Oct. 14, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
The No. 20 Santa Clara women's soccer team (8-5-1) continues play this weekend with two West Coast Conference road matches, taking on San Francisco Friday evening at 5 p.m. and Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Bronco offense is averaging 1.43 goals per game (20 total goals), while the defense has earned five shutouts. Redshirt senior Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.) is leading the team in goals with four, while five others have found the net at least twice and four others have registered one goal each. Angeli also leads the team in points (10), followed by junior Maxine Goynes (Modesto, Calif.) with nine, and senior Kiki Bosio (Mission Viejo, Calif.) with eight. Sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.) has started all 14 contests, keeping five clean sheets and carrying a goals-against-average of 0.94.
LAST WEEK'S WRAP UP
Santa Clara had a single-game weekend, falling 1-0 to San Diego in its conference opener at Torero Stadium. The Broncos fell victim to an 88th minute goal in a game that was short on offense. Santa Clara outshot the Toreros 9-5 in the match, but only one of the shots forced goalkeeper Courtney Parsons to make a save. Bronco goalkeeper Bianca Henninger suffered a concussion just minutes into the second half that could make her questionable for this weekend's matches against the Dons and the Gaels.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons are currently 6-1-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play after defeating Saint Mary's 2-1 in overtime at home this past weekend. The win over the Gaels was San Francisco's biggest of the season to date and along with a 1-0 win over Seattle University on Sept. 27, helped dissipate the frustration of five straight ties from Sept. 11 to Sept. 25. Cal State Fullerton is the only common opponent with Santa Clara aside from conference, and the Dons tied the Titans 1-1 in Fullerton. Kristina Hall leads the San Francisco offense with four goals, one assist, and nine points. Megan Connor follows with three goals, one assists, and seven points. In net, Kelly Poehle has started 12 contests, has four shutouts, and a GAA of 0.56 (only seven goals allowed). As a team, the Dons have seven shutouts. San Francisco has never defeated the Broncos, who have a 25-0 perfect record against the Dons.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels (8-6 overall, 0-1 WCC) have been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team this year, having not been able to put together a winning streak over two-straight. Saint Mary's opened the season with a win, but just two games later were bounced, 8-1, by Colorado at the Denver tournament after falling to the Pioneers. The Gaels recovered from the loss to the Buffaloes to beat Texas 2-1 at California, and only fell by a goal to then-ranked No. 10 Texas A&M. In the derby with Cal, Saint Mary's lost 4-1, but held unanimous No. 1 Stanford's high powered offense to only one goal on Sept. 27, then dropped a 2-1 decision to San Francisco. Jess Menzhuber has knocked in nine goals and added four assists for 22 points, while Daelyn Paul has five goals of her own. Goalie Tara Larson has played in 13 games, has two shutouts, 18 goals against, and a GAA of 1.37. Santa Clara is 25-3-4 all time versus the Gaels and in the last meeting tied them 1-1.
BRONCOS GETTING NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Santa Clara has had numerous players recognized nationally by several different media outlets this season. The Broncos have had five CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week selections [Angeli (9/8, 9/14), Vernon (9/14), Bosio (9/22), Reynolds (9/22)], one TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week selection [Henninger (9/14)], and two WCC Players of the Week [Angeli (9/14), Bosio (9/21)]. In the polls, Santa Clara checks in at No. 20 in the NSCAA National Rankings and No. 22 on SoccerTimes.com.
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 ... senior Katherine Reynolds is on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List.
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Live stats from the San Francisco match will be available on CBS College Sports' GameTracker.
Santa Clara will have a three-game home stand, taking on Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and Portland at Buck Shaw before closing out the regular season on the road against Gonzaga.