Broncos Host No. 4 Cal This Friday

Sept. 10, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's soccer team returns to the Mission Campus on Friday, Sept. 12 for the 2008 adidas challenge against the Golden Bears of California. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Follow The Broncos Online
Every Santa Clara home game and most road games are covered live on the Internet via www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. All home games will also feature a live video broadcast as well.

Last Time Out
The Broncos earned their first win of the season last weekend in their final match of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational in Madison, Wis. Santa Clara topped UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, with freshman Mykell Bates scoring the game-winning header. SCU, on the basis of a head-to-head result with Milwaukee, finished second in the tournament with a 1-1-0 record.

Bronco Watch
With two weekends complete, the Broncos have had four different players score at least one goal and three dish out some help. Jeff Cosgriff leads the squad with five points (2G, 1A), while senior Brian Martin is right behind him with 4 points (2G). Bates and Ross Smith have also netted goals for the Broncos, while freshmen Brandon Zimmerman and Brian Bruggner have each earned an assist.

All-Tournament Honorees
The Broncos had three players earn all-tournament accolades in Madison last weekend. Cosgriff and Bates were named to the team, while Jalil Anibaba earned Defensive MVP honors. Cosgriff notched the assist on Bates' goal, while Anibaba played a key role in SCU's defense that limited the Panthers to only to just six shots.

In The Polls
The Broncos are currently receiving votes in the weekly NSCAA and Soccer Times National Polls. Top Drawer Soccer, who ranks the top 48 teams, has Santa Clara at No. 31 this week.

Scouting Cal
The Golden Bears enter Friday's game with a 3-0-1 record. In their last outing, Cal battled then-No. 7 SMU to a 1-1 tie. Scoring their lone goal was A.J. Soares, his second goal of the season. Andrew Wideman leads the Golden Bears attack with seven points (2G, 3A). Stephen Frei has seen the most time between the posts for Cal. He has a 0.49 GAA and has compiled 15 saves thus far. Frei was also named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List this season.

Last Time Out vs. Cal
The Broncos and Golden Bears last met on Sept. 16, 2007 in Berkeley. The teams battled to a scoreless double-overtime tie.

All-Time vs. Cal
Friday marks the 44th meeting of the two teams in a series that Cal leads 25-11-7.

On Deck
SCU returns to action a week later in Los Angeles against No. 21 UCLA. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Drake Stadium.