Oct. 14, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - Goals by seniors Peter Lowry and Jamil Roberts were the difference as fourth-ranked Santa Clara earned a 2-0 victory over Saint Mary's at Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, the Broncos extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches and moved into sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference standings. SCU is now 9-1-2 on the year and a perfect 4-0-0 in conference play.
The Broncos again took advantage of a set piece to get on the scoreboard Sunday afternoon just seven minutes into the game. Lowry sent a corner kick into the box that deflected to Matt Hatzke at the back post. He then crossed the ball back into the middle for Roberts, who headed in his third goal of the season.
SCU maintained the pressure on the Gaels throughout the first half, forcing a number of saves from Saint Mary's goalkeeper Keenan Flynn. The Broncos continued to be dangerous from set pieces, as they earned seven corner kicks in the first half.
Lowry provided a key goal with less than 15 minutes to go in the first half. Sophomore Sean Danzeiser got free at the top of the box and was fouled by Flynn resulting in a penalty kick. Lowry made no mistake on the spot kick, firing the ball into the corner for a 2-0 Broncos advantage.
The Gaels came out strong in the second half, but the Bronco defense held tough and goalkeeper Kevin Klasila made some crucial saves when he was called upon. SCU posted its seventh shutout of the season overall. The shutout was the fifth in seven games for Klasila, who has been dominant since moving into the starting role against California on Sept. 16.
Santa Clara returns to Buck Shaw Stadium next weekend for two matches. On Friday, Oct. 19, SCU plays Portland in the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team. The women's game against Pepperdine kicks off at 6 p.m. PT, followed by the men's game at 8 p.m. Two days later on Oct. 21, the first-place Broncos host second-place Gonzaga at 2 p.m. PT in the second game of another doubleheader. The women's match versus Loyola Marymount begins at 12 noon on Sunday.