Posted: Sep 12, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer plays a ranked opponent for the second time this season when it travels to take on No. 17 UC Davis (4-0-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.
The Broncos (1-4) played at then-No. 25 Old Dominion on Aug. 31 in the first of five consecutive road games. Saturday's contest is the fourth straight contest on the road as the Broncos will look to pick up their first road win of the season.
Santa Clara is coming off a gut wrenching 3-2 loss in double overtime to Missouri State on Monday, coming back from two goals down to send the match to overtime before falling in the 108th minute. It was the third overtime loss on the season, all coming in the last four games.
Santa Clara is 4-2-2 all-time against UC Davis with the first meeting in 1972. The two schools last met in 2004, in the USF/Diadora Classic with the Broncos prevailing 4-1.
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 UC Davis will be the Broncos fourth consecutive road match.
• The Broncos play four 2017 NCAA Tournament teams on the road (Old Dominion, VCU, Pacific and San Francisco) and one at home (Cal).
• 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 eight 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 five 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.
• Carter and Bravo each scored their first goal as a Bronco in Monday's double overtime loss against Missouri State.
• Eduardo Lopez Perez made his Bronco debut against ODU, logging 34 minutes. The freshman from San Jose, California has seen increased playing time since his debut with 41 minutes against VCU and 68 minutes against Missouri State.
• The Broncos started the same lineup in the first three of five matches: GK Havlick, Aasen, Smith, Christensen, Achramowicz, Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Addai, Carter, Gillingham and Robinson.
• In the match against ODU and Missouri State, 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.
• In all five matches this season, the Broncos have started seven underclassmen in each match (Aasen, Smith, Christensen, Achramowicz, Ruiz Duran, Addai/Shue, and Carter).
• The Broncos are 0-3 in overtime matches this season, all coming within the last four matches. Santa Clara lost: 2-1 at home against UAB (Aug. 26) in the 103rd minute of double overtime; 1-0 in the 97th minute of overtime at VCU (Sept. 2) and 3-2 in the 108th minutes of double overtime at Missouri State (Sept. 10).
• 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 match against UAB.
• Havlick, Carter and Gillingham have all gone the distance playing every minute of the first five contests (486:56 minutes) this season.
• The Broncos have scored all five of its goals in the second half.
• 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 faced Missouri State on Sept. 10 and will face another 'State' school in Georgia State (Sept. 29).
UC Davis (4-0-2) is currently ranked No. 17 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Rankings and off to its best start since the 2014 season. Saturday's match at Aggie Soccer Field is only the second home match of the year, having playing five of the first six matches on the road.
The Aggies are led by head coach Dwayne Shaffer who is in his 22nd year at the helm compiling an overall record of 212-172-56. Last season, the Aggies finished 11-7-3 and advanced to the Big West conference championship match for the second time in the program's history. The 11 wins were the third most in program history.
UC Davis returns 12 letterwinners including three – senior defender Roy Boateng, junior midfielder Adam Mickelson and sophomore midfielder Nabi Kibunguchy - that were named on the preseason all-conference team.
Boateng, the reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Year, spearheads the Aggies defensive unit that posted a 0.70 goals against average in conference play with five shutouts in 2017. The Aggies defense is just as stingy this season with a 0.67 goals against average. Goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley has three clean sheets to his credit allowing just three goals with a .864 save percentage in 576 minutes of play.
Mickleson, who led the team in points (15) and assists (7) in 2017 again leads the team in both categories this season with nine points and three assists (along with Robert Mejia) to go along with three goals.