Nov. 16, 2006
NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Schedule
48th Annual Division I Men's Soccer Championship
November 18, 2006
No. 10 Santa Clara at No. 7 Indiana - 4:00 PM
No. 12 Notre Dame at No. 5 Maryland - 3:00 PM
No. 13 California at No. 4 Virgnia - 4:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Old Dominion - 4:00 PM
November 19, 2006
No. 16 Lehigh at No. 1 Duke - 10:00 AM
No. 9 Clemson at No. 8 UCLA - 5:00 PM
No. 15 Towson at No. 2 Wake Forest - 11:00 AM
UNC-Greensboro at No. 11 St. Louis/Northwestern - TBA
(All Times Pacific)
Santa Clara Advances To Third Round of NCAA Tournament
Santa Clara advanced to the Round of 16 with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Washington at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night. The No. 10 seeded Broncos move on to face No. 7 Indiana in Bloomington, IN on Saturday evening in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers advanced to the Round of 16 after posting a 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois at Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in second round play.
Led by WCC Coach of the Year Cameron Rast, Santa Clara has posted a 13-4-4 record and notched an 8-2-2 mark in league play en route to the program's ninth WCC men's soccer title. The Broncos are making the program's 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and will be competing in Round of 16 action for the second time in the last four seasons. Goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 29 in the nation with a 0.781 goals against average, and has support from an experienced back line that includes Academic All-District performers Matt Hatzke and Matt Marquess. First team All-WCC selection Keith DeVey heads up a balanced attack for the Broncos, who have had five players score at least four goals this year. DeVey paces the team with six scoring strikes, and is followed closely by Amaechi Igwe and Peter Lowry, who have each tallied five times. DeVey and senior Erik Ustruck are the only remaining players from SCU's last trip to the College Cup in 2003.
Indiana (15-4-2) is making its 20th consecutive and 31st overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers, who have won seven NCAA men's soccer titles, clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning their 11th Big Ten Championship with a 1-0 victory over Ohio State on November 5. Indiana garnered a sweep of the Big Ten awards as senior midfielder Josh Tudela was named Big Ten Player of the Year, freshman forward Darren Yeagle was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and head coach Mike Freitag earned his first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor. Four other players also earned all-conference accolades.
Santa Clara and Indiana are no strangers to one another in NCAA Tournament play as the two programs have met five times since 1989, with all five matches taking place in the College Cup. The Broncos knocked off Indiana in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in both 1989 and 1991, but the Hoosiers posted victories over SCU in the 1998 and 2003 semifinals as well as the 1999 NCAA Championship match. The Broncos won the only regular season contest between the two programs, registering a 2-1 overtime victory at a neutral site in 1988.
Santa Clara vs. Indiana In The NCAA Tournament
1989 Semifinals - Piscataway, NJ - *SCU 4, Indiana 2
1991 Semifinals - Tampa, FL - SCU 2, Indiana 0
1998 Semifinals - Richmond, VA - *Indiana 4, SCU 0
1999 Final - Charlotte, NC - *Indiana 1, SCU 0
2003 Semifinals - Columbus, OH - *Indiana 1, SCU 0 (2OT)
* Denotes National Champion
Around The WCC
WCC History And Tradition In The NCAA Tournament
The West Coast Conference has one of the richest men's soccer traditions in the nation, a history that includes 75 NCAA Tournament appearances among six different member institutions since the competition began in 1959. WCC teams have advanced to 17 College Cup events, and have claimed five national championships. San Francisco leads all conference teams with four national crowns, winning the title four times between 1966-1980. Santa Clara won the fifth championship among conference squads, earning a share of the Division I title in 1989 after battling Virginia to a 1-1 draw in the final. The Broncos also advanced to the national championship game in 1991 and 1999, while San Diego played for the national title in 1992. WCC teams have made eight College Cup appearances since 1988, with Santa Clara making the conference's last trip to the college soccer's "Final Four" in 2003.
Three WCC Alums Lift Houston Dynamo To MLS Cup Triumph
Three West Coast Conference alums helped lift the Houston Dynamo to the MLS Cup title on Sunday. Former Gonzaga standout Brian Ching was tabbed for MLS Cup Most Valuable Player honors after tying the contest by heading home a cross in the 114th minute, knotting the game at 1-1 before the Dynamo went on to edge the New England Revolution on penalty kicks, 4-3. Also in the Dynamo starting lineup was former Santa Clara defender Ryan Cochrane, who was named to the All-WCC first team twice during his career at SCU. Cochrane was substituted in the 11th minute of the match by former Portland standout Kelly Gray, who went on to score the first Dynamo goal in the penalty kick shootout. Ching tallied the final score from the spot before a New England miss, lifting the squad to the MLS Cup title in its first season in Houston.
WCC Team Notes
Santa Clara Broncos (13-4-4 / 8-2-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara notched a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night to advance the Round of 16.
- Jide Ogunbiyi provided the game-winning goal in the first overtime period, heading home his second goal of the season. The sophomore also registered his fifth assist on the year in the first half, helping to set up Erik Ustruck's first goal of the 2006 campaign.
- Brian Martin tallied his third goal of the season to stake the Broncos to a 2-0 first half lead on Wednesday night, and assisted on Ogunbiyi's game-winning goal in overtime. It marked Martin's fifth assist of the season, which ties him with Ogunbiyi for the team lead.
- The Broncos head to Indiana on Saturday for Round of 16 play against the No. 7 seed Hoosiers, who knocked off Northern Illinois on Wednesday, 1-0.