Nov. 6, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara aims to remain unbeaten in West Coast Conference play and extend its 13-game unbeaten streak this weekend playing in San Francisco on Friday and coming back home to host St. Mary's on Sunday. The Broncos, now first in the WCC, head to San Francisco to take on the Dons at Negoesco Stadium Friday, Nov. 9. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Two days later, the Broncos come back to Buck Shaw to face the St. Mary's Gaels at 7 p.m.The Broncos defeated USF at home 2-1 and St. Mary's on the road 2-0 earlier this season.
Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara extended its unbeaten streak to 13 after defeating San Diego and LMU last weekend. On Nov. 2 against San Diego the Broncos battled back from an early deficit with goals by Brian Martin and Stephen McCarthy to win 2-1 and overtake the Toreros for first place in the WCC. On Nov. 4, the Broncos downed LMU 3-1 with goals by Scott Sweeney, Matt Marquess, and Peter Lowry. Sweeney and Marquess both scored their first career goals in the victory. The Broncos swept both teams in conference play this season.
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 78-28-17 (.703) overall record and a 36-14-6 (.696) 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 13
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last 13 games after defeating San Diego and Loyola Marymount. The Broncos are 9-0-4 in those games. The streak is the fourth longest unbeaten run in school history.
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 28-18-7. However, Santa Clara has been dominant since 1995, posting a 14-1-1 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 and earned a 2-1 win earlier this season.
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 theseries. SCU won 2-0 in the first meeting this year.
Scouting San Francisco
San Francisco is coming off of two road games last weekend, falling to both Gonzaga on Nov. 2 and Portland on Nov. 4. The losses dropped USF to 6-9-1 overall and 2-6-1 in conference play. Connor Chinn leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists.
Scouting Saint Mary's
The Gaels are coming off two road games this past weekend also, losing in overtime at Portland and earning a 0-0 tie at Gonzaga. The Gaels are 6-7-2 overall and 2-5-2 in conference play this season. David Blanchard leads the team in scoring with three goals this season.
Lowry Continues Impressive Season
Peter Lowry scored a goal and registered two assists over the weekend to lead SCU to two wins against San Diego and LMU. He now has seven goals and two assists on the season and was named WCC Player of the Week for the second time for his performance. He also earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
Sunday's 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount saw two Broncos score their first career goals. Scott Sweeney netted a long-range shot in the secon half for his first goal, which proved to be the game-winner. Senior Matt Marquess then sealed the game with his first goal with only six seconds remaining in the match.
McCarthy Finding the Range
After going scoreless as a freshman in 2006, Stephen McCarthy has been a key figure in the Bronco attack in 2007. After scoring against San Diego on Nov. 2, McCarthy now has four goals in 2007, good for third on the team.
Santa Clara completed a four-game homestand this weekend with wins against LMU and San Diego. SCU is 6-0-3 so far at home with one match remaining.
SCU In the WCC Rankings
Off to a 11-1-4 start, Santa Clara finds itself ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories. Santa Clara is first in goals scored (27), assists (26), goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.59), shutouts (8) and corner kicks (115).
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 seven and third in points with 16. Jide Ogunbiyi is fourth with 12 points, while being tied for second in goals with five. Jamil Roberts is seventh in points (11) and 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 (t5th with four), Brian Martin (t8th with three) and Matt Hatzke (t8th with three.) SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila leads the conference with a 0.43 goals against average and is second in shutouts with six.
Martin Nets First
Junior Brian Martin had three goals and five assists in 2006 in his first year at SCU, but he had gotten off to a slow start this season. The Milwaukee native broke through at an important time on Nov. 2, scoring the game-winning goal late in the second half to give SCU a 2-1 win. He now has one goal and three assists this season.
Klasila Off To Incredible Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. He has started 11 matches and posted six shutouts, while going unbeaten at 8-0-3. He has allowed only five goals in nine starts and now has a 0.43 goals against average this season.