Nov. 26, 2007
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 against the UCLA Bruins at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. PT. The Broncos are the No. 7 seed in the tournament and earned a first-round bye. Santa Clara and UCLA played earlier this year on Sept. 22 at Buck Shaw and the Broncos earned a 2-1 overtime win on Jeff Cosgriff's goal less than a minute into overtime. 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.
Last Match vs. UCLA
The No. 7 Santa Clara men's soccer team won a thriller at Buck Shaw Stadium, defeating No. 5 UCLA 2-1 in overtime on a Jeff Cosgriff strike less than a minute into the extra session. Cosgriff's game-winner game just 39 seconds into overtime after a scramble in front of the Bruins' goal. A throw in from the left wing found junior Jide Ogunbiyi in the box and the ball deflected to Cosgriff in front of goal. Cosgriff then calmly chipped a shot over UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk to set off a raucous celebration. Mike Zaher got the Bruins on the board in the late stages of the first half with an astounding long-range shot into the lower corner. The Bruin defender picked up the ball 35 yards from goal and unloaded a left-footer that skimmed into the far post past a diving Kevin Klasila. The goal came in the 38th minute. Peter Lowry scored a dramatic tying goal on a beautiful play that started on the left wing. Matt Hatzke sent a cross to the far post right onto the foot of Brian Curry. Curry volleyed a ball back across the goal mouth for Lowry, who made no mistake as he buried a shot past Perk into the near post.
The UCLA Bruins have had an up and down year after reaching the NCAA Championship Game last season. UCLA, ranked as high as No. 1 in some preseason polls, got off to a slow start at 0-2-1, but bounced back with three straight wins. Another four-game winning streak midway through the season got the Bruins to 8-5-2 with four games remaining. However, the end of the season was not kind, as UCLA finished with three losses and a tie to end up 8-8-3. They defeated New Mexico at home in the first round on a goal by Kyle Nakazawa. The Bruins have not had a strong season away from home, posting a 3-7-1 away from Drake Stadium, including the 2-1 overtime loss to SCU on Sept. 22. Maxwell Griffin leads the Bruins in scoring with nine goals, while Nakazawa has three goals and seven assists on the season.
SCU vs. UCLA in NCAA Tourney
Santa Clara and UCLA have met four times previously in the NCAAs with Santa Clara holding a 3-1-0 all-time lead in the postseason series. The Broncos beat the Bruins 2-0 in the 1989 quarterfinals at Santa Clara behind goals from current head coach Cameron Rast and his brother, Matt Rast. Current assistant coach Eric Yamamoto made seven saves in the victory to earn a shutout. In 1991, the Broncos earned a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals, this time in Los Angeles with goals from Patrick Griffin and Peter Cochran. Brian Boesiger and Derrick Harris scored goals in the 1995 second round to lead SCU to a 2-1 win. In the most recent meeting, the Bruins got their only win over Santa Clara in tournament play, defeating SCU 3-0 in the first round in 1997.
SCU In the NCAAs
The Broncos have a ton of NCAA Tournament experience on their roster heading into the 2007 postseason. The team has 19 players back from last season's team that defeated Washington and Indiana to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals. Seniors Brian Curry, Matt Hatzke, Peter Lowry and Jamil Roberts will all be participating inthe postseason for the fourth straight year. Lowry is the team's current leader in playoff goals with two, having scored against Ohio State in 2005 in the first round and at Wake Forest in 2006 in the quarterfinals. Brian Martin and Jide Ogunbiyi are the other current members of the team that have scored in postseason play. Both players also have an assist in the playoffs as well.
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 last weekend of the season. 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.
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. Anibaba, Klasila and Wantulok were named to the All-Freshman Team.
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.
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.
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 ranked 11th in the country for the regular season. SCU has posted nine shutouts this year.
Unbeaten on the Road
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 2007 has been no different with SCU out to a 15-1-4 start through 20 games.
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.
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.
Wantulok's Immediate Impact
Redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok missed the 2006 season due to an ankle injury, but he made up for lost time in the Broncos' first two games of 2007. Wantulok notched an assist on Stephen McCarthy's game-winning goal on Aug. 31 and then followed that up with two more assists vs. Vermont on Sept. 2 in a 2-0 win. After notching an assist against San Jose State on Sept. 20, Wantulok finished tied for eighth in the league with four assists. He has also netted two goals.
Rast Moves Into Third
Cameron Rast is in third place all-time in wins at SCU with 82 wins. The all-time leader is Mitch Murray (1991-2001), who has 143 victories followed by Dave Chaplik with 92. Rast is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 50-win plateau, just behind Murray.
Bronco National Team Players
The Santa Clara men's soccer team has a number of players on the roster with U.S. youth national team experience. Senior Peter Lowry played for the U.S. U-23 team in February last year during a trip to Japan. Freshman Jalil Anibaba played for both the U-18 and U-20 teams in the past year, including playing in the Pan Am Games in Brazil this past summer. Stephen McCarthy and Kevin Klasila were also both part of the Pan Am Games team and both have played for the U-18 team on other occasions. McCarthy also attended a U-20 camp in 2006. Redshirt freshman Ricky Character also spent time in U-18 training camp. Senior Jamil Roberts, junior Brian Martin and sophomore Jeff Cosgriff all played together with the U-18 team at the 2005 Milk Cup.
Broncos In The Pros
Santa Clara soccer has produced a number of professionals over the years and right now, SCU players are playing big roles all over Major League Soccer. Ryan Cochrane '05 and Eric Ustruck '07 were both members of the two-time MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo this past season. Cochrane helped Houston lift the Cup last year and this year, while Ustruck was a part of this year's Cup-winning squad. Cochrane was recently selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS Expansion Draft. Two former Bronco goalkeepers are both playing on the Los Angeles Galaxy, alongside star David Beckham. Two-time league Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon '98 is the starter and he is backed up by Steve Cronin '05. Jamil Walker '03 still plays for D.C. United and 2005 WCC Player of the Year Mehdi Ballouchy '07 is a member of the Colorado Rapids after a mid-season trade from Real Salt Lake. Amaechi Igwe was a rookie for the New England Revolution in 2007 after being drafted in the first round of the SuperDraft.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 201-72-28 record good for an incredible .714 winning percentage. The team has lost only six home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.