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WCC men's soccer champion to be crowned this weekend

Nov. 6, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Heading into the final week of the season, San Diego holds a two-point lead over Santa Clara. The Broncos visit the Toreros on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. USD can clinch the West Coast Conference title on Friday night with a win if Santa Clara loses to or ties at Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • Heading into the final week of the season, San Diego holds a two-point lead over Santa Clara. The Broncos visit the Toreros on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. USD can clinch the West Coast Conference title on Friday night with a win if Santa Clara loses to or ties at Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon.

  • San Diego is seeking its first West Coast Conference title since 2009 and the Broncos are looking to capture their first WCC crown since 2010.

  • Loyola Marymount is carrying a three-match unbeaten streak into the final week of the regular season. The Lions swept its Pacific Northwest road trip last week with wins at Portland and Gonzaga.

  • Defending-WCC champion Saint Mary's is on a six-match unbeaten streak. The Gaels earned draws in both of their contests last week against Bay Area-rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco.

  • Santa Clara senior forward Erik Hurtado leads the WCC in several offensive statistical categories, including shots (4.41 per game), points ( 1.94 per game), and goals (0.82 per game). Hurtado's 1.94 points per game rank fifth in the nation.

  • Portland split its two matches last week, losing to Loyola Marymount on Friday night before rebounding with a 2-1 win over first-place San Diego. Junior Steven Evans netted the game-winner at the end of the first half. He is tied with Santa Clara's Erik Hurtado for fifth in the NCAA with 14 goals this season.

  • Portland's Steven Evans is seventh in the nation with 0.87 goals per match. Evans' six goals in conference play rank him second behind Hurtado in the WCC.

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