Dec. 3, 2007
Recap For Bronco Men's Soccer
The Santa Clara Broncos finished the 2007 season with a 16-2-4 record and a 10-0-2 mark in the West Coast Conference to capture their 10th WCC title and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. SCU entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed and earned a first-round bye for the second straight season. After defeating UCLA 3-1 in the second round, the Broncos fell 2-0 to Notre Dame to end their dreams of reaching the 2007 College Cup in Cary, N.C.
Last Match For Bronco Men's Soccer
After a scoreless first half, the seventh-seeded Santa Clara Broncos allowed two goals in the second half to No. 10 Notre Dame to lose 2-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Joseph Lapira scored the first goal for the Irish, fighting off two defenders and putting away a shot to the far post. Dave Donohue put Notre Dame up 2-0 with a goal in the 72nd minute off a pass from Lapira. Chris Cahill made five saves in the net for the Irish to keep the Broncos off the scoreboard and send Notre Dame into the quarterfinals. The loss was only Santa Clara's third ever in 15 home playoff games and first postseason loss at home since 1995.
Head Coach Cameron Rast
Cameron Rast (Santa Clara '92) completed his sixth season at the helm of the Santa Clara men's soccer program in 2007 and has a 83-29-17 (.709) 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 five 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, 2007. 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 had an 18 game unbeaten streak snapped in the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame. The streak stretched from Sept. 9-Nov. 28, 2007 and the Broncos were 14-0-4 in those games. The streak was 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 had also won seven games in a row prior to the Notre Dame loss, 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.
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.
Five seniors played their final season at SCU this fall, Brian Curry, Matt Hatzke, Peter Lowry, Matt Marquess and Jamil Roberts. The quintet helped lead the Broncos to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The five players combined for 365 games played, 32 goals and 34 assists.
Lowry In The Top 10
Peter Lowry finished his senior season with eight goals and seven assists, both career highs. With 22 career goals at Santa Clara he is now alone in seventh all-time in SCU history in goals scored. Lowry also reached 59 points for his career with an assist vs. UCLA on Nov. 28. He finished just one point out of 10th place all-time in points in SCU history.
Peter Lowry racked up the honors during his senior season. After being named a preseason All-American by College Soccer News, he went on to be named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. He was named WCC Player of the Month for Sept. and earned WCC Player of the Week honors three times on his way to the WCC Player of the Year award. He was also named CSN and TDS Player of the Week on Sept. 24.
McCarthy's Big Year
Santa Clara midfielder Stephen McCarthy had a big sophomore season in 2007. As a freshman, McCarthy earned WCC Co-Freshman of the Year honors for his great work as a defensive midfielder. He notched his first career point in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, assisting on Brian Martin's goal. However, in 2007, he expanded his offensive game and scored six goals. He netted the game-winner in the first game against Alabama A&M and also scored game-winning goals against Saint Mary's and UCLA. He also notched an assist to finish the year with 13 points.
Ogunbiyi A Big Target
After being slowed by injury in 2006, junior forward Jide Ogunbiyi showcased his entire offensive arsenal this season. While missing seven games due to national team duties, injury and a red card suspension, Ogunbiyi still managed to finish second on the team in goals (6) and points (2), while earning All-WCC Honorable Mention accolades. He scored in his first three appearances of the season against Vermont, Brown and Boston University and did not look back.
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 the 2006 team that defeated Washington and Indiana to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals. Seniors Brian Curry, Matt Hatzke, Peter Lowry and Jamil Roberts all participated in the postseason for the fourth straight year. Lowry was the team's leader in playoff goals with two heading into the postseason, 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
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 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 started 16 matches and posted seven shutouts, while going unbeaten at 12-0-3 in his first season at SCU. He allowed only eight goals in 16 starts and finished with a 0.49 goals against average this season, the second lowest in school history. Current assistant coach Eric Yamamoto set the record in 1989 with a 0.47 GAA. Going into the postseason, he was second in the country in goals against average.
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 unbeaten streak at home reached 12 games after the Broncos defeated UCLA on Nov. 28. The streak also included a win over Washington in the 2006 NCAA Tournament second round. Notre Dame snapped the streak, which was the fourth longest in school history, with a 2-0 win on Dec. 1. The longest home unbeaten streak in school history is 43 matches, set from Oct. 11, 1988-Oct. 2, 1992. The Broncos went 39-0-4 in that stretch.
SCU In the WCC Rankings
Santa Clara was ranked at the top of a number of WCC statistical categories this season. Santa Clara was first in goals scored (39), assists (39), goals against average (0.69) and corner kicks (146). 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, tied for second in assists with seven and tied for second in points with 23. Jide Ogunbiyi was seventh with 14 points, while tying for fourth in goals with six. Stephen McCarthy was one of the players tied with Ogunbiyi with six goals and was tied for eighth with 12 points. 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 0.49 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. He has a 3.72 cumulative GPA at SCU.
Anibaba Strong First Season
Freshman Jalil Anibaba had an outstanding first season on the Mission Campus. The native of Davis, Calif. started all 22 games for Santa Clara, including the final 18 at central defense. With Anibaba paired with Jamil Roberts in central defense, SCU went 13-1-4 and allowed just 12 goals in 18 games. He also led the team in minutes played at 2,035 while scoring one goal and notching two assists on the way to WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC First Team honors.
Roberts Piling Up Points
Senior captain Jamil Roberts had a career year offensively in 2007. A center back, Roberts scored three goals and notched five assists this season. Roberts also helped SCU post nine shutouts in 22 games this season.
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 was no different, as SCU got out to a 16-1-4 start.
Sophomores Jeff Cosgriff and Chris Sauter have come up big in overtime the past two seasons. 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 recorded an early OT winner for SCU, scoring 51 seconds into overtime to beat Saint Mary's on Oct. 15, 2006. Sauter has scored two career goals, both OT winners. He netted his first goal to beat San Diego on Oct. 27, 2006 and then scored on Nov. 16, 2007 to lead SCU to a 1-0 OT win at Gonzaga.
Broncos defender/midfielder Matt Marquess proved to be a rock for SCU the past three seasons after transferring from UC Santa Cruz. He appeared in all 67 matches during his three seasons on the Mission Campus, while starting 57 games. In 2006, he played 2,142 of a possible 2,177:44 minutes and started every match.
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 was once again a workhorse in 2007, as he played nearly every minute of all 22 games in 2007. He played 2,030 of 2079:55 minutes this year.
Bronco National Team Players
The Santa Clara men's soccer team had 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.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 202-73-28 record good for an incredible .713 winning percentage. The team has lost only seven home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.