Men's Soccer Continues Homestand Against Grand Canyon on Sunday Evening

Men's Soccer Continues Homestand Against Grand Canyon on Sunday Evening
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer continues its five-match homestand hosting Grand Canyon on Sunday in the first ever meeting between the two programs.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. as the Broncos will look to continue to build on its 2-1 start to the season, coming off a 5-1 win over San Jose State in the last match.  
Grand Canyon is led by Schellas Hyndman who is in his fifth season with the program and 36th season as a collegiate head coach.  The longtime coach at SMU where he led the Mustangs to two College Cup appearances in 2000 and 2005 also coached at the professional level, being named the 2010 MLS Coach of the Year for FC Dallas. He is one of only two active Division I men's soccer coaches with 500 wins along with The Citadel's Mark Berson.   
In 2018, the Lopes claimed the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title to earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in just its second year of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility.  They return 18 players from last season including six starters.  Sophomore goalkeeper George Tasouris was named preseason WAC Defensive Player of the Year after being named MVP of the WAC Tournament last season when he set the tournament record with 22 saves.  
The Lopes are 1-1 this season including a 1-0 loss at Saint Mary's on Friday.  
Sunday's match is the first ever meeting between Grand Canyon and Santa Clara.     


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The 2019 campaign marks the 18th season at the helm for Santa Clara head coach Cam Rast who leads 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.  
Through three matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 8-2 with seven players scoring a goal, led by Sam Agosti's two.  The backline is comprised of three sophomores - Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen and Alejandro Perez - along with a freshman, Liam Anderson, who have helped hold the opposition to just two goals with freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho starting in all matches.  
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• All Bronco home matches and West Coast Conference road matches are streamed live on the WCC Network with David Gentile doing the play-by-play for the home matches.
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).
• Junior Javier Ruiz Duran and sophomore Emil Christensen are the captains for the 2019 edition of the Broncos.  
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
All-West Coast Conference
• Robinson was named preseason All-WCC this season.  
• A trio of players - Ruiz Duran, Nate Shue and Terrell Smith - were named to the conference All-Freshmen Team in 2017.  
United Soccer Coaches All-West Region 
• At the end of last season, Javier Ruiz Duran was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region team.  
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
 With the win against Holy Cross, Broncos head coach Cam Rast is now 10-8 including 5-4 at home in season openers.
 Senior Sam Agosti and sophomore Martin Aasen tallied their first goals as a Bronco in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross. 
 Senior Dylan Carrubba and redshirt sophomore Alejandro Barajas had their first career assists in the season opener.  
 Freshmen Guillem Badenes Mecho and Liam Anderson along with graduate student Hendrik Kuehn started in their Santa Clara debuts against Holy Cross. 
 Redshirt sophomore Tennyson Stevens and redshirt freshman Bishop Washington made their Bronco debuts coming off the bench in the season opener. 
• Badenes Mecho recorded his first career shutout against Holy Cross.  
• Freshman Damani Osei made his Bronco debut coming off the bench against Missouri State (Sept. 2).
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey made his first Bronco start against San Jose State (Sept. 6). 
• Manthey and senior Dylan Carrubba scored their first career goals against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
Starting XI
 The Broncos had the same starting XI in the first two matches:  #0 Guillem Badenes Mecho, #5 Emil Christensen, #8 Alex Achramowicz, #9 Alan Camacho Soto, #10 Javier Ruiz Duran, #11 Alejandro Barajas, #13 Sakari Carter, #16 Liam Anderson, #20 Eduardo Lopez Perez, #28 Alejandro Perez, #32 Hendrik Kuehn
• Nate Shue and Presten Manthey were in the starting XI in game three against San Jose State replacing Achramowicz and Camacho Soto.
Spreading the Wealth
 Seven Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Sam Agosti with two.  
 Six Broncos have assists led by Julian Bravo, Presten Manthey and Alejandro Barajas with two each.  
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 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.  Prices subject to change.  
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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