Santa Clara Falls to Cal in Overtime, 1-0
Oct. 7, 2001
For the Santa Clara University men's soccer team it was the same story but on a different day and with a different team. The Broncos dropped their second consecutive overtime game Sunday afternoon, this time to California by a score of 1-0 in Berkeley, Calif.
On Friday night Santa Clara (4-6-0) dropped a 1-0 game to No. 7 Washington with only 90 seconds remaining in the game. Sunday afternoon was much of the same as Michael Munoz placed a perfect shot into the upper right hand corner of the net from the left side with only 83 seconds remaining in overtime to give California (6-3-1) the hard fought victory.
The loss for the Broncos was their fifth loss by one goal and second loss in overtime. Santa Clara is now 2-2 in overtime contests this season, and 3-5 in games decided by one goal.
Santa Clara head coach Mitch Murray was pleased again with his team's effort, and especially with his defense. "Our defense played exceptionally well, and I think at times they play like one of the best defenses in the Nation," said Murray. "We moved the ball really well in the second half and were right there. I think we might have lost our concentration a little bit in the second half, but at the same time you have to give California credit, they scored on a perfect goal."
Senior Rusty Johnson played well again on Sunday, making 4 saves while facing 7 Golden Bear shots. The Broncos took 14 shots on the afternoon, forcing Cal netminder Josh Saunders to make five saves. Keith Burden took three shots on goal to lead the Broncos offensively, while freshman Steve Cronin came of the bench and made an immediate presence up front by taking two shots.
Santa Clara will next be in action on Friday, October 12, as they take on the University of San Diego in the nightcap game of the Don Francisco Duel in Buck Shaw Stadium. The Santa Clara women's team will face the University of San Francisco at 5:30 in the first game of the night.