Oct. 20, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Rivalry games are supposed to be like this.
For 110 minutes Thursday night, the Santa Clara University and San Francisco men's soccer teams battled toe-to-toe in front of more than 800 fans at Negoesco Stadium and came away with a scoreless 0-0 draw in an intense match that could easily have provided a result for either side.
The tie marked the first of the season for the eighth-ranked Broncos, which moved to 10-3-1 on the season, and kept them in first place in the West Coast Conference with a 4-1-1 record. The overtime game was San Francisco's third-straight and the draw gave it a 6-4-3 overall record and 2-2-2 mark in league play.
"Obviously we would have liked to get the result," said SCU head coach Cameron Rast. "But, it is really difficult to win a league game on the road in an intense competitive environment. Certainly there are various things about playing at San Francisco that are a little different than normal. The artificial turf field and the weather are two things that can break your routine. Generally, though, I thought we played well enough to win the match and I'm pleased with our guys' mentality to compete to win for the entire 110 minutes."
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at SCU's Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and advance tickets as well as group and team packages are available by calling 408/554-4660. Live Gametracker and audio coverage will be available via SantaClaraBroncos.com.
Statistically, the Dons outshot Santa Clara by a 12-9 margin with seven of their shots saved by SCU keeper Kevin Sweeney (6-1-1). The Dons also registered six corner kicks compared to SCU's three, while the Broncos committed 24 fouls to USF's 18.
Both teams had a number of chances to score in the game. Santa Clara had two goals that were negated by close offsides calls. In the first half, reserve forward Ted Kristensson broke free and blasted a shot into the left side of the goal. However, the linesman waived off the goal as the Ludvika, Sweden native was offsides on the play.
Late in the match, Mehdi Ballouchy sent a quick free kick from 23 yards out across the penalty area. Hector Guzman dove from the far post and drove the ball into the right side of the goal before one of six offsides calls on SCU disallowed the goal.