Broncos Earn Top Five National Ranking

Broncos Earn Top Five National Ranking

Aug. 16, 2005

  • Complete NSCAA/adidas poll

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Coming off its 10th ever appearance in the NCAA College Cup, the Santa Clara University women's soccer team is rated as the fifth-best unit in the country, according to the preseason NSCAA/adidas poll that was released today.

    Santa Clara was selected by the West Coast Conference coaches to finish second in the league this season, behind preseason favorite Portland. The Pilots were selected seventh in the NSCAA/adidas poll.

    The Broncos, led by head coach Jerry Smith in his 19th season at Santa Clara, return seven starters and 17 letterwinners from last year's team that finished with an 18-5-2 record and advanced to the College Cup for the 10th time in school history. Santa Clara defeated Cal and Stanford in the first two rounds of the tournament before downing top-ranked North Carolina 1-0 in overtime on the road in Chapel Hill.

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    SCU's 2005 schedule includes six teams that are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll, including a showdown top-ranked Notre Dame on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. The Fighting Irish knocked the Broncos out of the College Cup semifinals last season with a narrow 1-0 victory over SCU in Cary, N.C.

    Santa Clara opens its season Friday, August 26 in a 7 p.m. contest against Arizona State at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    Season and single game tickets, group packages and family plans to watch the Broncos at home in Buck Shaw Stadium this season are available by calling 408/554-4660 or by clicking here. For those who are unable to attend the games, Bronco Athletics will provide a live GameTracker feed via the Internet as well as a live audio broadcast of every home games and selected away contests.