Sept. 24, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In the 82nd minute, junior Stephen McCarthy gave the Santa Clara men's soccer team what would become their second tie of the season against South Bay rival San Jose State Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos are now 1-4-2 on the season, while the Spartans are 3-1-3 overall.
"We played really tough tonight," said Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast. "We didn't give it away at all. We had a chance to win it. We have to be more in sync at times, but I am definitely not disappointed with our performance tonight."
SCU dominated on attack as the Broncos out-shot the Spartans 17-9 and went 8-2 in corner kicks. Santa Clara also had seven shots on goal.
Santa Clara nearly took the 1-0 edge in the 23rd minute as McCarthy received the ball from Brian Brungger off a corner kick and found the back of the net before the play was called offsides. The Broncos attempted four more times to take the lead but could not produce before halftime.
After a scrappy 63 minutes of action from both teams, San Jose State took the 1-0 advantage on an excellent opportunity from Efrain Burgos, Jr. The Spartans won a free kick near the right corner flag but was cleared out. The ball eventually settled once again at the feet of Burgos, Jr., who launched what seem to be a slow motion shot from about 45 yards out that went over the head of Bronco keeper Jeremy Del Re.
The Broncos then knotted the game at the 81:58 mark on a throw-in from freshman Mykell Bates. The ball was sent backwards by sophomore Ross Smith to McCarthy, who headed the shot in to the upper left corner past SJSU keeper Lewis Sweeney. It was McCarthy's first goal of the season and Smith and Bates' first assists of the year.
The Broncos return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 as they close out their non-conference schedule against the Cardinal of Stanford. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cagan Stadium.