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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Aiming to win the program's second consecutive league title and its fourth in six years, the Santa Clara University men's soccer team plays two more 'must-win' games this week. To move up in the standings, SCU will have to get results at USF Wednesday night then at home against St. Mary's on Sunday.
Week #10 - Oct. 31, 2011-Nov. 6
SANTA CLARA (7-5-4; 3-4-1 WCC) @ USF (6-7-2; 4-3-1 WCC)
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Game #17 • Road Game #6 • San Francisco, Calif.
ST. MARY'S (5-5-5; 4-2-2)* @ SANTA CLARA
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 • 2 p.m.
Game #18 • Home Game #12 • Santa Clara, Calif.
*SMC will host USF Friday, Nov. 4
* Cameron Rast is in his tenth season as Santa Clara head coach (110-58-38)
* Santa Clara needs to win in its final four games to repeat as WCC Champs
* With one more win, SCU can clinch its 23rd winning season in 25 years
* Sunday is 'Senior Day' at Buck Shaw Stadium
* Santa Clara has been ranked as high as No. 18 nationally this season
* A 4-game WCC losing streak (Oct. 5 through 16) knocked SCU out of first place
* The Broncos are coming off a 4-1 victory over San Diego
* Both USF and SMC defeated Santa Clara by the score of 2-0 in early Oct.
* SCU is 11-14-3 all-time at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco
* The Broncos beat the Dons 2-1 last season at USF
* SCU has been outstanding at home vs. St. Mary's (21-1-3 all-time)
* Erik Hurtado's 69 shots leads the league – the next highest total is 42
* GK Larry Jackson has started in last 3; matched career-high with 7 saves vs. USD
* UP NEXT: SCU wraps up its regular season with games in the Northwest next week
Tickets for Sunday's home finale are available for purchase online at SantaClaraBroncos.com/buytickets or by calling the ticket office directly at 408-554-4660. Single-game tickets start at $5 for youth/seniors and $8 for adults.
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Fans can watch every Santa Clara soccer HOME game online for FREE via SantaClaraBroncos.com with Live Scoring complementing the broadcast on the Broncos' all-access portal courtesy of StretchInternet.
Santa Clara senior Eric Masch is asking SCU soccer fans to help fight poverty in the Silicon Valley. A clothing drive sponsored by Sacred Heart Community Service is accepting coats, pants, shirts, shorts and cash donations at a table near the main stadium entrance.
The home game against St. Mary's on Sunday, Nov. 6 is 'Senior Day' at Buck Shaw Stadium. Check back later in the week for more information on an outstanding class of final-year players who will be honored prior to Sunday's opening whistle.
HEAD COACH CAMERON RAST (10th-year)
Since taking over the Bronco men's soccer program nine years ago, SCU alumnus and Hall of Famer Cameron Rast has led his alma mater to six NCAA tournaments and four West Coast Conference Championships. He was a former All-America player on SCU's 1989 co-National Championship team and U.S. Olympic Team captain in 1992. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at SCU from 1994-2001. Last year, in 2010, his ninth year as SCU head coach, the Broncos won the WCC title. Rast has reached the 100-win milestone as a head coach and has moved into third place all-time in WCC coaching victories. The announcement of Rast being named the 2010 WCC 'Coach of the Year' marked the fourth time he has earned the honor. The Broncos advanced into the NCAA College Cup Final Four in 2006. He owns a 110-58-38 career record and is 58-16-22 all-time at SCU's Buck Shaw Stadium.
WCC STANDINGS (pts)
Saint Mary's 4-2-2 (14)/5-5-5
San Diego 4-3-1 (13)/7-7-1
San Francisco 4-3-1 (13)/6-7-2
LMU 4-3-1 (13)/6-9-1
Santa Clara 3-4-1 (10)/7-5-4
Portland 3-4-1 (10)/8-6-2
Gonzaga 2-5-1 (7)/4-9-2
Cam Rast's words were prophetic following Friday night's scoreless draw with LMU, saying 'when we (finally) score one, we are going to score a bunch.' That's indeed what happened Sunday afternoon, as his Broncos scored three first-half goals, propelling Santa Clara to a 4-1 WCC victory over San Diego.
