Oct. 30, 2002
This Week: WCC Home Opener Against Saint Mary's
Santa Clara men's soccer will play its first West Coast Conference home game of the season Saturday night when they host Bay Area rival Saint Mary's College at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but fans are encouraged to arrive early as the first 350 people through the gates will receive a Santa Clara Soccer Scarf courtesy of adidas.
Santa Clara vs. Saint Mary's
Saturday night's meeteing between the Broncos and the Gaels will mark the 31st all-time meeting between the two schools with Santa Clara holding a commanding 26-2-2 all-time series advantage. The Broncos are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings dating back to 1998, including a thrilling 1-0 victory in Moraga, Calif., last season that kept the WCC titles hopes alive for Santa Clara. The two wins for Saint Mary's in the all-time series came in 1969 and 1997. The two ties in the series came during the 1986 and 1999 seasons.
Scouting the Gaels
Saint Mary's enters Saturday night's matchup with a 4-10-3 overall record and a 0-2-1 mark in the West Coast Conference. Patrick Lower leads the team in scoring with 12 points, coming on five goals and two assists. Alex Monsalve is second on the team with eight points, followed by Matthew Walker and Derek Youfel who each have seven. Aaron Valdez has taken the majority of the minutes in goal for SMC, playing in over 821 minutes in which he has posted a 2.52 goals-against average. Kealii Kuehu has the lowest goals-against average on the team with his 1.50 average, but that has come in only 180 minutes of work.
Last Week: Broncos Drop Third-Straight One Goal Match
Santa Clara ended its West Coast Conference road season last weekend with a Friday night matchup at the University of San Diego. The Toreros scored two early first half goals despite being outshot by the Broncos. Santa Clara could only score one goal in the game, despite leading in almost all offensive categories on the evening. Jamil Walker netted the lone goal for Santa Clara, giving him nine of the season, but the loss dropped the Broncos to 6-6-1 overall and 0-3-0 in WCC play. The Broncos are currently three games back in the WCC standings with only three games to go.
Walker on Brink of Breaking Into Single-Season Top-10 List at SCU
Senior Jamil Walker has tallied nine goals thus far this season with four games to go, leaving him just one goal shy of breaking into the Santa Clara top-10 list for single-season goals. Former Bronco and current assists coach for the Colorado Rapids, Paul Bravo, currently occupies the No. 10 spot on the list all by himself, a mark which he set during the 1990 season. Just ahead of Bravo are four players, including current head coach Cameron Rast, who each netted 11 goals in various seasons. Walker has 16 goals in his Santa Clara career, which is only three goals away from breaking into the top-10 career goals scored list at Santa Clara.
Up Next: Broncos Play Final Non-Conference Match at Sacramento State
The Broncos will play their final non-conference and final road match of the season next Friday afternoon at Sacramento State. The match is scheduled for a 2:30 kickoff from the Hornet Soccer Field in Sacramento, Calif. Santa Clara and Sac State have met 23 previous times entering next Friday's matchup, with the Broncos holding a decisive 21-1-1 all-time series advantage over the Hornets. Last year, Santa Clara defeated the Hornets by a score of 1-0 in Buck Shaw Stadium. The only time that Sac State defeated the Broncos was by a 2-1 score in double overtime during the 2000 season.