francisco will host Portland on Friday (10/16) at 7:30 PM and Gonzaga on Sunday (10/18) at 2 PM.

  • Overall Record: 3-6-2
    WCC Record: 1-2-0
  • Santa Clara lost its only conference match over the weekend to San Francisco (2-0).

  • Midfielder Jalil Anibaba had two of the Broncos' five shots against the Dons but could not connect on any of them as the Broncos were dealt their fifth shutout of the season.

  • Bronco goalkeeper Larry Jackson had a busy night, making five saves on 14 shots.

  • Long-time rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco will face off again on Friday, November 6 at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a live television audience, courtesy of the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC).

  • Santa Clara looks to continue the early stages of conference play on the road against Loyola Marymount on Friday (10/16) at 7 PM and San Diego on Sunday (10/18) at 2 PM.