June 24, 2003
NEW YORK - The Santa Clara University women's soccer team has recruited the top class in the country, according to Soccer Buzz magazine, in its annual rankings released Monday. It marks the first time since 1998 that the Broncos have been honored with the top listing by the magazine. The honor follows Soccer America's listing, also tabbing SCU with the top incoming freshman group.
Santa Clara, NCAA champions in 2001 and runner-up last fall, was followed in the Top 10 by Texas, UCLA, reigning NCAA champion Portland, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, Duke, Nebraska and Stanford.
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Santa Clara will aim for its 10th overall appearance in the College Cup with the start of the 2003 season. The Broncos' 20-match schedule features 12 programs that advanced to last year's NCAA Championship, including four of the top eight seeds. The Broncos will host eight of those matches at Buck Shaw Stadium. The season kicks off against UCLA at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 29. Last season, the Bruins were ranked third when the Broncos upset them in overtime in Los Angeles. Santa Clara is 4-0 against UCLA in the all-time series between the schools.