Sept. 4, 2000
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Second-ranked Santa Clara women's soccer team fell to Washington 2-1 tonight at Buck Shaw Stadium.
With the loss, two streaks ended in the Bronco recordbooks. Santa Clara's 32-match home win streak and its 45-match regular season win streak ended. 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."
Santa Clara falls to 2-1-0 while the Huskies remain undefeated at 4-0-0.
The Huskies' Megan McKinstry put the visitors on the scoreboard by escaping from a scramble with a 7-yard straight shot that found the back of the net. Teammate Caroline Putz scored the game-winner at the 63:08 mark.
Santa Clara senior midfielder Rachel Weber scored her second goal of the season, putting the Broncos on the scoreboard during the 87th minute.
Santa Clara begins a stretch of six straight matches against opponents ranked in the top 25 when it visits South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Tournament. The Broncos will play No. 4 Notre Dame on Fri., Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. CST and then round out the tournament against No. 9 Connecticut on Sun., Sept. 10, at 11 a.m.
Scoring 1 2 Final
Washington 1 2 2
SCU 0 1 1
Washington Solo 7
SCU Gordon 6
WASH Megan McKinstry (Unassisted) 17:17 WASH, 1-0
WASH Caroline Putz (Megan McKinstry) 63:08 WASH, 2-0
SCU Rachel Weber (Unassisted) 87:41 WASH, 2-1
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