August 31, 2010
SCU Mens Soccer Opens Season Saturday Night
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Santa Clara
University Bronco men's soccer team will begin its 2010 season with
a neutral site match against the University of Wisconsin Badgers Saturday,
September 4 in Irvine. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Led by three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Cameron Rast, the Broncos will play twice in Irvine, facing
Wisconsin Saturday, then Loyola University of Chicago
6 at 1 p.m.
Getting off to a good start will be important for an SCU team that
struggled out of the gate a year ago. The Broncos lost an overtime
game to nationally ranked UC Irvine 3-2 in its 2009 season opener -
a game SCU led 2-0.
Santa Clara went on lose
two of its first three and start the season 2-5-2.
"It would not have taken much more last year to have our season
turn out much differently," said Rast, who has led SCU to six NCAA
tournament appearances in eight years. "When things start to go
right it is amazing how much more tends to go right. And the same
can happen on the negative side."
Rast expects a number of newcomers to make an immediate impact
this weekend. Santa Clara has brought in five U.S. Soccer
Development Academy recruits: 6-foot-3 forward Keigo Kameya
, San Jose product Carlos Montes
and Southern California natives Phillip
"Our young players have been really impressive in camp," said
Rast. "We're excited to see how everything comes together. There's
a youthful enthusiasm with this group."
Pairing the young players with proven stars in all-league forward
, midfielder Brandon
and defender Mykell
will give the Broncos a good chance at producing positive
Hurtado may be the most talented front-line player in the WCC.
Both he and Eric Masch
were named to the WCC's preseason
. Los Angeles native and
former all-league honoree Kevin
(pictured), coming off a redshirt season in 2009, will
start in goal for the Broncos.
The challenge Saturday night will be a Wisconsin group that
finished 3-3-0 in the Big Ten Conference last season – a
league that has six of its seven teams ranked in the 2010 preseason
Loyola-Chicago is coming off a 4-8-3 season in 2009 and must find
a way to replace its top four point producers. The Ramblers have
already played three exhibition games and after a match this week
against Creighton and a Friday night meeting with UC Irvine, Loyola
will have five matches under their belt before kicking-off with SCU
CLICK HERE to access live stats for both games
via Santa Clara's official athletics website