SANTA CLARA, Calif.– A tough test faces No. 13 Santa Clara women's soccer in the season-opener as No. 12 Texas A&M comes to Stevens Stadium Thursday for a top-25 matchup, the first of four for the Broncos in the opening five contests of the season.
Kickoff against the Aggies is set for 7:30 p.m.
Santa Clara is 2-1 all-time against Texas A&M. Last year the Aggies picked up a 4-1 victory in College Station.
Santa Clara welcomes back players who scored 41 of its 52 goals from a year ago, headlined by the eight from senior Maddy Gonzalez and seven from Kelsey Turnbow and West Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-American Kelcie Hedge.
Also back to a team that finished 2018 with a mark of 17-3-2, is Alex Loera, who along with Hedge, was recently named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Hedge, Turnbow, Loera, Gonzalez, Marika Guay, and Skylar Smith were all on the All-WCC teams in 2018, with Hedge, Turnbow, and Loera also being First Team All-West Region, and are expected to play a big role again in 2019 as Santa Clara looks to make its 29th NCAA Tournament.
Texas A&M finished last season 17-5-1 and made its 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament, advancing to the third round.
The Aggies welcome back 40 of their 49 goals from 2018. Ally Watt was an All-American with Addie McCain being named all-SEC. Asdis Halldorsdottir and Jimena Lopez also return.
Watt led A&M with 15 goals last season and added three assists for 33 points. McCain scored six times with two assists.
The matchup with the Aggies is the Broncos first of four with teams in the preseason top-25. They will also play at No. 23 Wake Forest (Aug. 28), at No. 8 Duke (Aug. 31), No. 4 UCLA (Sept. 5), and No. 3 Stanford (Sept. 22).
Season or single-game 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.
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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