July 29, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After being named the favorite to repeat as West Coast Conference champions earlier this week, the Santa Clara Men's Soccer team picked up its first preseason national ranking. In the first preseason poll to be released, the Broncos are ranked 16th by College Soccer News.
The Broncos finished last season ranked fourth after making a trip to the NCAA National Semifinal Match, in which they fell to eventual National Champion Indiana in overtime. That final ranking was the highest for the program since finishing the 2000 season ranked second.
Santa Clara claimed the highest ranking of the WCC teams in the poll as Portland was ranked 24th. Both Loyola Marymount and San Diego received votes in the top-30 poll. Of the Broncos non-conference opponents, California was the only team ranked by College Soccer News as the Golden Bears were ranked 20th. George Mason and San Jose State each received votes.
All-WCC players Will Weatherly, Erik Ustruck and Kelechi Igwe will look to take the 2004 team back to the College Cup as the Broncos return seven of their eight top scorers from last season. Weatherly, an All-College Cup selection, was the team's leading scorer a year ago with seven goals. He also tallied a team-high 14 points. Ustruck spent time this summer with the U-20 National Team in Haiti, making four starts in a week long camp. Igwe ranked second on the 2003 squad with 13 points and six goals.
The Broncos will kick-off their home schedule on September 16th as they take on San Jose State in the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. Santa Clara will also celebrate its third annual Santa Clara Community Day. The match, which is also part of the Rivalry Series between the Broncos and Spartans, is the second of a doubleheader. San Francisco and Davidson will square off in a 5:00 p.m. match before the Broncos take the field at 7:30 p.m.
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College Soccer News Preseason Poll
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