Third-Ranked Men's Soccer Remains Undeated, Bests Stanford
Sept. 25, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - The third-ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team notched the 400th win in program history with a 2-0 victory at fifth-ranked Stanford on the first night of the Stanford Invitational. With the win, SCU improves to 7-0-0 on the year and hands the Cardinal its first loss as it falls to 5-1-1.
"We played very well tonight," said head coach Cameron Rast. "We stuck to what we do well and executed well. We did not put too much emphasis on this game and still have a big match coming up on Sunday."
Sophomore midfielder Medhi Ballouchy put Santa Clara ahead in the 52nd minute on his third goal of the season. After stealing a pass from a Stanford defender, Ballouchy shot the ball into the top left corner of the net to give SCU the early 1-0 advantage and begin a Bronco dominated second half.
Only 24 seconds after Ballouchy's score, Stanford defender Jason Griffiths was red carded, forcing the Cardinal to play one man down for the remainder of the match. In the 54th minute, Jason Cunliffe would make the most of the extra man, scoring his first goal of the season. Cunliffe's shot was tipped by goalkeeper Robby Fulton, bouncing to his right and into the corner of the net. Freshman Matthew Hatzke assisted on the goal for the first point of his collegiate career.
Strong and aggressive defensive play dominated the first half as the Broncos and Cardinal combined for three shots in the period. Forward Will Weatherly posted the first shot of the contest in the 20th minute, sailing over the net. The Broncos would not get another chance at a goal until the final five minutes of the period when Kelechi Igwe's hard shot from 20 yards out went wide to the left side of the net.
Senior goalkeeper Kent Harkness picked up his second shutout of the season with the victory. As a team, SCU has held four opponents scoreless, allowing only three goals in 630 minutes.
Santa Clara will take on fourth-ranked and unbeaten California (6-0-1) on Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in the final match of the Stanford Invitational. Match time is set for 7 p.m.