Oct. 4, 2005
Greenwood, Ind. - Just hours after being honored as the West Coast Conference's top player last week, Santa Clara University junior Erik Ustruck was named the National Player of the Week by online soccer magazine Top Drawer Soccer.
Ustruck, a graduate of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Mo., scored a goal and added an assist in Santa Clara's 3-2 overtime victory Sunday night against longtime Bay Area rival Saint Mary's College at Buck Shaw Stadium. He also helped the SCU midfield control the majority of possession against the Gaels and led a team effort that led to a 2-0 shutout of neighboring San Jose State on Thursday.
A member of the U.S. U-20 National Team following his freshman season in 2003, Ustruck has appeared in 52 matches as a Bronco and has 41 starts to his credit. He has seven goals as a Bronco, five of which have been game winners. His assist Sunday against Saint Mary's was only the second of his collegiate career.
Santa Clara is 7-2-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the WCC. The Broncos are ranked fifth in this week's national Soccer America poll and has limited opponents to just four goals in their last six matches.
The Broncos travel to Southern California this week to play WCC matches at 21st-ranked San Diego on Friday, then Loyola Marymount on Sunday. Live coverage of both matches will be available via SantaClaraBroncos.com.
The next home match for Santa Clara is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 against the University of Portland at Buck Shaw Stadium. For tickets, contact the SCU Athletic Ticket Office at 408/554-4660.