2014 Santa Clara Women's Soccer News

September 21, 2014
Broncos Top Davis 3-1 in Front of Huge Crowd
In front of a raucous crowd of students the night before classes begin, Santa Clara women’s soccer topped UC Davis by a final of 3-1. The win puts the Broncos at 5-4-0 on the season while the Aggies are 3-7-0.

September 20, 2014
Bronco Women's Soccer Falls at No. 4 Stanford
Playing its second consecutive ranked opponent, Santa Clara women’s soccer fell to No. 4 Stanford by a final of 3-0. The loss puts the Broncos at 4-4-0 on the season while the Cardinal are 7-0-1.

September 18, 2014
Women's Soccer Faces Tough Road Test at No. 4 Stanford, Returns Home To Face Davis
Getting set for another tough road test, Santa Clara women's soccer plays at No. 4 Stanford on Fri., Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to play UC Davis Sun., Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks at the game vs. Davis to welcome back SCU students. Last week the Broncos topped Dayton 1-0 before falling at No. 11 Cal 1-0. Santa Clara is now 4-3-0 on the season.

September 15, 2014
Jerry Smith Coaching For Life Academy Launches With Free Workshop Oct 9
We're less than a month away from the FREE Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy launch and inaugural workshop on Thurs., Oct. 9 from 11:30 am - 1 pm! Start off Grand Reunion weekend right by attending our exciting event, featuring some esteemed surprise guest speakers and a celebratory luncheon.

September 14, 2014
Early Goal Sinks Women's Soccer at Cal
In the first road game of the year, No. 24 Santa Clara women’s soccer fell to No. 11 Cal by a final of 1-0. The loss puts the Broncos at 4-3-0 on the season while the Bears are 7-1-0.

September 12, 2014
First Half Goal Holds Up for Women's Soccer vs. Dayton
Wrapping-up its six-game season-opening home stand, No. 24 Santa Clara women’s soccer beat Dayton by a final of 1-0. The win puts the Broncos at 4-2-0 on the season while the Flyers are 2-4-1.

September 11, 2014
Women's Soccer Hosts Dayton, Travels to No. 11 Cal
Coming off a thrilling comeback win, No. 24 Santa Clara women’s soccer plays two matches this week, including its first road game of the season. The Broncos host Dayton at 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 12 before traveling to Berkeley to take on No. 11 Cal Sun., Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The game against Dayton will be called on SantaClaraBroncos.com by Aly Wagner '03 and David Gentile. The game vs. Cal will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.

September 8, 2014
Huerta Nabs WCC Player of the Week After Hat Trick
Coming off the third hat trick of her career, Sofia Huerta of No. 16 women’s soccer was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the second time in her career she has received the honor. Huerta helped the Broncos come back from a 3-1 deficit vs. Fresno State. She now has six goals on the young season, tied for third most in the country and tops in the WCC.

September 7, 2014
Huerta's Hat Trick Helps Broncos to Wild Comeback Win vs. Fresno State
Looking to bounce back, No. 16 Santa Clara women’s soccer had a comeback win vs. Fresno State by a final of 4-3. The win puts the Broncos at 3-2-0 on the season while the Bulldogs are 1-5-0.

September 6, 2014
Broncos Fall to Irish at Buck Shaw
In its second matchup against a top-25 team, No. 16 Santa Clara women’s soccer fell to No. 25 Notre Dame by a final of 2-0. The loss puts the Broncos at 2-2-0 on the season while the Fighting Irish are 3-2-0.

September 4, 2014
Bronco Women's Soccer To Face No. 25 Notre Dame, Fresno State at Buck Shaw
Getting ready for a top-25 matchup, No. 16 Santa Clara women’s soccer will play No. 25 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 5 and Fresno State at 2:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 7. Both games will be preceded by a men’s soccer game as part of doubleheaders. Last week Santa Clara topped Florida International 1-0 on a late goal to move to 2-1-0 on the season.

September 4, 2014
Kat McAuliffe Has High Hopes and Expectations
Senior Kat McAuliffe (KM) spoke to Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) about her aspirations for the upcoming season and how the women’s soccer team can reach these goals.

September 4, 2014
No 16 Women's Soccer vs No 25 Notre Dame Preview
The No. 16 Santa Clara women's soccer team previews its upcoming match with No. 25 Notre Dame on Fri., Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

September 3, 2014
Athletics Excited to Have Aly Wagner ’03 on Six 2014 Soccer Broadcasts
Scoring the game-winning goal of the Broncos' 2001 NCAA title game vs. UNC, Santa Clara is excited to welcome back Bronco women’s soccer alumnus Aly Wagner ’03! Wagner will work along side play-by-play announcer David Gentile as the color commentator on six Bronco soccer matches this fall. Three of those matches will be in September, including Friday’s tilt for the women vs. Notre Dame and the men's soccer match vs. Cal on Sept. 26. The pair will also call the women's match vs. Dayton and three West Coast Conference matches.

