October 3, 2001

Men's Soccer Hosts Seventh-Ranked Washington

Oct. 3, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University men's soccer team will face-off with Pac-10 foes Washington and California this weekend. The Broncos (4-4-0) will host the seventh-ranked Huskies (6-1-0) on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium before traveling to Berkeley, Calif. on Sunday to take on the Bears (4-3-1).

Santa Clara and Washington will meet on Friday for the 14th time in the two school's history on Sunday. The Broncos hold the all-time series advantage with an 8-4-1 record, including last year's 2-0 victory in Washington. Last year's win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Huskies who defeated Santa Clara in 1992, '96 and '97.

Santa Clara and Cal will meet for the 34th time on Sunday, with the Bears holding the all-time series advantage with a 20-10-3 record. The Broncos have won six of the last 10 meetings between the two schools including last year's 5-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Bears have outscored the Broncos 52-41over the 24-year history of the series, but have been outscored 14-7 since Mitch Murray took over the reigns as head coach at Santa Clara.

Santa Clara is coming off a weekend split in Miami, Fla., at the Umbro Classic hosted by Florida International University. The Broncos dropped their first game of the tournament to the host by a score of 1-0. They then bounced back with a solid 2-0 win over James Madison on Sunday. Jamil Walker and Philip Johnson each scored their first goals of the year in the win. Walker earned Offensive MVP honors for his performance over the weekend, firing six shots and scoring the game-winner on Sunday.

Following this weekend, the Broncos will begin West Coast Conference action when they host the University of San Diego at 8 p.m. on October 12 in Buck Shaw Stadium. The game against USD will be part of a men's and women's doubleheader that will feature the Santa Clara women's team taking on the University of San Francisco at 5:30 p.m. Both games are part of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Night.