Nov. 30, 2007
Next Up For Bronco Men's Soccer
The No. 7 Broncos host No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. PT in an NCAA Tournament third round match at Buck Shaw Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Oakland 2-1 in the second round to advance to face the Broncos. With a win, the Broncos would advance to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. The two teams have never met in NCAA Tournament play. The Broncos now have 16 wins, matching head coach Cameron Rast's career high for a single season, set in 2003 when SCU went 16-4-4.
Last Matches For Bronco Men's Soccer
Santa Clara University broke open a tight game with two goals just over a minute apart late in the second half to defeat UCLA 3-1 in a second round game in the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos opened the scoring in the 24th minute on a Matt Hatzke goal. Hatzke volleyed a bouncing ball in the box into the upper corner. UCLA recovered to tie the game late in the first half on a long-range strike from Mike Zaher. After both teams had chances early in the second half, Stephen McCarthy broke the deadlock in the 79th minute on a header. Just over a minute later, Jide Ogunbiyi settled matters with a breakaway goal to put SCU up by two.
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 83-28-17 (.723) 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 18
Santa Clara is now unbeaten in its last 18 games after defeating UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos are 14-0-4 in those games. The streak is 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. Santa Clara has also won seven games in a row, tying the sixth longest winning streak in program history. SCU last won seven in a row in 2004 from Sept. 2-26. The all-time record is 12 wins in a row, set in 1991 from Sept. 7-Oct. 15.
Quick Strike Offense
With the game tied 1-1 against UCLA, the Broncos scored two goals just over a minute apart. Stephen McCarthy netted a goal at the 78:10 mark and Jide Ogunbiyi followed that with a goal at the 79:21 mark. However, the 1:11 elapsed time between those goals is not a Bronco record for the NCAA Tournament. Sean Michael Callahan and Shawn Percell scored 49 seconds apart on Nov. 29, 1999 at Duke in a 4-2 Bronco win. The all-time team record is 33 seconds, set by Craig Hampton and Patrick Griffin versus Sacramento State on Sept. 17, 1991. SCU won that game 5-0.
Ogunbiyi Not Slowed By Break
Junior Jide Ogunbiyi did not appear to be slowed by missing the final four regular season games while with Nigeria's U23 team. The 6-4 forward scored his second career playoff goal for the Broncos to cap the 3-1 win vs. UCLA. Last season he scored the overtime winner to beat Washington 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Despite giving up a goal, Santa Clara's freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila was brilliant between the pipes for SCU on Nov. 28. He saved a breakaway by David Estrada in the second half as well as a powerful shot by Chance Myers in the first half to help Santa Clara secure the win.
Scouting Notre Dame
Notre Dame has had an outstanding season under head coach Bobby Clark. Playing a tough schedule that featured eight ranked opponents, the Fighting Irish have put together a 13-4-5 record in 2007 and they captured a share of the Big East regular season title. Notre Dame has lost just once in its past eight games. Reigning M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner Joseph Lapira leads the way for ND with eight goals and nine assists this season. He scored a goal and assisted on the other goal in a 2-1 win over Oakland in the second round on Nov. 28. Ryan Miller also has six goals and four assists for Notre Dame, while Chris Cahill has earned a 12-3-5 record as the team's No. 1 goalkeeper.
History vs. Notre Dame
Santa Clara has played Notre Dame twice in its history, capturing two wins. The Broncos defeated the Fighting Irish 4-0 in on Oct. 8, 1989 in the SCU Met Life Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium. Current head coach Cameron Rast and current assistant coach Eric Yamamoto were members of that team. In 1998, the Broncos won the rematch 3-1 again at Buck Shaw Stadium. Current goalkeeper coach Rusty Johnson was a member of that team. Both the 1989 and 1998 Bronco teams went on to reach the College Cup.
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.
SCU In the NCAAs
The Broncos had a ton of NCAA Tournament experience on their roster heading into the 2007 postseason. The team had 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 are all 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. Jide Ogunbiyi tied him with two career playoff goals after scoring on Nov. 28 vs. UCLA. Both players have an assist in the playoffs as well.
Santa Clara allowed 13 goals in the regular season to lead the conference in that category. Nationally, the Broncos also had 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.
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.
Klasila Off To Incredible Start
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has gotten off to a great start at Santa Clara. He has started 15 matches and posted seven shutouts, while going unbeaten at 12-0-3. He has allowed only eight goals in 15 starts and now has a 0.50 goals against average this season. Going into the postseason, he was second in the country in goals against average and was tied for the lowest goals against average in program history for a single season.
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.
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.
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. The team's excellent play at home continued in the playoffs with a 3-1 win over UCLA.
SCU In the WCC Rankings
Santa Clara was ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories following the regular season. Santa Clara was first in goals scored (36), assists (36), goals allowed (13), goals against average (0.62) and corner kicks (137). The team tied for first in shutouts with nine.
Individuals In the WCC
A number of Santa Clara players were also among the league leaders. Senior Peter Lowry finished first in goals scored with eight, third in assists with sixth and second in points with 22. Jide Ogunbiyi tied for eighth with 12 points, while tying for sixth in goals with five. Stephen McCarthy was one of the players tied with Ogunbiyi with five goals. Jamil Roberts and McCarthy were tied for 10th in points (11) and Roberts was also in the top 10 in assists with five, good for a sixth-place tie. Two other Broncos finished in the top 10 in assists, Kellen Wantulok (t8th with four) and Brian Martin (t8th with four). SCU freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila led the conference with a 0.47 goals against average and was 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 21 games for Santa Clara, including the past 17 at central defense. With Anibaba paired with Jamil Roberts in central defense, SCU has gone 13-0-4 and allowed just 10 goals in 17 games. He leads the team in minutes played at 1,945 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 21 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 59 points for his career with an assist vs. UCLA on Nov. 28. He is just one point 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 16-1-4 start through 21 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 66 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 21 games this season. He has played 1,940 of 1989:55 minutes this year.
Rast Moves Into Third
Cameron Rast is in third place all-time in wins at SCU with 83 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.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 202-72-28 record good for an incredible .715 winning percentage. The team has lost only six home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.