Oct. 9, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
Looking to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak, the No. 4 Santa Clara men's soccer plays two West Coast Conference games this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 12, the Broncos host the San Francisco Dons at 5 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. SCU then gets back on the road with a match at Saint Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. PT.
Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara swept the SoCal road trip for the second consecutive season last weekend, beating Loyola Marymount and San Diego. In the first game of the trip, SCU defeated the Lions of LMU 1-0 on a goal by Jamil Roberts. Kevin Klasila posted his third shutout of the season in the game. The following Sunday, the Broncos knocked off the Toreros of San Diego by a 2-0 score. Jide Ogunbiyi and Stephen McCarthy netted goals for the Broncos in the victory, as Klasila continued his hot play with his second consecutive shutout. He has now allowed just one goal in five starts this year.
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 74-28-15 (.697) overall record and a 32-14-4 (.680) 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 Seven
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last seven games after wins over LMU and San Diego last weekend. The Broncos are 5-0-2 during that stretch. They had an nine-game unbeaten streak last season.
Broncos vs. San Francisco
Santa Clara and San Francisco have met every year since soccer started at SCU in 1967. The Dons hold the all-time series lead 28-17-7. However, Santa Clara has been dominant since 1995, posting a 13-1-1 record against the Dons in that time. The Broncos last lost to USF in 2004 and have not lost at Buck Shaw since 1993. SCU won both games in 2006, 1-0 and 2-1.
Broncos vs. Saint Mary's
Santa Clara and Saint Mary's also have a long soccer history as competitors, having played for the first time in 1968. Santa Clara has dominated the series, posting a 33-2-5 all-time edge in the series. Last year, the Broncos tied 0-0 against the Gaels at home and won 2-1 in overtime in Moraga.
Scouting San Francisco
San Francisco is in the midst of a tough stretch, as the Dons have lost four consecutive games after starting the year 4-1. USF was swept by Portland and Gonzaga last weekend at home. Connor Chinn leads the Dons in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points. Eric Conner and Jeremy Coupe have split time in the net for Erik Visser's team. Visser is in his seventh season at USF and has a 67-49-8 record.
Scouting Saint Mary's
The Gaels are off to a strong start in 2007, going 4-3-1 in the first eight games of the year. In the opening weekend of conference play, however, they fell 1-0 to Gonzaga and earned a 0-0 tie with Portland. David Blanchard has scored three goals for SMC this season. Adam Cooper, in his second year at Saint Mary's, is 8-13-7 in his career.
SCU In WCC Rankings
The Broncos are ranked number one in the WCC in a number of statistical categories, including goals scored, goals allowed, shutouts and assists. SCU has scored 17 goals this season, while allowing only six. The Broncos have notched 18 assists on those 17 goals. The team has posted six shutouts in 10 matches. Santa Clara is also ranked second in attendance so far this year, with an average of 1553 fans cheering on the Broncos at home.
Individuals In the WCC
SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila leads the conference with four shutouts, while senior Peter Lowry continues to lead the league in goals scored with five. Lowry and Jide Ogunbiyi are both tied for second in points with 10, while Ogunbiyi is second in goals with four. Lowry and Ogunbiyi have each netted two game-winning goals, placing them first in the conference in that category. Kellen Wantulok has not scored a goal this season, but he is tied for first in the conference in assists with four. Jamil Roberts has scored two goals and is also tied with Wantulok for first in the conference in assists.
Klasila Off To Incredible Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. In his first five starts, he has gone 4-0-1 and posted four shutouts. Overall, he has allowed only one goal in those five games.
Lowry Living Up to Hype
Senior Peter Lowry was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Month on Oct. 3 after scoring five goals in the month of September for SCU. His hot start has helped SCU get out to a 7-1-2 record. Earlier in Sept., Lowry was also named WCC Player of the Week, as well as the national player of the week for College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer on Sept. 24 after scoring three goals in two games against San Jose State and UCLA.
Lowry In The Top 10
Peter Lowry netted three goals on Sept. 20 and 22 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.
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. This year has been no different with SCU out to a 7-1-2 record through 10 games.
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.
Broncos defender/midfielder 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 10 of 2007, Marquess has now played in 55consecutive games for SCU. 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 10 games this season. He is the only player on the team with 940 minutes played this year.
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 74 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.
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.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 198-72-26 record good for an incredible .713 winning percentage. The team has lost only six home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.