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No. 3 Santa Clara Hosts San Diego In Battle of WCC's Top Two Teams Friday Night

Nov. 2, 2007

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Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara aims to remain unbeaten in West Coast Conference play and extend its eleven-game unbeaten streak this weekend with two home games. The Broncos host the WCC's No. 1 team, San Diego Toreros, on Friday, Nov. 2 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kick-off is schedulued for 7 p.m. Two days later, the Broncos take on the Loyola Marymount Lions at Buck Shaw at 2 p.m. The Broncos swept LMU and San Diego in Southern California earlier this season, winning 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara extended its unbeaten streak to 11 after tying Portland and Gonzaga two weeks ago. On Oct. 19 against Portland tough weather conditions and a stifling defense left the game scoreless despite good looks from Jamil Roberts, Matt Marquess, and Peter Lowry. On Oct. 21, the Broncos tied Gonzaga 1-1 with a late goal by Jide Ogunbiyi. The Zags scored 12 minutes into the first half and the Broncos were held scoreless until a goal in the 78th minute by Ogunbiyi to prevent the Broncos first loss in WCC play.

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 76-28-17 (.698) overall record and a 34-14-6 (.685) 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 Eleven
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last eleven games after ties with Portland and Gonzaga on Oct. 19 and 21, respectively. The Broncos are 9-1-4 overall after 14 games. The streak is the sixth-longest in school history.

Broncos vs. San Diego
Santa Clara swept the season series against the Toreros last season, winning 2-1 on the road and at home. This year, SCU captured a 2-0 win on the road vs. USD, handing them their only conference loss of the season. Jide Ogunbiyi and Stephen McCarthy each scored a goal in that win. San Diego is first in the WCC and the second place Broncos look to gain the top spot in conference play.

Broncos vs. Loyola Marymount
The Broncos split wins last season against the Lions. At home, they were defeated by LMU 2-1 in their first WCC game of the season, but they were able to shutout the Lions 2-0 at LMU a month later. The Broncos defeated LMU 1-0 in the first meeting between the teams this season. Jamil Roberts scored the only goal of the game.

Scouting San Diego
San Diego extended its unbeaten streak to six with two wins over on Oct. 26 and 29 winning 2-1 and 2-0, respectively. USD has taken the first place spot in the WCC and is looking to continue the unbeaten streak. The Toreros have been led by strong goal tending from junior Kelin Briones and seniors Dustin Guerrero and Colin Jennings lead a strong offense. Jennings notched his fourth goal of the season last weekend.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
After giving the Broncos trouble last season, Loyola Marymount has been struggling in WCC play this season. The Lions are 0-7-0 in WCC this season, dropping two games last weekend. The Lions have had many opportunites to score this season but have not been able to connect. Rafael Baca leads the team with two goals and three assists, while Brad Stisser has also recorded two goals.

Ogunbiyi Moves Up
Junior Jide Ogunbiyi scored the game-tying goal on Oct. 21 against Gonzaga in the 78th minute to give SCU a 1-1 tie with the Bulldogs. Ogunbiyi is now second in scoring for the Broncos with five goals.

Anibaba Comes Through
Freshman Jalil Anibaba has had an outstanding first season on the Mission Campus. The native of Davis, Calif. has started all 14 games for Santa Clara, including the past 10 at central defense. With Anibaba paired with Jamil Roberts in central defense, SCU has gone 6-0-4 and allowed just four goals in 10 games. He leads the team in minutes played at 1,325 so far. 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. 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 9-1-4 start, Santa Clara finds itself ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories. Santa Clara is first in goals scored (22), assists (21), goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.54), shutouts (8) and corner kicks (92).

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 third in points with 12. Jide Ogunbiyi is tied with Lowry for third with 12 points, while also placing second in goals with five. Jamil Roberts is eighth in goals scored (3) and sixth in points (11). Roberts is also in the top 10 in assists with five, good for the fourth spot. Three other Broncos are in the top 10 in assists, Kellen Wantulok (5th with four), Brian Martin (t8th with three) and Matt Hatzke (t8th with three.)SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila leads the conference with six shutouts and a 0.31 goals against average.

Home Cooking
Santa Clara completes a four-game homestand this weekend against LMU and San Diego. 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 4-0-3 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 nine matches and posted six shutouts, while going unbeaten at 6-0-1. He has allowed only three goals in nine starts and now has a 0.31 goals against average this season.