September 20, 2004

Third-Ranked Men's Soccer Takes Undefeated Record to Stanford, Hosts California

Sept. 20, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -

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This Week: Stanford/Nike Invitational
The third-ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team will be looking for the 400th win in program history this weekend as the Broncos face a pair of ranked opponents in eighth-ranked Stanford and seventh-ranked California.

The Broncos will take part in the first night of the Stanford/Nike Invitational on Friday night when they face the host Stanford Cardinal. After a 3-15-2 record last season, Stanford looks to be back on track as it is unbeaten in 2004 with a 5-0-1 mark. In the series with SCU, the Cardinal hold a slight 15-13-6 edge.

Santa Clara will return to Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday night with a 7:00 p.m. match against Bay Area rival California, presented by Lunardi's. The Golden Bears enter the weekend with the same 6-0-0 mark the Broncos have posted. The Golden Bears have a 11-22-4 record against Santa Clara with the teams splitting the last four meetings.

Last Week: Santa Clara/adidas Classic
For the third straight week, SCU claimed a tournament crown as it won the Santa Clara/adidas Classic with victories over San Jose State and Davidson. Junior defender Ryan Purtell was named the Classic Most Valuable Player after scoring a goal against the Spartans and helping the defense allow only one goal in two matches.

On Thursday, the Broncos started the Classic with a 2-1 win over San Jose State. Purtell gave SCU the early lead with a goal in the fifth minute. After SJSU answered back in the first period, Santa Clara was credited with an own goal after a Spartan defender miscleared a cross in the 49th minute. The own goal would prove to be the game-winner for the Broncos in a 2-1 win.

SCU dominated Saturday night's match with Davidson, posting three goals in the first 37 minutes en route to a 3-0 victory. The Bronco defense allowed only one Davidson shot in the contest, helping to hold their third opponent scoreless in 2004. Offensively, Eric Irvine, Will Weatherly and Keith DeVey each scored for SCU.

Along with Purtell, Weatherly and midfielder Medhi Ballouchy were named to their second-straight all-tournament team after all three were named to the All-GM/Comfort Inn Classic Team. Irvine also picked up all-Classic honors.

Purtell Earns National Honors
Junior defender Ryan Purtell was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week after earning adidas Classic Most Valuable Player honors on Saturday. Purtell's award marked the third straight week a Bronco has been named to a national team of the week after Jason Pan was selected by Soccer America last week and Medhi Ballouchy was named to both teams on September 7.

Purtell and the Bronco defense allowed only one goal over the weekend and have only given up just three goals in six matches this season. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Purtell also scored his first goal of the year in the 2-1 win over San Jose State.

Broncos in the WCC Statistics
Santa Clara is currently pacing the West Coast Conference in a variety of categories on both sides of the field. Offensively, the Broncos boast the most potent attack in the conference, averaging 2.50 goals per match. On the defensive side, SCU is tops in the WCC, allowing only 0.50 goals per contest. Santa Clara is one of only two teams in the conference whose defense is averaging less than a goal per match.

Individually, midfielder Medhi Ballouchy is tied for second in the conference with seven points on the season. His four assists in 2004 are tied tops in the WCC. Fellow midfielder Peter Lowry is also among the top offensive players in the conference, ranking second in goals scored. The Fair Oaks, Calif. native also paces the WCC with three game-winning goals. He is the only West Coast player to score multiple game-winners this season. Goalkeeper Kent Harkness is the conference leader in goals against average with a minuscule 0.52 mark in over 506 minutes of action.

Season/Match Tickets on Sale
Season and individual match tickets for Santa Clara University's nationally-recognized soccer teams are on sale through the Department of Athletics' official website www.SantaClaraBroncos.com, and the athletic ticket office at 408-554-4660, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In conjunction with its exclusive Internet partner, College Sports Online, the athletic department has developed an online ticket application that provides fans with the ability to purchase season tickets, family plans, individual matches or an all-sports pass via the official athletic website. A men's and women's soccer season ticket package that includes the 17 home matches is available for the adult price of $65 each, while a family plan provides a family of five admission to each game for the low price of $100. Youth (12 and under) and senior (over 65-years-old) season tickets are also available for $30. Single games are priced at $7 for adults, $5 for youths and seniors and $2 for non-Ruff Riders SCU students as well as members of Bronco Kidz. Single match team passes are also available for $35.