Dec. 17, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior Peter Lowry was named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this past weekend, becoming the sixth Bronco player in program history to earn first team status. Lowry led Santa Clara to a 16-2-4 record and a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament this past season while moving into the Top 10 in school history in scoring.
"Peter really was a focal point for our team's play this season," said Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast. "He played a big role in helping build our attack and he came through with a number of critical goals and assists for us throughout the season. He is very deserving of all of the honors he has been receiving. He had a great career for Santa Clara and helped us achieve a lot of success the past four seasons."
Lowry has piled up the honors this season after brilliant senior campaign for the Broncos. His other honors include: WCC Player of the Year, All-WCC First Team, All-Far West Region First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-American, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Senior All-America Second Team.
Lowry led the Broncos in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for a career best 23 points in the regular season and also 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. His play helped the Broncos post an 18-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 9-Nov. 28 that helped SCU reach as high as No. 3 in the national polls.
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. His 22 goals place him seventh all-time in goals scored in program history. 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 as well.
The Broncos have had 12 players receive All-America honors in program history: Dave Palic (1988), Cameron Rast (1989, 1991), Paul Holocher (1990), Matt Rast (1991), Peter Cochran (1992), Mike Lynch (1994), Joe Cannon (1995), Jason Annicchero (1996), Eric Denton (1998, 1999), Adam Eyre (1999), Ryan Cochrane (2002, 2003) and Mehdi Ballouchy (2004, 2005). Palic, Cameron Rast, Holocher, Denton and Ballouchy were first team selections.