August 30, 2014
Women's Soccer Wins Tight Match vs. Florida International
No. 15 Santa Clara women’s soccer topped Florida International by a final of 1-0 on Friday night at Buck Shaw. The win puts the Broncos at 2-1-0 on the season while the Panthers are 1-2-0.

August 27, 2014
Women's Soccer To Host Florida International
After opening the season with a win and a loss, No. 15 Santa Clara women’s soccer will host Florida International at 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 29 in the Broncos lone game of the week. Last week Santa Clara topped UC Irvine 2-0 in the season-opener but fell to Cal 2-1 in overtime. The Broncos are 1-1-0 on the young season. This will be the first time Santa Clara and Florida International have met.

August 24, 2014
Broncos Fall to Cal in Overtime
In an early season matchup of NCAA Tournament contenders, No. 10 Santa Clara women’s soccer lost to Cal by a final of 2-1 in overtime. The loss puts the Broncos at 1-1-0 on the season while the Bears are 2-0-0.

August 23, 2014
Broncos Win Season-Opener 2-0 vs. UC Irvine
Kicking off the 2014 season, No. 10 Santa Clara women’s soccer topped UC Irvine by a final of 2-0. The win puts the Broncos at 1-0-0 on the season while the Anteaters are 0-1-0.

August 22, 2014
Julie Johnston Named National Women's Soccer League Rookie of the Year
Former Bronco women’s soccer All-American Julie Johnston was named the National Women’s Soccer League 2014 Rookie of the Year. Johnston was the No. 3 overall selection in the draft last year. She scored two goals and added two assists in 21 games during her rookie season with the Chicago Red Stars.

August 21, 2014
Kiara Burkett Transfers to Play Soccer at SCU
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Kiara Burkett (KB) shares with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) her unique experience as a transfer from CSU Bakersfield and how she will transfer the skills that she learned there to be successful playing soccer at Santa Clara University.

August 21, 2014
Bronco Women's Soccer Opens 2014 Season vs. UC Irvine, Cal
With every team possessing a blank slate, No. 10 Santa Clara women’s soccer begins its 2014 season this week with games vs. UC Irvine and Cal at Buck Shaw. The season-opener will be Fri., Aug. 22 vs. UC Irvine at 7 p.m. with the second game vs. Cal on Sun., Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.

August 18, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Soccer Preseason Trip: GoPro Edition
Last week, the Santa Clara women's soccer team went to Bear Valley, California for the preseason team retreat. The women participated in rock climbing, swimming, solving riddles, and much more. Check out how the team is doing before the upcoming season! Credit to Sofia Huerta for filming with the GoPro! The team takes on UC Irvine for the first match of the season on Friday, August 22 at 7pm in Buck Shaw Stadium.

August 15, 2014
Bronco Women's Soccer Ready for 2014 Season
Coming off an appearance in the Sweet 16, Santa Clara women’s soccer, ranked No. 10 in the country, is almost ready to start the 2014 season and try to make the 25th NCAA Tournament in program history. The Broncos will open the season Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. vs. UC Irvine. Last year Santa Clara finished 16-4-2 overall and 8-1-0 in the West Coast Conference en route to a share of the 10th conference title in program history.

August 14, 2014
Anjel Brown - Transferring to SCU
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Anjel Brown (AB) decided to transfer to SCU to play soccer as a Bronco. She shares with Santa Clara Bronco (SCB) her experience and how she will bring what she has learned to the team.

August 13, 2014
Women's Soccer Has Two Named to Preseason All-WCC Team
Santa Clara women’s soccer had two players named to the 2014 All-WCC Preseason Team on Tuesday. Senior Sofia Huerta, recently named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, and sophomore Jordan Jesolva were the two Broncos honored. Santa Clara was also picked to finish third in the WCC behind BYU and Portland. The Broncos, Cougars, and Pilots all received three first place votes from the league’s coaches, with San Diego picking up the final first place vote.

August 8, 2014
Sofia Huerta Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
With her team ranked No. 10 in the country, Sofia Huerta of Santa Clara women’s soccer was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. Huerta, a senior from Boise, Idaho, was named Third Team All-American, First Team All-West Region, and First Team All-WCC.

August 7, 2014
Women's Soccer Starts Season Ranked in Top-10
With the first official practice in the books, Santa Clara women’s soccer starts the 2014 season ranked No. 10 in the country in the initial NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I rankings. The Broncos finished 2013 ranked No. 7 in the country with a record of 16-4-2 after failing to advance in a Sweet 16 matchup at Virginia Tech in penalty kicks.

July 17, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Inside View of Women's Soccer Summer Camp
In this edition of EYEBRONCO report, women's soccer players Katie Speidel and Nikki Ambrose, and director of soccer operations Lisa Oyen Ljubicic talk about the joyful experience of hosting a youth soccer camp on the Mission campus .

July 14, 2014
Mariana Galvan: Back in the Game
Mariana Galvan (MG) talked with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) about her experience playing soccer at SCU her freshman year. Coming back from an injury proved a trying time for Galvan. Now she is back and ready to play and support her school, including working at Bronco summer camps.

