Oct. 22, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On Thursday night, the Santa Clara and San Francisco men's soccer teams battled for 110 minutes only to end in a scoreless draw.
Tonight, the eighth-ranked Broncos took less than seven minutes to get on the scoreboard then rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Dons in a West Coast Conference match at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara improved to 11-3-1 on the season and 5-1-1 in WCC matches and remains in first place in the league table. San Francisco dropped to 6-5-3 overall and 2-3-2 in conference play. The Broncos return to action Friday with a 2 p.m. match at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.
"I was very pleased with the entire team's effort tonight," said SCU's fourth-year head coach Cameron Rast. "We kept a lot more pressure on (USF) than we did Thursday night and we were able to get the ball forward more often. Our forwards were really sharp tonight and their ability to get behind the defense was the key to the game.
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The Broncos outshot USF by a 14-10 margin in the match and seven of their total were on goal. SCU keeper Kevin Sweeney saved five of USF's attempts and was rarely tested due to a strong defensive effort by the Bronco back four.
The Dons welcomed the return of last season's WCC Player of the Year, Aaron Chandler, to the lineup. The team's leading scorer missed Thursday's match after receiving a red card against Portland the previous weekend.
Chandler managed just one shot on goal during hte match, while fellow forwards Jordan Keyes and Ben Dessard only launched two shots between them.
"I thought our starting backs did an excellent job tonight, especially since USF's forwards can be so dangerous if they get into one-on-one situations. We covered the field well and I have to credit the job that Matt Marquess, Jonathan Barbarin, Matt Hatzke and Aaron Clubb did tonight."
Clubb, a freshman from Burnsville, Minn., received his first career start at central defender in the pace of Jide Ogunbiyi, who entered the match as a reserve forward midway through the first half.
Club made his first start even more memorable in the match's seventh minute when he took a pass from Kelechi Igwe in the penalty area following a corner kick and sent the ball into the far left side of the goal for his first career score.
"I was really excited afterwards," said Clubb, who has played in seven matches this season. "It was all such a blur. Just starting the match was crazy. Scoring in my first start was mind-blowing."
Only 14 minutes later, Santa Clara made the score 2-0 when Hector Guzman registered his fifth goal of the season. Igwe found the San Jose, Costa Rica native alone in front of the goal and provided a picture-perfect pass that Guzman one-timed into the center of the net from eight yards out.
In the 36th minute, WCC Freshman of the Year candidate Ogunbiyi took advantage of a rebound off the left post of an Igwe shot and drive a low shot into the center of the goal to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Broncos.
Igwe, a senior from Belmont, Calif., registered an assist on all three of the SCU goals in the match. Mehdi Ballouchy was credited with an assist on Ogunbiyi's score.
An emotional, physical affair, the match featured a total of 42 fouls and five yellow cards. SCU committed 28 fouls through the 90 minutes, while USF players were booked three times to SCU's two.
"We will certainly have a tough one of Friday," said Rast. "Saint Mary's is always tough and they took us to overtime on our home field. I expect that match to be a very decisive factor in terms of how the WCC standings start shaking out."