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WCC Men's Soccer Weekly Notes

Nov. 18, 2009

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FOUR TEAMS TO COMPETE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

All WCC teams ended conference play last weekend. San Diego clinched the conference crown with a 0-0 draw at Saint Mary's and earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. On Monday, the NCAA announced that three other WCC teams would be joining the Toreros on their road to the College Cup. Saint Mary's, who took second in the WCC standings, will be traveling to Stanford for the Gaels' first ever NCAA Tournament, while Loyola Marymount will be hosting Sacramento State. Portland travels south to New Mexico in the first round of play.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Sacramento State at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
PORTLAND at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
6:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S at Stanford Stanford, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
PORTLAND/New Mexico at NC State Raleigh, NC
10:00 AM
Wofford/UCSB at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
5:00 PM
Sacramento State/LMU at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
5:00 PM
SAINT MARY'S/Stanford at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
6:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

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2009 All-WCC Men's Soccer Teams Announced
The University of San Diego men's soccer team, which posted an 8-2-2 conference record to capture its fifth WCC title, was awarded WCC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Senior defender Ryan Peterman was named the league's Player of the Year, as voted on by the WCC coaches, while forward Patrick Wallen garnered Freshman of the Year honors. Second place finisher Saint Mary's, which came off its best season in program history and will be making its first ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament this year, took home the remaining individual honors with junior Jordan Grider being named the Defensive Player of the Year and Gaels' Head Coach Adam Cooper earning the league's top coaching accolade. Click here for the full WCC all-conference release.

WCC Players of the Week: Logan McDaniel, Loyola Marymount University
Sophomore midfielder Logan McDaniel was involved in three of Loyola Marymount's four goals in the final weekend of the season, helping the Lions to a win and a draw as they climbed up to third place in the WCC standings.On Friday at Santa Clara, McDaniel supplied the assist on the opening goal and then put LMU ahead 2-0 with his second goal of the season in an eventual 2-2 tie. In the season finale on Sunday, his cross led to the game-winner in a 2-0 win, giving him a team-leading five assists on the season, and helping LMU to reach 10 wins for the first time since 2004. McDaniel has scored all nine of his points (2 G, 5 A) during conference play.

Also Nominated:
Jason Coehlo, Saint Mary's, SR, D

Player of the Month, October 2009: Patrick Wallen, Fr., F, San Diego
Freshman forward Patrick Wallen led San Diego to a 7-1-0 overall and conference record in October, as well as a 3-1-0 record at home and an undefeated 4-0-0 mark on the road. He finished with four goals and three assists for 11 points.

Wallen recorded 19 shots and 10 shots on goal for a .526 SOG%. He had two game winning goals, the first on October 4th versus USF at Torero Stadium in San Diego's conference opener and the second on October 16th against Saint Mary's at home. His third and fourth goals were against Loyola Marymount, the first at home and the other on the road. Wallen also tallied one assist at Portland and two at Loyola Marymount.

Wallen has been involved in seven of the team's 17 goals in October and was a key factor in San Diego entering major national polls as a ranked team.

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: Logan McDaniel, Loyola Marymount University


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


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 6-10-3
WCC Record: 3-8-1
  • Gonzaga lost a close 2-1 match to San Francisco in its home and season finale. The Zags' lone goal came with less than a minute left of play, scored by RS sophomore forward Zach Smith. It was Smith's second goal of the season.

  • The Bulldogs also bid farewell to six seniors, including All-WCC first team member Tye Perdido and All-WCC second team members Ben Funkhouser and and Nick Barclay.

  • All-WCC Honorable Mention senior Scott Barnum led the West Coast Conference in saves per game (5.53) and became the fourth leading goalkeeper in shutouts (4). Perdido led the Zags in points with six goals and five assists. Funkhouser and junior Nick Love tied for second on the team with 12 points, both recording four goals and four assists on the season.

  • The Zags will return WCC All-Freshman selection James Matern, a midfielder from Spokane, WA who started in 15 games this season.

  • Overall Record: 10-8-2
    WCC Record: 5-5-2
  • Loyola Marymount defeated Saint Mary's 2-0 in the regular season finale to split the season series with the Gaels and finish in third place.

  • Senior Brock Smith and junior Vincent Ocampo netted the goals for the Lions, who reach 10 victories for the first time since 2004. WCC Player of the Week Logan McDaniel was also instrumental over the weekend, becoming the second consecutive Lion to take home the honor.

