Oct 29, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. – Santa Clara men's soccer recorded its first shutout of the season against Gonzaga, playing to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon at Luger Field.
"I was pleased with the defensive side as well as the ball movement and attacking play but the game is defined by goals and we needed to score to earn the victory," said head coach Cameron Rast.
The Broncos (2-12-1, 2-2-1 WCC) had golden opportunities to score, twice hitting the woodwork, one each in the half.
In the first half, Javier Ruiz Duran's left foot shot inside the 18 found the left post and in the second half, Valdemar Andersen's free kick from 23 yards out found the right post.
"Those are the looks you play for. I told the team, anytime you play on Sunday, physically you have to reach down and grind. It's a big challenge to travel and come back and be sharp," said head coach Cameron Rast, coming off a Friday night road game against Portland.
Santa Clara came out sharp, at one point, holding a 10-4 advantage in shots but were outshot 12-3 the rest of the way. Despite being under attack, Santa Clara goalkeeper Dakota Havlick and the backline helped shut out Gonzaga (6-7-2, 0-4-2 WCC).
Havlick was credited with four saves and recorded his first clean sheet of the season. Over the weekend, the Broncos gave up a single goal in 200 minutes of play.
With Sunday's draw, the Broncos picked up a point in the West Coast Conference race.
• Santa Clara is now 21-10-4 all-time against Gonzaga.
• For the second match in a row, Delgadillo led the Broncos in shots with four.
• Seven Broncos logged all 110 minutes of play including: Havlick, Terrell Smith, Andres Jimenez, Javier Ruiz Duran, Brandon Gillingham, Valdemar Andersen and Satoshi Chafin.
The Broncos will travel to Los Angeles to play at Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.