September 4, 2002
Santa Clara Travels to Pacific Northwest for Showdown with Washington
The Santa Clara University men's soccer team will play its second game of the 2002 season and first on the roadthis Friday at Husky Soccer Stadium as the 24th-ranked Broncos take on the No. 12 Washington Huskies.
All-Time Series versus Washington
Santa Clara holds the all-time series advantage betwen the two schools with an 8-5-1 overall record. The Huskies won the most recent meeting however, defeating the Broncos by a score of 1-0 in overtime last season in Buck Shaw Stadium. After starting the series with a loss in 1973, the Broncos went 7-0-1 between 1978 and 1991 against the Huskies. Since then, Washington has put together a 4-1-0 record against SCU, with the only Bronco win coming in 2000 in Seattle by a 2-0 score.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington enters the contest having tied its first two games of the 2002 season. Washington began the season with 2-2 tie against Central Florida in the Nike Portland Classic. In the second match of the tournament, the Huskies ended it game with DePaul tied at one apiece. Patrick Tanners lead the Huskies into the game having scored in each of the first two games, picking up an assist in their tie with Central Florida and scoring the lone goal against DePaul. Seth Marsh also has one goal and one assist on the season while Zac Tallman has the other Husky score.
Broncos Roll in Season Opener
The Santa Clara University men's soccer team cruised to an easy 9-1 victory against Notre Dame de Namur Monday night to open its 2002 season. The nine goals scored is the highest total ever for a Bronco season opener and tied for the seventh highest output in the program's history.
"There were many positives we can pull from this game tonight," said head coach Cameron Rast. "We were able to get a lot of our younger players in the game and see if they could contribute. I thought they all played pretty well, Anthony Igwe and Jeff Scott in particular. We will have to play better this Friday though against Washington as they are a NCAA Tournament proven team. It will be good for us to get this type of test early on to see exactly what we are made of."
Walker Matches Goal Total from 2001
Senior Jamil Walker wasted no time matching his goal total from the 2001 season, picking up the hat trick in the season opener to lead the Broncos to a 9-1 win over Notre Dame de Namur. Although he did not start, he gave an immediate boost off the bench, assisting on Anthony Igwe's goal in the 40th minute of the first half. His first two goals came off beautiful feeds from Will Weatherly and Devin Skrade, respectively, while his third goal was unassisted and came off great individual effort. His seven points in the game is only one less than the eight he posted last year which placed him second on the team in 2001.