Oct. 19, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 3 Santa Clara Broncos earned a tough 0-0 tie against West Coast Conference rival, Portland, on a rainy and windy Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos held a 15-3 advantage in shots, but could not put one in the back of the net. Kevin Klasila earned his sixth shutout in eight games for SCU, who is now 9-1-3 (4-0-1 WCC) on the season.
The Broncos took control of the game early on and kept the pressure on the Pilots throughout the first half. Seven minutes in, captain Jamil Roberts had probably the best chance of the half for SCU. Kellen Wantulok sent a free kick into the box that was cleared away to the top of the box by the Portland defense. Roberts one-timed a hard shot that went over the net.
After being stifled in the first half, The Broncos came out in the second half looking for the lead and they had two excellent chances in the opening 15 minutes of the half to break through.
Matt Marquess almost gave the Broncos the lead eight minutes into the half. After receiving the ball on the right side, he shook himself free from two defenders and ripped a left-footed shot from outside the box that went just inches wide of the post.
Minutes later, Peter Lowry got open on the left wing and broke into the box. The reigning WCC Player of the Month unloaded a low shot to the far post, but Pilots goalkeeper Austin Guerrero got down low for the save.
The rain and wind began to pick up in the middle stages of the second half, making the game difficult for both teams. With slippery footing and high winds, chances were scarce until the final minutes.
Lowry then set up Marquess for a shot with 10 minutes left that nearly won the game for SCU. Lowry got the ball at the top of the box and slipped a pass through for Marquess, who one-timed a shot that sailed wide of the far post.
The game headed to overtime still looking for the game's first goal.
Roberts had a chance to provide that goal, but his close-range header hit the post in the first overtime. Wantulok sent a corner kick to the back post, where Roberts out-muscled his defender to get his head on the ball. Unfortunately, the ball found the post and was cleared away by the Pilots defense.
Santa Clara gets right back to work on Sunday, Oct. 21 with a top-of-the-table clash against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. PT, following the Santa Clara women's game at 12 noon PT.