Sept. 12, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
After spending last weekend on the East Coast, No. 6 Santa Clara takes on two Bay Area rivals this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 14, SCU faces the Stanford Cardinal at 7:30 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Last season, the Broncos earned a 1-0 victory over the Cardinal in the season-opener. The Broncos follow that game with a trip to Berkeley to play the No. 11 California Golden Bears at 1 p.m. PT at Edwards Stadium. The two teams tied 1-1 last season.
Last Weekend For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara split two games last weekend at the Brown adidas Classic, losing 2-1 to the host school, Brown, and defeating Boston University 3-0 in Providence, R.I. In the match against Brown on Sept. 7, the Broncos got on the board first through a Jide Ogunbiyi strike in the first half, his second goal of the season. However, the Bears came back with two early second-half goals to turn the tables on the Broncos. Despite a strong effort late in the game, SCU could not equalize. The team rebounded on Sept. 9 to defeat Boston University. Ogunbiyi again scored early in the first half to get SCU a lead. Matt Hatzke and David Castellanos added insurance goals in the second half to lead the Broncos to the win.
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 70-28-13 (.689) 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. Stanford
In 2006, the Broncos and Cardinal met in the season-opener for both teams. Peter Lowry scored the only goal of the match on a penalty kick in the 49th minute at Stanford. The all-time series between the two teams is now tied 19-19-6, but SCU has won the past three matches between the two schools.
Broncos vs. California
The Broncos trail the all-time series against Cal 11-25-6 dating back to 1967. SCU has not beaten Cal since 2001, winning 1-0 in overtime in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Broncos and Golden Bears tied 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Jeff Cosgriff scored the Broncos only goal of the game, his first collegiate goal. Cosgriff's goal tied the match at 1-1 after Cal scored first in the 12th minute.
The Cardinal have gotten off to a solid start this season at 1-1-1. In the first game of the year, Stanford came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie then No. 1 UC Santa Barbara 2-2. Dan Shapiro and Scott Bolkan scored the goals in that match. After a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin, the Cardinal won its first game of the year on Sept. 9, defeating Penn 2-0 on goals from Bolkan and Bobby Warshaw. Stanford is led by head coach Bret Simon, who is 59-47-18 in just over six years at Stanford.
California just fell out of the Top 10 in this week's national polls and is currently No. 11 in the nation with a 2-1-0 record. Cal lost its first game of the season last weekend to Wisconsin by a 1-0 score. The Bears also defeated Penn 1-0 last weekend. Cal opened its season with a 2-0 road win over WCC foe, San Diego. Kevin Grimes, in his eighth season at Cal, is a three-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Ogunbiyi On A Streak
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. This season, he has come out of the gates on fire wtih three goals in three games this season. He scored against Vermont on Sept. 2 and followed that up with goals against Brown and Boston University on Sept. 7 and 9, respectively. He has now tied his career high for goals in a season with three, which he set in 2005.
Roberts Setting It Up
Senior captain Jamil Roberts added two more assists to his season total in the Broncos 3-0 win over Boston University on Sept. 9. The senior defender now has four assists on the year, as he also notched two against Alabama A&M on Aug. 31. Roberts' four assists are just one less than Brian Martin and Jide Ogunbiyi recorded last season as the team's assist leaders. He was named WCC Player of the Week and earned a spot on College Soccer News' National Team of the Week on Sept. 3.
Hatzke Into Lineup
Senior Matt Hatzke made his first start of the year on Sept. 7 against Brown after being used as a sub in the team's first two matches. Hatzke is recovering from a hip flexor injury and saw only limited action in the first two games. The San Jose native started again against BU on Sept. 9 and played 90 minutes for the first time this season. He also scored his first goal, curling a free kick into the upper corner early in the second half.
Castellanos Nets First
Freshman David Castellanos, who has seen action in every match this season, scored his first collegiate goal on Sept. 9 against Boston University. He scored in the 79th minute to clinch a 3-0 win for SCU.
Freshman Kevin Klasila made his first appearance in the net for the Broncos against BU on Sept. 9. He replaced Joseph Buttitta for the final four minutes of the match and made one save to help preserve the team's second shutout of the year.
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 four of 2007, Marquess has now played in 49 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 last year.
McCarthy Makes it Count
Sophomore midfielder Stephen McCarthy made the first goal of his career a big one on Aug. 31. In the season-opener against Alabama A&M, 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.
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: 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.
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.
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 70 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.