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Men's Soccer Awaits Winner of UCLA-New Mexico in NCAA Second Round

Nov. 21, 2007

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Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara University begins play in the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with a second round home game at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. PT against the winner of the first-round game between UCLA and New Mexico to be played on Saturday, Nov. 24 at UCLA. The Broncos are the No. 7 seed in the tournament and earned a first-round bye. If SCU wins, the Broncos will host a third round game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara extended its winning streak to six games and its unbeaten streak to 17 games with two wins in the Pacific Northwest against NCAA Tournament teams, Gonzaga and Portland. Santa Clara pulled out a tough 1-0 win in overtime against the Bulldogs on Nov. 16 on Chris Sauter's first goal of the season. The goal came with less than a minute remaining in the extra session. On Nov. 18, the Broncos finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over the Portland Pilots on the road. Kellen Wantulok scored the first goal for SCU and Ross Smith netted his first career goal to give the Broncos the win.

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 82-28-17 (.720) overall record and a 40-14-6 (.717) 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 three WCC titles after clinching the 2007 championship on Nov. 4. Rast has also won three WCC Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2006, 2007). 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 17
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last 17 games after defeating Gonzaga and Portland. The Broncos are 13-0-4 in those games. The streak is now tied for the second longest unbeaten run in school history. The longest unbeaten streak in school history is 38, set from Oct. 17, 1988-Sept. 30, 1990.

All-WCC Honorees
The West Coast Conference announced the conference's end of the season awards on Nov. 21 and the Santa Clara Broncos swept the top honors, while nine players earned All-WCC recognition and head coach Cameron Rast picked up his third Coach of the Year award. Senior captain Peter Lowry was named the WCC Player of the Year, while freshman Jalil Anibaba was the Freshman of the Year. Jamil Roberts picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors to complete a Bronco sweep of the conference's top awards. Lowry, Anibaba and Roberts picked up All-WCC First Team recognition along with their other honors. Senior Matt Hatzke and sophomore Stephen McCarthy were second-team All-WCC performers and four Broncos, Kevin Klasila, Matt Marquess, Jide Ogunbiyi and Kellen Wantulok were named All-WCC Honorable Mention. Rast was the Coach of the Year for the third time in six seasons as head coach. Klasila and Wantulok were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Lowry Unstoppable
Peter Lowry finished the regular season strong with two assists over two games against Gonzaga and Portland. He finished with eight goals and six assists for a career high 22 points. His eight goals and 22 points are the highest totals for a Santa Clara player since 2002 when Jamil Walker scored 14 goals and had 32 points.

Conference Wins
Santa Clara broke the school record and the conference record for conference wins in a season with 10 this year. The former school record of eight was set in 2004 and equaled last year. Prior to 2004, WCC teams played each other only once, so SCU played a maximum of six conference games. The conference record since 2004 was nine wins, set by USF in 2004. The Broncos also finished unbeaten in conference to become just the third Santa Clara team to finish conference play without a loss. The 1989 team went 4-0-1 and the 1994 team went 5-0-1. The 2007 Broncos are the first WCC team to finish the conference season unbeaten since the double round robin format was introduced.

Defense
Santa Clara allowed 13 goals in the regular season to lead the conference in that category. Nationally, the Broncos also have one of the best defenses, as their 0.62 goals against average ranks 11th in the country. SCU has posted nine shutouts this year.

Unbeaten on the Road In Conference Again
Santa Clara finished the 2006 conference season 5-0-1 away from home to go unbeaten on the road in conference play for the first time since the double round robin format started in 2004. The Broncos did it again in 2007, posting a perfect 6-0-0 road mark in conference games.

Firsts
SCU continued to get contributions from the entire team this past weekend. Chris Sauter scored his first goal of the season on Nov. 16 to give SCU a victory over Gonzaga, 1-0 in overtime. Ross Smith then scored his first career goal to lead Santa Clara to a 2-1 win over Portland on Nov. 18.

Ogunbiyi With Nigeria
Junior Jide Ogunbiyi missed the team's final four matches of the regular season due to national team obligations. Ogunbiyi was named to Nigeria's U23 national team roster for the team's game against Ghana on Friday, Nov. 16. Ogunbiyi did not make the lineup for the game and is now back at Santa Clara and training with the team in preparation for the NCAA Tournament.

