Oct. 19, 2004
Santa Clara will return home to Buck Shaw Stadium for two matches this weekend, taking on Gonzaga on Friday and Portland on Sunday, in a nationally-televised game by CSTV. The Bulldogs are 10-6-0 overall, and off to the program's best start in conference play with a 2-1-0 league mark. Last week, Gonzaga defeated No. 20 Pepperdine for only the second win over a ranked team in program history. The Pilots are ranked fourth nationally and boast a 14-2-0, 3-0-0 record. Portland's Christine Sinclair was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week last week for scoring the game-winners in all three of the Pilots' contests. Portland is currently on a six-match winning streak and will play at San Diego prior to meeting the Broncos.
CSTV to Televise Portland Match
College Sports Television, the first 24-hour college sports television network, will televise the Broncos' Sunday, 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. Pacific. Tom Stone will call all the action on CSTV Soccer, while Beth Mowins 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.
The first 500 fans on Sunday will receive a water bottle from Big Toe Soccer. Additionally, Sunday's soccer ticket will admit fans for free into the volleyball match next door at the Leavey Center, which is against Pepperdine at 3 p.m.
More on the Portland-Santa Clara Match
The Pilots and the Broncos share one of the best rivalries in collegiate soccer. Sunday's contest will feature two of the last three NCAA champions, and on a league level, these two squads have won at least a share of every WCC title, with each program taking home six crowns.
A Variety of Line Ups
Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith has now used 11 different line ups in 15 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 the past two matches.
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 has six goals and two assists for14 points so far this season.
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.
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.
A Look Ahead: Broncos Host SJSU, Visit LMU
The regular season is coming to a close, as there are only three matches left on the slate. Santa Clara will host San Jose State in the programs' annual Rivalry Series match on Tuesday, and then head to Southern California to take on Loyola Marymount on Halloween afternoon.
Match Tickets on Sale
Individual 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-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.