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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes - 10/30

Oct. 30, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
George Josten, Gonzaga

George Josten provided all of Gonzaga's scoring, netting a pair of goals in a 2-2 double overtime tie with Northwest rival Portland at Martin Field on Friday. Josten's first scoring strike came in the 28th minute, and he put away the equalizer on a rebound in the 88th minute to send the contest into overtime. The senior, who enters the week tied for second in the conference with five goals on the year, moved into a tie for third place with former Bulldog and current MLS standout Brian Ching on the Gonzaga all-time goals list with 34.

Upcoming Games

Nov. 1
Loyola Marymount at Oregon State - 7:00 PM

Nov. 2
San Francisco at Gonzaga* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Nov. 4
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 12:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC All-Access Game of the Week features another important conference match up, as LMU will visit Santa Clara for a 2:00 PM (PT) start on Sunday. The Lions will be looking for their first conference win of the season against the Broncos, while Santa Clara enters the week on an 11-match unbeaten run. Fans can view all the action for free by signing up at WCCsports.com.

LMU's Gomez And SCU's Lowry Among Finalists For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Two of the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award hail from the West Coast Conference, as Loyola Marymount's Trini Gomez and Santa Clara's Peter Lowry were recently named to the list of finalists. Gonzaga's George Josten was also one of the 20 national candidates for the award before the list was pared down to 10 finalists. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. With the addition of men's and women's soccer in fall 2007, a total of eight sports are now included in the awards program. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 14-16 in Cary, NC.

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 ninth straight week after taking last weekend off. Gonzaga remained at No. 6 in the regional listing for the third straight week after playing Portland to a 2-2 draw. 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 (8-3-3 / 3-1-3 WCC)
- Gonzaga tied Portland for the second time this season, battling the Pilots to a 2-2 draw at Martin Field on Friday.

- George Josten provided all the scoring for the Zags on Friday, netting a pair of goals to bring his season goal total to five. The senior moved into a tie with former Bulldog and current Major League Soccer and United States National Team star Brian Ching for third place on the GU all-time goals list with 34.

- Vito Higgins collected three saves in between the pipes for the Zags, bringing his conference-leading save total to 56 on the season.

- The Bulldogs remain at home for a pair of conference match ups, welcoming San Francisco (11/2) and Saint Mary's (11/4) to Martin Field this weekend. Gonzaga will play three of its five remaining games at home this season.

Loyola Marymount Lions (2-11-1 / 0-7-0 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount dropped a 2-1 decision to San Diego at home last Friday, and dropped the return match at USD by a 2-0 margin on Monday night.

- Rafael Baca opened the scoring in Friday's loss, netting his second goal of the season to move into a tie for the team lead with Brad Stisser. Baca also enters the week with a team-high three assists and seven points.

- The Lions rank third in the conference with five team assists in WCC play. Five different players have assisted on scoring strikes for LMU against league opponents.

- Loyola Marymount returns to action on the road this week, traveling to Oregon State (11/1) for a non-conference tilt before resuming WCC play at No. 3 ranked Santa Clara (11/4) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (5-4-5 / 2-1-4 WCC)
- Portland tied its second straight ranked opponent, battling then-No. 27 Gonzaga to a 2-2 draw. The Pilots played then-No. 3 ranked Santa Clara to a scoreless tie on October 19.

- Eric Fredback opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his second goal of the season against the Bulldogs, and Logan Emory staked Portland to a 2-1 to a lead with a 59th minute scoring strike in the tie.

- Bryan Irwin assisted on Fredback's goal, marking the junior's second assist of the season. Irwin enters the week ranked second on the team with three goals, and tied for second on the squad with eight points.

- Portland continues WCC action at home, welcoming Saint Mary's (11/2) and San Francisco (11/4) to Merlo Field this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-6-1 / 2-4-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's knocked off San Francisco on the road, posting a 1-0 shutout victory, before falling to the Dons by a 2-1 margin at home on Sunday.

- Friday's win at USF marked the first road victory for Saint Mary's over the Dons since a 3-1 overtime win at Negoesco Stadium in 1990.

- Dylan Leslie buried a free kick from 22 yards out to provide the difference in Friday's win. It marked the first goal of the season for the sophomore.

- Keenan Flynn made five saves in net to record his third shutout of the season on Friday. Flynn's three shutouts in WCC play are tied for third among conference goalkeepers.

- SMC hits the road for matches at Portland (11/2) and No. 29 Gonzaga (11/4) this week.

San Diego Toreros (8-6-1 / 5-1-1 WCC)
- San Diego continued its hot streak in conference play, posting a 2-1 victory at Loyola Marymount on Friday before returning home to top the Lions at Torero Stadium on Monday, 2-0.

- Colin Jennings netted the game-winning goal against the Lions on Friday, heading in a chance off a rebound to provide the difference. It marked Jennings' fourth goal of the season, and his conference-leading third game-winner.

- JT Howlan provided the firepower in Monday's win, scoring both Torero goals to bring his season goal total to a team-high five.

- USD enters the week on a six-game unbeaten streak that has included four victories.

- San Diego travels for a showdown with No. 3 ranked Santa Clara (11/2) this week.

San Francisco Dons (6-7-1 / 2-4-1 WCC)
- San Francisco split with Bay Area rival Saint Mary's over the weekend, dropping a 1-0 decision at home on Friday before rebounding to take a 2-1 verdict in Moraga on Sunday.

- Ben Dessard scored the equalizer in Sunday's win, marking his first goal of the season after missing 16 months due to knee injuries.

- Eric Conner collected nine saves on the weekend to bring his season save total to 47. The junior enters the week tied for the conference lead with 35 saves in WCC games.

- Brandon McDonald's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner on Sunday.

- San Francisco heads to the Northwest for conference contests at No. 29 ranked Gonzaga (11/2) and Portland (11/4) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (9-1-4 / 4-0-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara had the week off after posting a pair of ties at home, and extending its unbeaten streak to 11 straight games.

- Kevin Klasila collected a save en route to posting his sixth shutout of the season in a tie with Portland on October 19. The freshman has recorded a conference-leading six clean sheets in 10 matches, and leads the WCC with a 0.31 goals against average.

- Jidi Ogunbiyi tallied the equalizer in the 78th minute of a draw with Gonzaga on October 21, scoring on an assist from Matt Marquess. It marked the fifth strike of the season for Ogunbiyi, who enters the week tied for second place in the conference in goals.

- The Broncos, who have not lost a match since September 7, will return to action at home this weekend, welcoming San Diego (11/2) and Loyola Marymount (11/4) to Buck Shaw Stadium for conference clashes.

Games To Watch

Saint Mary's at Portland - Friday, November 2 at 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's looks to continue its success on the road, as the Gaels visit Portland for a conference match up on Friday. Four of Saint Mary's six wins this season have come on the road, including both of the team's wins in league play. Portland enters the weekend on a three-game unbeaten streak after battling then-No. 27 ranked Gonzaga to a 2-2 tie last Friday. The two squads played to a scoreless draw in Moraga on October 7.

Loyola Marymount at #3 Santa Clara - Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount visits Santa Clara for a match that is part of the WCC All-Access video streaming package. The Lions enter the weekend looking for their first win in conference play, while the Broncos are currently riding an 11-game unbeaten streak. Santa Clara took the first meeting between the two teams this season, earning a 1-0 win on October 5, but the Lions have won three of their last five meetings with the Broncos.