Posted: Oct 17, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer faces undefeated Saint Mary's on the road which is ranked No. 2 in the latest College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer polls. The Gaels are the only team in the nation with a perfect record, stringing 13 straight wins to start the season.
The Broncos will look to pick up its first conference win after an overtime loss at Pacific last weekend. Half of Santa Clara's matches this season have gone to extra session where the Broncos are 1-4-1.
Saint Mary's is the last team in the nation with an unblemished record, winning all 13 of its matches this season while outscoring its opponents 41 to 4. The Gaels have conceded a goal in only two matches this season, against San José State (5-1 win) on Sept. 6 and UC Riverside (4-3 win in double overtime) on Sept. 16.
The potent Gaels offense which averages 3.15 goals on 17.2 shots per game, is led by forward Jake Rudel who was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the third time this week. Rudel has scored a team-high12 goals and assisted on three to lead the team with 27 points.
Eleven different Gaels have tallied a goal including six players with three or more goals.
Defensively, Saint Mary's has shutout 11 of the 13 opponents with goalkeeper Remi Prieur between the posts in all but 14 minutes of action. Prieur has a gaudy 0.3 goals against average with a .900 save percentage.
Santa Clara is 42-8-6 all-time against Saint Mary's with the first meeting coming in 1968. The two schools last met in 2017 when the Broncos won, 4-2, scoring three first half goals
• All Bronco home matches and West Coast Conference road matches are streamed live on TheW.tv with David Gentile doing the play-by-play for the home matches.
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).
• Seniors Dakota Havlick and Brandon Gillingham are the captains for the 2018 edition of the Broncos.
• 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
• Santa Clara plays 11 of its 17 regular season matches on the road this season.
• Against Saint Mary's, the Broncos will be playing its ninth road contest in the last 11 matches including playing five consecutive road matches from Aug. 31 to Sept. 18.
• The Broncos are 2-1-1 in the last four road matches and are 2-5-1 away from Stevens Stadium.
• The Broncos play four 2017 NCAA Tournament teams on the road (Old Dominion, VCU, Pacific and San Francisco) and one at home (Cal). Santa Clara is 1-3 against those teams thus far, winning against Cal but losing to Old Dominion, VCU and Pacific.
• Andres Jimenez had scored the game winner in three consecutive Bronco wins dating back to last season until the Cal match (Sept. 22) when an own goal in overtime by a Cal defender helped Santa Clara get a win.
• In the game against Cal Poly (Sept. 18), 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.
• Andres Jimenez scored 41 seconds into the match against Cal Poly for the second quickest goal scored in Bronco history. Back on Sept. 17, 1991, Alberto Cruz scored the quickest goal, just 29 seconds into the match against CS Sacramento.
• Freshman Sakari Carter has started in all matches this season on the backline.
• Freshmen Emil Christensen has started in all but one match this season on the backline. Christensen missed the match against LMU (Oct. 7)
• Freshmen Martin Aasen has played in all but one match on the backline missing the Cal game (Sept. 22).
• Sophomore transfer Alan Camacho Soto (from Temple) has played in all matches this season.
• Camacho Soto is second on the team in goals (3) and assists (3). He scored a pair of goals including the game-winner at Georgia State (Sept. 29) in the Broncos 2-1 win.
• Carter and fellow freshman Julian 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 (Aug. 31) in the third match of the season and has played in each match since then including starting the last six. Lopez Perez scored his first goal against Cal (Sept. 22) to tie the match up at 2-2 to send it to overtime. Lopez Perez notched his second goal against Xavier (Oct. 2).
• Defender Alejandro Perez logged 69 minutes in his Bronco debut against Xavier (Oct. 2). The freshman from Roseville, California came in as a substitute in the 41st minute and played the rest of the match. Perez made his first Bronco start in the next match against LMU (Oct. 7) playing all 90 minutes.
• Seven players have played in all games this season: Andres Jimenez, Javier Ruiz Duran, Miles Robinson, Alan Camacho Soto, Sakari Carter, Alex Achramowicz, and Brandon Gillingham.
• Four have started in all games: Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Carter, 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 games against Cal Poly, Georgia State and LMU.
• In all 12 matches this season, the Broncos have started at least six underclassmen in each match.
• Henning Jolivet has started in net the last six matches after Dakota Havlick started the first six matches to start the season.
• Half the Bronco matches this season have gone to overtime where they are 1-4-1.
• Santa Clara lost the first three overtime matches: 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) before winning against Cal (Sept. 22), 3-2, in the 93rd minute.
• The Broncos played to a 3-3 draw against Xavier (Oct. 2).
• Santa Clara lost the last match at Pacific, 3-2, in double overtime conceding the game-winner in the 105th minute.
• Against UAB (Aug. 26), the Broncos lost, 2-1, three minutes into double overtime on a penalty kick.
• The Broncos lost, 1-0, in overtime against VCU (Sept. 2).
• Against Missouri State (Sept. 10), the Broncos missed a penalty kick with three seconds remaining in the first overtime, before losing, 3-2, in double overtime.
• Santa Clara lost to UC Davis (Sept. 15), 3-1, after its penalty kick was kick saved by the Aggie goalkeeper in the 79th minute, which would have tied the match.
• With two minutes remaining in double overtime against Xavier (Oct. 2), two Bronco shots hit the post, and settled for a 3-3 draw.
• In the WCC opener against LMU (Oct. 7), leading 1-0, the Broncos gave up two goals in the final two minutes including the game-winner with 29 seconds to lose, 2-1.
• Against Pacific (Oct. 13), the Broncos missed a penalty kick in the 59th minute which would have given them a 3-2 lead, in a match it would eventually lose in double overtime.
• Carter and Gillingham have all gone the distance playing every minute of the first ten contests (1153:28 minutes) this season.
• The Broncos have faced three opponents for the first time in its history this season: Old Dominion (Aug. 31), Missouri State (Sept. 10) and Georgia State (Sept. 29).
• 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 faced the last of the 'State' schools in Georgia State (Sept. 29).