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Broncos Defeat San Diego 2-1 To Take Over First Place In WCC

Nov. 2, 2007

Final Stats

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 3 Santa Clara men's soccer team moved back into first place in the West Coast Conference with a 2-1 victory over San Diego at Buck Shaw Stadium. Brian Martin scored his first goal of the season in the 72nd minute to give SCU the key victory. With the win, the Broncos (10-1-4, 5-0-2 WCC) extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games. Stephen McCarthy scored his fourth goal of the season in the first half and Peter Lowry notched two assists in the win.

The game did not start off well for SCU, as the Toreros scored just four minutes into the game to take the early lead. USD's Colin Jennings found Tannen Wels in the box and Wels buried a shot in the upper corner past a stunned Kevin Klasila for a 1-0 lead.

The momentum would swing back in the Broncos' favor 13 minutes later after a red card to San Diego's Fabrice Gautrat. Gautrat went in late and hard on a tackle at midfield and was shown an immediate red card by the referee.

The Broncos got back into the game through a McCarthy blast in the 30th minute. Redshirt freshman Ricky Character got the play started with a great move on the wing. He then found Aaron Clubb in the box and he slid a pass to Lowry 15 yards from goal. The Bronco captain laid a ball back to McCarthy, who ripped a low shot that flew past San Diego goalkeeper Kelin Briones to knot the game at one goal apiece.

SCU continued to push forward in the second half looking for the equalizer, while the Toreros attempted to weather the storm and sneak a goal on the break.

Santa Clara broke through for the winner with 18 minutes remaining. After a foul at the top of the box, Lowry lined up a free kick for SCU. He sent a wicked shot over the wall and off the crossbar before Briones could react. The rebound fell right to the feet of Martin, who calmly put the ball into the net to set off another late-game celebration at Buck Shaw.

Lowry nearly increased the lead to two minutes later with another long-range effort. He received a pass on the left edge of the box and unloaded a shot that clanged off the crossbar.

Santa Clara completes its four-game home stand on Sunday, Nov. 4 against Loyola Marymount. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium.