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WCC Weekly Men's Soccer Notes

October 19, 2010

Complete Release in PDF Format


LMU's David Ponce wins WCC Player of the Week honors for the second time in a row after netting two goals in a 2-1 victory over San Diego last Wednesday. Two second half goals by sophomore Patrick Wallen earned the Toreros a 2-2 tie against Santa Clara on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Wallen is now first in the WCC with seven goals this season, which also ranks in the top 30 nationally.


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

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)


Overall Record: 4-9-0
WCC Record: 1-5-0
  • Gonzaga scored 50 seconds into Friday's match, took a 2-1 halftime lead and scored late in a 3-1 West Coast Conference victory over the University of San Francisco at Gonzaga Soccer Field. After snapping a 4-match losing streak, the Bulldogs dropped a Sunday afternoon contest to Saint Mary's 1-0.

  • Redshirt senior Stefan Eysteinsson's goal 50 seconds into the match along with the goal-ahead goal by junior Colin Flynn in the 27th minute plus an insurance goal by sophomore Mitchell Weller in the 84th minute helped the Bulldogs to their first WCC victory and their second straight against the Dons.

  • Despite numerous scoring opportunities, the Bulldogs couldn't find the back of the net against Saint Mary's goalkeeper redshirt sophomore Braden Hoyt. The Gaels scored the match's only goal in the 87th minute.

  • Gonzaga has just one match this week, heading to the University of Portland for a 7 p.m. Saturday contest.

  • Overall Record: 9-3-2
    WCC Record: 5-0-1
  • WCC Player of the Week sophomore David Ponce scored twice, including the game-winner 2:12 into overtime, to keep LMU perfect in West Coast Conference play with a 2-1 victory over visiting San Diego Wednesday afternoon at Sullivan Field. On Friday night, sophomore goalkeeper Max Young punched in the first ever goal by an LMU goalie with 1:10 remaining inregulation to earn a 1-1 draw at Santa Clara.

  • After giving the Lions the lead in the 34th minute, Ponce smashed home the game-winner in the 92nd minute to defeat the visiting Toreros for his first career two-goal match. He is tied for first in the WCC with 3 game-winning goals this season.

  • With the clock winding down and trailing the Broncos 1-0, the Lions won a corner and sent everyone forward, including Young, a 6-foot-6 goalie. That height advantage proved crucial as he rose above the defense to head home a ricocheted loose ball to force overtime.

  • The Lions will close out their three-game homestand with a Wednesday 3 p.m. visit from San Diego.

  • Overall Record: 7-2-4
    WCC Record: 4-1-1
  • Portland sophomore Ben Hemphill scored the game-winner on a break-away in the 97th minute as the Pilots recorded a 1-0 overtime win over the Gaels on Friday evening at Merlo Field. Portland's Jarad vanSchaik scored twice in the second half with Thomas Iwasaki assisting on both goals as the Pilots picked up a 3-1 win over the visiting Dons on Sunday.

  • Portland senior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero finished with five saves against Saint Mary's to record his fourth shutout this season and the third blank slate against a WCC opponent, giving him 14 shutouts all-time against WCC foes, which is one shy of the all-time mark held by San Francisco's Geremy Uhl.

  • vanSchaik's goals against the Dons came just two minutes apart, with the first proving to be the game-winner on Sunday. Freshman Thomas Iwasaki assisted on both of vanSchaik's goals to earn his first career points.

  • Next up for the Pilots is a home date with Gonzaga next Saturday at Merlo Field at 7:00 p.m.

  • Overall Record: 7-5-1
    WCC Record: 3-3-0
  • Saint Mary's was edged 1-0 by Portland in an overtime match on Friday night. The Gaels put an end to its two-game skid by defeating Gonzaga by a 1-0 score on Sunday afternoon in Spokane, WA.

  • Junior Conroy Cunningham, playing in just his third game of the year, sent a shot into the back of the net in the 88th minute for the game-winner over Gonzaga. Redshirt sophomore Braden Hoyt got the start in goal for the Gaels and tallied the shutout, making five saves in his 90 minutes.

  • The Gaels have allowed the fewest goals of any WCC team (.92 per game) and also lead the Conference with six shutouts this season.

  • Saint Mary's is off next weekend and returns to action on Friday, October 29th when it takes on Gonzaga. The rematch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.

  • Overall Record: 5-6-2
    WCC Record: 2-3-1
  • San Diego took the WCC-leading Lions into overtime on Wednesday, but ultimately dropped the match 2-1. Two second half goals by sophomore Patrick Wallen earned the Toreros a 2-2 tie against Santa Clara on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

  • Freshman Sergio Lopez knotted the match up at one in the 39th minute against the Lions. The Toreros are now ranked 3rd in the Conference with a 1.54 goals per game average.

  • With four minutes left in regulation, USD drew a penalty kick opportunity which was taken by Wallen, who didn't miss to force the match into overtime against the Broncos. Wallen is now first in the WCC with seven goals this season, which also ranks in the top 30 nationally.

  • San Diego returns to the field on Wednesday, October 27th when they welcome Loyola Marymount to Torero Stadium.

  • Overall Record: 2-9-2
    WCC Record: 0-5-1
  • Senior Victor Cortez scored his team-leading third goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Dons fell to the Bulldogs 3-1 on Friday. San Francisco ended its Pacific Northwest road trip with a 3-1 loss to Portland.

  • Cortez's third goal in the last two matches was an equalizer in the 14th minute in Spokane, WA on Friday. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Roslund matched a season-high with eight saves. Roslund's 5.27 saves per game average is good for first in the WCC and 20th in the nation.

  • Freshman Mauricio Diaz De Leon scored his first career goal to tie the Pilots at one in the 41st minute. But Portland scored two unanswered goals late for the victory.

  • USF returns to action Friday, October 22nd when it hosts Bay Area rival Santa Clara in a 7:00 PM match at Negoesco Stadium.

  • Overall Record: 5-4-5
    WCC Record: 2-0-4
  • Santa Clara battled to a 1-1 tie after two overtimes against #24 LMU on Friday night in the Bay Area. After holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1, the Broncos battled to a 2-2 draw against San Diego on Sunday, its fifth tie in eight matches.

  • Redshirt sophomore Wesley Culver put the Broncos ahead of first-place LMU midway through the first half off of a free kick. But an improbable goal by LMU reserve goalkeeper sophomore Max Young forced overtime and an eventual draw.

  • Junior Mykell Bates' fourth goal of the year along with junior Eric Masch's go-ahead goal with 15 minutes left in regulation provided the scoring for the Broncos against San Diego. Bates now ranks 6th in the WCC with nine points this season.

  • Santa Clara will now play three straight on the road: at San Francisco (10/22), at San Diego (10/29) and at LMU (10/31).