Men's Soccer Face UNLV in First True Road Match of the Season

Men's Soccer Face UNLV in First True Road Match of the Season
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer plays its first true road contest of the season when they play at UNLV on Sunday.  Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. PT.  The match against Utah Valley on Thursday night was a neutral site game in Last Vegas where the Broncos came up on the short end, 1-0, conceding a goal late in the match despite holding a 16-7 advantage in shots including 5-2 on frame.  
UNLV enters Sunday's contest with a 2-5 overall record having lost the last two matches.  The Rebels are 0-2 at home and 2-3 on the road.  The match against the Broncos will mark the fourth straight West Coast Conference opponent that UNLV will face, having gone 1-2 in the first three games.  A week ago, they beat Pacific 2-0 and fell to San Francisco, 1-0, on the road.  On Thursday, UNLV lost 2-0 to Saint Mary's.  
Head coach Rich Ryerson is in his 10th year with the program with a 81-97-13 record.  Last season, the Rebels finished 10-10-1 and 5-5-1 in the Western Athletic Conference to finish seventh in the league.  
Junior forward Marco Gonzalez, sophomore midfielder Nico Clasen and senior midfielder Timo Mehlich are the top returning players among 10 letterwinners.  The Rebels are breaking in 13 newcomers.  Gonzalez tallied 10 goals and 23 points and was named United Soccer Coaches All-Region Second-Team.  Clasen recorded all of his 10 points on assists in his first season to be named College Soccer News All-Freshman Third-Team as well as to the All-WAC All-Freshmen team.  Mehlich scored three goals and assisted on four and was recognized as Second-Team All-WAC.  
Goalkeepers Lukas Betz and Enrique Adame have split time with five and two starts, respectively.  Betz has both of the Rebels wins with a .758 save percentage to go with 1.60 goals against average and Adame has a .706 save percentage with 2.21 GAA.    
Santa Clara trails the series 1-4-1, having last played in 1996 where the match ended up in a 2-2 draw in Last Vegas.   


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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 six matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 9-5 with eight players scoring a goal, led by Sam Agosti's two.  The starting backline is comprised of three sophomores - Sakari Carter, Emil Christensen and Alejandro Perez - along with a freshman, Liam Anderson or Damani Osei, who have helped hold the opposition to just five goals with freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho starting in all but one match.  
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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 from the 2018 squad that finished with an overall record of 5-10-2 (1-5-1 in the West Coast Conference). 
• Nineteen players with playing experience return including 13 who played 10 or more games last season.  
• Broncos welcome five newcomers – four freshmen (Liam Anderson, Connor McCabe, Guillem Badenes Mecho and Damani Osei) plus one graduate student (Hendrik Kuehn).  
• Only one scorer lost to graduation: Andres Jimenez (5 goals).
• Two captains lost to graduation: goalkeeper Dakota Havlick and midfielder Brandon Gillingham.
• 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. 
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey and senior Dylan Carrubba scored their first career goals against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
• Junior Terrell Smith scored their first career goals against San Jose State (Sept. 6).
 Senior Dylan Carrubba and redshirt sophomore Alejandro Barajas recorded their first career assists in the season opener (Aug. 30) against Holy Cross. 
 Redshirt sophomore Presten Manthey had his first career assists (two) against San Jose State (Sept. 6).  
 Sophomore Sakari Carter had his first career assist against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
 Freshmen Guillem Badenes Mecho and Liam Anderson along with graduate student Hendrik Kuehn started in their Santa Clara debuts against Holy Cross. 
• Redshirt freshman Presten Manthey made his first Bronco start against San Jose State (Sept. 6). 
• Freshman Damani Osei made his first Bronco start against Utah Valley (Sept. 19). 
Bronco Debuts
 Redshirt sophomore Tennyson Stevens and redshirt freshman Bishop Washington made their Bronco debuts coming off the bench in the season opener. 
• Freshman Damani Osei made his Bronco debut coming off the bench against Missouri State (Sept. 2).
• Badenes Mecho recorded his first career shutout against Holy Cross (Aug. 30). 
Starting XI
 Seven Broncos have started in all matches this season: #5 Emil Christensen, #10 Javier Ruiz Duran, #11 Alejandro Barajas, #13 Sakari Carter, #20 Eduardo Lopez Perez, #28 Alejandro Perez, #32 Hendrik Kuehn
 Alex Achramowicz started in the first two matches (vs. Holy Cross on Aug. 30 and Missouri State on Sept. 2).
 Alan Camacho Soto started against Holy Cross on Aug. 30, Missouri State on Sept. 2 and San Diego State on Sept. 14. 
• Nate Shue started against San Jose State (Sept. 6), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and San Diego State (Sept. 14).  
 Presten Manthey started against San Jose State (Sept. 6) and Grand Canyon (Sept. 8).
 Dylan Carrubba, Henning Jolivet and Damani Osei started for the first time this season against Utah Valley (Sept. 19).  
Spreading the Wealth
 Eight Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Sam Agosti with two.  
 Seven Broncos have assists led by Presten Manthey with three.    
Home, then away
 Santa Clara started its season with a five-match homestand, followed by five straight matches on the road before it starts West Coast Conference play at home on Oct. 12.
Close Margins
 All three Bronco losses this season have been by a score of 1-0, falling to Missouri State (Sept. 2), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and Utah Valley (Sept. 19).  
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