Nov. 5, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's soccer team will finish out their regular season table with an afternoon contest this Saturday, Nov. 7 against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. The Broncos, at 12-6-1 and ranked No.14 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index, stand a good chance of earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament during Monday's selection show. It would be the 20th time in 21 years Santa Clara earned a trip to the postseason if it is chosen.
The Bronco offense is averaging 1.32 goals per game (25 total goals), while the defense has earned eight shutouts. Redshirt senior Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colo.) is leading the team in goals with six, while six others have found the net at least twice and three others have registered one goal each. Angeli also leads the team in points (15), followed by senior Kiki Bosio (Mission Viejo, Calif.) with 11, and junior Maxine Goynes (Modesto, Calif.) with nine. Sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Los Gatos, Calif.), in 14 starts, has five clean sheets to her name and carries a goals-against-average of 0.88. Reserve senior goalkeeper Lisa Lahman (Santa Cruz, Calif.) has earned three shutouts in five starts and holds a GAA of 0.82 in seven total games.
LAST WEEK'S WRAP UP
Santa Clara fell, 1-0, to conference-leader and the nation's second-ranked team Portland on a goal just three minutes into the game. The Broncos kept the Pilots, who have been averaging over four goals a game this season, contained for most of the game and had several chances to tie up the match, outshooting Portland 14-7, but couldn't find the net to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year.
The Bulldogs are currently on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to San Diego and UC Irvine last weekend, and have lost eight of their last ten games dating back to Sept. 27. The Zags have two wins in WCC play, beating both San Francisco 3-1 and Saint Mary's 2-1 in Spokane. Sarah Rhodes and Jessie Sorenson each have four goals to lead the offense and in the net, Amy Danielson and Jessie Thalman have split time. Danielson has 17 goals against (1.72 GAA) and Thalman 16 (1.97 GAA). Thalman has the only shutout credited to the goalkeepers. Santa Clara is 13-1-2 all-time versus Gonzaga. Last season, the two sides tied nil-nil.
BRONCOS GETTING NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Santa Clara has had numerous players recognized nationally by several different media outlets this season. The Broncos have had five CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week selections [Angeli (9/8, 9/14), Vernon (9/14), Bosio (9/22), Reynolds (9/22)], one TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week selection [Henninger (9/14)], and two WCC Players of the Week [Angeli (9/14), Bosio (9/21)]. In the polls, Santa Clara checks in at No. 14 in the NSCAA National Rankings, No. 21 on SoccerTimes.com, No. 26 on CollegeSoccer360.com, and No. 39 on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Tournament Rankings.
Santa Clara returned 17 letterwinners and lost four, only one of which was a starter (goalkeeper Meagan McCray) ... the Bronco freshman class of 10 players was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's best in the nation ... senior Katherine Reynolds is on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List.
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Live stats for the Gonzaga match will be available on CBS College Sports' Gametracker and live video on will be on Gonzaga's CBS College Sports All-Access channel.
The NCAA Tournament Selection show will air at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN News.