Men’s Soccer Kicks Off 2019 Campaign Hosting Holy Cross on Friday

Men’s Soccer Kicks Off 2019 Campaign Hosting Holy Cross on Friday
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Santa Clara men's soccer opens the 2019 regular season on Friday hosting Holy Cross inside Stevens Stadium for the first of five consecutive home matches to open the year.   Kickoff against the Crusaders is set for 2 p.m. 
 
SERIES HISTORY
Santa Clara is 2-0-0 all-time against Holy Cross, having won both matches in 1997 and 2003.  
  

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THE BRONCOS
 
Santa Clara head coach Cam Rast begins his 18th year at the helm to lead a squad that returns 23 players including three All-West Coast Conference honorees from a team that finished 5-10-2.  
 
Nineteen of the returners saw action last season with 13 of them appearing in double digit matches to account for 80 percent of its goals and all of its assists.  
 
Junior Javier Ruiz Duran led the team in goals (six) and assists (five) to earn All-WCC Second Team recognition along with senior Miles Robinson who scored four and assisted on three.  Sophomore Eduardo Lopez Perez tallied a pair of goals and was named to the WCC All-Freshman team. 
 
Redshirt junior Henning Jolivet brings the most experience between the woodwork playing in seven matches last season to finish with a 3-3-1 record and a 1.89 goals against average.  
 
 
NOTES
Broncos Team Information
• Twenty-three players return.
• Nineteen players with playing experience return including 13 who played 10 or more games last season.  
• Broncos welcome five newcomers – four freshmen plus one graduate student (Hendrik Kuehn) from Germany.  
• Only one scorer lost to graduation: Andres Jimenez (5).
• Returning goal scorers (2018 stats): Javier Ruiz Duran (6), Miles Robinson (4), Alan Camacho Soto (3), Eduardo Lopez Perez (2), Julian Bravo (1), Alex Achramowicz (1), Sakari Carter (1)  
• Returning goalkeepers (2018 stats): Henning Jolivet (7 GP, 3-3-1, 1.89 GAA, .641 save percentage), Aran O'Brien (Redshirt).
 
Class Breakdown
• Graduate School: 1 (Hendrik Kuehn)
 
Across the Globe
• The Bronco roster fields a squad composed of player hometowns from eight states and five countries. 
o States: California, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington
o Countries: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, United States
 
2019 Exhibition Matches
• Santa Clara lost its exhibition opener 3-2 against UC Davis and played to a 1-1 draw in the second match against Sacramento State.
• Three players scored in the exhibition matches: Javier Ruiz Duran and Presten Manthey against UC Davis and Alejandro Barajas against Sacramento State. 
• Freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho played in 135 of 180 minutes including starting the Sacramento State game.  
 
Season Openers
In season openers, Rast is 9-8 including 4-4 at home.
 
THE CRUSADERS 
Holy Cross is led by Marco Koolman who is starting his eighth year with the program and owns a career record of 241-140-50 as a collegiate head coach.  In 2017, Koolman led the Crusaders to their first Patriot League Championship game appearance since 2013.  
 
Last season, they were 3-10-4 including 1-6-2 on the road with eight of the matches going overtime (1-3-4).  
 
Koolman named senior midfielder Rory Birse, senior defender Liam Butler, and junior midfielder Max Krause as tri-captains for the upcoming season.  
 
The Crusaders lost leading scorer Simon Becher who tallied seven goals and two assists last season but bring back the second-leading scorer in junior midfielder Max Krause who collected two goals and three assists.  
 
Holy Cross also lost goalkeeper Henry Stutz who played in every minute last season.  
 
TICKETS
Season or single-match tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stevens Stadium, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the match.
 
MATCH PROMOTION
 
PARKING
For weekday matches, the Leavey Center lot (see below for access), located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to kickoff. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located adjacent to Stevens Stadium on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions. 

The construction of the Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center has necessitated the closure of the main entrance (off Accolti Way) to the Leavey Center parking lot. Access is now ONLY directly from El Camino Real (Route 82). If you are traveling east on El Camino Real, the Leavey lot entrance will be approximately 150 yards on the right (enter through the black iron gate) after you pass the main campus entrance. If you are traveling west on El Camino, make a u-turn at the main campus entrance at Palm Drive/Railroad Ave and follow the same directions.

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