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Four Santa Clara Broncos Selected in 2008 MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 18, 2008

BALTIMORE, Md. - Four Santa Clara University soccer players were selected in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft Friday afternoon. The Chicago Fire picked Peter Lowry, who was a first-team All-American in 2007, in the second round with the 26th overall pick. Matt Marquess went in the third round with the 39th selection to the Kansas City Wizards, while Jamil Roberts and Matt Hatzke were picked in the fourth round by FC Dallas (45th overall) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (51st overall), respectively. The last time Santa Clara had four players selected in the draft was 1996.

"Having four of our seniors drafted really speaks to the quality of the group that we had this past season," said Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast," "We are pleased for each and every one of them and are looking forward to seeing their careers develop. As a program, it is a nice accomplishment to have four players taken in one draft."

Lowry, Marquess, Roberts and Hatzke combined to help SCU win back-to-back West Coast Conference titles in 2006 and 2007, while reaching three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2005-07.

Lowry piled up the honors in 2007 after a brilliant senior campaign for the Broncos. His honors included: NSCAA First Team All-American, WCC Player of the Year, All-WCC First Team, All-Far West Region First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-American, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Senior All-America Second Team. Lowry led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for a career best 23 points in the regular season and also led the conference in goals, while placing second in points and tied for third in assists from his central midfield position. His goals also came in key moments for the Broncos, netting two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals in the closing minutes of regulation. His play helped the Broncos post an 18-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 9-Nov. 28 that helped SCU reach as high as No. 3 in the national polls.

For his career, Lowry netted 22 goals, good for seventh all-time at SCU, and had 15 assists for 59 total points, placing him just one point from a spot in the SCU all-time top 10. His 22 goals place him seventh all-time in goals scored in program history. He is the 12th player in Bronco history to earn a conference player of the year award and first since Mehdi Ballouchy in 2005. Lowry had previously been named All-WCC Second Team twice and All-WCC Honorable Mention once and he was an All-Far West Region First Team selection in 2006 as well.

Marquess played three years for the Broncos after transferring from UC Santa Cruz and appeared in 67 straight matches during his time on the Mission Campus. The Palo Alto native played both defender and midfielder for Santa Clara and scored one goal and notched four assists in his career. An All-WCC selection in 2007, Marquess notched three assists as a senior, as well as scoring his only goal.

Roberts provided the backbone for one of the top defenses in the nation in 2007. Roberts had a standout senior season for SCU both defensively and offensively. With Roberts at center back, the Broncos led the conference in goals against average at 0.62, a mark that also placed 11th in the nation, and posted nine shutouts. The Fremont, Calif. native also scored a career high three goals and notched a career best five assists to place 10th in the conference in points. He picked up numerous honors in 2007, including WCC Defensive Player of the Year, Top Drawer Soccer Team of Season First Team, College Soccer News All-American Third Team, All-WCC First Team, NSCAA All-Far West Region First Team. For his career, he appeared in 80 games, scoring five goals and notching seven assists, while helping SCU reach four straight NCAA Tournaments. Roberts' older brother, Troy, plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Hatzke was a NSCAA All-Far West Region Second Team selection in 2007 after scoring two goals and notching three assists as a left back for the Broncos. He was also named All-WCC Second Team, NSCAA All-Far West Region and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American this past year. For his career, Hatzke appeared in 81 games, scoring four goals and dishing out seven assists. He was also an All-WCC and All-Far West Region honoree in 2006. He joins former Bronco, Steve Cronin '05, on the Galaxy.

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