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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 10/16

Oct. 16, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
John Reha, Gonzaga

Midfielder John Reha lifted Gonzaga to a pair of wins over Portland last weekend, notching three assists and contributing on the game-winning goals in both matches. After collecting an assist on Grant Lundberg's goal in the 54th minute of Friday's game, Reha set up Tim Muravez' game-winning goal in the 89th minute. It was more of the same for Reha on Sunday, as he assisted on Tye Perdido's overtime score to lift the Zags to another 2-1 win. Reha, who sat out last season due to injury, moved into a tie for third place on the GU single-season list with seven assists so far this year.

Upcoming Games

Oct. 20
San Diego at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Portland* - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Oct. 22
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Portland* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Francisco* - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC In The NCAA RPI
Five WCC men's soccer teams were listed among the top-63 in this season's first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) report released by the NCAA on October 10. San Francisco and Santa Clara were listed the highest among conference squads, with the Dons checking in at No. 13 and the Broncos right on their heels at No. 14. San Diego was listed at No. 46, and Portland and LMU checked in at No. 60 and No. 63, respectively. The RPI report includes a listing of all 199 NCAA Division I institutions that sponsor the sport of men's soccer.

Santa Clara Duo Appears For U.S. Under-20 National Team
Santa Clara freshmen Amaechi Igwe and Stephen McCarthy were included in the U.S. Under-20 National Team side that defeated the Haiti Under-23 team, 5-1, in Sunrise, Florida on October 11. McCarthy earned his first international cap, starting in central defense for Head Coach Thomas Rongen's squad, while Igwe came on as a sub for captain Freddy Adu in the 46th minute during the win. The training camp leading up to the game began preparation for the 2007 Under-20 Final Round Qualifying Tournament hosted by Mexico and Panama next year. Eight teams will be competing for the chance to play in the 2007 Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Canada.

San Francisco's Uhl Ties WCC Shutout Record
San Francisco goalkeeper Geremy Uhl tied former Portland and current United States National Team Goalkeeper Kasey Keller's conference record for shutouts in WCC matches with his 13th career clean sheet in a 1-0 win over LMU on October 6. Keller posted 13 shutouts in just 20 WCC matches for UP between 1988-91, while Uhl has been available for 36 WCC matches during his time on The Hilltop due to double round-robin play implemented in 2004. Uhl's 23 overall career shutouts currently ranks sixth on the WCC chart.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-5-2 / 3-3-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga handed Portland a pair of 2-1 defeats over the weekend, marking the first time since 2000-01 that the Zags have claimed back-to-back victories against the Pilots.

- John Reha assisted on three goals over the weekend to bring his season assist total to a team-high seven, tying him for third on the GU single-season list. Reha also moved into a tie for 10th on Gonzaga's career top-10 chart with nine assists.

- Tim Muravez provided the game-winner with his first career goal in the 89th minute of Friday's win over the Pilots.

- George Josten increased his WCC-leading goal total to eight with a tally in Sunday's win.

- Gonzaga welcomes San Diego (10/20) and LMU (10/22) to Martin Field this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-5-2 / 3-2-2 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount battled San Diego to a 1-1 draw at home on Friday, and claimed a 3-2 victory in the return match at USD on Sunday to move into third place in the WCC standings.

- The Lions scored three times in the first eight minutes of Sunday's win, including a pair of goals from Bobby Burling. The senior took sole possession of sixth place in the LMU record book with 15 career goals, and currently ranks fifth all-time with 44 career points.

- Wilkie Johnson scored the second goal of the opening flurry on Sunday, marking the freshman's first collegiate goal.

- Diego Barrera tallied the equalizer on a penalty kick in Friday's tie with the Toreros.

- LMU hits the road for matches at Portland (10/20) and Gonzaga (10/22) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (5-6-2 / 2-5-0 WCC)
- Portland suffered a pair of defeats to Gonzaga over the weekend to fall to 5-6-2, and 2-5-0 in conference play.

- Christopher Sanders continued his torrid scoring pace, netting both Pilot goals over the weekend. Sanders, who has scored four goals in the last four Portland matches, took over the team lead with six goals on the season.

- Luis Robles made 10 saves on the weekend, including seven in Sunday's loss, to move ahead of Kasey Keller into second place on the UP all-time saves list with 313. The senior needs just 26 more saves to pass Joe Garaventa (1977, 79-81) for first place on the Portland career chart.

