Sept. 20, 2000
This Week The 19th-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team (4-3-0) concludes its six-match stretch against opponents ranked in the top-25. This week will see No. 5 Stanford and No. 11 California as opponents at the adidas Bay Area Classic in San Jose, Calif. The Broncos will open the tournament against Stanford on Friday and then conclude the Classic against California on Sunday.
The Opponents Stanford is 5-1 on the season, ranked sixth in national polls and boasts three wins over ranked opponents. Its lone loss of the season came to top-ranked Notre Dame. The Cardinal is led by Marcia Wallis (six goals) and Marcie Ward (four goals). Cal is undefeated entering this weekend with a 7-0 mark and is currently ranked 25th. The Bears have one win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 14 Wake Forest 2-1 last week. The team is led by Laura Schoot, who has seven goals on the season.
Broncos Place Second at Stanford Classic Santa Clara fell to No. 15 Virginia at New Maloney Field, concluding play at the Stanford Classic on Sept. 17. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 4-3-0. The nine shots Santa Clara posted were the fewest this season. Virginia's Sarah Lane scored the only goal of the match, beating her defender at the 75:07 mark. With the win, Virginia improves to 4-3-0 on the season and takes the series edge over Santa Clara 2-1-0. The Cavaliers won the series opener in 1991, while the Broncos took a 1995 contest. All three matches ended in 1-0 scores.
Santa Clara women's defeated No. 23 Maryland 4-2 at New Maloney Field, opening play at the Stanford Classic on Sept. 15 Senior Kathleen Celio scored four minutes into the game for her sixth goal of the season. It also marked the third straight game in which she has netted the ball. Senior Megan Horvath scored her first goal of the season midway through the first half, while freshman Veronica Zepeda posted her second straight game-winner at the 51:41 mark. Senior Rachel Weber added her third goal of the season for insurance. Santa Clara outshot Maryland 13-4 and limited the Terrapins to only one shot in the second half.
Coming From Behind With the win over Connecticut on Sept. 10, Santa Clara earned its first come-from behind victory in 70 matches, dating back more than four years. The Broncos were down 1-0 to the Huskies at the half, but recorded a 2-1 overtime victory. On Sept. 22, 1996, Santa Clara found itself down 1-0 at the half to Stanford, but scored two goals in the second period for a 2-1 win.
Rare Consecutive Losses Santa Clara's back-to-back losses to Washington and Notre Dame, Sept. 4 and 8, marked the first time in six seasons that the Broncos have lost consecutive matches. In September 1994, Santa Clara lost three straight to Loyola Marymount, Stanford and North Carolina.
Shots on Goal The loss to Notre Dame marked the first time in 19 matches that Santa Clara has been outshot by an opponent. North Carolina was the last team to outshoot Santa Clara, occurring Sept. 24, 1999. With its 23 shots, Notre Dame became only the fourth team in 10 years to have posted 20 or more shots against Santa Clara:
Year Opponent Opponent Shots Santa Clara Shots Match Outcome
1992 North Carolina 25 5 UNC, 3-0
2000 Notre Dame 23 10 ND, 6-1
1994 Washington 23 18 2-2 Tie (2ot)
1993 North Carolina 22 8 UNC, 3-2
1993 Hartford 22 18 SCU, 2-0
Notre Dame Found the Net The six goals Santa Clara allowed Notre Dame in the Broncos' loss Sept. 8 marked the most goals allowed by a Santa Clara squad since a 8-0 defeat to UC Davis in 1980. The Broncos have not allowed five goals since 1991, to North Carolina.
Shut Out Santa Clara's 1-0 loss to Virginia was the team's first shut out of the season.
School-Record Streaks End with 2-1 Loss to Washington Santa Clara fell to Washington 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 4, ending two streaks in the Bronco recordbooks. Santa Clara's 32-match home win streak and its 45-match regular season win streak was stopped. The last time Santa Clara suffered a home and regular season loss was Oct. 31, 1997, a 1-0 overtime defeat to WCC foe Portland.
"I've never been that concerned with streaks, especially those that carry over into a new season," head coach Jerry Smith said. "Every season is a new year, and our goal has always been to figure out what works and be the best team we can be come playoff time. Sometimes this process helps you get there. I actually feel good about being able to see how this team responds and comes back from a loss--this is the first time we can test that in two years, since the last two years our first loss ended the season."
Celio Scores Hat Trick in Sweep of Oregon Senior forward Kathleen Celio scored her first career hat trick as Santa Clara swept Oregon 6-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium to open the Broncos' 2000 home schedule on Sept. 1. Celio scored her first goal :39 seconds into the match. She took a cross from sophomore midfielder Aly Wagner and headed the ball into the net. It was the program's fifth quickest all-time goal. She followed with headers at the 56:42 and 61:24 marks. Celio recorded her seventh point of the night on an assist to Kerry Cathcart's goal with :25 seconds remaining in the match.