Santa Clara (7-5-4; 3-4-1 WCC) needed just four minutes to put an end to a frustrating five-game scoreless stretch. Eric Masch finished a perfectly placed one-touch pass from Phillip Muscarella moments after the opening whistle, which ignited SCU's offense.
"That sure took the pressure off, after not being able to score in the last several games," Masch said about his goal Sunday. "We were able to relax, settle and play, and basically get into doing what we are used to doing."
Following Masch's early strike, the Broncos went on to add two more goals in the first half, with Brandon Zimmerman converting a two-on-one opportunity off the feed from teammate Erik Hurtado to make it 2-0. Following USD's only goal, Carlos Montes buried a shot from 15-yards out and SCU led 3-1 at the break.
The offense kept up the pressure in the second half as sophomore Michael Gates added some insurance with his first career goal – pushing the homestanding Broncos in front 4-1 with 40 minutes on the clock.
"We played really well and created some great chances," said Rast. "We tied a season-high mark for goals because we moved the ball well and that allows us to be mobile off of that, getting other players forward. When you are not giving the ball away easily and cheaply you can sustain attacks."
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST USF & SMC
San Francisco 2, SANTA CLARA 0 (Oct. 5)
Santa Clara 0, ST. MARY'S 2 (Oct. 7)
HURTADO DRAWS BIG PRAISE FROM WCC
Erik Hurtado was named the West Coast Conference 'Player of the Month' for September. The junior forward was terrific during the month, earning back-to-back WCC 'Player of the Week' honors on Sept. 12 and 19. From Aug. 27 through Sept. 30, Hurtado totaled 40 shots, 12 points, four goals and four assists, which were all league-bests. Hurtado netted goals in four of five matches from Sept. 2 through 16, scoring against No. 6 UCLA, No. 14 Cal and tallied a career-high eight-shots in a 2-0 win over Cleveland State.
"What's unique about Erik is that he's just so explosive," Santa Clara head coach Cameron Rast has said about Hurtado. "His ability to accelerate and the power in his game make (opponents) focus so much time and energy on him, defending him, worrying about him, because he can do things that most other collegiate players cannot."
BRANDON ZIMMERMAN EARNS NATIONAL HONORS
Brandon Zimmerman, a senior midfielder from Pasco, Wash. was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week (Oct. 2). Zimmerman bended-in the decisive goal in Santa Clara's pivotal 1-0 victory over Portland in both team's WCC opener on Sept. 30. Zimmerman, an All-WCC honoree in each of his three seasons at SCU, anchors the Bronco midfield. The Portland victory was followed by a 2-0 shutout win over Gonzaga on Oct. 1.
PLAYING UP IN NON-CONFERENCE
Making the Broncos 4-1-3 non-conference record in 2011 that much more impressive, is considering who they played. The Broncos faced one of their toughest pre-conference tests in recent memory. Both UCLA and California advanced into the NCAA College Cup tournament's final eight last year, while New Mexico, Harvard and Stanford have been perennial NCAA qualifiers. New Mexico enters the week 9-0-2.
HURTADO/KLASILA NAMED WCC PLAYER'S OF THE WEEK
Through the first five weeks of play in 2011, the Broncos garnered three West Coast Conference 'Player of the Week' awards. On September 19, SCU junior attacker Erik Hurtado earned the honor of the second-straight time (Sept. 12 & Sept. 19). Hurtado, who continues to lead the league in most every offensive category, has emerged as an early candidate for the league's Player of the Year. His second award came after scoring and assisting in SCU's 4-2 road win at then-No. 14 Cal. Klasila drew recognition as the WCC Player of the Week on Aug. 29 after he shutout Stanford in the season-opener for both teams at Buck Shaw Stadium.
