August 13, 2004
SCU Prepared For Another Successful Season
Aug. 13, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
With at least three of its six fall sports teams expected to rank among the various national top-25 polls and two teams having already arrived on the Mission campus for preseason workouts, the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation is already gearing up for another successful season in 2004-05.
The Bronco women's soccer team reported to campus the first week of August then embarked on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. A NCAA quarterfinalist last season, Santa Clara enters 2004 as the preseason favorite to capture its eighth West Coast Conference title since 1993 and will be looking to advance to the College Cup for the 10th time in school history.
Jon Wallace's women's volleyball squad, ranked 22nd in the AVCA national poll, began preseason drills August 13 with a youthful squad that features one of the nation's top recruiting classes. Despite the loss of All-America Becky Potter and setter Kelli Sousa, who led the nation in assists as a junior in 2002, the Bronco program is picked to finish second in the WCC this season and is generally considered among the country's top programs.
Only an improbable overtime goal by eventual champion Indiana prevented the Bronco men's soccer team from advancing to the national title game last season. This year, a veteran squad reports to campus on August 16 expecting to compete for a national title as the favorite to win the much-respected WCC. Despite the loss of two players who left college early to become first round draft picks in Major League Soccer, Santa Clara returns All-America Will Weatherly and U.S. U19 National Team member Erik Ustruck to its talented first team.
The theme for the 2004-05 season at SCU is Bronco Spirit. With the help of generous alumni and local contributors, the athletic department retooled the school's fight song ("Fight For Santa Clara") and is reintroducing a number of traditions to SCU athletics this year. With the help of the Ruff Riders, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Activities Planning Board, the SCU Cheerleaders and a number of others, athlettics is embarking on an initiative to encourage faculty, staff, the student body and the local community to help increase school spirit.
Tickets to all Bronco volleyball and men's and women's soccer matches are currently available by calling 408/554-4660 or by clicking here. In addition, season tickets and family plans for SCU men's and women's basketball are also available, as are tickets to the 2004 Pete Newell Challenge and the 2005 WCC Championships.
A few other highlights from Bronco Athletics
Pete Newell Challenge. The Santa Clara men's basketball team will play nationally-ranked North Carolina for the first time since 1982 in the 2004 Pete Newell Challenge Presented by Allstate, on Friday, Nov. 19, at The Arena in Oakland. A special block of tickets is avialable for SCU supporters through the SCU Athletic Ticket Office or via the web at SantaClaraBroncos.com. SCU fans should buy tickets through the athletic department to ensure seating with other Bronco fans in this one-of-a-kind event.
Live Coverage of Bronco Sports. SCU provides the most comprehensive live web coverage of any school its size in the nation. Through its association with collgesports.com, Santa Clara provides live statistical web coverage of every soccer, basketball, volleyball and baseball game. In addition, fans can listen to nearly every men's and women's soccer match and every men's and women's basketball contest through SantaClaraBroncos.com.
MLS Champions To Honor Santa Clara University. The two-time Major League Soccer champion San Jose Earthquakes will honor Santa Clara University when it plays the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The two teams combine to have five players who played collegiately at Santa Clara. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Jeff Stewart play for Colorado, while defender Ryan Cochrane, forward Jamil Walker and goalkeeper Steve Cronin are members of the Earthquakes. Call Karlton Gholston at the Quakes at 408/288-2648 for special ticket deals in the SCU section. Before the game, the Bronco soccer team will be signing autographs and will be recognized on the field.
Men's Soccer To Host Annual Community Day. The Bronco men's soccer team will help honor the local Santa Clara community as well as play its annual Rivalry Series match against neighboring San Jose State on Thursday, Nov. 16. The match is part of the annual adidas Classic, which also features San Francisco vs. Davidson in the first game of a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Community Day is sponsored by the Bank of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Chamber & Convention-Visitor's Bureau and features a pregame community fair and a number of free giveaways.
Bronco Kidz Is Back. Bronco Kidz returns for its fourth year! This year's club features more benefits of membership than ever before! In addition to a club t-shirt, membership card and other perks, club members get free admission into two games for each ticketed sport and the opportunity to buy a club sweatshirt, discounted season and individual game tickets and more. Contact Heather Kauer at 554-6921 or via email at Hkauer@scu.edu for more details.
Women's Soccer Has Two Olympians. Aly Wagner and Brandi Chastain, both former Broncos, will be lacing up the cleats in the Athens Olympic Games. The United States National Team defeated host Greece 3-0 in the first event of the Games and every match will be televised live by NBC or one of its affiliates. Check out NBCOlympics.com for a compete television schedule.
Rivalry Series With SJSU Enters Third Season. The annual Rivalry Series against San Jose State returns for its third year in 2004-05. The two schools compete head-to-head in 13 intercollegiate sports and points are assigned to the victor in each sport. The Series begins Sept. 16 in men's soccer.
Fall Sports Home Openers
Volleyball - Sept. 1 vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m.
Cross Country - Sept. 4 at Bronco Invitational
Men's Soccer - Sept. 16 vs. San Jose State, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Soccer - Sept. 24 vs. Marquette, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, Oct. 17 vs. UC Santa Cruz, 1 p.m.