Oct. 19, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Santa Clara University's men's soccer team picked up its second consecutive thrilling win in West Coast Conference play Friday night as the Broncos defeated the University of San Francisco, 2-1 in double overtime at Negoesco Stadium on the campus of USF.
Jeff Stewart got the game started off right for the Broncos as the captain picked up his second goal of the season off a great pass from freshman Jason Pan at the 3:46 mark of the first half. The Dons picked up the equalizer a short time later as Anthony Medina headed home his sixth goal of the season off passes from Mats Olavson and Ben Stuart at the 25:52 mark.
The remainder of the first half and the entire second half was played at a very fast pace as both teams got several good offensive chances. Broncos netminder Steve Cronin played very well, making five saves to keep the game knotted at zero, while his counterpart, Conor McNulty made nine saves to force the game into overtime.
After both teams missed on good scoring chances the Broncos capitalized at the 109:45 mark as Cronin sent his punt across the midfield stripe where it took a good bounce to a waiting Justin Canel who slipped the ball past McNulty who had rushed out to play the ball. The goal was Canel's first of the season, while Cronin picked up his first assist of the season.
Santa Clara head coach Mitch Murray was pleased with his team's effort Friday night and the fact that they have scored twice in each of their last two games. "We're scoring some goals now and getting some breaks that we didn't earlier in the season," said Murray. "We told the guys that we had to go out and make our own breaks after things weren't going our way early on, and we are starting to do that very well right now."
The Broncos will look to continue their two-game winning streak on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium as they host the eighth-ranked Stanford Cardinal at 6:00 p.m. The Broncos will then resume WCC action on Saturday, October 27, when Gonzaga heads to the Silicon Valley for the 7:30 p.m. showdown.