Broncos Race To Early Rivalry Series Lead
Oct. 24, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - When the men's cross country team took the overall team title at the Bronco Invitational last weekend, it marked the final head-to-head matchup of the fall season between Santa Clara and San Jose State.
The victory also gave the Broncos a 13-0 lead in the newly-created rivalry series following victories over the Spartans in men and women's soccer, volleyball and men and women's cross country. The head-to-head matchups between the two schools in soccer and volleyball were worth three points each, while the cross country victories counted two points apiece in the competition.
"We've had a great fall and our lead over the Spartans is reflective of the effort our teams have given throughout the new season," said SCU Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick. "We've started some really positive momentum and we look forward to keeping it going in basketball and in our spring sports."
The first event of the new series turned out to be the closest match of the fall as the nationally-ranked volleyball team avenged last year's NCAA Tournament loss to the Spartans with a 3-2 win at the Leavey Center. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, SJSU battled back to win the next two games and take an early 8-4 lead in game five. With 1,009 fans in attendance, Santa Clara won 11 of the next 12 points and took the final game by a score of 15-9.
The Bronco men's soccer team outshot SJSU by 16-3 margin in a 2-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium. Will Weatherly and Ryan Wolfe each scored for Santa Clara as the Broncos won the first round contest of the annual Santa Clara adidas Classic.
In women's soccer, Santa Clara's defending national championship squad held the Spartans without a shot en route to a 5-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium. All-America Aly Wagner scored two goals against her hometown team, including the second on a penalty kick just prior to halftime.
Both cross country teams turned in some of their best performances of the year in the annual Bronco Invitational at Crystal Spring Cross Country Course in Belmont, Calif. The Bronco men won the overall title, while the SJSU men finished third overall. Matt Heard of SJSU won the individual title by a :04 second margin over SCU's Michael Helms. In the women's race, the Broncos finished second overall but was three places higher than the fifth-place Spartans to earn the rivalry series points. Kim Bates of SCU won the overall individual title.
The next matchup between the two schools is a Nov. 30 men's basketball matchup at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara won last year's contest by a score of 65-63 on a last-second three-point field goal by Kyle Bailey. Tickets are available to that contest by clicking here.
Updated Rivalry Series Standings
|Sport||Santa Clara||San Jose St.|
|Women's Volleyball (3)||3||--|
|Men's Soccer (3)||3||--|
|Women's Soccer (3)||3||--|
|Men's Cross Country (2)||2||--|
|Women's Cross Country (2)||2||--|
|Men's Basketball (3)||--||--|
|Women's Basketball (3)||--||--|
|Men's Golf (2)||--||--|
|Women's Golf (2)||--||--|
|Women's Tennis (2)||--||--|
|Women's Water Polo (2)||--||--|