Sept. 16, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Santa Clara Broncos played another tough match on Sunday afternoon against a Bay Area rival and the result was the same. After tying Stanford Friday night at home, the Broncos finished 0-0 with the California Golden Bears at Edwards Stadium. Freshman Kevin Klasila got his first start in goal and picked up his first career shutout with an outstanding effort. Offensively, the Broncos forced Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei to make 12 saves, but they could not find the net.
Coming off the tie with Stanford on Friday, SCU came out looking to score early, as they went on the attack from the start of the game. In the opening 15 minutes, both senior Peter Lowry and junior Brian Martin tested Frei, but the Cal netminder was up to the challenge.
Sophomore Ryan Brown got his first start of the season at forward and his pace and constant movement helped keep the Bears on their heels. At the end of the first half, the Broncos had not allowed a shot on goal, and they had peppered Frei with 11 shots and forced him to make seven saves.
10 minutes into the second half, Klasila made his lone save of the game to keep Cal off the board. The Bears Pat Marion got open and put a header on frame, but Klasila was there to make the stop and preserve his shutout.
In overtime, neither team could break through despite three shots on goal by the Broncos. Freshman Jalil Anibaba had the final attempt with a shot in the final two minutes that Frei stopped.
The shutout was the third of the season for the Broncos.
SCU is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a Rivalry Series Match against San Jose State at 7 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The Broncos then play 2006 national runner-up UCLA at home on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. PT. Follow all the action at SantaClaraBroncos.com.