SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara University's men's soccer team looks to extend its unbeaten streak to nine games when the Broncos make the short trip to San Francisco to play USF Friday night at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
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The Broncos are in third place in the West Coast Conference standings through the first half of league play, owning a conference record of 2-0-4 and 5-4-5 overall. SCU has had a series of tough-luck ties, giving up last-minute equalizing goals in three of their last four matches.
"Players will need to find a little bit more in themselves and a little bit more in their decisions," said SCU head coach and three-time WCC 'Coach of the Year' Cameron Rast about what it will take for his team to close out games. "But I'm proud of what this group puts into it. They keep coming back every game, unwilling to relent."
"We are eight games undefeated, all be it five ties, but that's pretty amazing for a young group. There is a fight in them and I love that part."
*SCU is led by ninth-year head coach Cameron Rast (98-50-34)
*The two Bay Area programs, SCU and USF, are both perennial NCAA Tournament qualifiers
*The Broncos and Dons played to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium Oct. 8
*The Broncos started seven underclassmen vs. USF in that first matchup
*USF's Victor Cortez scored from 40 yards away with five seconds left to force OT Oct. 8
*SCU is unbeaten in eight straight, while USF has not won in their last seven
*Santa Clara is 2-0-2 in their last four road games and 3-1-2 on the road this season
*The Broncos will be without MF Brandon Zimmerman, who was red-carded Sunday against USD
*SCU captain Mykell Bates has either scored or assisted in five of the last seven games
*Bates now ranks 6th in the WCC with nine points this season
*Sophomore Wesley Culver is enjoying a break-out season, using free kicks to generate seven points for SCU
*Santa Clara's 11 goals through the first half of WCC play is tied for a league-best
*Last season, SCU lost at USF 2-0
*USF owns the all-time series record against SCU 30-20-8, but since 1994 the series has been dominated by the Broncos 18-3-5
*All three SCU losses in the series since 1994 have come at USF, with the Dons winning three of the last six in San Francisco
*The Dons lost twice last weekend on the road @ GU 3-1 and @ UP 3-1
*USF is still looking for their first WCC win (0-5-1)
*USF was picked to finish sixth in the WCC preseason coaches' poll
*The Dons have scored a league-low 10 goals on the year, spanning 13 games
*UP NEXT: Santa Clara is beginning a three-game road swing, @ USF (10/22), @ USD (10/29) and @ LMU (10/31)
Fans can watch Friday night's match FREE on the Don's official athletics website (USFDons.com). Additionally, FREE live scoring will be available (see links above).
SANTA CLARA (5-4-5; 2-0-4 WCC)
After playing eight of their first 10 games away from home, the Broncos just finished a stretch of hosting three straight – tying in all three. The way Santa Clara tied each of those last three home games has been remarkable, as the opposing teams scored in the final two minutes or less to force overtime. SCU fields a team that starts seven underclassmen. Obviously, a unit that will only improve in the next few years, SCU is enjoying a successful 2010 campaign, and is just six points behind league-leading LMU with six games to play. Talented players in Erik Hurtado, Eric Masch, Wesley Culver and Mykell Bates each have collected five or more points this season. Defensemen Gabriel Romero, a Costa Rica native, and true freshman Mark Daus, rank two and three on the club in minutes played, part of a solid back line in front of former All-WCC keeper Kevin Klasila.
USF (2-9-2; 0-5-1 WCC)
The Dons – who have qualified for 31 NCAA Tournaments and have won six National Championships – are returning just six upperclassmen from their 7-10-2 team from 2009. Like SCU, San Francisco is very young. The Dons are still in search of their first WCC victory after dropping road games at Gonzaga and Portland last weekend. The Dons have had a hard time scoring, ranking last in the league with 10 goals in 13 matches. However, Victor Cortez was able to score twice for USF against Santa Clara Oct. 8 at Buck Shaw. Forward Bryan Burke is another player to watch for USF; one of just 11 players to be named to the preseason All-WCC squad by the league coaches.
WCC STANDINGS (Points)
1. (16) #22 LMU 5-0-1/9-3-2
2. (13) Portland 4-1-1/7-2-4
3. (10) Santa Clara 2-0-4/5-4-5
4. (9) St. Mary's 3-3/7-5-1
5. (7) San Diego 2-3-1/5-6-2
6. (3) Gonzaga 1-5/4-9
7. (1) USF 0-5-1/2-9-2
Rankings: NSCAA Top 25
SCU HEAD COACH CAMERON RAST
Santa Clara University alumnus Cameron Rast is in this ninth season at the helm of Bronco men's soccer. He has led his alma mater to five NCAA tournament appearances and three West Coast Conference titles. Six of his student-athletes have been named All-Americans and 13 have moved on to play professional soccer. A former All-America player on Santa Clara's National Championship team of 1989 and U.S. Olympic Team captain in 1992, Rast took over as SCU head coach in 2002 after eight seasons as an assistant coach. Under his guidance the Broncos won the WCC title in 2003 and claimed back-to-back conference championships in 2006 and 2007. Rast owns a 98-50-34 career record at Santa Clara and is 50-13-19 all-time at Buck Shaw Stadium.
"The foundation of this team is to commit ourselves 100 percent everyday," said Mykell Bates looking ahead to Friday's match with USF. "Since that's the foundation, it's not hard to get up for every game, it's almost intuitive."
SANTA CLARA TRADITION
1 National Championship
5 College Cup Final Fours
18 NCAA Tournaments
52 Future Professionals
10 WCC Championships
8 Seasons of 15+ wins
4 Teams ranked No. 1 nationally
13 Teams ranked in top 5 nationally
209-79-38 at Buck Shaw Stadium
186-117-45 vs. WCC all-time
2010 SEASON HONORS
All-Tournament Team @ Marquette Invitational (9/12)
All-Tournament Team @ UC Irvine Collegiate Classic (9/6)
All-WCC Preseason Team
Two more WCC road games to conclude the month of October, @ USD (10/29) and @ LMU (10/31)