Broncos Hosts USF in WCC Men's Soccer Game of the Week

By Lauren Matheson '13

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Bronco men's soccer team (4-6-0) finally comes home after seven games on the road. They will host the University of San Francisco (3-4-2) Fri., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The game is being featured as the West Coast Conference Game of the Week and fans can watch live on TheWtv.

"Any time we get to play at home its exciting," said Bronco head coach Cameron Rast. "You get to play in front of not only your family but your friends and your peers here at school. We hope to have a good energy that you just don't get on the road so that's for sure an exciting part for us being able to play at home."

The Broncos picked up a conference win in their WCC opener down at San Diego. The game-winning goal came from senior Carlos Montes in the 94th min. The men fell in game two of WCC play down at LMU. Montes leads the Broncos with two goals and goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has picked up 39 saves so far this season.

The Dons are coming off a 3-2 loss vs. Portland and a 0-0 draw vs. Gonzaga this past weekend in their WCC opening weekend. David Garrett and Danny Kirkland lead the team with two goals each.

Last season when the two teams matched up in the first half of conference, the Broncos defeated the Dons 2-1 with two goals by Erik Hurtado. The Broncos also outshot the Dons 14-11.

"USF is a great match up for us," continued Rast. "It's a good rivalry game that's lasted over 30 years so it's going to be a good challenge. They have some good talent on their team and they like to play; knock a ball around and make you work. The challenge for us is to be smart, organized, make sure we have good tight shape and to stay connected defensively. If we can do that, I think we'll have a good game."

Rast has been impressed with a number of individuals this season. The defensive efforts of senior co-captains Mark Daus and Phillip Muscarella have lead the team to three shutouts. Bronco freshman Parker Holland has showed that he can make an immediate impact in the collegiate game and seniors Harrison Hanley and Keigo Kameya have been showing impressive hard work.

Come out Friday and cheer on the Broncos as they continue to make a run at the WCC title.

2013 Season Review Thus Far

Santa Clara is pegged to win the WCC
 as voted by WCC head coaches in preseason polls and predicts Daus and sophomore Ryan Masch to gain All-WCC team honors.

The Broncos started off slow as they fell in their first four matches against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, then-No. 19 University of Washington, Bay Area rival Stanford and then-No. 9 New Mexico making their record 0-4-0.

The Broncos claimed their first victory against Central Arkansas 2-0 with senior Keigo Kameya picking up his first goal of the season. The second goal was recorded as an own goal.

The Broncos kept the momentum going as they earned two more wins at San Jose State 1-0 with a late goal by sophomore James Huffer, and at UC Irvine 2-1 with a goal by freshman Edson Cardona and a late game-winner by senior Harrison Hanley.

The Broncos fell to then-No. 2 California in overtime to finish up their non-conference play. The Broncos held the top ranked team scoreless for 100 minutes despite the Bear's consistent attack.

Senior Carlos Montes picked up the game-winning goal in the 94th min. at San Diego in the team's WCC opener. Montes leads the Broncos in shots (15) and shots on goal (6).

In game two of WCC play at LMU, the Broncos took a hard 4-0 loss at LMU.

Go Broncos!

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