September 4, 2004

Fifth-Ranked Men's Soccer Defeats UC Davis at diadora Classic

Sept. 4, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Medhi Ballouchy and Peter Lowry scored within 1:12 of each other early in the second half to lead the fifth-ranked Santa Clara University men's soccer team to a 4-1 win over UC Davis at the diadora Classic at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco on Saturday evening. With the win and more goals scored than San Francisco in the tournament, the Broncos clinched their second straight diadora Classic crown. Ballouchy also picked up Most Valuable Player honors with two goals and an assist in the two games. After a scoreless first half, Ballouchy found the back of the net for the Broncos with 36:12 remaining in the game. A beautiful pass from Will Weatherly allowed Ballouchy to shake the Aggie defense and put in the score from the left side. The goal marked the second in as many games for the Casa Blanca, Morocco native, while Weatherly added his second assist on the year. Less than a minute and a half later, Lowry would put a free kick in between Aggie goalkeeper Charlie Warene and the left post to give the Broncos a 2-0 advantage. After the Aggies got on the board in the 69th minute, Weatherly recorded his first goal of the season in the 80th minute when he converted the Broncos' first penalty kick of the year to stretch the Santa Clara advantage to two goals. Kelechi Igwe sealed the win with only 10 seconds left in the match with a breakaway goal for the fourth Bronco score of the contest. It was Igwe's first of the year. "Towards the end of the match, we got a good look at the potential of this team," said head coach Cameron Rast. "For an opening weekend, with no exhibition matches under our belt, our guys handled themselves very well. However, there is a lot of work remaining." Despite not breaking onto the scoreboard in the first half, the Broncos out-shot the Aggies 9-3 in the period. Neither team had a shot in the first 10 minutes of the contest before SCU had its first true scoring opportunity when a cross from Ballouchy found Lowry at the top of the penalty box. Warene stopped the play with his first of five saves in the period. Another exciting opportunity for the Broncos came off the foot of Ballouchy when his second shot of the match sailed right of the goal after dribbling around multiple Aggie defenders with less than 18 minutes left in the frame. Santa Clara will leave California for the first time in the 2004 season next weekend when it heads to Fairfax, Virginia for the GMU/Comfort Inn Classic. On Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the Broncos will take on the host Patriots before facing Loyola College on Sunday morning.