Men’s Soccer Visit The Hilltop to Take on San Francisco Saturday

Men’s Soccer Visit The Hilltop to Take on San Francisco Saturday
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Coming off a weekend split including picking up its first conference win of the season against Gonzaga, Santa Clara men's soccer travels up the peninsula to take on San Francisco on Saturday night.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.  
 
Over the past weekend, the Broncos (5-9-1, 1-4 WCC) beat Gonzaga 3-1, scoring three goals in a ten-minute span including two goals by Miles Robinson.  Santa Clara looked to carry that momentum into Senior Night against No. 7 Portland, however, the Pilots came up on top, 2-0, on two first half goals.
 
Santa Clara enters the final stretch of the 2018 season finishing with two road games, at San Francisco on Saturday and at San Diego on Nov. 9.  
 
THE DONS
 
San Francisco (5-9-1, 3-2 WCC), the defending West Coast Conference champions have struggled this season but have come on lately just as they did last season when they started off 4-8 in nonconference play before capturing the WCC crown finishing 6-1 in league games.  
 
This season, the Dons finished 2-7-1 in nonconference and started the WCC slate with a 1-2 record, including losing to No. 6 Saint Mary's and Pacific on the road by a combined score of 12-0.  However, San Francisco had a strong showing over the past weekend, sweeping No. 7 Portland, 2-1, and Gonzaga, 2-0, to climb to fourth in the conference standings.  
 
Head coach Eddie Soto is in his fifth season at San Francisco compiling a 39-44-4 record.  On the season, the Dons have scored 16 goals (1.07 goals per game) and given up 39 goals (2.60 goals per game).
 
Offensively, the Dons are led by three-time all-WCC selection Santiago Digiuseppe who has scored four times to lead the team.  
 
Goalkeeper Ruben Stuiver has started in all but one match, going 5-8-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .632 save percentage making 60 saves.  
 
SERIES HISTORY
 
Santa Clara is 26-35-10 all-time against San Francisco with the first meeting coming in 1967.  The two schools last met in 2017 with the Broncos winning 3-1 to open up the WCC season.     
 

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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).
 
Captains
• Seniors Dakota Havlick and Brandon Gillingham are the captains for the 2018 edition of the Broncos.  
 
Class Breakdown
 
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
 
Road Warriors
• Santa Clara plays 11 of its 17 regular season matches on the road this season.  
• The Broncos played a stretch of nine road contests in 11 matches between Aug. 31 and Oct. 21. 
• 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. 
 
Game-Winners
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.  
 
Quick Goal
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.  
 
Impact Newcomers
• 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 eight.  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 in two of the last three matches with Perez, Carter, Christensen and Aasen.  Sophomore Terrell Smith started in place of Aasen in the last match against Portland (Oct. 28). 
 
Lineup
• Six players have played in all games this season: Andres Jimenez, Javier Ruiz Duran, Miles Robinson, Alan Camacho Soto, Sakari Carter and Brandon Gillingham.  
• Four have started in all games: Jimenez, Ruiz Duran, Carter, and Gillingham.
• Against ODU (Aug. 31) and Portland (Oct. 28), 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 15 matches this season, the Broncos have started at least six underclassmen in each match.  
• Carter and Gillingham have gone the distance playing every minute (1430:19 minutes) this season.  
Dakota Havlick started in net in the last three matches after Henning Jolivet started the six matches before it.  Havlick also started the first six matches of the season.  
 
Overtime Matches
• Nearly half of 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). 
 
Close Calls
• 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.  
 
Miscellaneous
• 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).  
• Javir Ruiz Duran and Miles Robinson scored two goals in a game for the first time in their Bronco careers this season.  Ruiz Duran against Pacific (Oct. 13) and Robinson against Gonzaga (Oct. 26).
 
'State' Schools
• 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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