Men's Soccer Rolls Past San Diego State 5-1
Oct. 10, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's soccer squad entered its first match this season without a national ranking and played like it wanted the ranking back, defeating San Diego State by a 5-1 score in front of 594 fans Thursday night in Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Broncos (6-3-1) put early pressure on the Aztec (3-7-1) defense forcing an own goal in the sixth minute when Matt Upton sent a crossing ball into the SDSU box where defender Drew Picone accidentally headed the ball past his keeper, Brian Barnes, to give Santa Clara a 1-0 lead.
SCU kept the offensive pressure on the Aztecs in the 32nd minute when Jamil Walker was taken down inside the penalty box, giving the Broncos a penalty kick. Senior Burke Ewers scored his second goal of the season at 31:52 on the PK, pushing the lead to 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, Santa Clara defender Ryan Cochrane slid home his first collegiate goal off a Burke Ewers shot that hit the goal post and ricocheted to Cochrane's feet when he was just six yards away from the mouth of the goal. The 3-0 lead did not last long however, as SDSU got on the board at the 37:49 mark of the first half when Paul Szefler capitalized on a penalty kick that was awarded after the Aztecs were taken down inside the Bronco penalty box.
The second half was dominated again by the Broncos who out-shot San Diego State by a 10-2 margin while taking five more corner kicks than their opponents. Jamil Walker scored both of his goals in the second stanza, giving him his second straight game with two goals. The first came at the 78:27 mark when he headed home a perfect corner kick pass from Audren Cashman to give the Broncos a 4-1 lead. The fifth and final goal of the game for Santa Clara came just five minutes later when Walker slipped a ball past Barnes into the lower left corner of the goal from 22 yards out.
Sophomore transfer Kent Harkness picked up the win in his first start on the Mission Campus, making two saves an allowing only the penalty kick goal.
The four-goal margin of victory is the second largest of the season for Santa Clara, only trailing its season opening win over Notre Dame de Namur, which ended in a 9-1 score. The Broncos return to action this Sunday as they open West Coast Conference play at the University of Portland. Sunday's match is the first of three-straight road matches. SCU will not return to Buck Shaw Stadium until its November 2nd match against Saint Mary's.