Dec. 13, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Five members of the Santa Clara Broncos men's soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Far West Region team. Seniors Peter Lowry and Jamil Roberts were first-team selections, while senior Matt Hatzke, junior Jide Ogunbiyi and sophomore Stephen McCarthy earned second team honors.
Lowry, the WCC Player of the Year, led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for a career best 23 points in the regular season. He led the conference in goals, while placing second in points and tied for third in assists from his central midfield position. His goals also came in key moments for the Broncos, netting two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals in the closing minutes of regulation. For his career, Lowry netted 22 goals, good for seventh all-time at SCU, and had 15 assists for 59 total points, placing him just one point from a spot in the SCU all-time top 10. He is the 12th player in Bronco history to earn a conference player of the year award and first since Mehdi Ballouchy in 2005. Lowry had previously been named All-WCC Second Team twice and All-WCC Honorable Mention once and he was an All-Far West Region First Team selection in 2006 also.
Roberts, who was an All-Far West Third Team selection in 2006, provided the backbone for one of the top defenses in the nation playing 16 games together in central defense. Roberts had a standout senior season for SCU both defensively and offensively during the regular season. With Roberts at center back, the Broncos led the conference in goals against average at 0.62, a mark that also placed 11th in the nation, and posted nine shutouts. The Fremont, Calif. native also scored a career high three goals and notched a career best five assists to place 10th in the conference in points.
McCarthy and Hatzke, who were both All-WCC Second Team picks as well, each played big roles in the Broncos dominant 2007 regular season. McCarthy netted six goals as a defensive central midfielder, including game-winners against Alabama A&M, Saint Mary's and UCLA. His steady work in front of the backline was key to the Broncos' defensive success. Hatzke overcame an early season leg injury to become one of the top left backs in the conference. He scored two goals and notched three assists, while providing a constant threat on the left wing. Hatzke was recently named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as well.
Ogunbiyi had a breakout season for the Broncos despite missing seven games during the season. He scored six goals and notched two assists on the season for the Broncos, including a goal against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament second round. Two of his six goals were game-winners and he also scored a late game-tying goal against Gonzaga to earn the Broncos a tie with the Bulldogs. Ogunbiyi has also been named All-WCC Honorable Mention three times in his career.