Posted: Sep 25, 2019
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer hit the road for the second consecutive week when they travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Lipscomb on Friday at 5 p.m. PT in the first meeting between the two schools. The Broncos then play at Evansville on Sunday at Noon PT.
SCU split the first two contests of their road trip last week, falling to Utah Valley 1-0 in a neutral site match before bouncing back to beat UNLV, 3-1 in Las Vegas.
THE BISONS (2-3-1)
Coming off a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, Lipscomb sports a 2-3-1 record this season. Friday's contest with the Broncos will close out a four match homestand where the Bisons are 1-1-1 thus far. Lipscomb should be a well rested group having played just two matches in the last two weeks.
Head coach Charles Morrow enters his 15th season at the helm of his alma mater where he has compiled a 113-135-26 record.
On the season, the Bisons have scored seven goals while yielding 10 and in all three of their losses, the Bisons have given up three goals a game. Seven Bisons have each tallied a goal and Noah Gulden has an assist to his credit to lead the team in points with three.
Goalkeeper Michael Sibley has started in four games but received a red card in the last match in the 1-0 win against Jacksonville. Alex Brown has played in two matches this season, giving up six goals with a .571 save percentage.
Friday's match is the first ever meeting between Lipscomb and Santa Clara.
Friday's match is the first ever meeting between Lipscomb and Santa Clara.
THE BRONCOS (3-3-1)
The 2019 campaign marks the 18th season at the helm for Santa Clara head coach Cam Rast who leads a squad that returns 23 players including three All-West Coast Conference honorees from a team that finished 5-10-2.
Nineteen of the returners saw action last season with 13 of them appearing in double digit matches to account for 80 percent of its goals and all of its assists.
Junior Javier Ruiz Duran led the team in goals (six) and assists (five) to earn All-WCC Second Team recognition along with senior Miles Robinson who scored four and assisted on three. Sophomore Eduardo Lopez Perez tallied a pair of goals and was named to the WCC All-Freshman team.
Redshirt junior Henning Jolivet brings the most experience between the woodwork playing in seven matches last season to finish with a 3-3-1 record and a 1.89 goals against average.
Through seven matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 12-6 with 11 players scoring a goal, led by Sam Agosti's two. The starting backline is comprised of three sophomores - Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen and Alejandro Perez - along with a freshman, Liam Anderson or Damani Osei, who have helped hold the opposition to just six goals with freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho starting in all but one match.
• All Bronco home matches and West Coast Conference road matches are streamed live on the WCC Network with David Gentile doing the play-by-play for the home matches.
Broncos Team Information
• Twenty-three players return from the 2018 squad that finished with an overall record of 5-10-2 (1-5-1 in the West Coast Conference).
• Nineteen players with playing experience return including 13 who played 10 or more games last season.
• Broncos welcome five newcomers – four freshmen (Liam Anderson, Connor McCabe, Guillem Badenes Mecho and Damani Osei) plus one graduate student (Hendrik Kuehn).
• Only one scorer lost to graduation: Andres Jimenez (5 goals).
• Two captains lost to graduation: goalkeeper Dakota Havlick and midfielder Brandon Gillingham.
• Returning goal scorers (2018 stats): Javier Ruiz Duran (6), Miles Robinson (4), Alan Camacho Soto (3), Eduardo Lopez Perez (2), Julian Bravo (1), Alex Achramowicz (1), Sakari Carter (1)
• Returning goalkeepers (2018 stats): Henning Jolivet (7 GP, 3-3-1, 1.89 GAA, .641 save percentage), Aran O'Brien (Redshirt).
