Posted: Oct 01, 2019
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Riding a three-match winning streak, Santa Clara men's soccer plays its fifth consecutive road match to finish nonconference play against CSUN on Saturday. The kickoff against the Matadors is set for 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field.
The Broncos are coming off an impressive back-to-back shutout wins on the road and have a 3-1 record during the current road stretch. Santa Clara made a cross country trip to Nashville, Tennessee to beat Lipscomb, 2-0, on Sept. 27 and took down Evansville by the same score, 2-0, on Sept. 29 with only a 36 hour rest in between matches. Meanwhile, both Lipscomb and Evansville last played on Sept. 22 leading up to the match with the Broncos.
Santa Clara will now turn its sights to CSUN with both squads holding identical records at 5-3-1.
THE MATADORS (5-3-1)
CSUN started the season strong going 4-0-1 including a pair of wins in Ohio at the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic, beating host Ohio State, 4-3, followed by a 2-1 win over in-state squad, Dayton. The Matadors also took down then-No. 7/8 Washington at home, 3-1, to start the 2019 campaign with a five-match unbeaten streak.
However, CSUN has dropped the three of the last four matches including two against West Coast Conference foes, falling 3-1 against Portland and 2-0 against then-No. 21/22 LMU. The Matadors put an end to its three-match losing streak, winning the last match against Omaha on Sept. 27, 2-1, in overtime.
Head coach Terry Davila enters his 21st season at the helm of the Matadors and is the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 199-155-52 record.
The Matadors average over two-and-a-half goals per game led by Daniel Trejo and Johnny Rodriguez who have each scored eight goals. Trejo also has four assists to his credit and leads the team with 20 points. Julio Rubio leads the team with eight assists.
Paul Lewis has played in eight matches between the posts and has a 2.13 goals-against-average to go with a .619 save percentage, however, David Preys started the last match against Omaha. Preys has a 0.56 GAA in 161 minutes of action.
Santa Clara trails the series 3-4, having last played each other in 2015, losing 2-0.
Santa Clara trails the series 3-4, having last played each other in 2015, losing 2-0.
THE BRONCOS (5-3-1)
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 nine matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 16-6 with 13 players scoring a goal, led by Sam Agosti, Alan Camacho Soto and Eduardo Lopez Perez with two each. 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.
Badenes Mecho already has three clean sheets to his credit as defensively, the Broncos have not allowed more than a single goal in any of their matches this season.
• 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).
• Junior Isaac Addai scored his first career goal against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
• Sophomore Alejandro Barajas scored his first career goal against Evansville (Sept. 29).
• 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).
• Sophomore Alejandro Perez recorded his first career assist against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
• Sophomore Emil Christensen recorded his first career assist against Evansville (Sept. 29).
• 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). He was also credited with shutouts against Lipscomb (Sept. 27) and Evansville (Sept. 29).
• 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
• Thirteen Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Sam Agosti, Alan Camacho Soto and Eduardo Lopez Perez with two. The Broncos have scored a total of 16 goals on the season.
• Five different Bronco has scored a game-winner: Julian Bravo vs Holy Cross (Aug. 30), Javier Ruiz Duran vs San Jose State (Sept. 6), Hendrik Kuehn vs UNLV (Sept. 22), Alan Camacho Soto vs Lipscomb (Sept. 27), and Eduardo Lopez Perez vs Evansville (Sept. 29).
• 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 allowed one goal in each of the following six matches followed by back-to-back shutouts.
Home, then away
• Santa Clara started its season with a five-match homestand, and currently in the midst of five straight matches on the road before it starts West Coast Conference play at home on Oct. 12.
• The team finished with a 2-2-1 record in the homestand and are currently 3-1 on the road trip.
Two Goals Equal a Win
• In all five wins this season, the Broncos have scored two or more goals.
• 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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