6 - Kelechi Igwe
Kelechi Igwe
Born: 11/23/1983
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Belmont, Calif.
High School: Junipero Serra
Position: Forward

AS A SENIOR IN 2005: Appeared in the fourth-most matches (80) in SCU history ... a second-team all-WCC selection ... started each of the first six games at the forward position before slowed by a back injury ... tied with Mehdi Ballouchy for the team lead with seven assists ... scored three goals on the season ... credited with an assist on Keith DeVey's game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining at Cal State Fullerton ... scored SCU's only goal on the road at then fifth-ranked Maryland ... missed the Florida International match after drawing a red card at Cal ... registered a goal and an assist against Saint Mary's ... scored the game-winner at San Diego ... registered assists on all three goals in Santa Clara's 3-0 win over San Francisco.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2004: Saw action in 20 matches in 2004, starting 10... took 18 shots in 2004, eight of which were on goal... tallied two goals and one assist during the Bronco's season... scored his first goal of the year in the Bronco's 4-1 victory over UC Davis in the diadora Classic on September 4... converted a penalty kick opportunity for his second goal of the season on November 5 against Gonzaga... also recorded an assist on the game-winning goal against the Bulldogs.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003: Started all 24 matches... recorded 45 shots during the season, 16 of which were on goal... six goals on the season ranked second on the team... posted four assists... also ranked second on the team with 16 points... scored the game-winning goal in 1-0 victory over Fresno State... scored against George Washington and Saint Mary's... posted fourth goal of the season resulting in a 1-1 tie with Stanford... recorded first career multiple-goal contest in Bronco's 3-1 win over Michigan in the NCAA Quarterfinal ... posted two assists in win over Alabama A&M... assisted in goals against Gonzaga and the game winner against SMU... earned honorable mention All-WCC honors.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002: Started in 15 of the 16 matches he appeared in during his rookie campaign... took 28 shots, 10 of which were on goal... scored four goals and assisted on two others... finished tied for third on the team in points with 10... had three game-winning goals which was tied for the team lead... scored the first goal in the 3-0 win against Alabama A&M... also posted the game-winner against Notre Dame de Namur and Cal State Fullerton... scored fourth goal of the season in the Broncos' 3-0 win over Loyola Marymount.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2002 graduate of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif... played soccer for coaches Enrique Aparicio and Chris Kalem... was a four-year starter at Serra... earned offensive MVP honors in the West Catholic Athletic League after scoring 22 goals and assisting on eight others... named senior of the year and All-CCS by the San Jose Mercury News... captained the 2001 WCAL championship team and was the league's leading goal scorer with 15 as a junior... earned league MVP honors in 2001... chosen by the San Jose Mercury News as the 2001 Junior of the Year and first team All-CCS... earned second team All-CCS honors and was chosen as the San Jose Mercury News Sophomore of the Year in 2000... led the WCAL in scoring in 2000 with his 20 goals and eight assists... scored 10 goals as a freshman... was a member of the U-18 Region IV Olympic Development Program team... played club ball for the Da Anza Triumph, leading team to the 1999 California North State Cup Championship and Far West Regional Quarterfinals.

PERSONAL: Born November 23, 1983 in San Mateo, Calif... parents are Tony and Lisa Igwe... has one brother named Amaechi and one sister named Chioma... father was born in Jos Plateau, Nigeria and played for the youth national teams since he was eight, eventually representing his country in the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968 ... wore the captain's armband for the Nigerian National Team during its World Cup qualifying tournaments in 1969 and 1973 ... played against Pele' when the Nigerian National Team played against Santos in 1972 following his career at the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of three national championship teams ... sister plays soccer at Cal ... major is economics.

 

 

 

 

Igwe's Career Statistics

 

Year M-S Shots Goals GW Goals Assists Points
2002 16-15 28 4 3 2 10
2003 24-24 45 6 1 4 16
2004 20-10 18 2 0 1 5
2005 20-15 43 3 1 7 13
Career 80-64 134 15 5 14 44

 

 

Igwe's Career Honors
All-WCC Honorable Mention 2003
All-WCC Second-Team 2005