Sept. 6, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Following a tough 2-0 loss to Bradley University on Tuesday night at home, the Santa Clara University men's soccer team immediately began preparations for its weekend matches at the Diadora Classic hosted by the University of San Francisco.
The 12th-ranked Broncos will head north to take on two Pac-10 schools at the Diadora Classic beginning with Oregon State on Friday evening at 5 p.m. Santa Clara will conclude their play in the tournament on Sunday at noon with a match against No. 17 UCLA. Sunday's contest with UCLA will be broadcast via the World Wide Web by Will Saso and former Bronco player Mark Wojciechowski and can be found at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com.
"There are four outstanding teams in the tournament this weekend," said head coach Mitch Murray. "USF looks like they are really starting the season with a lot of confidence, UCLA is always one of the top teams in the country and Oregon State is a young and hungry team. I'm really excited about this weekend because it will be a great indicator of where we are and where we need to be by the end of the year and I expect we will have two outstanding performances this weekend."
Santa Clara and Oregon State have met two previous times entering this weekend's contest with the Broncos holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The Broncos defeated the Beavers 1-0 at last year's Nike Northwest Challenge in Seattle, Wash. Jeff Stewart scored the game-winner last year at 35:56 of the first half on an assist from Anthony Chimienti. In the two school's first-ever meeting in 1995, the contest ended in a 1-1 tie on the campus of Saint Mary's College.
Santa Clara and UCLA have met 23 previous times entering this weekend's match-up. The Bruins hold the all-time series advantage over Santa Clara with a 6-13-4 record. UCLA came away with a heart-breaking overtime victory over the Broncos last year at Buck Shaw Stadium, scoring on a penalty kick at the 100:26 mark of the contest. The Bruins have had the Broncos' number over the recent years, winning three of the last four contests. The last Bronco victory over the Bruins came in 1995 as Santa Clara defeated UCLA 2-1 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.