Nov. 19, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The NCAA announced the 2007 Championship bracket for men's soccer and Santa Clara University received the No. 7 seed in the tournament and earned a bye to the second round. SCU will face the winner of UCLA and New Mexico, who play on Saturday, Nov. 24 at UCLA. The Broncos first game will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT.
"We worked hard all year to earn a bye in the first round so we are pleased to have accomplished that goal," said head coach Cameron Rast. "The goal was to be playing our best soccer heading into the postseason and we feel that we are doing that. Both New Mexico and UCLA will present a tough challenge for us, so we will have to come ready to play on Wednesday."
Santa Clara, which has spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 in the country finished the regular season with a 15-1-4 record overall and a 10-0-2 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Broncos earned the WCC's automatic bid by winning the conference for the second straight season and the 10th time overall. SCU became the first WCC team to go unbeaten in the double round robin format, which was adopted in 2004. SCU is currently riding a 17-game unbeaten streak after sweeping Gonzaga and Portland on the final weekend of the regular season.
Last season, SCU earned the 10th seed in the tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Washington (3-2 in OT) and Indiana (0-0 - 5-4 on penalty kicks) in the second and third rounds, respectively. The Broncos were eliminated by Wake Forest 3-1 on the road in the quarterfinals.
2007 marks the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance by the Broncos and fifth in a row under Rast. The Broncos own one national championship (1989) and have made five appearances in the College Cup (1989, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2003).