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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Oct. 20, 2009

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No. 19-ranked San Diego continued its five-game win streak in conference play after last weekend's wins over Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. Saint Mary's has risen to second in the WCC standings after a 1-0 shutout over Loyola Marymount, while Portland has fallen to third and out of the national rankings. Gonzaga and San Francisco are tied for fourth, and Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount are tied for sixth.


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NCAA Releases Men's Soccer RPI: San Diego and Portland in Top 10
San Diego and Portland led the West Coast Conference, landing at No. 9 and 10 out of 204 programs in the latest NCAA men's soccer RPIs (October 12, 2009). Below are all seven WCC programs' RPIs, as determined by the NCAA.

University of San Diego - 9
University of Portland - 10
Loyola Marymount University - 37
Saint Mary's College - 67
University of San Francisco - 82
Gonzaga University - 87
Santa Clara University - 120

WCC Player of the Week: James Cohn, San Diego
Freshman midfielder James Cohn was a two-match starter this weekend with one goal and two shots on goal. Cohn was a key reason the Toreros defeated conference rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara to remain in first place in the WCC standings with his tenacious defense helping out the Torero backfield. Cohn scored his goal against the Gaels in the 70th minute of play, his second of the season. With the wins, the Toreros remain undefeated in conference play at 5-0-0.

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: James Cohn, San Diego

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: 5-5-2
WCC Record: 2-3-0
  • Gonzaga won its lone game of the week against San Francisco on the road 2-0. The Bulldogs are now 2-3-0 in conference play.

  • Goalkeeper Scott Barnum had six saves on the day, recording his third shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. He moved into a tie with Josh Fouts (1997) for seventh for single season saves and moved into sole possession of fourth on the career charts.

  • Midfielder Ben Funkhouser and forward Tye Perdido scored the two Zag goals in the shutout. Funkhouser was the first to score, recording his fourth goal of the season. Perdido's insurance goal came late in the second half.

  • Gonzaga has defeated USF in five of the last six meetings, including three straight at USF.

  • The Zags will host Portland on Wednesday (10/21) before traveling to Portland on Sunday.

  • Overall Record: 6-6-1
    WCC Record: 1-3-1
  • Loyola Marymount tied Santa Clara 1-1 and lost to Saint Mary's 1-0 over the weekend. The Lions fall back to .500 for the first time since September 6th and down to sixth in the WCC standings.

  • The Lions fell early after a quick Bronco goal just 7:41 into the game. The equalizer came from forward Jonas Reiter just three minutes into the second half, his first goal as a Lion. This was the Lions' third match to go into overtime in four WCC contests.

  • Loyola Marymount recorded 13 corner kicks and a 9-8 shot advantage, but could not get on the scoreboard in the 1-0 loss to Saint Mary's. The Gaels became the first visiting team to Sullivan Field this year to record a victory.

  • The Lions will take turns hosting with San Diego, traveling there first on Thursday (10/22) and coming back home on Sunday (10/25).

  • Overall Record: 7-3-2
    WCC Record: 2-2-1
  • Then No. 22-ranked Portland has lost some steam in its past few WCC matches. Portland, who started off the conference season strong, fell to San Francisco 1-0 on the road. With the loss, the Pilots have fallen out ofthe national rankings.

  • After 81 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Pilots surrendered a late goal in regulation.

  • Goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made two saves on the day, while forward Michael Nielsenled the Pilots with four shots in the game, including two on goal.

  • Portland held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks but were outshot by San Francisco 14-9.

  • The Pilots will look to bounce back and conclude the first half of double round robin conferenceplay at Gonzaga on Wednesday (10/21).

  • Overall Record: 7-2-3
    WCC Record: 3-1-1
  • Saint Mary's dropped its first conference road match to San Diego 2-0 last Friday and bounced back to defeat Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday.

  • Despite outshooting the Toreros 10-6 and having a chance to score in the 24th minute when forward Dominic Smith took a shot with two San Diego defenders on him, the Gaels were unable to find the back of the net, getting shutout for the first time this season by the undefeated Toreros.

  • Forward Malcolm Alugas scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute to put the Gaels up 1-0 against the Lions. The goal came on a header off a corner kick by midfielder Dylan Leslie. The assist was Leslie's fourth this season.

  • Saint Mary's will travel to Bay Area rival Santa Clara on Friday (10/23) and host the Broncos on Sunday (10/25).

  • Overall Record: 9-3-0
    WCC Record: 5-0-0
  • No. 19-ranked San Diego is on a five-game win streak in conference play, now boasting a 5-0-0 record after two wins last weekend. The Toreros defeated Saint Mary's 2-0, their seventh shutout of the season, and Santa Clara 3-2.

  • Forward Patrick Wallen recorded the game-winning goal against the Gaels in the first minute of the match. Wallen leads the Toreros in goals scored this season with five. In the 70th minute, WCC Player of the Week James Cohn scored the second goal of the night, making it a 2-0 shutout.

  • The Toreros went up 3-0 in the first half against Santa Clara with goals by midfielder Charles Base and forwards Andrew Feld and Marcello Carminatti. Goalkeeper Kelin Briones gave up two Bronco goals in the second half but recorded three saves on the day to improve to 8-3-0.

  • San Diego will play a two-game series this week against Loyola Marymount, hosting the Lions on Thursday (10/22) and then traveling to the Lions' Sullivan Field on Sunday (10/25).

  • Overall Record: 5-7-1
    WCC Record: 2-4-0
  • San Francisco split its matches for the second straight weekend with a 1-0 win over then ranked Portland and a 2-0 loss to Gonzaga.

  • Midfielder Jonathan Levi's third goal of the season in the 82nd minute lifted the Dons to a 1-0 WCC shutout against Portland. USF held a 14-9 shot advantage, keyed by three from Levi and two each from defender Victor Wennberg and All-American forward Conor Chinn.

  • Goalkeeper Brendan Roslund collected his third shutout of his freshman campaign and made four saves for the Dons.

  • The Dons held a 15-10 shot advantage over the Zags but could not get past Scott Barnum, who made six saves in the contest. Chinn and Levi each recorded three shots for the Dons.

  • San Francisco will take a week off before returning to action against San Diego (10/30).

  • Overall Record: 3-7-3
    WCC Record: 1-3-1
  • Santa Clara lost its only conference match over the weekend to San Francisco (2-0). Santa Clara tied 1-1 with Loyola Marymount and fell 3-2 in a heartbreaker to San Diego.

  • The Broncos have played 12 matches, eight have been decided by one goal or less. The draw with the Lions marked the fourth double-overtime game for the Broncos this year.

  • Seven minutes into the match, an LMU defender attempted a clear but instead drilled a ball off Santa Clara forward Ross Smith, which ricocheted backwards and into the net, staking the Broncos to an early lead.

  • Forward Erik Hurtado and defender Eric Masch scored the two unanswered goals in the 3-2 loss to San Diego.

  • Santa Clara will host Saint Mary's on Friday (10/23) before traveling to Moraga on Sunday.