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Broncos, Pilots Clash On ESPNU

Oct. 27, 2007

Santa Clara (10-3-3, 2-1-0 WCC) at Portland (11-3-0, 3-0-0 WCC)
Location: Portland OR - Merlo Field
Date: October 28, 2007
Time: 2:00 p.m. (PT)

PREVIEW: The top women's soccer rivalry in the country takes center stage on Sunday as the Santa Clara Broncos take on the Portland Pilots at Merlo Field in a match televised nationally on ESPNU. Portland and Santa Clara have won three of the last six national titles and won or shared every WCC regular season title in conference history. Both teams are again enjoying strong seasons as the Pilots enter the week ranked No. 6, while the Broncos are ranked No. 11. Both teams have unanimously held the No. 1 ranking this season (ranked No. 1 in all four major soccer polls), joining North Carolina, Stanford, and UCLA as the only teams to accomplish the feat this season.

Goals Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 2.50 (1)
Santa Clara: 1.75 (T2)

Goals Allowed (WCC Rank)
Portland: 9 (2)
Santa Clara: 16 (T4)

Shots Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 16.79 (1)
Santa Clara: 11.38 (3)

Shutouts (WCC Rank)
Portland: 7 (T3)Santa Clara: 6 (5)

Corner Kicks Per Game (WCC Rank)
Portland: 7.21 (1)
Santa Clara: 4.50 (3)

All-Time Series
Santa Clara leads with a 14-10-2 record

Last 10 Meetings
Santa Clara: 6-3-1

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Two of the top midfielders in the conference will be on display in Santa Clara's Brittany Klein, the WCC Player of the Week, and Portland All-American Angie Woznuk. Klein, the Broncos' senior captain, is enjoying her best season at SCU, leading the team in scoring with seven goals, while assisting on another. Woznuk, widely considered one of the top playmakers in the country, is tied for second in the conference with six assists and has contributed five goals.