Oct. 26, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Clara University plays two big matches in West Coast Conference action this weekend. The Broncos, currently first in the WCC, travel down to Southern California where they play San Diego on Friday, Oct. 27 at Torero Stadium at 7:00 p.m. PT followed by Loyola Marymount at Sullivan Field on Sunday Oct. 29 at 2:00 p.m. PT. Earlier this year the Broncos defeated the Toreros 2-1 on Oct. 1 and lost to LMU 2-1 on Sept. 29, both at Buck Shaw Stadium.
"We need to have a positive mental approach going down South this weekend," said Broncos head coach Cameron Rast. "We had a good win last week, but we need to be ready for two tough games this weekend. Going in with a good mindset will get us off on the right foot."
Last Week For Bronco Men's Soccer
The Broncos played the Dons from USF in one of the most important games of the season this past weekend. On Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium the Broncos pulled out a 1-0 win over the Dons in a tight contest. Following a scoreless first half, freshman Amaechi Igwe scored the game winning goal in the 73rd minute with an assist from Sean Danzeiser. In goal, Joseph Buttitta's posted his sixth of the season and lowered his goals against average to 0.79. The game solidified the Bronco's lead at the top of the WCC standings with 17 points, two ahead of USF. The Broncos won both matches against USF this season.
Next Up For Bronco Soccer
Following this weekend's matches against San Diego and Loyola Marymount, the Broncos return to Buck Shaw Stadium for their final two games of the regular season. SCU takes on Portland on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT and then faces Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. Sunday is Senior Day and the team's two seniors, Keith DeVey and Erik Ustruck, will be honored for their contributions to the SCU soccer program prior to the game. Santa Clara defeated Portland 2-1 at Portland on Oct. 8 and earned a 0-0 tie on the road against Gonzaga on Oct. 6 in Spokane.
Series vs. LMU
The Broncos have had great success against theLions in men's soccer as Santa Clara owns a 19-7-1 record all-time in the series. However, in recent years, LMU has proven formidable taking four of the past five matches, including three straight wins. LMU beat the Broncos 2-1 on Sept. 29 at Buck Shaw for its second-ever win at the Broncos' home stadium. Jawaan Delaney and Diego Barrera scored first-half goals for LMU. On the road at LMU, Santa Clara owns an 8-4-1 record.
Series vs. San Diego
The series between Santa Clara and San Diego began in 1981 and SCU leads 20-9-2 overall. The Broncos are riding a four-game unbeaten streak in the series following their win over the Toreros on Oct. 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. SCU earned a win on the road against USD last season and have posted a 7-5-1 record at USD in the all-time series.
LMU in 2006
The Lions have had a up and down season in 2006 and currently have an 8-6-2 record. Loyola Marymount started out 3-1-0, but have been back and forth since then. The Lions have been led by Bobby Burling and Brad Stisser, who each have four goals on the season.
Series vs. San Diego
After a torrid 7-1-0 start to the season, the Toreros hit a rough patch in the middle of the season as they went winless in five straight games, including a 2-1 loss to the Broncos. However, they swept two games last weekend on the road against Gonzaga and Portland to get back on track. Michael Caso and Ryan Guy each have scored seven goals in 2006.
Six-Game Unbeaten Streak
The Broncos are currently riding a six-game unbeaten streak and have posted a 4-0-2 record in that span. They have allowed just three goals in those six games. The run began on Oct. 1 with a 2-1 win over San Diego. If the Broncos go unbeaten this weekend, they will complete their first undefeated month since Oct. 2003, the same season that they advanced to the NCAA College Cup.
Cameron Rast's squad has a number of individuals among the WCC's league leaders after 16 games in 2006. Senior Keith DeVey and junior Peter Lowry along with freshman Jeff Cosgriff are all tied for sixth in goals with four this season. Goalkeeper Joseph Buttita is tied for the league lead with an six shutouts and a 0.79 goals against average this season. On offense, Amaechi Igwe is tied for ninth overall with 34 shots on goal.
Broncos as a Team
As a team, the Broncos also find themselves near the top of the ladder in a number of statistical categories. The Broncos, currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, are third in goals (24) and fourth in goals per game (1.50), while placing first in corner kicks with 117. SCU's corner kick total is 43 higher than the next closest team. The team has allowed only 15 goals on the year, the second lowest total among conference teams. The Broncos also have the second highest home attendance in the league with an average of 1,324 fans through seven home dates.
Rast Coaches 100th Game
Last Friday against USF, Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast coached his 100th game for the Broncos.
DeVey Eyes Top Scorers
Keith DeVey netted his fourth goal of 2006 against San Diego on Oct. 1 and the 18th of his career. The Kula, Hawaii resident is within striking distance of the all-time top-10 in Broncos history. With one more goal this year, DeVey would vault himself into a four-way tie for ninth on the all-time goals list. With three more goals, he could jump all the way into a tie for seventh in school history.
Rast Closing In On Sampson
Cameron Rast currently has 63 wins at Santa Clara, placing him third all-time in that category. He is now just one win behind his former coach, Steve Sampson, who earned 64 wins from 1986-90 on the Mission Campus. The all-time leader is Mitch Murray (1991-2001), who has 143 victories. Rast is the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the 50-win plateau, just behind Murray.
Buttitta Leads WCC
Joseph Buttitta, the sophomore goalkeeper, continues to impress in his first year as the starting goalkeeper for SCU. After shutting out USF, he is tied for the league-lead in shutouts with six, and has started all 16 games. His 0.79 goals against average is also tied for first in the WCC.
Igwe Scores Key Goal
Freshman Amaechi Igwe broke out of his goalscoring drought with one of the biggest goals of the season against USF. After taking a pass from Sean Danzeiser at the top of the box, Igwe got his defender off balance and blasted a low shot into the corner in the 73rd minute. The Belmont native now has three goals and two assists on the year.
Freshman Sean Danzeiser has been a key goalscorer for the Broncos in his freshman season with three goals. On Friday against USF, he showed his ability to create goals for others, as he set up Igwe for the game-winner to record his first assist.
Lowry Up Top, DeVey In Middle
Junior captain Peter Lowry has moved from his role of central midfield into the forward line for the past few games, while Keith DeVey has slid into the role of attacking midfielder. The results have been positive as SCU has yet to lose with that formation.
Despite a number of injuries and a tough early-season schedule, Santa Clara has had great consistency in its starting lineup. Through 16 games in 2006, eight players have started every game; Joseph Buttita, Matt Marquess, Jamil Roberts, Peter Lowry, Erik Ustruck, Stephen McCarthy, Brian Martin and Keith DeVey. The only three positions that have seen changes are right back, left back and forward. Amaechi Igwe has started 13 out of 16 games this year.
The Broncos attack has been very balanced in 2006 as 10 different players have scored goals and 14 different players have notched at least one point.
Broncos defender Matt Marquess has proven to be a rock on the back-line for SCU the past two seasons. After starting against USF last weekend, Marquess has now played in 38 consecutive games for SCU. This season, he has stared all 16 games and played 1,515 of a possible 1,520:51 minutes. He leads all Broncos in minutes played. Jamil Roberts, who has also started every match, is second with 1,500 minutes played. The pair have started every game together in central defense.
Home Sweet Home
Buck Shaw Stadium has provided an excellent home-field advantage for the Broncos over the years. They have posted a 192-71-25 record good for an incredible .710 winning percentage. The team has lost only five home games in Rast's tenure at SCU.