June 25, 2014
EYEBRONCO: SCU Celebrity Tournament Participants Talk Golf Game
In the last of three SCU Celebrity Golf Tournament videos, EYEBRONCO reporter Yannick Atanga catches up with several participants to talk about supporting Santa Clara and their golf game. Find out who has hit a hole in one, who has a double eagle to their name and what the celebrities thought about the event.

June 24, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Kristine Lilly, Khalif Barnes, Aly Wagner in Closest to the Pin
At Monday's first annual SCU Celebrity Golf Tournament, current and former Broncos joined a host of sports celebrities for a closest to the pin competition at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. EYEBRONCO reporter David Gentile caught up with competition winner Kristine Lilly — the most capped player in U.S. women's soccer history, Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Khalif Barnes and 2001 Santa Clara women's soccer national champion Aly Wagner.

June 23, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Soccer Celebrity Golf Fundraiser - World Cup Edition
Santa Clara University Athletics hosted the first annual SCU Celebrity Golf Tournament – with more than 25 sports celebrities — benefitting the Bronco Bench Foundation and the Bronco women's soccer program on Mon., June 23 at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. Sports celebrities included former Super Bowl Champion players, a World Series Champion Manager, a Super Bowl referee, a Heisman Trophy Winner, World Cup Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists, MLB All-Stars, the current head coaches of the MLS Earthquakes and NHL Sharks -- the list goes on and on! In his first day as an EYEBRONCO reporter, men's basketball senior Yannick Atanga caught up with a number of the celebrities to talk World Cup soccer!

June 16, 2014
Women's Soccer Partners with GPSports
Santa Clara women’s soccer recently announced a partnership with Globally Positioning Sport (GPSports). The Broncos will be using the SPI HPU unit and SPI IQ software in their training and conditioning.

June 13, 2014
Attention 2014 SCU Graduates/Alums & Those Looking for Bronco Father's Day Gifts: Receive 10% Off the Broncos' On-Line Store Now!
Attention Bronco 2014 graduates, alums, family and friends – just in time for Santa Clara University’s 2014 graduation and Father's Day on back-to-back days in June – receive 10 percent off of the Broncos on-line retail store through July 31, 2014!

June 13, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Seniors Show off Graduation Cap Designs
Several Santa Clara seniors stopped by the Leavey Center to snap some photos for media relations in their graduation attire Friday afternoon. EYEBRONCO caught up with the student-athletes to talk about their cap designs (or lack thereof). Check out the creativity in this video!

June 11, 2014
Women's Soccer Great Brandi Chastain to Speak at Undergraduate Commencement June 14
Santa Clara University will honor world famous soccer athlete, champion of girls' health, 1991 SCU graduate and women's soccer Volunteer Assistant Coach Brandi Chastain at the University's 163rd undergraduate commencement ceremony June 14. Chastain's selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women's athletics at Santa Clara which the University celebrates this year.

June 10, 2014
$7.7 Million Gift from Stevens Family Helps Launch Athletic Program Enhancements at Santa Clara University
A $7.7 million gift being announced today from Santa Clara University alumna and trustee, Mary Stevens '84, and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, marks the first step in a significant recommitment of University resources, time, and talent to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University.

June 10, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Athletics Breaks Ground on Stevens' Soccer Center
A $7.7 million gift being announced today from Santa Clara University alumna and trustee, Mary Stevens '84, and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, marks the first step in a significant recommitment of University resources, time, and talent to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University. EYEBRONCO's team of reporters was on hand to talk with athletics staff and capture all the day's action.

June 3, 2014
Ali Jones Talks About Her Goals for the Upcoming Season
With the regular season schedule all mapped out, Ali Jones (AJ) and the women's soccer team have their sights set on making a run in the NCAA tournament as well as winning another Conference Championship. Jones, a rising junior, explains to us the importance of building team chemistry in the off season as well as some changes in the team's preparation moving into the season.

May 30, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Soccer Photo Day
EYEBRONCO reporter Nici Gilday chats with four women's soccer players — Sofia Huerta, Nikki Ambrose, Katie Speidel and Alyssa Kleiner — during their fall poster photo shoot. Topics include the best dressed player, midnight snacks and which player makes her teammates laugh the most.

May 22, 2014
Santa Clara Women's Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule
Coming off the 10th West Coast Conference title in program history, Santa Clara women’s soccer announced its schedule for the 2014 season. The Broncos will open up with six straight home games before hitting the road. Conference play opens with three road games and the regular season wraps-up with three straight home contests.

May 14, 2014
Women's Soccer Finishes Spring Season Ready for Fall
As the Broncos women’s soccer 2014 spring season has come to an end, head coach Jerry Smith gives an optimistic rundown about how he felt the spring season went. In addition, Smith also highlights a good number of his players this spring for stepping up and improving in areas that needed be to improved on an individual scale.

May 12, 2014
Andi Tostanoski Looks Back on the Spring Season
Andi Tostanoski (AT) is thankful for all the people in her life who support and challenge her as she plays soccer on the Santa Clara women’s team.