Sept. 3, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team scored three goals in the first 17 minutes of the season en route to a 3-0 victory over Massachusetts in the first match of the USF/diadora Classic in San Francisco on Thursday night. The win marked the fourth consecutive season the Broncos have opened the year with a victory. "It is always good to open the season with a win," said head coach Cameron Rast. "We played really well in the early going and got the opportunity to see what our players can do in game situations." Less than three minutes into the new season, freshman Peter Lowry scored the first Bronco goal. On a cross from sophomore transfer Medhi Ballouchy, the Fair Oaks native would put Santa Clara ahead with 42:01 remaining in the first half. Ballouchy would find the back of the net again, scoring his first goal of the season to put SCU ahead 2-0 only 5:48 minutes into the contest. The goal came on an indirect free kick after a Minuteman defender attempted to pass the ball to goalkeeper Nick Hillman. Ballouchy found a hole through a wall of Massachusetts defenders to increase the early Bronco lead. With 28:20 remaining in the period, Santa Clara added another goal to its tally when Keith DeVey caught up with a speeding pass from senior captain Will Weatherly. DeVey twisted around Hillman to send the ball past the keeper and into an empty net. The early advantage for the Broncos allowed seven newcomers to make their Bronco debut, including Ballouchy, Lowry and freshman Jamil Roberts who each started the match. In total, 18 Broncos saw playing time in the opening match. Senior Kent Harkness started in goal for the Broncos, recording three saves and over 83 shutout minutes. Freshman Christopher Moreo took over for Harkness and kept the shutout intact. Santa Clara will return to the diadora Classic on Saturday when it takes on UC Davis. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at Negoseco Stadium of the campus of the University of San Francisco.