In the Rankings Santa Clara remained at 19th for the second consecutive week in the NSCAA/adidas Poll. After the season's first losses to Washington and Notre Dame, the Broncos fell 17 spots after beginning the season ranked second. The ranking marks the first time since 1987 that the Broncos have been out of the top 10. In Soccer America's Poll, the Broncos are also 19th, falling nine spots. Santa Clara is 2-3 vs. currently-ranked opponents this season, defeating No. 6 Connecticut and No. 23 Maryland and falling to Washington, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 15 Virginia. The Broncos will play eight ranked opponents during the regular season, and will conclude a six-match stretch this weekend with contests against No. 5 Stanford and No. 11 California. Also on the schedule is No. 20 Wake Forest (Oct. 1) and No. 23 USC (Oct. 18). In other polls, Santa Clara is 12th by Soccer Times and 21st by SoccerBuzz Magazine. Additionally, SoccerBuzz conducted a vote asking fans which team they thought would most likely win the 2000 NCAA Title. Although North Carolina received 27 percent of the vote, Santa Clara finished close behind, with 22 percent.
Bronco Olympians Santa Clara women's soccer program has long been a training ground for international success, with three players on the Olympic Team that is at the Games in Sydney, Australia, will see. Junior defender Danielle Slaton was named the youngest member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and is the only National Team member with college eligibility remaining. Assistant Coach Brandi Chastain, a 1999 World Cup gold medalist, will set aside her collegiate coaching duties in September to defend her country's 1996 Olympic gold medal. 1999 alumna Nikki Serlenga also made the squad while sophomore midfielder Aly Wagner was named an alternate. The United States opens Olympic competition on Thursday in Melbourne.
In the WCC After spending the majority of the 1999 season ranked No. 1 in the nation, Santa Clara was selected by conference coaches as the favorite to win the West Coast Conference title for the third straight year. Receiving seven first-place votes, the Broncos garnered 49 points from league coaches. Portland was picked second with 40 points, followed by Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Saint Mary's, Pepperdine, Gonzaga and San Francisco.
Hermann Trophy Finalists Senior Heather Aldama, junior Danielle Slaton and sophomore Aly Wagner were named finalists for the 2000 Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced in August. The Hermann Trophy, college soccer's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, honors the outstanding male and female collegiate soccer players in the United States. Fifteen finalists were named. The winners of the 2000 Hermann Trophy will be announced Sat., Dec. 9, in conjunction with the men's College Cup in Charlotte, N.C. Santa Clara and defending NCAA champion North Carolina field three finalists each. Former player Mandy Clemens became the first Bronco to be honored with the Hermann, when she was announced as the 1999 winner. Clemens was only the second SCU player to capture the title of national player of the year. Current Santa Clara assistant coach Brandi Chastain earned postseason honors following the 1990 season as she was named the 1990 ISAA Player of the Year. The Hermann Trophy is named after Robert R. Hermann, founding Chairman of the North American Soccer League. It was first presented in 1967.
The Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium Santa Clara has posted a 118-17-7 record at 6,800-seat Buck Shaw Stadium over the last 11-plus seasons, including a 11-0-0 record in 1999. Over the last five-plus seasons, the Broncos are 68-6-7 (.883) at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Broncos Continue on WCC Winning Streak Santa Clara will look to extended its school-record West Coast Conference winning streak to 18 when the league season begins Fri., Oct 6. The Broncos have not lost a league match since a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 3 Portland Oct. 31, 1997. During the Broncos current streak, the team has outscored the opposition 91-3 with 14 shutouts.
Fresh Faces Santa Clara's 2000 recruiting class was named the fourth best in the West Region by SoccerBuzz Magazine. Nationally, SoccerBuzz ranked the Broncos seventh.
Head Coach Jerry Smith - 14th Season - 207-54-14 Overall Jerry Smith (CS Hayward '86) is in his 14th season as Santa Clara head coach, having compiled an overall record of 207-54-14 (.778) and coaching Santa Clara to 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in the program's history, Smith is fifth on the all-time NCAA coaching victories list. The Broncos have been ranked among the nation's Top 25 every season during Smith's coaching tenure and have finished among the Top 10 in each of the last 11 campaigns. In 1990, Santa Clara finished the season ranked first in the nation. Additionally, he has coached 13 All-Americans, 11 U.S. National Team Players, eight Academic All-Americans and four WCC Freshmen of the Year. He coached 1999 National Player of the Year Mandy Clemens and has been awarded WCC Coach of the Year honors five times.