Posted: Oct 24, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer hosts Gonzaga on Friday to kick off the last homestand of the 2018 season. The Broncos will play its final home match on Sunday against Portland. Start times for both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Broncos (4-8-1, 0-3 WCC) will look to pick up its first conference win against the Zags after dropping each of the three league games by one goal, including the last two in overtime. In its last match against No. 2 Saint Mary's last weekend, the Broncos came back to level the match in the 72nd minute on a header by Andres Jimenez, only to lose, 2-1, in overtime. It was the fifth loss in seven overtime matches for the Broncos this season.
Gonzaga (2-10-1, 0-3 WCC) enters Friday's match on a five-match slide, losing each match by one goal. The Bulldogs are 1-4-1 on the road this season and this will be their first WCC match on the road.
Head coach Paul Meehan is in his first year at the helm taking over Einar Thorarinsson who retired after the 2017 season having spent 23 seasons at Gonzaga.
On the season, the Zags have scored 11 goals and conceded 29. Demitrius Kigeya leads the team with four goals and eight points. Ben Willis has been in net for all but one start this season making 61 saves for a .693 save percentage and 2.06 goals against average with two shutouts to his credit.
Santa Clara is 21-10-4 all-time against Gonzaga with the first meeting coming in 1993. The two schools last met in 2017 playing to a 0-0 draw in double overtime.
• 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.
• The Broncos played its ninth road contest in the last 11 matches against Saint Mary's on Sunday.
• The Broncos are 2-6-1 away from Stevens Stadium this season.
• 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 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.
• Freshman Emil Christensen has started in all but one match this season on the backline. Christensen missed the match against LMU (Oct. 7).
• Freshman 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 seven. 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 and has started every game since.
• The Broncos started an all freshmen backline at Saint Mary's (Oct. 21) with Perez, Carter, Christensen and Aasen.
• 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 13 matches this season, the Broncos have started at least six underclassmen in each match.
• Carter and Gillingham have gone the distance playing every minute (1250:19 minutes) this season.
• Dakota Havlick started in net against Saint Mary's (Oct. 21) after Henning Jolivet started the last six matches. Havlick started the first six matches to start the season.
• More than half the Bronco matches this season have gone to overtime where they are 1-5-1.
• 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 two matches in overtime at Pacific (Oct. 13) and at Saint Mary's (Oct. 21).
• 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.
• SCU lost to No. 2 Saint Mary's (Oct. 21) in the 97th minute of overtime, 2-1.
• 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).
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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.