Nov. 28, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In another strong performance, the Santa Clara Broncos defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-1 in a second round NCAA Tournament match at Buck Shaw Stadium. Matt Hatzke, Stephen McCarthy and Jide Ogunbiyi all scored for the Broncos to lead them into the third round. Santa Clara has now gone unbeaten in 18 straight matches and improves to 16-1-4 on the season. The seventh-seeded Broncos now host No. 10 Notre Dame in the third round on Saturday Dec. 1 at Buck Shaw.
Ogunbiyi nearly got the Broncos off to a dream start less than 15 minutes into the game after a great set-up by Kellen Wantulok. Wantoluk nodded down a long ball out of the back into Ogunbiyi's path inside the box. Ogunbiyi ran by a defender, but his shot was blocked by UCLA goalkeeper Trevor Hunter.
Kevin Klasila came up with a solid save in the 16th minutes after UCLA's Chance Myers got free in the penalty box. Myers got behind the defense and fired a low shot from a sharp angle that Klasila saved to keep the game scoreless.
Hatzke got Santa Clara on the board 24 minutes into the first half. Wantulok started the play with a back heel to Matt Marquess on the left wing. Marquess one-timed a cross into the box for Sean Danzeiser, who flicked the ball to the penalty spot. Hatzke volleyed a right-footer to the upper corner to put Santa Clara up 1-0.
Moments after the goal, UCLA's Maxwell Griffin nearly came up with the equalizer, but a sliding Jalil Anibaba saved a goal. Klasila came off his line for a long ball out of the back, but his clearance fell right to Griffin who appeared to have an open goal. He hit a shot that was headed for the near post, but Anibaba slid and deflected the ball out for a corner.
Mike Zaher pulled the Bruins even in the 37th minute with a long-range blast past Klasila. Zaher picked up a loose ball on the left wing and curled a shot over the leaping Klasila and into the left upper corner to make the score 1-1.
Wantulok narrowly missed giving the Broncos the lead in the early stages of the second half after a miscue by the UCLA defense. Wantulok picked up a deflected through ball by Ogunbiyi and beat Hunter, but his left-footed shot hit the near post and spun out of danger.
Klasila made an incredible save with 26 minutes to go in the game to keep Santa Clara in the match. UCLA's David Estrada got free behind the Broncos defense and had only Klasila to beat. He tried to chip a shot past Klasila, but the Broncos freshman goalkeeper got a hand on the shot to slow it down and Chris Sauter cleared it away before it crossed the goal line.
On the ensuing corner kick, Hatzke saved a certain goal off the head of Brad Rusin. Rusin elevated above two Bronco defenders and sent a header past Klasila, but Hatzke was on the line to clear the ball away.
McCarthy came through with an incredible header with 12 minutes to go to put SCU on top for good. After Ogunbiyi drew a foul near midfield, Lowry drove a free kick to the back post for McCarthy, who leapt and knocked in a twisting header just past a diving Hunter for a 2-1 advantage.
Ogunbiyi put the finishing touches on the Broncos win with a goal in the 80th minute after a great individual effort. Ogunbiyi turned on Rusin at midfield after a clearance from the back to get in alone. He then dribbled around Hunter and finished into the empty net to cap the 3-1 victory.
Santa Clara now hosts 10th seeded Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame defeated Oakland 2-1 in the second round. To purchase tickets for the match, call the Santa Clara ticket office at 408-554-4660.