Oct. 14, 2007
Moraga, CA - The No. 5 ranked Santa Clara Broncos scored two first half goals en route to a 2-0 West Coast Conference win over the Saint Mary's men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The loss drops the Gaels overall record to 4-4-1 and 0-2-1 in WCC play. Santa Clara improves to 9-1-2 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play.
Santa Clara opened the game by putting a lot of pressure of the Gaels' defense. In the opening six minutes, Santa Clara took four corner kicks, and scored their first goal as a result of the fourth kick from the corner. After the ball was centered by Peter Lowry, the deflection came to Matt Hatzke at the left corner of the penalty box. Hatzke made a perfect cross to Jamil Roberts, who headed a shot past SMC goalkeeper Keenan Flynn just 6:09 into the contest. It was Roberts' third goal of the season.
Following the Santa Clara goal, Saint Mary's settled down and played even with the no. 5 team in the country for the final 80 minutes. The only other score for the Broncos came on a penalty kick at the 33:03 mark. The penalty kick was set up when Flynn came out to contest a loose ball at the top of the penalty box, and took out Sean Danzeiser. Lowry took the kick and beat Flynn to the left corner.
After Santa Clara outshot the Gaels 8-4 and collected seven corner kicks in the first half, Saint Mary's responded to outshoot the Broncos 6-2, with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half. Both teams took 10 shots in the game, and Santa Clara held an 8-5 advantage on corner kicks.
Santa Clara goalkeeper Kevin Klasila recorded two saves en route to his fifth shutout of the year. Flynn made three saves for the Gaels, but allowed two Bronco scores.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, October 19 with a road WCC game at San Diego. Kickoff for the game against the Toreros is slated for 7 p.m. at Toreros Stadium.