• Graduate School: 1 (Hendrik Kuehn)
• Juniors: 8 (Alex Achramowicz, Isaac Addai, Javier Ruiz Duran, Matt Golbranson (RS), Henning Jolivet (RS), Nate Shue (RS), Terrell Smith, Alan Camacho Soto)
• Sophomores: 9 (Martin Aasen, Alejandro Barajas (RS), Julian Bravo, Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen, Aran O'Brien (RS), Alejandro Perez, Eduardo Lopez Perez, Tennyson Stevens (RS))
• Freshmen: 7 (Liam Anderson, RJ Egdorf (RS), Presten Manthey (RS), Connor McCabe, Guillem Badenes Mecho, Damani Osei, Bishop Washington)
Across the Globe
• The Bronco roster fields a squad composed of player hometowns from eight states and five countries.
o States: California, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington
o Countries: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, United States
All-West Coast Conference
• Santa Clara returns three All-West Coast Conference players from last season: Javier Ruiz Duran (second-team), Miles Robinson (second-team) and Eduardo Lopez Perez (all-freshman).
• Robinson was named preseason All-WCC this season.
2019 Exhibition Matches
• Santa Clara lost its exhibition opener 3-2 against UC Davis and played to a 1-1 draw in the second match against Sacramento State.
• Three players scored in the exhibition matches: Javier Ruiz Duran and Presten Manthey against UC Davis and Alejandro Barajas against Sacramento State.
• Freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho played in 135 of 180 minutes including starting the Sacramento State game.
• With the win against Holy Cross, Broncos head coach Cam Rast is 10-8 including 5-4 at home in season openers.
• Senior Sam Agosti and sophomore Martin Aasen tallied their first goals as a Bronco in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross.
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey and senior Dylan Carrubba scored their first career goals against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
• Junior Terrell Smith scored his first career goal against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
• Graduate student Hendrik Kuehn and sophomore Alejandro Perez each scored their first career goals against UNLV (Sept. 22).
• Senior Dylan Carrubba and redshirt sophomore Alejandro Barajas recorded their first career assists in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross.
• Redshirt sophomore Presten Manthey had his first career assists (two) against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
• Sophomore Sakari Carter had his first career assist against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
• Freshmen Guillem Badenes Mecho and Liam Anderson along with graduate student Hendrik Kuehn started in their Santa Clara debuts against Holy Cross.
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey made his first Bronco start against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
• Freshman Damani Osei made his first Bronco start against Utah Valley (Sept. 19).
• Redshirt sophomore Tennyson Stevens and redshirt freshman Bishop Washington made their Bronco debuts coming off the bench in the season opener.
• Freshman Damani Osei made his Bronco debut coming off the bench against Missouri State (Sept. 2).
• Badenes Mecho recorded his first career shutout against Holy Cross (Aug. 30).
• Seven Broncos have started in all matches this season: #5 Emil Christensen, #10 Javier Ruiz Duran, #11 Alejandro Barajas, #13 Sakari Carter, #20 Eduardo Lopez Perez, #28 Alejandro Perez, #32 Hendrik Kuehn
• Alex Achramowicz started in the first two matches (vs. Holy Cross on Aug. 30 and Missouri State on Sept. 2).
• Alan Camacho Soto started against Holy Cross on Aug. 30, Missouri State on Sept. 2 and San Diego State on Sept. 14.
• Nate Shue started against San Jose State (Sept. 6), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and San Diego State (Sept. 14).
• Presten Manthey started against San Jose State (Sept. 6) and Grand Canyon (Sept. 8).
• Dylan Carrubba, Henning Jolivet and Damani Osei started for the first time this season against Utah Valley (Sept. 19).
Spreading the Wealth
• Eleven Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Sam Agosti with two. The Broncos have scored a total of 12 goals on the season.
• Seven Broncos have assists led by Presten Manthey with three.
• Santa Clara has not allowed more than a goal in any of the matches this season. After the opening day shutout against Holy Cross, the Broncos have allowed one goal in each of the following five matches.
Home, then away
• Santa Clara started its season with a five-match homestand, followed by five straight matches on the road before it starts West Coast Conference play at home on Oct. 12.
• All three Bronco losses this season have been by a score of 1-0, falling to Missouri State (Sept. 2), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and Utah Valley (Sept. 19).
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