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Josten Repeats On All-WCC Soccer Team

Nov. 8, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University junior forward GeorgeJosten, who leads the West Coast Conference in scoring, was named to the WCC men's soccer first team for the second straight season on Wednesday.

Junior midfielder John Palladino and junior defender Austin Washington were second-team selections, while senior defender Ben Sawyer and junior midfielder John Reha were accorded honorable mention recognition in a vote of the conference coaches. Tye Perdido was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Josten, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, went into the final weekend of the regular season tied for the goals and total points lead, but scored three goals - including the match winner in overtime Sunday to defeat seventh-ranked and champion Santa Clara University. He had 12 goals for the second straight season and 28 points. His 12 goals are six ahead of any player heading into the post season and his 28 points are 12 ahead of his closest active pursuer. Josten had five match-winning goals of the season. He is in line to win his second straight WCC goals and points title, last season becoming the first Bulldog since Jeff McAllister in 1997 to lead both offensive categories.

Palladino, a product of Spokane's Central Valley High, scored five goals for the Bulldogs this season to tie for ninth in the WCC, and he also helped anchor the midfield for the Bulldogs. His five goals were second on the team and his 12 points tied for second. He returned to action this season after sitting out a year ago with a knee injury sustained in a summer league.

Washington and Sawyer, the latter a second-team pick a year ago, were the mainstays on a Bulldog defense that kept the Bulldogs into the title chase until the next-to-last weekend. Gonzaga's 1.55 GAA was the second-lowest total since 2001. Washington transferred to Gonzaga last season from Spokane's Whitworth College after prepping at Ferris High. Sawyer hails from Spokane's Mead High.

Reha, a graduate of Curtis High in Tacoma, Wash., leads the WCC in assists with eight for a lead of two over any player active in the post season.

Perdido scored four goals, two of them match winners, and had 11 points in his initial campaign. Another in a long line of Hawaiians, Perdido hails from Kula, Hawai'i.

Gonzaga finished the season 9-8-2 overall and 6-5-1 in the WCC, good for third place with 19 points in the conference chase. It was the highest finish for the Bulldogs since 2001 when they tied for second. The six wins are the most for the Bulldogs since the WCC adopted the double round robin 12-game schedule in 2004.

Regular-season champion Santa Clara University was rewarded in the all-conference yearly awards as head coach Cameron Rast was selected WCC Coach of the Year for the second time in his ca¬reer, and newcomer Stephen McCarthy shared the league's Freshman of the Year honors with the University of San Diego's Ciaran O'Brien. The University of San Francisco's Rob Valentino was tabbed for WCC Player of the Year recognition, becoming the second Don in the last three seasons to take home the conference's top individual honor, while the University of Portland's Luis Robles became the first Pilot to be named Defensive Player of the Year.

SCU earned the WCC's automatic berth into the NCAA College Cup while USF, unseated as two-time defending regular-season champion by the Broncos, received an at-large berth.

Last season, Valentino became the first USF player to earn WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and he is the third Don to be named WCC Player of the Year, following Staale Soebye (1993 & 1994) and current teammate Aaron Chandler (2004). Robles, an All-WCC first team selection in each of the last three seasons, is the first goalkeeper since 2001 to take home the WCC Defensive Player of the Year award. McCarthy is the first Bronco to receive the WCC's top freshman honor since Adam Eyre in 1996, while San Diego's O'Brien follows in the footsteps of older brother Leighton, who was named WCC Freshman of the Year in 1995. Rast was also named WCC Coach of the Year in his second year at the helm in 2003, and earned WCC Defensive Player of the Year accolades as a player in 1989 and 1991.

2006 WCC All-Conference Teams

First Team

Name/School/Year/Position/Hometown

Nick Blanco, LMU, JR, F, Littleton, COBobby Burling, LMU, SR, F/D, Monument, COMichael Caso, USD, SR, F, Newhall, CAKeith DeVey, SCU, SR, M/F, Kula, HIMatthew Fitzgerald, SMC, SR, F, Castro Valley, CARyan Guy, USD, SR, F, Carlsbad, CA George Josten, GON, JR, F, Idaho Falls, IDKevin Meissner, USD, SR, M, San Diego, CALuis Robles, POR, SR, GK, Sierra Vista, AZChris Sanders, POR, JR, F, Federal Way, WARob Valentino, USF, JR, D, Cave Creek, AZ
Second Team
Diego Barrera, LMU, JR, F/M, Thousand Oaks, CAAlex Elliott, POR, SO, F, Vancouver, B.C.Dylan Leslie, SMC, FR, M, Lancaster, CAKevin Long, USF, SR, D, Irvine, CAPeter Lowry, SCU, JR, F/M, Fair Oaks, CACiaran O'Brien, USD, FR, M, Tacoma, WA
John Palladino, GON, JR, M, Spokane, WAChris Rodd, USF, JR, D, Danville, CAGeremy Uhl, USF, SR, GK, Cypress, CAErik Ustruck, SCU, SR, M, St. Louis, MO
Austin Washington, GON, JR, D, Spokane, WA

Honorable Mention
Desmond Brooks, SMC; Joseph Buttitta, SCU; Aaron Chandler, USF; Alex Christlieb, SMC; Matt Dallman, POR; Jawaan Delaney, LMU; Tim Grey, USD; Matt Hatzke, SCU; Amaechi Igwe, SCU; Brian Martin, SCU; Stephen McCarthy, SCU; Jide Ogunbiyi, SCU; Sam Reeder, USD; John Reha, GON; Jamil Roberts, SCU; Ben Sawyer, GON; Collen Warner, POR; Junior Ybarra, LMU

Player of the Year: Rob Valentino, San Francisco
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Stephen McCarthy, Santa Clara ; Ciaran O'Brien, San Diego
Defensive Player of the Year: Luis Robles, Portland
Coach of the Year: Cameron Rast, Santa Clara
All-Freshman Team
Conor Chinn, USF, F, San Diego, CAJeff Cosgriff, SCU, M, San Bruno, CALogan Emory, POR, D, Boise, IDTim Grey, USD, D, Port Orchard, WAAmaechi Igwe, SCU, F, Belmont, CADylan Leslie, SMC, M, Lancaster, CAStephen McCarthy, SCU, M, Colleyville, TXCiaran O'Brien, USD, M, Tacoma, WA
Tye Perdido, GON, F, Kula, HIRyan Peterman, USD, D, Rancho Cucamonga, CACollen Warner, POR, M, Denver, CO