Nov. 20, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior forward Anthony Chimienti was selected as the West Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week Tuesday for his two game-winning goal performances last week against San Jose State and Loyola Marymount.
The senior from San Jose, Calif. began the week on Wednesday when he scored his third goal of the season at the 97:38 mark in overtime to lift the Broncos to a 2-1 victory over San Jose State. He would end the week on Saturday by scoring his fourth goal of the season at the 84:59 mark of the second half to lift the Broncos to a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount.
Chimienti has now scored the game-winners in each of the Broncos last three games, dating back to November 11 when he headed home a first half goal to lift the Broncos to a 1-0 victory over Saint Mary's. Chimieni's late season scoring spurt is truly mind-boggling in that just before the Broncos' match with Cal on October 7, he went under the knife for knee surgery. Since returning to the field on October 30, he has registered three goals and one assist.
Saturday's win over LMU gave Santa Clara their eighth all-time WCC Championship and first since 1997. The win also assured the Broncos of a spot in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Broncos will take their postseason berth to Stanford on Friday where they will face Bay Area rival California at 4 p.m. at Maloney Field in the first round of the tournament.
The winner of Friday's game will earn the right to face the tournament's No. 3 seed, Stanford, Sunday at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field on the Stanford campus.