Aug. 17, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's soccer team reported back to campus last weekend as it begins its preseason training this morning. Led by four seniors, the Broncos are eager to kick-off the 2004 campaign.
"We are very excited to get the season started after the success we had a year ago when we reached the College Cup," head coach Cameron Rast said. "There will be a lot of new faces and a great deal of talent on the field for Santa Clara this season.
Tuesday morning marks the first practice session as the Broncos gather on Stanton Field. From Tuesday until Saturday, the squad will practice two times a day in preparation for the season.
Selected by the West Coast Conference coaches as the preseason favorite, the Broncos return 14 letterwinners and six of their top eight scorers from a year ago. A First-Team All-WCC selection in 2003, senior Will Weatherly will be one of the team's captains in the upcoming season. All-WCC honorees Erik Ustruck and Kelechi Igwe will also come back to Buck Shaw Stadium this season, along with seniors Kent Harkness, Zach Knight and Jason Pan.
After an appearance in the College Cup in 2003, Santa Clara begins the season looking to advance to the postseason for the 11th time in the last 15 years. The Broncos open their home schedule Sept. 16 in the annual adidas Classic. San Francisco plays Davidson in the first match at 5 p.m., while Santa Clara hosts neighboring San Jose State in the annual Rivalry Series match at 7:30. The event is also Santa Clara Community Day, presented by the Bank of Santa Clara with all residents of Santa Clara receiving discount admission to both games. Call 408/554-4660 for tickets.
The 2004 season kicks off on September 2 as the Broncos travel to San Francisco for the USF/diadora Classic. On Thursday night, they will face-off with Massachusetts in a 5:00 p.m. match. On Saturday, the Broncos will play UC Davis at 5:00 p.m.