Broncos Continue WCC Season at Saint Mary's, San Francisco
Oct. 14, 2004
Santa Clara will look for its first win of the conference season against Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and San Francisco. The Gaels (8-6-0, 0-1-0) have lost three straight and will try to end that streak against the Broncos on Friday at 3 p.m. SMC is led by Genevieve Hollis, who has scored seven goals on the season. The Dons (7-3-3, 1-0-0) on the other hand, have won four straight and will host San Diego on Friday before the Broncos arrive on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest. USF has shut out its last two opponents and has already had two players record hat tricks this season.
A Variety of Line Ups
Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith has now used 10 different line ups in 13 contests. Injuries have played a role in the line up shifts, but Smith adds that he uses the preseason to experiment with players in different positions and alongside different teammates in preparation for conference play and the postseason. Smith seems to be finding some structure, as he has used the same line up in two of the last three matches.
Live on the Internet
Santa Clara's entire home schedule returns to the Internet, as a live audio broadcast is available for a third season on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. Additionally, Buck Shaw contests can be followed online with a live statistical tracker, also located on SCU's official athletic website. By logging on, fans can receive real-time updated statistics direct from the official scoring computer, allowing users to listen to the audio broadcast and keep up with the statistics simultaneously. SCU men's soccer alumnus Mark Wojciechowski and Ram Fletcher return as the voices of the Broncos.
Osborne on M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Senior Leslie Osborne has been named to the "watch list" of players considered among the top candidates for the 2004 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top players in NCAA Division I soccer. The list was compiled by the NSCAA, the official selection body for the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy. Osborne, a native of Menomonee Falls, Wis., has already been named a preseason All-America by Soccer Buzz and Soccer America magazines. She leads the team with six goals and two assists for14 points.
A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, with three finalists selected in early December. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 8, 2005.
The award is college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy. Past recipients include former Broncos Mandy Clemens and Aly Wagner. Clemens won both the Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. Player of the Year awards in 1999, while Wagner became the first honoree to have the distinction of receiving the newly-unified award.
Santa Clara began its aim for a 10th overall appearance in the College Cup with the start of the 2004 season. The Broncos' 20-match schedule features 10 programs that advanced to last year's NCAA Championship, including three of the top eight seeds. The Broncos are hosting five of those matches at Buck Shaw Stadium.
In the Rankings
Santa Clara opened the 2004 season ranked in the top five in all four polls. This week, the Broncos are ranked as follows: Soccer America placed the Broncos 12th, while Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA/adidas polls list SCU 15th and 17th, respectively. Soccer Times dropped SCU three spots to No. 20 despite the team's win over No. 7 Cal. The Broncos have already played seven of the nine nationally-ranked squads on the slate. Later in West Coast Conference play, Santa Clara will face fourth-ranked Portland and No. 20 Pepperdine.
CSTV to Televise Portland Match
College Sports Television, the first 24-hour college sports television network, will televise the Broncos' Sunday, October 24 match against No. 4 Portland at Buck Shaw Stadium. The broadcast will be tape-delayed to Thursday, October 28 at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Joe Beninati will call all the action on CSTV Soccer, while Tom Stone will provide expert analysis. A feature story on senior Leslie Osborne's long-standing friendship with North Carolina's Lindsay Tarpley will air at halftime.
College Sports TV, the fastest-growing independent cable network, is available to more than 20 million homes nationally on cable and satellite. The network is available on Comcast, Time Warner and Adelphia cable systems, among others, and is also available on DirecTV (channel 610). For information on CSTV availability in particular markets, consumers can log on to www.collegesports.com/getcstv or call their cable or satellite operator.
Osborne Named Preseason All-America
Senior Leslie Osborne was named a preseason All-American by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz magazines, as well as CSTV. A returning team captain for the Broncos this season, Osborne earned All-America honors last season from Soccer Buzz and CSTV. She currently leads the team with six goals and two assists for 14 points.
A Look Ahead: Broncos Return to the Shaw
Santa Clara will return home to Buck Shaw Stadium for two games next weekend, taking on Gonzaga on Friday and Portland on Sunday, in a nationally-televised game by CSTV. The Bulldogs are 8-6-0, 0-1-0 on the season while the Pilots are ranked fourth nationally and boast an 11-2-0, 1-0-0 record.
Season/Match Tickets on Sale
Season and individual match tickets for Santa Clara University's nationally-recognized soccer teams are on sale through the Department of Athletics' official website www.SantaClaraBroncos.com, and the athletic ticket office at 408-554-4660, between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In conjunction with its exclusive Internet partner, College Sports Online, the athletic department has developed an online ticket application that provides fans with the ability to purchase season tickets, family plans, individual matches or an all-sports pass via the official athletic website. A men's and women's soccer season ticket package that includes the 17 home matches is available for the adult price of $65 each, while a family plan provides a family of five admission to each game for the low price of $100. Youth (12 and under) and senior (over 65-years-old) season tickets are also available for $30. Single games are priced at $7 for adults, $5 for youths and seniors and $2 for non-Ruff Riders SCU students as well as members of Bronco Kidz. Single match team passes are also available for $35.