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Josten Three-Time All-WCC First Team

Nov. 21, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University senior forward George Josten became the inaugural three-time All-West Coast Conference men's soccer first-team selection in Bulldog history as the 2007 team was announced Wednesday.

Josten was one of seven Bulldogs honored in the vote of league coaches. Senior keeper Vito Higgins, senior defenders Daniel Scott and Austin Washington were second-team picks; senior midfielder John Palladino and sophomore midfielder Tye Perdido were honorable mention picks, and forward/midfielder Philippe Garre was named to the All-Freshman team.

Josten, who earlier this week was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team for the second straight year in earning his third straight Academic All-America recognition, led the NCAA Tournament bound Bulldogs in goals (5), assists (7) and points (17). He was the lone first-team repeater from last year.

Higgins, Scott and Washington anchored a Bulldog defense that is allowing 0.70 goals-per-match heading into Saturday's NCAA Tournament match at SMU. The single-season school record is 0.68 set in 1998. The Bulldogs posted six shutouts this season, giving Higgins 14 for his career to move into second on the all-time Gonzaga charts.

Washington repeats on the second team, while Higgins was an honorable mention selection in 2005.

Palladino, a second-team pick last season, started all 18 of his appearances this season. Perdido tied for second on the team in goals (3) and points (7) while seeing most of his time in a reserve role. Two of his three goals were match winners.

Garre played the most of the Bulldog newcomers, appearing in 15 of 19 matches with two goals and assist, including the match-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois University.

The Bulldogs received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament with a match at SMU in Dallas Saturday at 5 p.m. PST.

Regular-season champion Santa Clara University swept the annual awards. Senior Peter Lowry was tabbed for WCC Player of the Year honors, head coach Cameron Rast was named WCC Coach of the Year, senior defender Jamil Roberts was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year and newcomer Jalil Anibaba received Freshman of the Year accolades.

All seven WCC men's soccer teams were represented on the All-WCC first team.

2007 WCC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams

First Team

Jalil Anibaba, SCU, FR D, Davis, CADaniel DeGeer, USF, SR, M, Portland, ORAlex Elliott, POR, JR, F, Vancouver, B.C.Austin Guerrero, POR, FR, GK, Chula Vista, CA
George Josten, GON, SR, F, Idaho Falls, IDDylan Leslie, SMC, SO, M, Lancaster, CAPeter Lowry, SCU, SR, M, Fair Oaks, CAJamil Roberts, SCU, SR, D, Fremont, CAChris Rodd, USF, SR, D, Danville, CAAdam Sloustcher, LMU, SR, M/D, Pleasanton, CACollen Warner, POR, SO, M, Denver, COTannen Wels, USD, SR, M, Orange County, CA
Second Team
Rafael Baca, LMU, FR, F/M, Lawndale, CAMichael Gavin, POR, SR, D, Scottsdale, AZTim Grey, USD, SO, D, Port Orchard, WAMatt Hatzke, SCU, SR, D, San Jose, CACorey Heldreth, SMC, JR, D, Sumner, WA
Vito Higgins, GON, SR, GK, Kailua, HIColin Jennings, USD, SR, F, San Diego, CAStephen McCarthy, SCU, SO, M, Colleyville, TXBrandon McDonald, USF, SR, M/D, Glendale, AZSam Reeder, USD, JR, D, Lewisville, TX
Daniel Scott, GON, SR, D, Maui, HIAustin Washington, GON, SR, D, Spokane, WA

All-Freshman Team
Jalil Anibaba, SCU, D, Davis, CARafael Baca, LMU, F/M, Lawndale, CABryan Burke, USF, F, Corona del Mar, CAVictor Cortez, USF, D, El Sobrante, CAKyle Deremer, SMC, D, Omaha, NE
Philippe Garre, GON, M/F, Scottsdale, AZAustin Guerrero, POR, GK, Chula Vista, CAKevin Klasila, SCU, GK, Los Angeles, CAFrankie Lopez, POR, M, McMinnville, ORJD Penilton, USD, M, Portland, ORJarad vanSchaik, POR, M, Tualatin, ORKellen Wantulok, SCU, F, Boise, ID
HONORABLE MENTION
David Blanchard, SMC; Kyle Deremer, SMC; Eric Fredback, POR; Dustin Guerrero, USD; JT Howlan, USD; Bryan Irwin, POR; Justin Kim, SMC; Kevin Klasila, SCU; Matt Marquess, SCU; Tyler Mehl, LMU; Jide Ogunbiyi, SCU; John Palladino, GON; JD Penilton, USD; Tye Perdido, GON; Kellen Wantulok, SCU.

Player of the Year: Peter Lowry, Santa Clara

Freshman of the Year: Jalil Anibaba, Santa Clara

Defensive Player of the Year: Jamil Roberts, Santa Clara

Coach of the Year: Cameron Rast, Santa Clara