SCU Men Finish First Weekend of WCC Play Unbeaten

Kevin Klasila
Kevin Klasila

PORTLAND, Ore. – Santa Clara University's men's soccer team continues to play well, generating a series of chances to beat 25th-ranked University of Portland Sunday, before settling with a 1-1 draw on the road.

Santa Clara (4-4-2; 1-0-1 WCC) remains unbeaten after the first weekend of league play, topping Gonzaga 3-1 Friday in Spokane before finishing the road trip with the tie in Portland.

"It's not often you leave (Portland) feeling dissapointed after a tie," said Santa Clara's ninth-year head coach Cameron Rast. "But today we were able to get it to the right guys, the guys we wanted to, but hit a couple posts, a crossbar and had some one-v-one breakaways that we couldn't finish.

"But when you look at it overall, we played with the intent to score and intent to pressure and that's important. There is no doubt we are headed in the right direction."

The Broncos out-shot the Pilots 17-13 and after a scoreless first half, Murphy Campbell put the Broncos in front 1-0 just minutes after the intermission. Campbell connected from point blank range after his initial shot hit the post.

No. 25 Portland (4-1-4; 1-0-1 WCC) responded with an equalizer in the 72nd minute when Steven Evans put a 25-yard shot past SCU goalkeeper Kevin Klasila.

Both teams threatened with chances up until the regular time ended, forcing overtime – Santa Clara's second OT match of the year and the fifth in nine games for UP.

SCU's Klasila and UP keeper Austin Guerrero made some nice stops in the late stages, and in the extra time, to keep the game knotted at 1-1.

All-WCC forward Erik Hurtado, a Portland native, had four shots playing in front of the family and friends who came out to watch him at Merlo Field Sunday. He was coming off a three-point effort in the Broncos' win over the Zags Friday.

The Broncos will now prepare to host local rival USF Friday night at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information call 408-554-4660.