No. 24 Men's Soccer Hosts adidas Classic

No. 24 Men's Soccer Hosts adidas Classic

Sept. 17, 2002

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The Santa Clara/adidas Classic
The Santa Clara University men's soccer team will host the Santa Clara adidas/Classic this Thursday and Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The 24th-ranked Broncos will take on cross-town rival San Jose State on day one at 7:30 p.m. which follows the first match between Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco. The Broncos will conclude the tournament on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. when they face Cal State Fullerton. San Francisco and San Jose State met on Sunday, September 15th, which will be considered the fourth game of the tournament for all-tournament and championship considerations.

All-Time Series versus San Jose State
The Broncos and Spartans have met 36 previous times dating back to 1967 with SJSU holding the slimest of advantages at 18-17-1. Since 1986 however, the Broncos hold a commanding 13-3-0 record against San Jose State including a 2-1 overtime victory last season in Buck Shaw Stadium. In that match the Spartans scored the game's first goal in the 88th minute before Santa Clara's Zach Knight scored his first collegiate goal with only :34 seconds remaining in the contest. The Broncos pulled out the win when senior Anthony Chimienti scored in the eighth minute of overtime.

Scouting the Spartans
San Jose State enters Thursday's game with Santa Clara having a 2-3-0 record, including two losses in a row. The Spartans lost to Alabama A&M by a 3-2 score in overtime on September 13th and followed that up with a loss to San Francisco just two days later by a count of 2-0. Randy Poggio leads SJSU in scoring on the season with his three goals and two assists. Daniel Benton has taken the majority of the minutes in goal for the Spartans, holding a 0.93 goals-against average in just under 300 minutes of play.

All-Time Series versus Cal State Fullerton
The Broncos and Titans have met 16 prvious times entering Saturday's contest with the first meeting coming in 1972 and the last in 1997. The Broncos hold a 10-5-1 all-time advantage over CSUF but have dropped its last two meetings. The Titans beat the Broncos in Buck Shaw Stadium during the 1996 season by a 3-2 score in overtime and followed that up with another victory in 1997 with a 2-1 win in Fullerton, Calif.

Scouting the Titans
Cal State Fullerton enters this weekend's tournament with a 1-2-1 overall record and will face San Francisco in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday. They are led by Hector Orellana who has scored three of the team's four goals. Adriano Lima has the Titans' only other goal while David Dischner and Brent Whitfield have the only CSUF assists on the season. Sam Reynold has taken all by 28 minutes between the pipes for the Titans and has a 2.31 goals-against average.

Rivalry Series Begins Thursday
Intercollegiate athletic teams from Santa Clara University and San Jose State University have increased incentive to win when they play each other with the creation of a rivalry series, Santa Clara Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick and San Jose State Director of Athletics Chuck Bell announced in conjunction with Dean Munro, the executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority. The first game of the series will take place Thursday when the Spartan men's soccer team travels to Buck Shaw Stadium to take on the Broncos in the annual adidas Classic. The annual winner of the series, presented in association with the San Jose Sports Authority, will be determined by a points system based on head-to-head competition in the 13 sports in which the two schools compete. The head-to-head winner of each sport receives a predetermined number of points for that particular school. The winner of the series will be announced at the final scheduled competition between the two schools.

Up Next for the Broncos: Bay Area Pac-10 Showdowns
The 24th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos will face-off with two of its local Bay Area rivals next week, both of whom are in the Pac-10 Conference. The Broncos will take on California in Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. They will then take on the Cardinal of Stanford on Sunday, September 29th at 2:30 p.m. Both of these teams began their rivalry with Santa Clara in 1967, with Stanford facing the Broncos at least a year since the series inception, whereas Cal and SCU have face each other once a year with the exceptions of the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

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