BRONCOS AND THE MLS
Not only does the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS rent out Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium to call home, the Broncos have had a storied history of future professionals wearing the SCU uniform. SCU was ranked among the top NCAA programs producing MLS talent, according to MLSsoccer.com. Santa Clara is tied for second all-time among schools on the West Coast, producing 17 players who have been drafted by MLS clubs, including Mehdi Ballouchy, drafted second overall in 2006.
MYKELL BATES NO. 8 PRO PROSPECT AMONG COLLEGE SENIORS
Santa Clara senior co-captain Mykell Bates was listed as the nation's No. 8 best pro prospect among college seniors according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. The online publication is showcasing Joe Mauceri's observations on 'Joe's Big Board', a listing of the top 100 prospects for professional soccer in the college senior class.
ERIC MASCH TABBED FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Santa Clara University final-year student-athlete Eric Masch has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in early October.
Contributing to the Broncos' strong soccer tradition is the team's home field advantage at Buck Shaw Stadium. Under Rast, the Broncos have gone 57-16-21 at home since he took over as head coach in 2002. The team is 216-82-40 all-time when playing at home, dating back to the program's first year of soccer in 1967.
THE WCC'S BEST TEAM (2010 CHAMPIONS)
The Broncos won the 2010 WCC Championship by posting a 7-1-4 conference record. No other WCC program has won more games (127) over the past decade or more WCC titles (5) than Santa Clara. Rast has been honored as the league's 'Coach of the Year' four times in his nine seasons and in the past three years, SCU is 33-17-16 against league opponents.
2011 PRESEASON AT US OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER
Shortly after initiating its preseason training for the 2011 season, the Broncos traveled to Southern California for a week to practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
BATES, HURTADO NAMED 2011 PRESEASON ALL-WCC
Mykell Bates and Erik Hurtado were among ten student-athletes around the league named to the 2011 Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Hurtado has emerged as one of the nation's most dangerous scorers. The junior from Beaverton, Ore., was named a 2010 All-WCC First Team player and garnered National Player of the Week honors last November by College Soccer News (CSN). Bates was also named an All-WCC First Team honoree in 2010. The senior and three-year starting defender from Roseville, Calif., led the team in minutes played (1,852) as a sophomore and is serving as team captain for the second straight year.
2011 Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team
Name School Yr, Pos.
Mykell Bates SCU SR D
Roger Downes LMU SR D
Steven Evans POR SO MF
Doug Herrick SMC SR GK
Erik Hurtado SCU JR F
Artur Jozkowicz LMU SR F/MF
Ryan Kawulok POR SR D
James Matern GON RSO MF
Stephen Posa USD SR F
Patrick Wallen USD SR F
FINAL WCC STANDINGS (2010)
Place Team WCC Record (Points)/Overall Record
T1. Santa Clara* 7-1-4 (25)/10-6-5
T1. LMU 8-3-1 (25)/12-6-2
3. Portland 6-3-3 (21)/9-4-6
4. San Diego 6-4-2 (20)/9-7-3
5. St. Mary's 6-6-0 (18)/10-8-1
6. San Francisco 2-8-2 (8)/4-12-3
7. Gonzaga 1-11-0 (3)/4-15-0
*Santa Clara claimed tiebreaker and WCC's automatic NCAA Tournament berth
SCU SOCCER TRADITION
1 National Championship
5 College Cup Final Fours
19 NCAA Tournaments
52 Future Professionals
11 WCC Championships
8 Seasons of 15+ wins
4 Teams ranked No. 1 nationally
13 Teams ranked in top 5 nationally
217-82-41 at Buck Shaw Stadium
111-46-26 vs. WCC all-time
34-17-17 vs. WCC in last three seasons
22 winning seasons in last 24 years