August 20, 2004

Soccer America Tabs Broncos Second Nationally

Aug. 20, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Soccer America magazine has selected Santa Clara University as having the second-best college women's soccer team in the nation in its annual preseason top-25 poll, the popular soccer publication announced today. The Broncos, led by 18th-year head coach Jerry Smith, returns a veteran side that is led by senior All-America midfielder Leslie Osborne and a number of talented returnees. Santa Clara finished 14-4-6 last season and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, where it fell to eventual champion North Carolina on its home field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels are ranked first in the poll, while Notre Dame, Texas and Florida State round out the top five behind the Broncos. Three West Coast Conference teams appear in the poll, including Portland at sixth and Pepperdine at number 22.





Santa Clara opens its home season Sept. 24 in the annual adidas Classic. Season and match tickets are available by clicking here.


Santa Clara opens its season August 27 on the road at Cal Poly before embarking on trips to South Bend, Ind. and New Brunswick, N.J. for tournaments at Notre Dame and Rutgers. Prior to conference play, the Broncos will play 12 non-league matches, including home games against Marquette, Denver, Stanford and Cal. Season tickets, family plans and single game tickets are available for SCU soccer by calling 408/554-4660 or by clicking here. Special group and team rate plans are also available by calling Daniel Galvin at 408/554-4066 or by downloading a special form here. For the fourth-straight season, coverage of the majority of Bronco games will be offered live via SantaClaraBroncos.com either through an audio broadcast or live stats. A complete schedule of live coverage will be available soon. The Broncos open their home season Friday, Sept. 24 in the annual adidas Classic at Buck Shaw Stadium. Stanford plays Denver in the event's first match of the doubleheader at 5 p.m., while Santa Clara hosts Denver in the nightcap at 7:30. On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Cardinal plays Marquette at 11 a.m. and the Broncos host Denver beginning at 1:30 p.m. Soccer America College Women's 2004 Preseason Top 25
(with conference and 2003 record)

Rank School Conference 2003 Record
1 North Carolina Atlantic Coast27-0-0
1 Santa Clara West Coast14-4-6
3 Notre Dame Big East12-9-0
4 Texas Big 1212-9-0
5. Florida State Atlantic Coast 17-8-1
6. Portland West Coast 18-3-2
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 12-5-4
8. Tennessee Southeastern 17-5-2
9. Penn State Big Ten 19-3-3
10. UCLA Pacific-10 20-2-3
11. Texas A&M Big 12 13-6-3
12. Clemson Atlantic Coast 11-7-2
13. Connecticut Big East 15-6-3
14. Stanford Pacific-10 10-9-2
15. Utah Mountain West 16-2-2
16. Florida Southeastern 19-4-2
17. Colorado Big 12 15-4-1
18. Ohio State Big Ten 13-5-3
19. Kansas Big 12 18-6-1
20. Arizona State Pacific-10 13-5-3
21. Boston College Big East 15-3-3
22. Pepperdine West Coast 14-6-1
23. Auburn Southeastern 14-4-3
24. West Virginia Big East 17-4-2
25. Nebraska Big 12 13-8-1