Sept. 16, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Fresh off two huge victories over two top-ten opponents, the No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team (5-2-0) will travel the short distance up El Camino Real to Stanford University this weekend to take part in the Stanford/Nike Classic. The Broncos will face Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 before facing off against No. 23 Colorado at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Santa Clara re-entered the NSCAA National Poll this week at No. 12 courtesy of two two-goal wins over then-No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 7 Purdue after being left out of the rankings last week. The Broncos also reached as high as No. 10 nationally on this week's Soccer America's poll.
The Broncos are undefeated at home this season, going 3-0 on Buck Shaw and 5-2 overall. Santa Clara has converted 13 of its 42 shots on goal (.511) and has only allowed four goals this season, two of which have come during the run of play. Redshirt senior and central defender Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.) leads the team with three goals and seven points, and all three of her goals have been game-winners (penalty kick, flip throw-in follow up, and free kick). Freshman Amanda Webster (Saugus, Mass.) follows Angeli with two goals and five points. Fellow freshman Lauren Matheson (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and junior Anessa Patton (Fresno, Calif.) also have two goals each and junior Maxine Goynes (Modesto, Calif.) leads in assists (2). Sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.) has played every minute in goal and carries a 0.56 goals-against-average with three shutouts.
The Badgers are 4-2-1 overall, having defeated regional opponents Green Bay, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, and DePaul, while falling 3-0 to Notre Dame in their opening game of the season. Alev Kelter leads in scoring with two goals, as Wisconsin has only managed to find the net five times this season. Goalies Michelle Dalton and Lauren Gunderson have shared time in the net, and each has two shutouts to their name. Dalton has played in five games and looks to be the starter against the Broncos and carries a GAA of 0.96. Santa Clara is 1-1-0 all-time against the Badgers, and last played them in 1994, earning a 4-0 victory over the Big Ten side.
The Buffaloes are 4-3 on the season and captured a 1-0 win over then-ranked No. 11 Oklahoma State to open the year. Colorado has played a demanding schedule, playing two other top-15 teams (losing by one goal to Illinois and by two to Florida) and has played topped two common opponents with the Broncos (8-1 victory over Saint Mary's and 2-1 over Utah). Two players, Kelly Butler and Nikki Marshall, have three goals and seven others have found the net. Erin Bricker and Ally Goodman each share the lead in assists with two, while goalkeeper Kara Linder has started every game and has a GAA of 1.17 with two shutouts. Sunday's meeting will be the first between the two teams.
Santa Clara returned 17 letterwinners and lost four, only one of which was a starter (goalkeeper Meagan McCray) ... the Bronco freshman class of 10 players was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's best in the nation ... Santa Clara was picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference table behind Portland and San Diego ... NSCAA Ranking: No. 12 ... SoccerTimes.com rank: No. 16 ... SoccerBuzz.com rank: NA ... Soccer America rank: No. 10 .... TopDrawerSoccer.com rank: No. 30 ... CollegeSoccer360.com rank: No. 15 ...
ANGELI EARNS WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Jordan Angeli picked up her first WCC Player of the Week honor of the season, co-earning the award with Portland's Michelle Enyeart. Angeli scored the game-winner against the Irish, a 35-yard blast in the first half and helped the Bronco defense only allow one goal, 13 shots, four combined shots-on-goal, and three corner kicks to two top-ten opponents at the Santa Clara Classic. Angeli was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
COLLEGESOCCER360.COM RECOGNIZES TWO BRONCOS THIS WEEK
Angeli and freshman Allie Vernon (Homer Glen, Ill.) were honored by CollegeSoccer360.com this week on the site's Primetime Performers of the Week National Team. This is the second honor for Angeli this season, and the first for Vernon, who earned her first career goal and assist over the weekend.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS ONLINE
This weekend's matches will be webcast on Stanford's All-Access channel, and live stats will also be available on Gametracker. To access Stanford's All-Access channel, which is a pay service, head to gostanford.com.
Following this weekend's tournament, Santa Clara will begin a four-game homestand against one Big West team and three Pac-10 teams, taking on CS Fullerton (9/25), USC (9/27), Stanford (10/1), and California (10/4).