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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Nov. 3, 2009

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No. 16-ranked San Diego defeated San Francisco 3-1 in its only match last weekend. Saint Mary's competed in two matches, looking to take over San Diego's top spot in the WCC standings. The Gaels defeated Portland 1-0 on the road on Friday but dropped a pivotal match to Gonzaga 5-0 on Sunday, losing their opportunity to claim first place. Portland and Gonzaga are currently third and fourth in the conference, respectively. Rounding out the standings are Santa Clara in fifth, Loyola Marymount sixth, and San Francisco seventh.


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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 Co-Players of the Week: Sam Reeder, University of San Diego &Conor Chinn, University of San Francisco
No. 16-ranked San Diego's Sam Reeder kickstarted the Torero offense on Friday against San Francisco when he scored the first goal of the match. A defender, Reeder's leadership in the backfield held the Dons to just one goal. With the 3-1 victory, the Toreros remain in first place in the West Coast Conference standings, boasting a 7-1-0 conference record and 11-4-0 overall.

San Francisco forward Conor Chinn turned in a 10-point weekend, helping the Dons record a split over the weekend. The reigning WCC Player of the Year, Chinn, recorded his second career hat trick against Loyola Marymount in the Dons' 3-1 triumph on Sunday. Both of Chinn's hat tricks came against the Lions with the other coming in Los Angeles on November 16 of last year.

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 Co-Player of the Week: Sam Reeder, University of 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: 6-7-3
WCC Record: 3-5-1
  • Gonzaga split its matches over the weekend, dropping a close one to Santa Clara in overtime 1-0 and dominating Saint Mary's 5-0.

  • In the 1-0 loss to the Santa Clara, the Zags turned the ball over in front of their own goal, which was picked up by the Broncos for the game-winner.

  • The Bulldogs had opportunities to score, especially dominating the first half, holding a 13-6 shots advantage over the Broncos. Forward Tye Perdido tallied nine shots of the Zags' total 19 shots taken in the match.

  • All five goals in the win over Saint Mary's came in the second half. Three of those goals marked three Gonzaga players' first goals of their career. The win broke a two-match losing streak.

  • Gonzaga will travel south to take on Loyola Marymount (11/6) and San Diego (11/8).

  • Overall Record: 7-8-1
    WCC Record: 2-5-1
  • Loyola Marymount dropped its lone match of the weekend to San Francisco 3-1. The loss drops the Lions below .500 for the first time this season as they split the season series with the Dons.

  • Loyola Marymount and San Francisco entered the day separated by a point in the WCC standings. The Lions, who had secured four points from their last seven matches, had beaten the 2008 WCC Champion Dons in each of the last two meetings.

  • Being out shot 14-2 in the first half, the Lions came out in the second, firing and tallying their first goal of the game, scored by midfielder Phil Da Silva. However, they could not find the back of the net again, recording eight shots in the second half, with the Dons finishing the match with a 22-10 advantage. Goalkeeper Patrick Sampson finished with a career-high 14 saves.

  • LMU will stay home to host Gonzaga on Friday (11/6) and Portland on Sunday (11/8).

  • Overall Record: 8-4-4
    WCC Record: 3-3-3
  • Portland tied with Gonzaga 2-2 on the road, then came back to beat the Zags 5-1 at home. The Pilots are currently third in the WCC standings.

  • The Pilots controlled the pace of play in the second half, outshooting the Gaels 8-2 in the second half and 11-7 for the game, and almost scored an equalizer in the last two minutes of play with a shot on goal recorded by midfielder Michael Nielsen and forward Collen Warner, but could not connect.

  • Portland was slightly edged 5-4 in corner kicks.

  • Goalkeeper Austin Guerrero totaled two stops on the night, both in the first half.

  • The Pilots will travel to Southern California to face off against San Diego on Friday (11/6) and Loyola Marymount on Sunday (11/8).

  • Overall Record: 10-3-3
    WCC Record: 6-2-1
  • For the first time in team history, Saint Mary's recorded its tenth win on Friday, shutting out Portland 1-0 in front of an away crowd of 1,300. The Gaels were then defeated by Gonzaga 5-0 on Sunday. With the weekend, Saint Mary's remains behind first place San Diego in the WCC standings.

  • Defender Trevor Newquist scored the game-winning goal for the Gaels. This is the third time in two games that midfielder Dylan Leslie found the head of Newquist for a goal. Newquist now leads the team in goals (4), while Leslie leads the team in assists (8) and points (14).

  • The tough 5-0 loss to the Zags prevented the Gaels from taking the first place spot from San Diego. Gonzaga outshot the Gaels 21-7 with the Gaels recording no shots in the second half.

  • Saint Mary's will compete in just one match this upcoming weekend, traveling to crossbay rival San Francisco on Sunday (11/8) at 7 PM.

  • Overall Record: 11-4-0
    WCC Record: 7-1-0
  • No. 16-ranked San Diego defeated San Francisco 3-1 in its lone match of the weekend, marking the Toreros' first straight road win this season and best overall record since 2007.

  • WCC Co-Player of the Week defender Sam Reeder scored the first goal for the Toreros in the 37th minute off a header. The other two goals were scored by forwards Andrew Feld and JT Howlan.

  • The Toreros posted 19 shots to the Dons' 16 (but were out shot 11-13 in the second half), while the Dons held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Kelin Briones tallied six saves on the night, earning the win.

  • San Diego will be back in action this weekend, hosting Portland on Friday (11/6) at 7 PM and Gonzaga on Sunday (11/8) at 1 PM.

  • Overall Record: 6-8-1
    WCC Record: 3-5-0
  • San Francisco split its matches over the weekend with a 3-1 loss to No. 16-ranked San Diego and a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount.

  • The Dons were down 3-0 against the Toreros until the 78th minute when midfielder Victor Cortez scored his first goal to spoil the shutout.

  • In the 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount, WCC Co-Player of the Week Conor Chinn registered his second hat trick against the Lions. As a team, the Dons fired 10 shots and rose to a 2-0 lead before the Lions scored its first and only goal in the 35th minute.

  • San Francisco out shot the Lions 22-10, including a dominating 14-2 mark in the first half. Seventeen of those 22 shots were on goal (11 by Chinn), compared to Loyola Marymount's six.

  • USF will face local WCC rivals Santa Clara on Friday (11/6) and Saint Mary's on Sunday (11/8).

  • Overall Record: 4-9-4
    WCC Record: 2-5-2
  • Santa Clara claimed a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga in overtime. This was the Broncos' first victory since defeating the Zags on October 4th and their first win in six overtime matches this season. The Broncos followed that performance with a 1-1 draw with Portland on Sunday.

  • Defender Eric Masch collected a loose ball in front of the net and scored the game-winner against Gonzaga. The Zags recorded 19 shots on the afternoon, four of which were on goal and saved by goalkeeper Naushad Godrej.

  • In the 1-1 draw with Portland, midfielder Rodrigo Da Silva scored the second half equalizer for his first career goal. He was assisted by forward Erik Hurtado, who paced the Bronco offense with three shots.

  • The Broncos will host San Francisco in its lone match of the weekend on Friday (11/6).