Oct. 11, 2007
San Francisco (4-5-0, 0-2-0 WCC) at Santa Clara (7-1-2, 2-0-0 WCC)
Friday, October 12
Location: Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif.
Date: October 12, 2007
Time: 5:00 PM (PT)
One of the most storied rivalries in college soccer history will be renewed on national television on Friday, as San Francisco will make the short trip to Santa Clara for a conference clash on the Fox Soccer Channel. The match, slated for a 5:00 PM (PT) start, will be televised as part of the NSCAA College Match of the Week package, and will feature two conference programs that have claimed each of the last four WCC championships. The match will mark the first time that a regular season WCC men's soccer contest will be broadcast to a national television audience.
Scouting the Dons: The Dons, who have been ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls this season, will be looking to snap a four-game skid on Friday. USF dropped its first two WCC contests at home last weekend, falling to Portland and then-No. 24 ranked Gonzaga. The USF attack is led by sophomore forward Conor Chinn, who has scored four goals to go along with an assist so far this season. San Francisco's goalkeeper platoon of Eric Conner (27 saves) and Jeremy Coupe (16 saves) has combined to collect 43 saves, the highest team total in the WCC.
Scouting the Broncos: The Broncos will attempt to keep their seven-match unbeaten streak going on Friday after recording shutout wins on the road at Loyola Marymount and San Diego last weekend. Senior midfielder Peter Lowry has paced the Broncos, netting a team-high five goals including a pair of game-winners. Lowry garnered WCC Co-Player of the Month honors for September after leading SCU to a 5-1-2 start to the 2007 season. Freshman Kevin Klasila has taken over in net for the Broncos, and has surrendered just one goal in six matches. Klasila enters the week with a conference-leading 0.19 goals against average.
About The USF-SCU Rivalry: San Francisco and Santa Clara have played each other annually since 1967, making this the 40th year of the Bay Area rivalry. Both programs are steeped in tradition, combining to win five NCAA championships, and both current coaches played on national title teams for their respective alma maters (USF's Erik Visser in 1978 & 80 and SCU's Cameron Rast in 1989).
San Francisco leads the all-time series with Santa Clara, 28-17-7, but the Broncos have lost only once to the Dons in their last 16 meetings. The two programs have also met four times in the NCAA Tournament, with USF winning all four playoff contests. San Francisco and Santa Clara have earned postseason bids in each of the last three seasons, with SCU making four straight appearances.