May 7, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Last weekend, the team members, coaches, parents and supporters of the Santa Clara University men's soccer program athered at the annual team banquet to celebrate another successful season and the Broncos' run to a fifth NCAA College Cup appearance in school history.
The program honored five players with team awards and heard the squad's seniors reflect on their time on the Mission Campus. Junior Ryan Cochrane was named the team's Defensive MVP, while fellow junior Will Weatherly earned Offensive MVP honors. Redshirt freshman Keith DeVey earned Most Improved honors and senior Kellen Gilmore was named Most Inspirational. Freshman Erik Ustruck was named the team's Rookie of the Year.
Earlier that day on Stanton Field, the Broncos competed in two spring competitions. In the first game, the Broncos knocked-off UC Santa Cruz by a score of 4-1. Mike Pellicio scored a first-half goal to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead at the break. Tannen Wels, Ryan Wolfe and Sil Garaventa each added a score in the second stanza. In the second game, Santa Clara and USF battled to a scoreless draw.
Team Banquet Comments
Cameron Rast: "Each Senior has a unique tale over their time here at SCU. There is personal challenge in each of their stories, perservence in all of their make-up and leadership at the core."
Audren Cashman: "It was a dream of mine to play at Santa Clara and I am grateful you placed your trust in me to lead the squad this year, I hope I didn't ever misplace this trust."
Kirk Fonseca: "Don't give up on yourself, don't quit, because no matter how hard it gets, one day you would regret it."
Kellen Gilmore: "Santa Clara soccer is about tradition. That tradition is about hardwork and being committed to the team goal. This means coming in everyday to do your job without complaining or questioning the coaches."
Matt Upton: "I consider all of you (fellow players), my teammates, my friends and my brothers."