Nov. 11, 2001
MORAGA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's soccer team kept their 2001 playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. on Sunday afternoon.
The first half saw action on both sides of the field, with neither team forcing too much of the action. Santa Clara (9-8-0, 4-1-0 WCC) outshout Saint Mary's (5-10-1, 0-4-0 WCC) 5-3 in the first half, but did not get a good shot on goal until senior Anthony Chimienti scored his second goal of the year in the 45th minute to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead off a great re-start pass from freshman Jason Pan.
The late first half goal jumpstarted the Broncos as they dominated the second half, taking six shots while limiting Saint Mary's to only one shot. Of the Broncos six shots in the second half, four were on goal and were stopped nicely by Gaels' netminder Kellan Wilson.
Freshman netminder Steve Cronin picked up his first career shutout on Saturday, making two saves while sending plenty of punted balls well over the midfield stripe that led to Bronco chances on goal.
"We needed that win," said head coach Mitch Murray. "It was good to see the guys step up and make the plays necessary for the win. They knew we needed a win to keep our postseason chances alive, and they came through."
The Broncos will conclude their 2001 home schedule with a game on Wednesday against cross-town rival San Jose State. Game time against the Spartans is slated for 7:30 p.m. from Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara will then travel to Los Angeles where they will play in its biggest game of the year at Loyola Marymount. With a win at LMU on Saturday the Broncos would not only win their eighth WCC Title, but also claim the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the LMU campus.