Posted: Sep 05, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer will play its third consecutive road match on Monday at 5 p.m. PT, facing Missouri State in the first meeting between the two schools.
The Broncos (1-3) will look to pick up its first win since the season opener after dropping a pair in Virginia last weekend, losing at No. 25 Old Dominion, 3-0, on Friday and falling at VCU, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday.
Against the nationally ranked ODU, the start of the match was delayed by an hour due to lightning in the area. The Broncos gave up a goal in the first half and a pair in the second half in dropping the road opener to the Monarchs. And against VCU, which was an NCAA Tournament team last season, Santa Clara battled VCU through 90 minutes of scoreless play in regulation but conceded the golden goal seven minutes into overtime.
Monday's match is the first meeting between Missouri State 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
• 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.
• Santa Clara plays 11 of its 17 regular season matches on the road this season. The match against Missouri State will be the Broncos third consecutive road match.
• After the season opening home stand, the Broncos plays seven of its next eight matches on the road including traveling to four states (Virginia, Missouri, Georgia and Ohio) from Aug. 31 to Oct. 2.
• Jimenez scored the game winner in the last two Broncos wins against a pair of teams 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 seven 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 four 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.
• Eduardo Lopez Perez made his Bronco debut against ODU, logging 34 minutes. The freshman from San Jose, California, logged 41 minutes in the next match versus VCU.
• The Broncos started the same lineup in the first three of four matches: GK Havlick, Aasen, Smith, Christensen, Achramowicz, Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Addai, Carter, Gillingham and Robinson.
• In the match against ODU, Nate Shue started in place of Addai.
• Bravo and Camacho Soto have come off the bench in all matches.
• Against ODU, six players came in as a substitute, the most this season.
• Freshman Eduardo Lopez Perez made his Bronco debut against ODU.
• The Broncos are 0-2 in overtime matches this season, losing 2-1 at home against UAB in the 103rd minute of double overtime and 1-0 in the 97th minute of overtime at VCU.
• 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 playing every minute of the first four contests (379:38 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).
Missouri State is led by head coach Jon Leamy who is in his 27th season with the Bears compiling a 253-182-59 record. The Bears are coming off a 9-5-3 campaign in 2017 finishing first in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 5-2-1 record. Missouri State returns 12 letterwinners including eight starters and welcome 14 newcomers.
The Bears are 2-0-1 so far in 2018 having beaten UKMC, 3-1, on the road to open the season followed by a 1-1 tie against Cal State Fullerton in the home opener and a 2-0 win at Omaha. Missouri State plays Mercer on Sept. 7 before hosting the Broncos on Monday.
Josh Dolling leads the team with two goals. A trio of players, Conor Ingram, Dylan De Jong and Aadne Bruseth each have a goal and an assist to their credit this season. Michael Creek has been the goalkeeper in each of the three matches, allowing just two goals for a 0.62 GAA to go along with 12 saves for a .857 save percentage.