Weekly Notes - Sept. 6, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
The No. 3 Santa Clara Broncos hit the road this weekend to play two matches at the Brown adidas Classic in Providence, R.I. SCU opens up the weekend on Friday, Sept. 7 against host, Brown, at 4:30 p.m. PT. Two days later, Santa Clara faces Boston University at 9:00 a.m. PT. The Broncos have played Brown only once in their history and have never faced the BU Terriers. Fans can watch the match on Friday by clicking here.
Last Weekend For Bronco Men's Soccer
The Broncos got out to a 2-0-0 start with wins over Alabama A&M and Vermont at Buck Shaw Stadium last weekend. On Aug. 31, the Broncos defeated A&M 3-2 with goals from Jamil Roberts, Jeff Cosgriff and Stephen McCarthy. McCarthy scored the game-winning goal in the final 10 minutes to lift Santa Clara. On Sept. 2, the Broncos got out to a 2-0 first-half lead over the Catamounts of Vermont behind goals from Peter Lowry and Jide Ogunbiyi, both on crosses from Kellen Wantulok. Joseph Buttitta made the goals stand up, as the Broncos went on to a 2-0 win. Wantulok had three assists over the two games.
Head Coach Cameron Rast
Cameron Rast (Santa Clara '92) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Santa Clara men's soccer program and has a 69-27-13 (.693) overall record and a 30-14-4 (.667) mark in West Coast Conference matches. He has led the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons and his 2003 team advanced to the NCAA College Cup, where it lost a double-overtime decision to eventual national champion Indiana. He has now led the team to two WCC titles after clinching the 2006 championship on Oct. 29 of last year. Rast has also won two WCC Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2006). After eight years as an assistant coach and four as a player, Rast has now reached the College Cup in three different capacities while at Santa Clara. He is already in the top-10 on the WCC career list for league wins. Rast is assisted by Eric Yamamoto, Rusty Johnson and Tim Martin.
Broncos vs. Brown
Santa Clara and Brown have met on one previous occasion with the two teams tying 2-2 in 2002. The Broncos got a late equalizer from Will Weatherly to tie the game, which was played at USF as part of the USF/Diadora Classic. Kirk Fonseca also scored for the Broncos in the game. That game was played during Cameron Rast's first season at Santa Clara.
Broncos vs. Boston University
The Broncos and Terriers will meet for the first time ever on Sept. 9.
The Brown Bears are coming off their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and the team is ready for another run at the tournament. Head coach Mike Noonan is back for his 13th season at Brown and has posted a 125-65-24 record in his 12 years. All-Ivy League First Team defenders Rhett Bernstein (2006) and Matt Britner (2005) lead the team into the 2007 season. Overall, 20 letterman return for the Bears in 2007. Friday's match with SCU will be their season-opener.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers have played two games in 2007, losing to Boston College 1-0 in their opener and defeating Northeastern 3-0 on Sept. 3. Petur Sigurdsson scored two goals a minute apart against Northeastern to lead the Terriers to the win. Aaron O'Neal came of the bench to score the other goal of the game. BU is led by head coach Neil Roberts, who entered the season with a 257-122-60 mark in 22 seasons with Boston University. Despite a 10-4-5 mark in 2006, the Terriers did not make the NCAA Tournament. They last made the NCAAs in 2004 when they won the America East title.
McCarthy Makes it Count
Sophomore midfielder Stephen McCarthy made the first goal of his career a big one last weekend. In the season-opener against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31, McCarthy struck for the game-winner in the 83rd minute, giving SCU a 3-2 win.
Wantulok's Immediate Impact
Redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok missed the 2006 season due to an ankle injury, but he made up for lost time in the Broncos' first two games of 2007. Wantulok notched an assist on Stephen McCarthy's game-winning goal on Aug. 31 and then followed that up with two more assists vs. Vermont on Sept. 2 in a 2-0 win.
Playing in New England
The Broncos have not made a trip to New England since 1991 when they played Vermont and Hartford on Sept. 8 and 11 in Burlington, Ver. as part of the Sheraton Soccer Classic. Current head coach Cameron Rast was a player on that team and helped them earn two wins.
Roberts' Big Weekend
Senior captain Jamil Roberts got his final season at SCU off to a big start against Alabama A&M and Vermont. He scored the Broncos' first goal fo the season on Aug. 31 vs. A&M and later added two assists in the 3-2 win. On Sept. 2, he helped the Broncos to a 2-0 shutout of Vermont, as SCU allowed only four shots in the game. He was named WCC Player of the Week and earned a spot on College Soccer News' National Team of the Week for his efforts.
Lowry: Mr. Game-Winner
Senior Peter Lowry scored the game-winning goal against Vermont on Sept. 2. Of his 15 career goals at SCU, nine have been game-winners.
Ogunbiyi Starts, Scores
Junior Jide Ogunbiyi was plagued by injuries as a sophomore, but still managed to score two goals and tie for the team lead with five assists. After missing the season-opener due to a red card suspension from 2006, Ogunbiyi got his year started in style against Vermont. He assisted on the first goal of the game and later scored on a header to help SCU to a 2-0 win.
Junior goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta picked up his first shutout of the season on Sept. 2 against Vermont and the ninth of his career. He is now within four shutouts of reaching the Top 8 all-time in shutouts. David Alexander and Chris Bauer are currently tied for seventh with 13 career shutouts. Current assistant coach Eric Yamamoto is first on the list with 38 career shutouts, followed by fellow assistant coach Rusty Johnson, who had 23.5 in his career.
