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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 10/16

Oct. 16, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
Colin Jennings, San Diego

Colin Jennings led San Diego to a pair of impressive road victories over the weekend, snapping a four-match Torero skid and giving USD its first two wins in conference play. The junior tallied San Diego's second goal in a 2-1 victory over Portland on Friday, finishing a chance from close range to provide the difference. On Sunday, Jennings headed in a corner kick in overtime to score the golden goal and lift the Toreros to a 1-0 win over then-No. 23 ranked Gonzaga in Spokane. With the two goals, Jennings moved into the team lead with three scoring strikes on the season.

Upcoming Games

Oct. 19
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount* - 4:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Diego* - 7:30 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 8:00 PM

Oct. 21
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego* - 2:30 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC All-Access Game of the Week pits the conference's two nationally ranked teams against one another, as Gonzaga will visit Santa Clara for a 2:00 PM (PT) start on Sunday. It will mark the lone match of the week for the Zags, who went undefeated in seven straight contests before falling to San Diego at home last Sunday. The Broncos are on a nine-match unbeaten run, and are coming off of wins over Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Saint Mary's last weekend.

SCU Tops In NSCAA/adidas West Region Rankings
The Santa Clara Broncos were ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas West Region rankings for the seventh straight week after knocking off San Francisco and Saint Mary's over the weekend. Gonzaga dropped a spot in the regional listing to No. 6 after splitting a pair of games at home. San Francisco is the only other conference team to earn a regional ranking this season, garnering a No. 5 listing on September 18.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-3-1 / 3-1-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga stretched its unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount before suffering a 1-0 overtime defeat against San Diego on Sunday.

- Grant Lundberg had a hand in two of Gonzaga's goals against the Lions, driving home a header to open up the scoring and assisting on Philippe Garre's second goal of the season in the 73rd minute. Lundberg moved into a tie for the team lead with three goals on the year.

- George Josten assisted on Lundberg's goal, giving the senior a career-high tying five assists on the season. Josten has assisted on 15 goals during his career, and needs just one more assist to move into a tie for third place with Mike Thompson (1996-99) on the GU all-time list.

- The Bulldogs hit the road for a single match this weekend, traveling to face No. 3 ranked Santa Clara (10/21) on Sunday.

Loyola Marymount Lions (2-7-1 / 0-3-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount dropped a pair of conference contests in the Pacific Northwest, falling 3-1 to Gonzaga on Friday and suffering a 5-2 defeat at Portland on Sunday.

- A pair of Lions netted their first career goals over the weekend, as freshman Rafael Baca tallied LMU's goal against the Zags and senior Stephen Carlson's 56th minute strike gave LMU the lead in Sunday's loss to the Pilots.

- Baca also assisted on a goal by sophomore Wilkie Johnson on Sunday, giving the freshman a team-high three assists and five points on the year.

- LMU's seven team goals have been scored by seven different players this season.

- The Lions return home to host San Francisco (10/19) and Saint Mary's (10/21) this week.

Portland Pilots (5-4-3 / 2-1-2 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 2-1 loss to San Diego on Friday to upend Loyola Marymount by a 5-2 margin on Sunday.

- Ryan Luke and Bryan Irwin each scored twice in Sunday's win over LMU. Luke moved into a tie for the team lead with four goals on the season, while Irwin brought his season goal total to three.

- Alex Elliott assisted on three goals over the weekend, including two against the Lions, to bring his conference-leading assist total to seven on the year.

- Ryan Oakes collected his first three assists of the season in Sunday's win, lending a hand in goals by Irwin, Luke, and Collen Warner.

- Portland hits the road for a WCC tilt at No. 3 ranked Santa Clara (10/19) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-4-1 / 0-2-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to then-No. 4 ranked Santa Clara on Sunday.

- Justin Kim led the Gaels with four shot attempts against the Broncos. The junior leads Saint Mary's with 21 shots on the season.

- Keenan Flynn made his second straight start in the Saint Mary's net on Sunday, and made three saves to bring his season saves total to 10.

- David Blanchard enters the week with a team-high three goals for the Gaels.

- Saint Mary's begins a three-match road stretch in Southern California, traveling to take on San Diego (10/19) and Loyola Marymount (10/21) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (5-6-0 / 2-1-0 WCC)
- San Diego snapped a four match skid in impressive fashion, topping Portland 2-1 before notching a 1-0 overtime victory against then-No. 23 ranked Gonzaga on the road on Sunday.

- Colin Jennings provided all the heroics for the Toreros over the weekend, netting the game-winning goal in both victories. The junior tallied USD's second strike against the Pilots before heading in the golden goal in overtime against Gonzaga. Jennings, who entered the season with zero career goals, moved into the team lead with three scoring strikes on the year.

- Senior Brett Hiroto's first career goal staked San Diego to a 1-0 lead in Friday's win over Portland. The defender tallied on an unassisted strike from 25-yards out.

- San Diego looks to continue its recent roll at home, as the Toreros host Saint Mary's (10/19) and San Francisco (10/21) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (4-6-0 / 0-3-0 WCC)
- San Francisco continued to struggle in conference play, battling then-No. 4 ranked Santa Clara to a 1-1 stalemate before surrendering a last second goal to fall to the Broncos on Friday, 2-1.

- Conor Chinn opened up the scoring against Santa Clara, knocking in his team-leading fifth goal of the season and the ninth scoring strike of his brief career on the Hilltop. The sophomore also led all players with three shot attempts during the match.

- Eric Conner was solid in net once again for the Dons, collecting five saves to bring his season saves total to 32.

- San Francisco looks to get back on track and snap a five-game skid this weekend, as the Dons will head to Southern California for conference matches at Loyola Marymount (10/19) and San Diego (10/21).

Santa Clara Broncos (9-1-2 / 4-0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara continued to roll in conference play, posting a 2-1 victory over San Francisco at home before shutting out Saint Mary's on the road on Sunday, 2-0.

- Jalil Anibaba tallied his first career goal with just two seconds remaining in regulation, scoring from a corner kick to lift the Broncos a victory over the Dons on Friday.

- Jamil Roberts had a hand in two of Santa Clara's four goals on the weekend, taking a quick corner kick to assist on Anibaba's goal before netting the game-winner on a header in the seventh minute of Sunday's win at Saint Mary's.

- The Broncos, who have gone undefeated in their last nine matches, will open a season-high four-match homestand this weekend with conference clashes against Portland (10/19) and No. 28 ranked Gonzaga (10/21).

Games To Watch

San Francisco at Loyola Marymount - Friday, October 19 at 4:00 PM
San Francisco and Loyola Marymount will each be looking for their first conference win when they meet in Los Angeles on Friday. The Dons will attempt to snap a five-match skid after dropping a 2-1 decision on a last second goal at Santa Clara last Friday, and the Lions are coming off of a pair of losses in the Pacific Northwest last weekend. USF's leading scorer is Conor Chinn, who has scored five goals, while LMU has had seven different players score goals this season.

#28 Gonzaga at #3 Santa Clara - Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM
Gonzaga will visit Santa Clara on Sunday in a battle between the WCC's two ranked teams. The Zags are coming off of an overtime defeat against San Diego on Sunday, which snapped a seven-match unbeaten run, while the Broncos bring a nine-match unbeaten streak into the weekend. Two MAC Hermann Trophy candidates will take center stage, as forward George Josten (3g, 5a) leads the Zags, and midielder Peter Lowry (6g) paces the Bronco attack.