Oct. 17, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara aims to remain unbeaten in West Coast Conference play and extend its nine-game unbeaten streak this weekend with two home games. The Broncos host the Portland Pilots on Friday, Oct. 19 at Buck Shaw Stadium in the second match of a doubleheader. The Bronco women play Pepperdine at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m. Two days later, the first-place Broncos take on the WCC's No. 2 team, Gonzaga, at 2 p.m. The match is also preceded by a Bronco women's game at 12 noon against Loyola Marymount.
Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara took out two Bay Area rivals, San Francisco and Saint Mary's, last weekend. Freshman Jalil Anibaba scored the game-winner with two seconds remaining to give SCU a 2-1 win over San Francisco on Oct. 12. Jamil Roberts set up the goal with a perfect corner kick. Stephen McCarthy also scored for the Broncos in the victory. On Oct. 14, the Broncos won their sixth straight match, defeating Saint Mary's 2-0 at Saint Mary's Stadium. Roberts and Peter Lowry scored first-half goals for the Broncos to lead them to an important road victory. Kevin Klasila earned his fifth shutout of the season for SCU.
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 76-28-15 (.702) overall record and a 34-14-4 (.692) 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 Nine
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last nine games after wins over San Francisco and Saint Mary's last weekend. The Broncos are 7-0-2 during that stretch. The team has also won six consecutive games. The unbeaten streak matches the nine-game unbeaten streak from 2006.
Broncos vs. Portland
Santa Clara swept the season series against the Pilots last season, winning 2-1 on the road and 3-0 at home. SCU now leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1978, against Portland 15-10-5.
Broncos vs. Gonzaga
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have given the Broncos trouble the last two seasons, winning twice and earning a tie in four matches. The Broncos hold a slight edge all-time at 9-6-2 in a series that only dates back to 1993. The Bulldogs defeated SCU 2-1 in overtime last year in the final game of the regular season.
Portland has gotten off to a strong start in conference play, earning wins over USF and Loyola Marymount and holding the conference's second-place team, Gonzaga, to a 1-1 draw. The Pilots are coming off a 5-2 win over LMU last weekend. Alex Elliott leads the team with four goals and a conference-leading seven assists. Ryan Luke has also notched four goals this year. Austin Guerrero has played every minute of every game in goal for the Pilots, who are coached by Bill Irwin.
Gonzaga is having one of its best seasons ever, as the 'Zags are off to an 8-3-1 start this season (3-1-1 in the WCC). They suffered their first conference loss last weekend against San Diego, losing 1-0 in overtime. George Josten has gotten off to a good start with three goals and five assists in the first 12 games, while Tye Perdido has also chipped in with three goals and one assist. Einar Thorarinsson is in his 13th season as head coach at Gonzaga.
Anibaba Comes Through
Freshman Jalil Anibaba has had an outstanding first season on the Mission Campus. The native of Davis, Calif. has started all 12 games for Santa Clara, including the past eight at central defense. With Anibaba paired with Jamil Roberts in central defense, SCU has gone 6-0-2 and allowed just three goals in eight games. Anibaba continued his phenonemal freshman season with a wonder goal on Oct. 12 against San Francisco. He side-volleyed a cross from Roberts past USF's goalkeeper Eric Conner with just two seconds left in regulation to give SCU a 2-1 win.
Roberts Piling Up Points
Senior captain Jamil Roberts has been having a career year offensively. A center back, Roberts has scored three goals and notched five assists this season after scoring a goal and notching assist against USF and Saint Mary's last weekend. Those totals rank him tied for second in assists and tied for sixth in goals in the WCC. Roberts has also helped SCU post seven shutouts in 12 games this season.
SCU In the WCC Rankings
Off to a 9-1-2 start, Santa Clara finds itself ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories. Santa Clara is first in goals scored (21), assists (20), goals allowed (7), goals against average (0.56), shutouts (7) and corner kicks (77).
Individuals In the WCC
A number of Santa Clara players are also among the league leaders. Senior Peter Lowry is first in goals scored with six and second in points with 12. Along with Lowry, Jide Ogunbiyi (t3rd) and Jamil Roberts (t6th) are also in the top10 in goals scored. Roberts is tied for second in assists with five and tied for third in points with 11. Three other Broncos are in the top 10 in assists, Kellen Wantulok (t4th with four), Brian Martin (t6th with three) and Matt Hatzke (t6th with three.)SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila leads the conference with five shutouts and a 0.27 goals against average.
Santa Clara begins a four-game homestand Friday night against Portland. SCU is in the midst of a stretch of six home games out of eight matches and the team will not have to leave the Bay Area for any of those matches. SCU is 4-0-1 so far at home.
Klasila Off To Incredible Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. He has started seven matches and posted five shutouts, while going unbeaten at 6-0-1. He has allowed only two goals in seven starts and now has a 0.27 goals against average this season.
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. 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 raised his season goal total to six with a penalty kick strike against Saint Mary's on Oct. 14. With 20 career goals at Santa Clara he is now tied for eighth all-time in SCU history in goals scored. 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 9-1-2 record through 12 games.
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 12 of 2007, Marquess has now played in 57 consecutive 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 12 games this season. He is the only player on the team with 1120 minutes played this year.
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. After notching an assist against San Jose State on Sept. 20, Wantulok is now tied for fourth in the league with four assists.
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 76 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.
Bronco National Team Players
The Santa Clara men's soccer team has a number of players on the roster with U.S. youth national team experience. Senior Peter Lowry played for the U.S. U-23 team in February last year during a trip to Japan. Freshman Jalil Anibaba played for both the U-18 and U-20 teams in the past year, including playing in the Pan Am Games in Brazil this past summer. Stephen McCarthy and Kevin Klasila were also both part of the Pan Am Games team and both have played for the U-18 team on other occasions. McCarthy also attended a U-20 camp in 2006. Redshirt freshman Ricky Character also spent time in U-18 training camp. Senior Jamil Roberts, junior Brian Martin and sophomore Jeff Cosgriff all played together with the U-18 team at the 2005 Milk Cup.
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.