Posted: Sep 01, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer will remain in the state of Virginia making the 93-mile trip from Norfolk to Richmond to play VCU on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT.
The Broncos (1-2) are coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 25 Old Dominion on Friday night at Norfolk as it looks to even its record in the east coast trip.
For an in-depth preview to the 2018 Santa Clara squad, read the season preview and watch Head Coach Cam Rast and captain Brandon Gillingham talk about the upcoming season.
Sunday's match is the first meeting between VCU and Santa Clara.
Broncos Team Information
• Sixteen players with playing experience return including eight who played 11 or more games last season.
• Broncos welcome 11 newcomers – 10 freshmen plus one transfer (Alan Camacho Soto) from Temple.
• Top three goal scorers were lost to graduation: Carlos Delgadillo (6), Valdemar Andersen (5), Yoshi Chaffin (3).
• Returning goal scorers (2017 stats): Javier Ruiz Duran (2), Miles Robinson (2), Nate Shue (2), Brandon Gillingham (1), Andres Jimenez (1).
• Returning goalkeepers (2017 stats): Dakota Havlick (8 games played, 3-4-1 record, 1.70 Goals Against Average, .622 save percentage), Henning Jolivet (6 GP, 0-5, 3.26 GAA, .575), Aran O'Brien (3 GP, 0-2, 2.71 GAA, .611).
• Sophomores: 10 (Alex Achramowicz, Isaac Addai, Javier Ruiz Duran, Matt Golbranson (RS), Henning Jolivet (RS), Aran O'Brien, Isaac Olusina, Nate Shue (RS), Terrell Smith, Alan Camacho Soto)
• Freshmen: 11 (Martin Aasen, Alejandro Barajas (RS), Julian Bravo, Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen, RJ Egdorf, Presten Manthey, Alejandro Perez, Eduardo Lopez Perez, Tennyson Stevens (RS), Bishop Washington)
Across the Globe
• The Bronco roster fields a squad composed of player hometowns from nine states and five countries.
o States: California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington
o Countries: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Spain, United States
• Junior midfielder Miles Robinson is from Woodbridge, Virginia.
• Javier Ruiz Duran led the team with two goals in the preseason, scoring a goal in each of the two contests.
• Alan Camacho Soto got on the score sheet in each of the preseason contests, scoring a goal against Sacramento State and recording an assist against San José State.
• Jimenez has scored the game winner in the last two Broncos wins against a pair of team from San Diego dating back to last season. In the 2018 season opener, the senior from Gilroy, California scored the game winner on a penalty kick in the 64th minute against San Diego State. In last season's final game against San Diego, Jimenez scored the game winner in the 85th minute to give the Broncos a 1-0 win.
• Havlick has recorded a clean sheet in three of the last six matches, dating back to last season. The senior captain has seven career shutouts including one in the 2018 season opener.
• The freshmen trio of Aasen, Christensen and Carter all started the first three matches of the season on the backline along with sophomore Terrell Smith.
• Sophomore transfer Alan Camacho Soto (from Temple) and freshman Julian Bravo have come off the bench to play in all matches this season.
• Camacho Soto is the lone Bronco who has been on the scoring sheet in the first two matches – he recorded an assist in the season opener against San Diego State and scored a goal in the second match versus UAB.
• Freshman Eduardo Lopez Perez made his Bronco debut on Friday against ODU.
• The Broncos started the same lineup in the first two matches: GK Havlick, Aasen, Smith, Christensen, Achramowicz, Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Addai, Carter, Gillingham and Robinson.
• In the Friday's match against ODU, Nate Shue started in place of Addai.
• Agosti, Bravo and Camacho Soto have come off the bench in all matches.
• Matt Golbranson made his season debut against ODU on Friday.
• Against ODU, six players came in as a substitute, the most this season.
• With the season opening win against San Diego State, Broncos head coach Cam Rast improved his record in season openers to 9-8 including 4-4 at home.
• The season opening win was the first since 2014 when the Broncos beat Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2, in overtime. It was also the last road-opening win.
• Including the preseason, Ruiz Duran scored a goal in the first three matches this season, a streak that was broken in the last match against UAB.
• Havlick, Carter and Gillingham have all gone the distance (283 minutes) this season.
• The season opener against San Diego State was the third consecutive match the Broncos faced a "State" school. Santa Clara's first two preseason matches came against Sacramento State and San José State.
• The Broncos will face two more 'State' schools this season against Missouri State (Sept. 10) and Georgia State (Sept. 29).
VCU is 2-1 on the season having playing all its matches at home at Sports Backers Stadium. Sunday's match against will conclude its four-game homestand before it travels to Indiana.
The Rams are coming off a 12-7 campaign making it to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship match for the third consecutive year to earn the No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. VCU lost its top three goal scorers from the squad but return junior midfielder Siad Haji who led the team and ranked second in the A-10 conference in assists with eight last season.
VCU was picked second in the 2018 A-10 preseason poll.