Oct. 5, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 3 Santa Clara men's soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Senior captain Jamil Roberts scored the only goal of the game to give SCU the victory, while freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila posted his third shutout of the season. Santa Clara is now 6-1-2 on the season.
The Broncos came out strong against the Lions and enjoyed long stretches of possession in the first half. Brian Martin was the beneficiary of the team's strong play early on as he got free for a shot that beat LMU goalkeeper Patrick Lane but hit the post. The play started with a Kellen Wantulok corner kick.
Santa Clara broke through for the game's only goal in the 35th minute on a free kick. Junior Jide Ogunbiyi got his head on the free kick at the back post and after a scramble in front of the net, Roberts was able put the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the second of the season for Roberts.
Early in the second half, the Broncos received a blow when junior Aaron Clubb was shown a red card following a tussle in the box.
Despite being down a man, SCU held firm in the back and did not allow the Lions to break through for any clear cut opportunities.
SCU got a chance of its own with just under 10 minutes left. Ogunbiyi got free behind the Lions' defense and squared a ball for Martin. Martin blasted a shot that appeared headed for the back of the net, but Lane moved quickly to make the save and keep the game close.
Loyola Marymount's Alex Proano picked up a red card of his own late in the match to even things out and the Broncos held on for the win.
The Broncos continue their Southern California road trip on Sunday, Oct. 7 with a 2 p.m. PT match-up against San Diego at Torero Stadium. Follow the game on GameTracker at SantaClaraBroncos.com.