Posted: Sep 19, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After playing five consecutive road matches, Santa Clara men's soccer returns home to Stevens Stadium to host Cal on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.
Since the season opening weekend in late August, the Broncos have traversed through multiple time zones playing against a pair of 2017 NCAA tournament teams in Old Dominion and VCU, followed by a trip to Missouri State before playing a couple of in-state schools, UC Davis and Cal Poly, last week.
The Broncos finished with a 1-4 record on the road but ended on a high note by winning the last outing at Cal Poly, 2-0, on Tuesday night.
Cal (4-1-2) is the third 2017 NCAA tournament team that the Broncos are playing in this young season with the lone loss coming against preseason West Coast Conference favorite, Pacific, 2-1. The match in Stockton, California was the only true road game the Bears have played thus far. The Bears also played a neutral site match against Sacramento State at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.
Saturday's match will close out the nonconference portion of the schedule for the Bears before kicking off its 10 match Pac-12 schedule.
Cal is led by head coach Kevin Grimes who is in his 19th year with the program compiling a 189-122-40 record. The Bears are coming off a 11-7 record in 2017 including a 6-4 conference record to finish second in the league to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
The Bears bring back 13 letterwinners including six returners and 12 newcomers. Three of the newcomers were ranked among the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 – Defenders JJ Foe Nuphaus (No. 39) and Ian Lonergan (No. 61) and midfielder Taylor Davila (No. 66). Nuphaus is also a member of the U.S. U19 National Team.
Junior goalkeeper Drake Callender, an All-Pac-12 First Team pick last season, was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in the preseason. This season, Callender is 4-1-2 and has allowed seven goals in 675 minutes for a 0.93 goals against average while recording a .720 save percentage with two clean sheets to his credit.
Along with Callender, senior midfielder Shinya Kadono was named to the preseason All-Pac-12 team. Kadono leads the Bears with seven goals and 16 points including a four goal, nine point outburst against Sacramento State.
Santa Clara is 13-31-8 all-time against Cal with the first meeting coming in 1967. The two schools last met in 2017 when the Bears won 3-2 in Berkeley. The Broncos held a 1-0 lead at the break on a goal from Carlos Delgadillo but Paul Salcedo had a hat trick in the second half to lead the Bears.
Listen to an interview with Andres Jimenez during halftime.
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 Broncos are in the midst of playing seven of eight matches on the road and are coming off a stretch of playing five consecutive road matches going 1-4.
• The Bronco will travel to four states (Virginia, Missouri, Georgia and Ohio) when it plays its seven road matches between Aug. 31 and Oct. 2
• The Broncos play four 2017 NCAA Tournament teams on the road (Old Dominion, VCU, Pacific and San Francisco) and one at home (Cal).
• Andres Jimenez has scored the game winner in the last three Broncos wins dating back to last season.
• In Tuesday's game against Cal Poly, Jimenez's goal 41 seconds into the match turned out to be the game winner in the 2-0 win.
• In the 2018 season opener, Jimenez scored the game winner on a penalty kick in the 64th minute against San Diego State to help the Broncos to a 2-0 win.
• 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.
• The Bronco goalkeepers have recorded a clean sheet in four of the last 10 matches, dating back to last season.
• Dakota Havlick is credited with three of the shutouts including one this season in the season opener against San Diego State and seven in his career.
• Redshirt sophomore Henning Jolivet earned his first win as a Bronco on Tuesday, shutting out Cal Poly.
• The freshmen trio of Martin Aasen, Emil Christensen and Sakari Carter have started in all matches this season on the backline.
• Sophomore transfer Alan Camacho Soto (from Temple) and freshman Julian Bravo have played in all matches this season.
• Camacho Soto made his first start on Tuesday against Cal Poly and has come in as a substitute in the previous matches.
• Bravo has come in as a substitute in all matches.
• Camacho Soto leads the team in assists with three and tied for the lead in points with five.
• Carter and Bravo each scored their first goal as a Bronco in the Sept.10 double overtime loss against Missouri State.
• Eduardo Lopez Perez made his Bronco debut against ODU, logging 34 minutes off the bench. The freshman from San Jose, California has seen increased playing time since his debut with 41 minutes against VCU, 68 minutes against Missouri State and getting the starting assignment in the last two matches logging 77 and 71 minutes.
• Ten players have played in all games this season: Andres Jimenez, Javier Ruiz Duran, Julian Bravo, Miles Robinson, Alan Camacho Soto, Sakari Carter, Alex Achramowicz, Martin Aasen, Emil Christensen and Brandon Gillingham.
• Six have started in all games: Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Carter, Aasen, Christensen and Gillingham.
• Against ODU, six players came in as a substitute, the most this season.
• The Broncos substituted a season-low three players in the win against Cal Poly.
• In all seven matches this season, the Broncos have started at least six underclassmen in each match.
• The Broncos are 0-3 in overtime matches this season, all coming within the last six 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.
• Carter and Gillingham have all gone the distance playing every minute of the first seven contests (666:56 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 faced Missouri State on Sept. 10 and will face another 'State' school in Georgia State (Sept. 29).
Tickets: Season or single-game tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stevens Stadium, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the match. Pricing is subject to change.
Parking: For weekday matches, the Leavey Center lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to kickoff. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located adjacent to Stevens Stadium on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.