A number of players made their Santa Clara debuts over the weekend. Against Alabama A&M, freshman Jalil Anibaba and redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok both started in their first games for SCU. Freshmen David Castellanos and Jeffrey Strong also made their first appearances in that game. All four also played vs. Vermont.
Scott Sweeney Starts
After battling injuries throughout his career at SCU and appearing as a sub in three career appearances, junior Scott Sweeney made his first career start against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31. Sweeney played left back on against the Bulldogs. He also started on Sept. 2 against Vermont.
Lowry Aiming for Top 10
Peter Lowry scored his first goal of 2007 on Sept. 2 against Vermont, giving him 14 career goals at Santa Clara. With four more goals this year, he would earn a tie for 10th all-time and with six more goals, he could jump all the way to seventh all-time. Lowry scored six goals to tie for the team lead in 2006.
Lowry Making National Impact
Senior captain Peter Lowry has received a lot of preseason hype in 2007 after earning a spot on the All-Far West Region First Team last year. The Fair Oaks, Calif. resident was one of 29 players across the country named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He was also named a College Soccer News Preseason All-American Second Team.
Bronco National Team Players
The Santa Clara men's soccer team has a number of players on the roster with U.S. youth national team experience. Senior Peter Lowry played for the U.S. U-23 team in February last year during a trip to Japan. Freshman Jalil Anibaba played for both the U-18 and U-20 teams in the past year, including playing in the Pan Am Games in Brazil this past summer. Stephen McCarthy and Kevin Klasila were also both part of the Pan Am Games team and both have played for the U-18 team on other occasions. McCarthy also attended a U-20 camp in 2006. Redshirt freshman Ricky Character also spent time in U-18 training camp. Senior Jamil Roberts, junior Brian Martin and sophomore Jeff Cosgriff all played together with the U-18 team at the 2005 Milk Cup.
Santa Clara dominated the 2006 All-WCC teams with 11 players named all-conference and head coach Cam Rast named Coach of the Year. Keith DeVey was named All-WCC First Team and Peter Lowry and Erik Ustruck were named All-WCC Second Team. In addition, Joseph Buttitta, Matt Hatzke, Amaechi Igwe, Brian Martin, Stephen McCarthy, Jide Ogunbiyi and Jamil Roberts were All-WCC Honorable Mention. The All-Freshman Team included Jeff Cosgriff, Igwe and McCarthy. McCarthy was also the WCC Co-Freshman of the Year. Eight of those players are back for 2007.
Opening Up Strong
Santa Clara has been known for their fast starts during the past few seasons. Last year, SCU got off to a 4-0-1 start to the season on the way to a 13-5-5 overall record. The team posted a 7-1-2 record in 2003, an 11-1-0 record in 2004 and an 8-2-0 mark in 2005 to get the season started on the right foot.
After beating Alabama A&M on Aug. 31, the Santa Clara men's soccer team has won seven season opening games in a row. The team last lost a season-opener on Sept. 1, 2000 against Sacramento State (2-1 OT). The Broncos are also now unbeaten in their past six home-openers, going 5-0-1 since 2002. They last lost in their first home game on Sept. 4, 2001 against Bradley (2-0).
The Santa Clara Broncos return 19 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that reached the NCAA quarterfinals. The team lost seniors Keith DeVey and Erik Ustruck, along with freshman Amaechi Igwe. Igwe was selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. Ustruck also reached MLS, as he was drafted by the Houston Dynamo. The 2007 Broncos are deep at every position with so many key returnees from last year's squad. Eleven players return that appeared in more than 20 games last year.
The Broncos return all four starters from their 2006 back-line. Sophomore Chris Sauter and seniors Matt Hatzke, Matt Marquess and Jamil Roberts all played more than 1,600 minutes a year ago and helped SCU post a 0.95 GAA and nine shutouts.
Broncos In The Pros
Santa Clara soccer has produced a number of professionals over the years and right now, SCU players are playing big roles all over Major League Soccer. Ryan Cochrane '05 and Eric Ustruck '07 are both members of the defending MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo. Cochrane helped Houston lift the Cup last year, while Ustruck 1. is in the middle of his rookie year. Two former Bronco goalkeepers are both playing on the Los Angeles Galaxy, alongside star David Beckham. Two-time league Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon '98 is the starter and he is backed up by Steve Cronin '05. Jamil Walker '04 still plays for D.C. United and 2005 WCC Player of the Year Mehdi Ballouchy '07 is a member of the Colorado Rapids after a mid-season trade from Real Salt Lake. Amaechi Igwe is a rookie for the New England Revolution after being drafted in the first round of the SuperDraft.
Unbeaten on the Road in 2006
SCU posted a 5-0-1 record on the road in conference in 2006, its first unbeaten run on the road in conference since 2001 when they went 3-0-0. Since the introduction of the double round robin format in 2004, SCU had not lost fewer than three games on the road in conference play.
Rast Moves Into Third
Cameron Rast has now passed former Bronco coach Steve Sampson and moved into third place all-time in wins at SCU. He now has 68 wins. Steve Sampson earned 64 wins from 1986-90 on the Mission Campus. The all-time leader is Mitch Murray (1991-2001), who has 143 victories followed by Dave Chaplik with 92. Rast is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 50-win plateau, just behind Murray.
Broncos defender Matt Marquess has proven to be a rock on the back-line for SCU the past three seasons. After appearing in all 23 games in 2006 and the first two of 2007, Marquess has now played in 47 consecutive games for SCU. In 2006, he played 2,142 of a possible 2,177:44 minutes. His partner in central defense, Jamil Roberts, who also started every match, led the team in minutes with 2,152 minutes played. The pair started every game together in central defense.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 195-72-25 record good for an incredible .711 winning percentage. The team has lost only six home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.