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Santa Clara To Meet Wake Forest In NCAA Quarterfinal

Nov. 21, 2006

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NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Schedule
48th Annual Division I Men's Soccer Championship

November 24, 2006
Notre Dame at Virginia - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at Wake Forest - 4:00 PM

November 25, 2006
Northwestern at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM

November 26, 2006
UCLA at Duke - 10:00 AM
(All Times Pacific)

Broncos Travel To Wake Forest For NCAA Quarterfinals
Santa Clara defeated Indiana in a penalty kick shootout following a 0-0 tie on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Jeff Cosgriff netted the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout, while goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta saved the final Hoosier attempt to propel the Broncos into a quarterfinal match up at Wake Forest on Friday, November 24. It marked the third time in four seasons that Santa Clara has had a postseason match decided by penalty kicks.

About The Broncos
Led by WCC Coach of the Year Cameron Rast, Santa Clara has posted a 13-4-5 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 quarterfinal 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.

About The Demon Deacons
Wake Forest advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with a 2-1 win over Towson on Sunday. The No. 2 seeded Demon Deacons have posted a 17-3-3 so far this season, and tied for the top spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Duke after recording a 5-2-1 league mark. ACC Coach of the Year Jay Vidovich's squad has lost just once in its last 14 matches, and features eight players that have scored at least four goals this season.

Golden State Of Mind
The state of California will be well represented in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, as three (Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara, and UCLA) of the eight squads remaining in the tournament hail from the Golden State. North Carolina is the only other state with multiple representatives (Duke and Wake Forest) among the "Elite Eight".

The Santa Clara-Wake Forest match will mark an extremely rare meeting between squads from two of the most tradition-rich conferences in college men's soccer. WCC teams have met ACC squads on the pitch just three times since the turn of the century, with the last match up taking place in 2005. Santa Clara has posted a 7-4-3 all-time record against teams from the ACC, and battled Wake Forest to a scoreless draw at a neutral site in the only meeting between the two programs in 1996.

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 (13-4-5 / 8-2-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara battled Indiana to a scoreless draw in the NCAA Round of 16, but emerged victorious in a penalty kick shootout to advance to the quarterfinals, 5-4.

- The Broncos have posted a 5-0-2 record in their last seven road games, and have not lost a match on an opponent's pitch since September 17.

- Joseph Buttitta collected three saves in net against Indiana to post his conference-leading ninth clean sheet of the season. The sophomore, who also leads the WCC with a 0.79 goals against average, moved into a tie for seventh place on the Santa Clara single-season shutouts list with his performance on Saturday.

- The Broncos will meet Wake Forest for a spot in the College Cup at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC on Friday.