Sept. 17, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The third-ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over cross-town rival San Jose State in the annual Rivalry Series match on the first night of the adidas Classic in front of 1,959 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium. With the victory in their home opener, the Broncos improve to 5-0-0 on the season, while the Spartans fell to 1-4-0.
"I give credit to San Jose State for coming and playing us for 90 minutes. They made tonight a tough match to play," said head coach Cameron Rast. "We can play much better soccer than what we showed our fans. We need to be better than we were tonight to get the results we want on Saturday and for the rest of the season."
The game-winning goal for the Broncos surprisingly came off the foot of a Spartan defender. After being tied 1-1 at halftime, SCU was on the attack early in the second half. As the Broncos attempted to cross the ball into the penalty area in the 49th minute, Spartan Chris Mackey intercepted the cross and kicked it straight into the Bronco goal.
Santa Clara had broken onto the scoreboard early in the first half on defender Ryan Purtell's first goal of the season. The Phoenix, Ariz. native headed in a corner kick off the foot of Medhi Ballouchy to give the Broncos a 1-0 advantage only 5:40 into the contest.
In the first match of the adidas Classic, West Coast Conference foe San Francisco posted a 3-1 victory over Davidson. The Dons scored all three goals in the second half to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.
The Broncos will face Davidson in the final match of the adidas Classic on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Match time is set for 7:35 p.m., following the San Jose State vs. San Francisco match-up at 5:00 p.m.