- Portland looks to snap a three-match skid as the Pilots begin a season-high four-match home stand against LMU (10/20) and San Diego (10/22) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-6-5 / 2-3-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's battled Santa Clara in a pair of overtime matches, playing the Broncos to a scoreless draw on the road on Friday before falling to SCU at home on Sunday, 2-1.

- Brian Mason made five saves in net to preserve the tie on Friday, notching his second shutout of the season. The junior is SMC's all-time shutout leader with 13.5 clean sheets during his career in Moraga.

- Matthew Fitzgerald moved into a tie for eighth place on the Saint Mary's list with his 11th career goal in Sunday's loss. Fitzgerald moved into a tie with Carlos Diaz for the team lead with three goals on the season.

- The Gaels look to get back on the winning track this weekend as they travel across the Bay for a match at San Francisco (10/22) on Sunday.

San Diego Toreros (7-5-1 / 2-4-1 WCC)
- San Diego snapped a three-match skid with a 1-1 tie at LMU on Friday, but fell to the Lions in the return match at Torero Stadium on Sunday, 3-2.

- The Toreros wasted no time getting on the board in Friday's clash with the Lions, as Michael Caso headed in a Tannen Wels cross just 20 seconds into the match to put USD up, 1-0.

- Caso and Ryan Guy teamed up for both of San Diego's scores in Sunday's loss, with Caso assisting on Guy's sixth goal of the season in the 20th minute and Guy returning the favor on Caso's fifth goal of the season in the 39th minute. Guy leads the team with six scoring strikes on the season, while Caso ranks second on the squad with five.

- The Toreros remained first in the nation this week with an average of 2.77 goals per game.

- USD travels to face Gonzaga (10/20) and Portland (10/22) on the road this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (9-3-1 / 4-2-0 WCC)
- San Francisco had the weekend off and enters the second half of conference play in second place in the WCC standings with a 4-2-0 record.

- Rob Valentino was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week last Wednesday after assisting on a pair of game-winning goals in USF victories over LMU and San Diego. Valentino became the third different Don to earn National Team of the Week honors so far this season.

- Geremy Uhl enters the week with 13 career shutouts in conference contests, tying him with former Portland goalkeeper Kasey Keller for first place on the WCC career list. Uhl also ranks sixth on the WCC career list with 23 overall shutouts.

- The Dons return to action this weekend, making the short trip to Santa Clara (10/20) before returning home to host Saint Mary's (10/22).

Santa Clara Broncos (8-3-4 / 4-1-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara battled Saint Mary's to a scoreless draw on Friday before registering a 2-1 overtime win over the Gaels in Moraga on Sunday.

- Jeff Cosgriff tallied the game-winner just one minute into the first overtime period in Sunday's victory. Cosgriff moved into a tie with Keith DeVey and Peter Lowry for the team lead with four goals so far this season.

- Brian Martin notched his second goal of the season to open the scoring in Sunday's win.

- The Broncos out-shot Saint Mary's by a 19-0 margin during Friday's draw but were unable to find the back of the net. SCU ranks second in the WCC with 90 shots as a team, just one shot attempt behind conference-leading San Diego.

- Santa Clara will host San Francisco (10/20) in its only match this week.

Games To Watch

San Diego at Gonzaga - Friday, October 20 at 1:00 PM (PT)
San Diego heads out on the road to meet up with Gonzaga in a crucial conference match for both squads. The Toreros have had a rough run recently, going winless in their last five conference contests, while the Bulldogs have rebounded from an 0-3-0 league start to go undefeated in their last four WCC matches. The GU attack features the conference's top goal scorer in George Josten (8g), while the USD offense leads the nation with an average 2.77 goals per game.

Saint Mary's at San Francisco - Sunday, October 22 at 7:00 PM (PT)
The Gaels visit Negoesco Stadium for a rare Sunday night game this weekend. The Dons had last weekend off after winning four straight conference matches, while SMC will be looking to snap a five-game winless streak in WCC games after starting the league season with a 2-0-0 mark. The two teams locked horns in the WCC opener for both squads on September 22, with the Gaels registering a 1-0 victory in Moraga. Sunday's game will be webcast live on WCCsports.com, as part of the league's free video streaming package for 2006.