Third-Ranked Men's Soccer Suffers First Loss of the Season, 1-0 to Fourth-Ranked California
Sept. 27, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The third-ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of fourth-ranked California on Sunday night in front of 1,098 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium. With the loss, SCU's 15-match home win streak comes to an end and brings the Bronco's record to 7-1-0 on the season.
"There are two ways to look at the success of a match," said head coach Cameron Rast. "You can look at the performance or at the result. Tonight, we had the better performance, but we did not get the best result."
Calen Carr provided the game winner for California in the 50th minute when he pushed a shot past Santa Clara goalkeeper Kent Harkness and into the bottom right corner of the net. Yohei Fukada assisted on the Golden Bear score.
Santa Clara out-shot California, 13-6, with three coming off the foot of midfielder Medhi Ballouchy.
Two of SCU's first half shots were close to becoming goals as a hard hit attempt from Peter Lowry missed the goal by less than five feet in the 28th minute. Will Weatherly would also give the Broncos a solid chance at a score in the 38th minute as his shot bounced off the right post before being cleared by a California defender.
Santa Clara will kick off West Coast Conference play next weekend as it travels to Moraga to face Saint Mary's in a 4 p.m. match on Friday afternoon. The Broncos will then return home on Sunday to face San Francisco in a 2 p.m. match-up.