Klasila Off To Incredible Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. He has started 14 matches and posted seven shutouts, while going unbeaten at 11-0-3. He has allowed only seven goals in 14 starts and now has a 0.47 goals against average this season. That goals against average places him second in the country in goals against average and he is currently tied for the lowest goals against average in program history for a single season.

Home Cooking
Santa Clara completed its regular season home schedule with a 4-1 win over Saint Mary's on Nov. 11. The Broncos finished unbeaten at home with a 7-0-3 record.

SCU In the WCC Rankings
Santa Clara finds itself ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories following the regular season. Santa Clara is first in goals scored (36), assists (36), goals allowed (13), goals against average (0.62) and corner kicks (137). The team is tied for first in shutouts with nine.

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 eight, third in assists with sixth and second in points with 22. Jide Ogunbiyi is tied for eighth with 12 points, while being tied for sixth in goals with five. Stephen McCarthy is one of the players tied with Ogunbiyi with five goals. Jamil Roberts and McCarthy are tied for 10th in points (11) and Roberts is also in the top 10 in assists with five, good for a sixth-place tie. Two other Broncos are in the top 10 in assists, Kellen Wantulok (t8th with four) and Brian Martin (t8th with four). SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila leads the conference with a 0.47 goals against average and is second in shutouts with seven.

Hatzke All-Academic
Senior Matt Hatzke was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American on Nov. 19. He is the first Bronco to earn Academic All-America honors since 2004 when Will Weatherly was recognized.

Anibaba Strong First Season
Freshman Jalil Anibaba has had an outstanding first season on the Mission Campus. The native of Davis, Calif. has started all 20 games for Santa Clara, including the past 16 at central defense. With Anibaba paired with Jamil Roberts in central defense, SCU has gone 12-0-4 and allowed just nine goals in 16 games. He leads the team in minutes played at 1,855 so far.

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. Roberts has also helped SCU post nine shutouts in 20 games this season.

Lowry In The Top 10
Peter Lowry raised his season goal total to eight with a goal against Saint Mary's on Nov. 11. With 22 career goals at Santa Clara he is now alone in seventh all-time in SCU history in goals scored. He needs three more goals to reach sixth all-time. Lowry also reached 58 points for his career with two assists over the regular season's final weekend. He is just two points out of 10th place all-time in points in SCU history.

Lowry Clutch
Senior Peter Lowry scored his 10th career game-winning goal against San Jose State on Sept. 20 and two days later he scored a goal with four minutes remaining to tie the game against UCLA. SCU then won in overtime. Lowry's tying goal against UCLA came just a week after tying the game against Stanford with only 40 seconds remaining.

Opening Up Strong
Santa Clara has been known for their fast starts during the past few seasons. Last year, SCU got off to a 4-0-1 start to the season on the way to a 13-5-5 overall record. The team posted a 7-1-2 record in 2003, an 11-1-0 record in 2004 and an 8-2-0 mark in 2005 to get the season started on the right foot. This year has been no different with SCU out to a 15-1-4 record through 20 regular season games.

Mr. OT
Sophomore Jeff Cosgriff scored his second career overtime winner on Sept. 22 against UCLA. Cosgriff scored 39 seconds into overtime against the Bruins. Last season, Cosgriff also scored an early OT winner for SCU. The former St. Ignatius High School star scored 51 seconds into overtime to beat Saint Mary's on Oct. 15, 2006.

Iron Man
Broncos defender/midfielder Matt Marquess has proven to be a rock for SCU the past three seasons. After appearing in all 23 games in 2006 and the first 20 of 2007, Marquess has now played in 65 consecutive games for SCU. In 2006, he played 2,142 of a possible 2,177:44 minutes.

Iron Man II
Senior Jamil Roberts led the team in minutes with 2,152 minutes played in 2006 after starting every game. The Fremont native is once again proving to be a workhorse in 2007, as he has played nearly every minute of the first 20 games this season. He has played 1,850 of 1899:55 minutes this year.