  • LMU went 3-0-1 over the final two weeks of the season to catapult from seventh to third place in the WCC standings, the team's highest finish since 2005. This year is also the fourth year of double-digit victories in Head Coach Paul Krumpe's 12-year career.

  • The Lions will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history. They will host Sacramento State in the first round on Thursday (11/19) at 1 PM, with the winner moving on to face No. 6 seed UCLA on Sunday (11/22) at 5 PM.

  • Overall Record: 10-5-5
    WCC Record: 5-4-4
  • Portland finished the regular season in fourth place after a convincing 5-0 win over San Francisco. The Pilots received goals from five different players, including All-WCC first team member senior Collen Warner, who had a goal and an assist.

  • Portland's junior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero and junior midfielder Jarad vanShaik were also named to the All-WCC first team.

  • Portland received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will open first round play against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. on Thursday (11/19) at 6 PM. The winner of the match advances to play at North Carolina State in the second round on Sunday (11/22) at 10 AM.

  • The Pilots have now reached the postseason 14 times in program history and advanced to the College Cup twice (1988, 1995). The last time the Pilots advanced to the playoffs was in 2007 when Portland dropped a 1-0 decision at Washington in the first round.

  • Overall Record: 10-4-5
    WCC Record: 6-3-3
  • Despite notcing their first home loss of the season in the regular season finale against Loyola Marymount 2-0, Saint Mary's recorded its best season in program history with 10 wins.

  • Saint Mary's Head Coach Adam Cooper was named 2009 Coach of the Year, while junior defender Jordan Grider took home the Defensive Player of the Year honors.

  • After finishing second in the conference, Saint Mary's received an invitation to its first ever NCAA Tournament. The team will face Stanford in the first round on Thursday (11/19) at 7 PM, and the winner will head south to No. 16 seed UC Irvine on

  • The Gaels' selection into the tournament was boosted by key wins over then-No. 16 UC Irvine and ties with then-No. 18 Portland and then-No. 14 USD. The Gaels also received NSCAA votes the last five weeks of the season and maintained a spot within the Top-10 in the Far West.

  • Overall Record: 12-5-2
    WCC Record: 8-2-2
  • San Diego clinched the WCC Championship with a 0-0 double overtime tie at Saint Mary's, earning the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Toreros have only won the league championship outright twice before.

  • The Toreros garnered Player and Freshman of the Year Honors with senior defender Ryan Peterman and freshman forward Patrick Wallen.

  • San Diego was given an automatic bye after being named the 11th seed and will face either UC Santa Barbara (15-4-2) or Wofford College (12-2-3) in the second round, scheduled to take place in Torero Stadium on Sunday (11/22) at 5 PM.

  • This first NCAA postseason appearance since 2003 came, in part, due to a winning record in a tough non-conference schedule, facing three top-20 teams. In addition, the Toreros started non-conference play on a five-match winning streak and ended with an 8-2-2 record.

  • Overall Record: 7-10-2
    WCC Record: 4-7-1
  • San Francisco suffered a 5-0 loss to Portland in the regular season finale for both teams. The Dons managed 13 shots, but the Pilots were more accurate with their 16 in salvaging a season split in the season series.

  • All-American and All-WCC first team selection Conor Chinn ended his collegiate career with the Dons, leading the West Coast Conference in shots (76), points (23), and goals (10) this season. In 48 league contests, Chinn scored an impressive 20 goals and eight assists for 48 points.

  • The Dons also graduate All-WCC second team member Jonathan Levi, who was second on the team in points with three goals and five assists on the season.

  • San Francisco will be returning All-WCC second team selection junior forward Bryan Burke and goalkeeper Brendan Roslund, who was named to the all-freshman team.

  • Overall Record: 6-9-5
    WCC Record: 4-5-3
  • Santa Clara dictated play and tempo en route to a 2-1 victory over 2009 WCC Champion San Diego in the regular season finale for both teams. The two goals were scored by senior Chris Sauter and All-WCC second team and all-freshman team selection Erik Hurtado.

  • The Broncos played their best soccer of the year down the stretch, going 3-0-2 in the season's final three weeks.

  • Santa Clara tied for third with Portland in shutouts (5) this season. Bronco goalkeeper Larry Jackson tallied four of those shutouts and was named to the All-WCC freshman team.

  • The Broncos will be losing four seniors this season but will be returning All-WCC first team junior midfielder Jalil Anibaba and its top two offensive players, Hurtado and sophomore Eric Masch, who scored five goals this season.