SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 5 Santa Clara women's soccer seniors made their presence felt on Senior Day in the Broncos 7-0 win over Pacific Saturday afternoon to close out the regular season.
Santa Clara (16-3-1, 7-2 WCC) absolutely dominated the Tigers (2-16, 0-9 WCC), attempting 33 shots and putting 19 on goal while drawing 10 corner kicks to none allowed.
For the second time this year, senior Maria Sanchez tied a program record with four assists. She also accomplished the feat on Aug. 20 against Cal. The only other Bronco with four assists in a game was Mandy Clemens against Portland in 1999. Sanchez also has the most assists in a season (14) since Megan Kakadelas had the same number in 2002.
Fellow senior Briar Blake added her third goal of the season after being taken down in the box in the 47th minute and converted the penalty kick.
In net, senior Melissa Lowder got her seventh shutout of the year while making four saves.
Duffy Moyer, the final senior, played a career-high 58 minutes as well.
Santa Clara also got a pair of goals from Natalie Kennedy, the first two of the season for her. She scored the first of the match in the 18th minute and made it 4-0 in the 39th.
Kelsey Turnbow tied Maddy Gonzalez briefly for the team-lead in goals in the 24th but Gonzalez scored her eighth of the year in the 31st. Julie Doyle added one more in the 56th and an own goal capped off the scoring.
HIGHLIGHTS | Seniors Maria Sanchez (four assists) and Briar Blake (one goal) contributed to Santa Clara's highest-scoring match (seven goals) since 2013 this afternoon on Senior Day! #StampedeTogether #SCUBroncos pic.twitter.com/1jwX820AfK— Santa Clara Women's Soccer (@SCUWomensSoccer) November 3, 2018
- Santa Clara is now 12-0 all-time against Pacific. The Broncos have outscored the Tigers 20-1 in six matches since Pacific joined the WCC.
- The 16 wins is the most for Santa Clara since also winning 16 in 2013. It is the most regular season wins since the national title season of 2001 (17-2).
- The seven goals were the most by the Broncos since scoring nine against Pepperdine in 2013 in 9-2 win.
- Kelcie Hedge missed the match with an injury. It was the first time she wasn't in the starting lineup this season and the first since Aug. 27, 2017 vs. Washington State. It was also the first WCC game she has missed in her two years with Santa Clara.
- Every eligible, healtyh player got into the match for the Broncos.
The NCAA Tournament selection show is set for Monday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific.
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