August 20, 2014

Men's Soccer Chosen to Finish Second in WCC Preseason Poll

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (San Bruno, Calif.) – The Santa Clara men's soccer team was selected to finish second in the race for the 2014 West Coast Conference Championship, capturing 43 out of the 49 votes in the annual preseason poll of the WCC's eight coaches.

As the reigning 2013 WCC Champions, Loyola Marymount was selected as the favorite to win the conference for a second time in a row with just five points ahead of the Broncos while Portland looks to pick up third place.

"The preseason poll is a gage of what teams had good seasons and what teams are returning good players and impactful players in the program," said Bronco head coach Cameron Rast. "I think LMU on top, having won the conference last year and returning such a large majority of their group, makes sense. They are a good group and a group we target ourselves as an important game. For us to be second, I think that's a recognition that we finished as the runner-up last year.

In 2013, Santa Clara finished the year with an 11-9 overall record while going 8-4 in conference.

"Traditionally, we have been amongst the top teams in our conference," commented Rast. "Even though we turned over a very good senior class last year, we have a talented group returning and added some very good players as well. Overall, I feel that second is probably the right place to be in terms of mentality for our guys that we haven't achieved anything and we have a lot to shoot for. It's a good place for us and makes sense for how the coaches voted."

The team graduated seven seniors and adds 10 new players to the 2014 roster. For the upcoming season, Rast is putting a lot of attention into his younger players' abilities to step up and fill more mature rolls.

"A lot of the players that were selected to the conference teams a year ago were our senior group and an impactful group," said Rast. "Not having a player on the preseason conference team just leaves everything out there for us to prove. Looking at the squad and comparing to other teams, I think there will be plenty of Santa Clara players in the All-Conference teams at the end of the season when it really matters."

Having officially reported for preseason training on Wed., Aug. 13, the Broncos are hard at work during double days in preparation for the first expedition of the season against San Jose State on Sat., Aug. 23 at 7pm in Buck Shaw Stadium.

2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
 
Team (First Place Votes) Points
Loyola Marymount (6) 48
Santa Clara (2) 43
Portland 27
San Diego 27
Saint Mary's 26
Gonzaga 23
San Francisco 22
Pacific 8

 

2014 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Year Position
Miguel Aguilar San Francisco Sr. F
Paul Blanchette Loyola Marymount Jr. GK
Connor Brandt San Diego Sr. M
Bobby Conner Saint Mary's Sr. D
Torrey DeArmas San Diego Jr. F
Sebastian De Rada Loyola Marymount Sr. M
John McFarlin Loyola Marymount Sr. M
Craig Nitti Loyola Marymount Sr. D
Adrien Perez Loyola Marymount So. M
Clark Phillips Gonzaga Sr. F
Eddie Sanchez Portland So. M

 

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