Sept. 27, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
No. 3 Santa Clara has the upcoming weekend off after winning two matches last week. The Broncos don't get back into action until Friday, Oct. 5 against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. That match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT.
Last Weekend For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara stretched its unbeaten streak to five games with two wins last weekend against San Jose State and UCLA. The Broncos defeated San Jose State 2-0 on Sept. 20 at Spartan Stadium. Peter Lowry struck for two goals in the victory, while Kevin Klasila posted his second consecutive shutout. Two days later, SCU hosted UCLA in one of the most exciting matches of the college season. UCLA went up 1-0 in the first half, but the Broncos rebounded with a Lowry goal in the 86th minute to tie the score. Sophomore Jeff Cosgriff then won the game for the home team with a goal less than a minute into overtime. The win moved the Broncos up to No. 3 in the nation.
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 72-28-15 (.691) 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.
Unbeaten In Five
Santa Clara stretched its unbeaten run to five games with wins over San Jose State and UCLA last week. The Broncos are 3-0-2 during that stretch. They had an nine-game unbeaten streak last season.
Klasila Continues to Impress
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. He posted back-to-back shutouts in his first two starts against Cal and San Jose State and then allowed just one goal against UCLA. He is now 2-0-1 on the season.
Lowry Living Up to Hype
Senior Peter Lowry was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week, as well as the national player of the week for College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer after scoring three goals in two games. The Fair Oaks, Calif. resident scored three goals in wins over San Jose State and No. 5 UCLA. Lowry got his weekend started on Sept. 20 by scoring just over a minute into the game against San Jose State. He one-timed a shot past SJSU goalkeeper Richard Mann off a pass from Matt Hatzke to put SCU up 1-0. Later in the half, Lowry struck for his second goal, this time on a header from a Kellen Wantulok cross. The Broncos went on to defeat the Spartans 2-0 in the Rivalry Series match. Two days later, the seventh-ranked Broncos hosted No. 5 UCLA at Buck Shaw Stadium and Lowry again keyed an SCU win. UCLA struck for a goal in the first half and appeared to have the game won, but with just four minutes remaining, Lowry came through in the clutch. Hatzke played a ball to the back post for Brian Curry and Curry played it across the face of the goal. Lowry sliced between the UCLA defense and drove home the tying goal. The Broncos then won the game 2-1 in overtime with a Jeff Cosgriff goal less than a minute into the extra session.
Lowry In The Top 10
Peter Lowry netted three goals last weekend to raise his season total to five. With 19 career goals at Santa Clara he is now tied for ninth all-time in SCU history in goals scored. If he scores two more goals, he will jump all the way to seventh all-time. Lowry scored six goals to tie for the team lead in 2006.
Senior Peter Lowry scored his 10th career game-winning goal against San Jose State on Sept. 20 and two days later he scored a goal with four minutes remaining to tie the game against UCLA. SCU then won in overtime. Lowry's tying goal against UCLA came just a week after tying the game against Stanford with only 40 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Jeff Cosgriff scored his second career overtime winner on Sept. 22 against UCLA. Cosgriff scored 39 seconds into overtime against the Bruins. Last season, Cosgriff also scored an early OT winner for SCU. The former St. Ignatius High School star scored 51 seconds into overtime to beat Saint Mary's on Oct. 15, 2006.
Curry Gets It Done
Senior Brian Curry had played defense and midfield all of his career at Santa Clara until Sept. 22 against UCLA. He was inserted into the game at forward in the final minutes and the move paid off. Curry assisted on Peter Lowry's game-tying goal in the 86th minute to send the game to overtime. It was the first assist of Curry's career.
Broncos defender Matt Marquess has proven to be a rock for SCU the past three seasons. After appearing in all 23 games in 2006 and the first eight of 2007, Marquess has now played in 53 consecutive games for SCU. He did start against Stanford and Cal, the first time that he was not in the starting lineup since 2005. However, he returned to the starting lineup in midfield against San Jose State and UCLA. In 2006, he played 2,142 of a possible 2,177:44 minutes.
Iron Man II
Senior Jamil Roberts led the team in minutes with 2,152 minutes played in 2006 after starting every game. The Fremont native is once again proving to be a workhorse in 2007, as he has played every minute of the first eight games this season. He is the only player on the team with 760 minutes played this year.
Hatzke Notches Two Assists
Senior Matt Hatzke had a strong week against San Jose State and UCLA, as he notched two assists in the team's two wins. Against the Spartans on Sept. 20, he set up Peter Lowry for a goal just over a minute into the game. He then had an assist on Lowry's game-tying goal against the Bruins on Sept. 22.