Aug. 23, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 22 Santa Clara women's soccer team earned its second victory today in the season's opening weekend by defeating UC Santa Barbara 2-0 at home on Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos were fueled by goals from freshman Olivia Klei and senior Jordan Angeli and held the Gauchos shotless.
Santa Clara dominated the first half, controlling most of the possesion and firing eight shots on Santa Barbara goalkeeper Ali Cutler, forcing her to make five saves, many of them point blank. Ten minutes into the match, senior Kiki Bosio found herself alone one-on-one with Cutler just eight yards out from the box, but was unable to finish as Cutler pushed her shot wide out for a corner kick.
At 29:39, junior Kendra Perry also had a good look on goal and launched a diving header in Cutler's direction, but Cutler got her hands on that ball as well.
With nearly a minute left to play in the half, the Gauchos put the ball in the net on a header past sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, but the goal was disallowed because of an offside ruling, ending the half scoreless.
The Broncos got on the board in the second half at 65:50 when Klei scored her first career goal after knocking in classmate Amanda Webster's pinpoint cross. Ten minutes later, Angeli made it 2-0 when she finished a penalty kick after Santa Barbara was whisted for a handball in the penalty box.
"I was very impressed with UCSB's defensive organization and their goalkeeper, who played extremely well," said head coach Jerry Smith. "I am also really happy about the fact that we were able to get two goals past an NCAA Tournament team and post our second shutout victory of the season. We've always had a bit of trouble with putting together a quality Sunday match after a Friday night game, but the girls did well to overcome that today and especially against a team that did not play on Friday night."
Klei's goal was the third from a freshman this season. "I'm pleased with how well this rookie class is playing, and for three of them to have already scored, I think that shows the type of impact they have on this team," said Smith. "I'm also really impressed with Jordan Angeli. We missed her the past two years and she brings a lot of things to our team with her ability to start an offensive attack out of the back and her leadership and organization."
Santa Clara prevented any shots from getting through to sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, as the netminder picked up her second shutout of the season. The Broncos launched 17 total shots in Cutler's direction, and the Gaucho keeper finished with eight saves.
Santa Clara, now 2-0 on the season, returns to action on Friday against Utah, taking on the Utes in a 7:30 matchup in Salt Lake City.