Oct. 15, 2001
Up Next - University of San Francisco and No. 8 Stanford
Santa Clara will continueWest Coast Conference play Friday night when it travels to the University of San Francisco to square off with the Dons in a crucial match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium on the USF campus. The Broncos will then return home for a non-conference match against No. 8 Stanford on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.
Series Record vs. San Francisco
Santa Clara and San Francisco have met 43 previous times entering this weekend's contest. The Dons hold the all-time series advantage over the Broncos with a 27-10-6 record. Recently, however, the Broncos hold a 6-0-1 advantage over the last seven years , including wins in the last six meetings. The Broncos have out-scored the Dons 8-0 over the past seven years, including last year's 1-0 victory in Buck Shaw Stadium. Anthony Chimienti scored at the 37:23 mark off an assist from Kellen Gilmore for the victory last season. The last time the Dons scored against the Broncos was in 1993 when they defeated Santa Clara 2-1 in overtime in Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos and Dons should be very familiar with each other, as each team played in the other's home tournament. The Broncos played Oregon State and UCLA in the USF Umbro Classic, while the Dons played Long Island and Marquette in the Santa Clara adidas Classic.
Sizing Up the Dons
San Francisco enters Friday night's contest with a 7-4-1 overall record, having defeated Dominican University in its last game by a score of 2-0. The Dons final six games of the year are WCC games, as the Dons have yet to begin conference play. Josh Hansen leads the Dons offense, having scored six goals and assisted on four others. Gerard Hylkema has also added six goals on the season while assisting on two others. Anthony Medina rounds out the Dons' who have more than 10 points, having scored five goals on the season and assisted on four others. Conor McNulty and Scott Spaulding have almost evenly split the 1117:34 minutes between the pipes for the Dons. McNulty has a 1.33 goals-against average in his 540:00 minutes of play, while Spaulding has a 1.56 GAA in his 577:34 minutes of action.
Series Record vs. Stanford
Santa Clara and Stanford will meet for the 39th time on Sunday evening, with Stanford holding the narrowest of margins in the all-time series at 17-16-5. Last season the Cardinal took the all-time series lead between the two programs when they defeated Santa Clara 2-0 at Stanford. The Cardinal scored goals at the 33:51 and 53:51 minute marks to claim its fourth victory over the Broncos in the last seven meetings. Santa Clara's last victory over the Cardinal came in the 1999 postseason when the Broncos advanced to the second round of the playoffs after defeating the Cardinal in penalty kicks. That year the Broncos advanced to the College Cup for the second consecutive season, and finished as the National Runners-Up.
Sizing Up the Cardinal
Stanford enters the week with a 9-1-0 overall record, and a 0-1-0 record in the Pac-10. The Cardinal suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to UCLA in their Pac-10 opener by a score of 2-1. Stanford has out-shot its opponents 147-77, and out-scored its opponents 28-6. Roger Levesque leads the Cardinal in scoring on the season with team-highs in goals (7) and assists (5). Derek Shanahan is second on the team with five goals and three assists, while Matt Janusz is close behind with four goals and three assists. Andrew Terris has played the most time between the pipes for the Cardinal, having a 0.57 GAA in 787-plus minutes of action.
Santa Clara had a breakthrough game on Friday night, as the Broncos defeated defending WCC Champion San Diego by a score of 2-1 in front of 1,388 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium. Santa Clara claimed the lead with only :02 remaining in the first half when Eric Irvine headed home his first collegiate goal to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead at the break. The Toreros scored the equalizer just before the 60 minute mark when Scott Martin slipped a low ball into the Bronco net. The game looked headed for overtime until freshman Steve Cronin scored his first collegiate goal with only :28 seconds remaining in the game to lift Santa Clara to a 2-1 victory over the eighth-ranked team in the nation.
The Broncos continue to out-shoot their opponents on the season, leading in that category 165-110. Santa Clara's defense has been stellar as usual, allowing only nine goals in 11 games, and limiting its opponents to a .473 shots on goal percentage. As a team the Broncos have a 0.77 goals-against average, while their opponents have a 0.68 GAA. Rusty Johnson leads the Broncos with a 0.72 GAA while freshman Steve Cronin has a 0.98 GAA in his 183-plus minutes of action.
Following this weekend's WCC game with USF and Sunday's home contest with Stanford, the Broncos will continue WCC play on Saturday, October 27 with a home game against Gonzaga. The Broncos will then make up one of its lost games from the week of September 11, when Sacramento State invades Buck Shaw Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, October 30.