Sept. 19, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
No. 7 Santa Clara finishes off the non-conference schedule this week with two matches in the Bay Area. On Thursday, Sept. 20, SCU travels to nearby San Jose State to play the Spartans in a Rivalry Series Match at 7 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. Following that local rivalry, Santa Clara hosts the 2006 national runner-up, UCLA, at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22. The match against the Bruins kicks off at 7 p.m. PT, as the Broncos look to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Bruins in 2006.
Last Weekend For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara picked up two ties last weekend against Bay Rivals, Stanford and California. On Sept. 14, Peter Lowry scored with 40 seconds left to help the Broncos earn a 1-1 tie with the Stanford Cardinal at Buck Shaw Stadium. SCU had two great chances in overtime to win the game, but neither chance found the net. Two days later, the Broncos split the points with Cal at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley in a 0-0 draw. SCU held the advantage in possession and shots, 18-7, but the Broncos could not put one into the goal, as the Bears held on for the tie. Freshman Kevin Klasila earned his first career shutout against the Bears.
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 70-28-15 (.686) 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. San Jose State
The Broncos and Spartans have a long history in men's soccer. The two schools first played each other in 1967 and SCU holds a slim 20-19-2 all-time edge in the series. Santa Clara is unbeaten in the last three meetings between the two schools, including a 0-0 tie in 2006.
Broncos vs. UCLA
SCU and UCLA first played in 1974, a 1-1 tie. Since then the teams have played 25 more times and UCLA leads the series 15-7-4. Last year, the Bruins scored two goals in less than a minute and held on for a 2-1 win in Los Angeles. The Broncos pulled out a 3-2 win in 2005.
Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans are currently 3-2-0 on the season with wins over Charlotte, Davidson and UC Riverside. The lost to 3-2 to San Francisco and 3-2 in overtime to UC Irvine. Senior Ismael Ibarra and sophomore Colby Moore lead San Jose State on offense. Both forwards have three goals and six points on the season. In goal, junior co-captain Richard Mann has started all but one game of the season thus far and has made 19 saves.
After going winless in its first three games (0-2-1), UCLA got back on track last weekend with wins over Ohio State (3-1) and Penn State (4-1). Maxwell Griffin scored once against Ohio State and then had a hat trick against Penn State. He leads the Bruins in scoring with nine points on the season. Sophomore Kyle Nakazawa had four assists in the wins over the two Big Ten schools.
Klasila Makes Memorable First Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila had a memorable first start for the Broncos against the Cal Bears on Sept. 16. The U-18 national team goalkeeper recorded his first career shutout in the match against one of SCU's biggest rivals.
The Broncos made some adjustments to their lineup last weekend, as freshman Jalil Anibaba moved from the midfield to central defense for both the Stanford and Cal games. Fellow freshman David Castellanos replaced Anibaba as a starting midfielder. Castellanos started his first career games against Stanford and Cal. Senior Matt Marquess moved into a substitute's role and came on in the midfield for the Broncos. Against Cal on Sept. 16, sophomore Ryan Brown replaced redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok in the starting lineup and Kevin Klasila made his first start in the net. Junior Joseph Buttitta, who started the first five games is nursing a groin injury and was not available against Cal.
Ogunbiyi Streak Broken
Junior Jide Ogunbiyi had his three-game goal scoring streak snappedon Sept. 14 against Stanford. The junior forward had scored against Vermont, Brown and Boston University, but was unable to find the net against the Cardinal.
Senior Peter Lowry tied the game against Stanford with his second goal of the season with only 40 seconds remaining. Throughout his career, he has been a clutch performer. Of his 15 career goals at SCU, nine have been game-winners.
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 six of 2007, Marquess has now played in 51 consecutive games for SCU. He did start against Stanford and Cal, the first time that he was not in the starting lineup since 2005. 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 in 2006. The pair started every game together in central defense last year.
Lowry Aiming for Top 10
Peter Lowry netted his second goal of the year on Sept. 14 against Stanford to tie the game with under a minute left, giving him 16 career goals at Santa Clara. With three more goals this year, he would earn a tie for 10th all-time and with five more goals, he could jump all the way to seventh all-time. Lowry scored six goals to tie for the team lead in 2006.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 195-72-26 record good for an incredible .710 winning percentage. The team has lost only six home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.