SCU Men's Soccer Prepares for Weekend Action

Sept. 5, 2000

San Francisco Diadora Classic * Hosted by USF
Friday, Sept. 8 * vs. Alabama A&M * 5:00
Sunday, Sept. 10 * vs. Cal Poly * noon

This Week's Schedule
After a week off since its last match, Santa Clara is looking forward to getting back on the field this weekend at the San Francisco Diadora Classic hosted by the University of San Francisco. The Broncos will face Alabama A&M in the first round at 5 p.m. Friday. On Sunday, SCU will play Cal Poly in a noon matchup. All matches will be played at USF's Negoesco Stadium (capacity 3,500). For ticket information, contact the USF Ticket Office at 415/422-2USF.

Head Coach Mitch Murray
Mitch Murray (San Francisco State '77) is in his 10th season as the head coach at Santa Clara and his 16th season as part of the Bronco program. He is the winningest coach in school history with a 121-43-17 (.715) overall mark while at SCU. Murray has guided the Broncos to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the NCAA finals in 1991 and 1999. He has coached nine players to All-America honors, recorded nine consecutive seasons in the national rankings and earned four West Coast Conference championships. Prior to taking over the head coaching duties in 1991, Murray spent five seasons as an assistant coach on the Broncos staff under former U.S. National Team head coach Steve Sampson.

Broncos in the Polls
Santa Clara is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA Media Poll but fell out of the NSCAA / adidas top-25 rankings. The Broncos opened the season ranked second in the NSCAA / adidas preseason poll. Soccer America magazine ranked SCU 16th in the preseason. The rankings mark the 13th straight season Santa Clara has appeared in the national polls.

The Series vs. Alabama A&M - Cal Poly
Santa Clara has played Alabama A&M just once in history with the two teams battling to a scoreless tie in 1990 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos own a 4-1-0 series edge over Cal Poly with the last meeting taking place at Cal Poly in 1995. SCU won that contest by a 2-1 margin. Cal Poly recorded its only win in the series by a 2-0 score in 1994 at SCU.

Preseason Accolades
Rusty Johnson (O'Fallon, Ill.) was a third-team preseason All-America selection but missed the CSU Sacramento season-opener due to a deep thigh bruise. Last season Johnson was a first-team all-West Coast Conference performer and ranked 14th nationally in goals-against average. Johnson set a SCU record with six-straight shutouts (526:55). He only played in one match as a freshman after playing behind two eventual professional players in Dave Alexander (Bay Area Seals) and Joe Cannon (San Jose Earthquakes).

A Quick Look Back
The Broncos opened the season with a disappointing 2-1 two overtime loss Friday (Sept. 1) at Sacramento State. Sophomore transfer Jamil Walker (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the Broncos' only goal three minutes into the second half off a Joe Ascolese (Chatteroy, Wash.) assist. Junior goalkeeper Rusty Johnson (O'Fallon, Ill.) missed the game due to a deep thigh bruise, while replacement Kevin Mehrens (San Clemente, Calif.) played through a shoulder injury suffered late in the game. Sacramento scored a goal late in the game, then added a rebound shot in the second overtime to seal the win.

Brotherly Love - West Coast Style
The SCU men's soccer team has two sets of brothers on its team: Joe and Nick Ascolese (Chattaroy, Wash.) and Jamil and Rahim Walker (Rochester, N.Y.). However, both sets of brothers didn't necessarily have the initial intention of playing together at SCU. Joe Ascolese, a fifth-year senior, would have completed his eligibility last season had he not suffered a season-ending foot injury during the preseason. His brother, Nick, is an incoming freshman. Sophomore Jamil Walker spent last season at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. His brother, Nick, is an incoming freshman on the squad. In a related (no pun intended) matter, Jeff Stewart's father, Doug, received his MBA at Santa Clara.

Caribbean Connection
Akil Foderingham (Roanoke, Va.) has an interesting multi-cultural background. The true freshman midfielder is a graduate of Patrick Henry H.S. in Roanoke, Va. However, he was born in Kingston, Jamaica and lived in Trinidad & Tobago prior to moving to the United States. His father is a doctor and moved to the U.S. for his residency and practice. Foderingham's travelling experience came in handy for his over-2,700 mile trek from Roanoke to Santa Clara.

Transfers Abound
The Broncos feature four players on this year's squad that transferred to Santa Clara from other four-year institutions: Tony Cota (St. Mary's College), Kirk Fonseca (San Diego State), Kevin Mehrens (UC Irvine) and Jamil Walker (Air Force). Cota started 12 matches as a sophomore for St. Mary's last season. He scored three goals and recorded three assists in his career with the Gaels. Mehrens started the CSU Sacramento contest in the season-opener for the Broncos, while Walker scored SCU's only goal in that contest.

Quiet Assassin
With all of the talk surrounding the departure of five of the top six scorers from last year's NCAA finalist squad, it is easy to miss the fact that SCU returns its top scorer from a year ago. Anthony Chimienti (San Jose, Calif.) started only one match for the Broncos in 1999, but scored a team-high 23 points on nine goals and five assists. Characterized as quiet and understated, the Leland H.S. grad is also described as very efficient on the field.

SCAA / adidas Top-25
(Sept. 4)

1.      UCLA            14.     Creighton
2.      St. John's      15.     Indiana
3.      Virginia        16.     San Diego
4.      UAB             17.     Furman
5.      Portland        18.     Seton Hall
6.      Penn State      19.     UMBC
7.      SW Missouri St. 20.     Stanford
8.      Maryland        21.     Bradley
9.      Saint Louis     22.     South Carolina
10.     Connecticut     23.     Fairfield
11.     CS-Fullerton    24.     Oneonta
12.     Akron          t25.    Va. Commonwealth
13.     Wake Forest

NCAA Men's Soccer Media Poll
(Sept. 4)

1.      UCLA            11.     Duke
2.      Connecticut     12.     UAB
3.      St. John's      13.     Maryland
4.      Virginia        14.     Santa Clara
5.      Saint Louis     15.     Stanford
6.      Penn State      16.     SW Missouri St.
7.      Indiana         17.     CSU-Fullerton
8.      Wake Forest     18.     Creighton
9.      Furman          19.     San Diego
10.     Portland        20.     Brown

Soccer America Top-20
(Preseason)

1.      Duke            11.     Rhode Island
2.      Connecticut     12.     Stanford
3.      Virginia        13.     Wake Forest
4.      UCLA            14.     Maryland
5.      Clemson         15.     Saint Louis
6.      SMU             16.     Santa Clara
7.      Portland        17.     UAB
8.      Penn State      18.     UMBC
9.      Indiana         19.     Brown
10.     Furman          20.     Washington

2000 Bronco Superlatives

Record when scoring first            0-1-0
Record when opponent scores first    0-0-0
Record when leading at halftime      0-0-0
Record when trailing at halftime     0-0-0
Record when tied at halftime         0-1-0
Record in one-goal games             0-1-0
Record in overtime                   0-1-0
Day Record                           0-0-0
Night Record                         0-1-0
 

Record by day of the week:

Monday:           0-0-0
Tuesday           0-0-0
Wednesday         0-0-0
Thursday          0-0-0
Friday            0-1-0
Saturday          0-0-0
Sunday            0-0-0