WCC Note: Santa Clara (5-1-1 WCC) and San Diego (5-1-1) share the 2015 West Coast Conference Championship. It marks the second straight title for the Toreros and the first for the Broncos since 2010. Since the two teams finished tied for the title, Santa Clara earns the WCC’s automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Championship due to the head-to-head win against the Toreros.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara won its fourth straight, none more important than the team's 3-0 victory over San Diego Saturday night, which gave the Broncos a share of the WCC Men's Soccer Championship and the league's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore forward Carlos Delgadillo (pictured) was sensational, scoring the game's first two goals, assisting in the third and using his speed to create a man-advantage midway through the first half when he was dragged down in desperation by a chasing USD defender in the open field.
"There is no words, honestly," said Delgadillo, who returned from injury to lead the Broncos to a six-match unbeaten stretch to close out the regular season - all must-win games. "It's a relief. After the first three (WCC) games, we had our heads down and we thought we were out."
Santa Clara (10-7-1; 5-1-1 WCC) was able to lift its level of play in every game spanning the past month, overcoming a 1-1-1 start to their conference campaign to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Adding to the night's drama, SCU had to win, while also needing Loyola Marymount to upset a resurgent San Francisco side in the city. By halftime, the Broncos led USD 2-0 and LMU was comfortably out in front of USF by the same margin.
"We have been playing unbelievable," said senior goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh. "After our first game against USF in conference, we got knocked down a little bit. I think the character of these guys came through. We have pushed ourselves to be better and we are playing excellent soccer right now. It feels like we have 28 leaders out here."
San Diego (10-5-3; 5-1-1) was firmly in control of their own postseason destiny after winning its first five WCC matches. The Toreros - the reigning WCC Champs - will still share the league's regular season title but squandered its chance at collecting the conference automatic qualifier (AQ) to the NCAA postseason by finishing the year with a home tie against USF last week, then falling to Santa Clara in the final match of the 2015 regular season.