Men's Soccer Hosts 2018 NCAA Tournament team Pacific on Saturday

Men's Soccer Hosts 2018 NCAA Tournament team Pacific on Saturday
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's soccer will look to get back on the winning column when they host 2018 NCAA Tournament team Pacific in a West Coast Conference battle on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Stevens Stadium.  In last weekend's match against then-No. 8 Saint Mary's, the Broncos had their four-match win streak snapped along with a three-match shutout streak, falling to the Gaels, 2-1
The Broncos battled infront of 1,514 fans, the biggest men's soccer crowd at home since 2007, to tie it in the second half on Julian Bravo's team leading third goal of the season before Saint Mary's won it on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.  It was the first time this season the Broncos had given up two goals in a game.  
THE TIGERS (4-6-1, 1-0 WCC)
Pacific opened WCC action with an 1-0 win on the road at Portland last weekend that snapped their four-match winless streak.  It was their first road win of the season and are tasked with back-to-back road matches to open league play.  This year, the Tigers are 1-4-1 on the road and are 3-2 at home.
Pacific is coming off a 12-5-1 season where they qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing to Duke 2-1, in the second round.  That team averaged 1.58 goals per game while giving up 1.11 goals per  game.  This season, the Tigers have struggled offensively, averaging less than a goal a game at 0.82 and allowing over a goal and a half (1.55) defensively.  They've scored more than a goal in just one game, putting two in the back of the net against UC Davis back on Sept. 19.  
Tariq Branche, Anthony Orendain and Derick Roque lead the team with two goals each.  Branche also has an assist to top the squad with five points.  
Goalkeeper Ethan Bandre has started in all but one match with a 1.36 goals-against-average with a .667 save percentage in 924 minutes of action.  
Santa Clara leads the series 15-5-4.  The last four matches between the two squads have gone to overtime with the Tigers holding a 2-0-2 record in those matches.  


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THE BRONCOS (6-4-1, 0-1 WCC)
Season Preview
Through 11 matches this season, the Broncos have outscored the opponents 19-8 with 13 players scoring a goal, led by Julian Bravo with three.  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 eight goals with freshman goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho starting in all but one match.  
Badenes Mecho already has four clean sheets to his credit as defensively, the Broncos have kept the opposition under a single goal in all but one match this season. 
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.  
1989 National Championship - 30th Anniversary
• Santa Clara men's soccer celebrated their 30th anniversary of the 1989 National Championship this season.  Members of the 1989 squad was recognized during halftime of the Oct. 12 match against Saint Mary's during Grand Reunion weekend.  Current coaches Cam Rast and Eric Yamamoto were on the 1989 championship squad (video courtesy WCC).

Live Stream
• 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 co-captains for the 2019 edition of the Broncos.  
Class Breakdown
• Graduate School: 1 (Hendrik Kuehn)
• Seniors: 3 (Sam AgostiDylan CarrubbaMiles Robinson
• Juniors: 8 (Alex AchramowiczIsaac AddaiJavier Ruiz DuranMatt Golbranson (RS), Henning Jolivet (RS), Nate Shue (RS), Terrell SmithAlan Camacho Soto)
• Sophomores: 9 (Martin AasenAlejandro Barajas (RS), Julian BravoSakari CarterEmil ChristensenAran O'Brien (RS), Alejandro PerezEduardo Lopez PerezTennyson Stevens (RS))
• Freshmen: 7 (Liam AndersonRJ Egdorf (RS), Presten Manthey (RS), Connor McCabeGuillem Badenes MechoDamani OseiBishop Washington)
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
• Santa Clara returns three All-West Coast Conference players from last season: Javier Ruiz Duran (second-team), Miles Robinson (second-team) and Eduardo Lopez Perez (all-freshman).  
• 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 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 his first career goal against San Diego State (Sept. 14).
• Graduate student Hendrik Kuehn and sophomore Alejandro Perez each scored their first career goals against UNLV (Sept. 22).  
• Junior Isaac Addai scored his first career goal against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
• Sophomore Alejandro Barajas scored his first career goal against Evansville (Sept. 29).   
 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).
 Sophomore Alejandro Perez recorded his first career assist against Lipscomb (Sept. 27).
 Sophomore Emil Christensen recorded his first career assist against Evansville (Sept. 29).   
 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).  He was also credited with shutouts in three straight matches against Lipscomb (Sept. 27), Evansville (Sept. 29) and CSUN (Oct. 5).  
Starting XI
 Six Broncos have started in all matches this season: #5 Emil Christensen, #10 Javier Ruiz Duran, #11 Alejandro Barajas, #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
 Thirteen Broncos have scored a goal this season led by Julian Bravo with three.  Four Broncos have scored two goals: Sam AgostiJavier Ruiz DuranAlan Camacho Soto and Eduardo Lopez Perez.  The Broncos have scored a total of 19 goals on the season.    
 Five different Bronco has scored a game-winner: Julian Bravo vs Holy Cross (Aug. 30), Hendrik Kuehn vs UNLV (Sept. 22), Alan Camacho Soto vs Lipscomb (Sept. 27), Eduardo Lopez Perez vs Evansville (Sept. 29) and Javier Ruiz Duran with two against San Jose State (Sept. 6) & CSUN (Oct. 5).   
 Nine Broncos have assists led by Alejandro Barajas with four.    
Steady D
 Santa Clara has held opponents to one goal or less in all but one match this season.  After the opening day shutout against Holy Cross, the Broncos allowed one goal in each of the subsequent six matches followed by three straight shutouts before giving up a season-high two goals against then No. 8 Saint Mary's (Oct. 12).  
 The last time the Broncos posted shutouts in three-straight matches was back in 2012 when they shut out NJIT (Sept. 21), San Diego (Sept. 28) and LMU (Sept. 30).  
• The Broncos held their opponents scoreless for 349 straight minutes until the first half goal by Saint Mary's Joseph Restani on Oct. 12.  
National Ranking
 Goalkeeper Guillem Badenes Mecho is ranked 15th in the country (and third in the WCC) in goals-against-average with 0.63.  The freshman has four clean sheets on the season and has given up only six goals in 10 matches spanning 859 minutes of action.  
Home, then away
 Santa Clara started its season with a five-match homestand, followed by five straight matches on the road before starting West Coast Conference play at home on Oct. 12.
 The team finished with a 2-2-1 record in the homestand and 4-1 on the road trip.  
Two Goals Equal a Win
 In all six wins this season, the Broncos have scored two or more goals.  
Close Margins
 All four Broncos losses this season have been by a one goal margin.  The first three were 1-0 losses to Missouri State (Sept. 2), Grand Canyon (Sept. 8) and Utah Valley (Sept. 19) before losing 2-1 to Saint Mary's (Oct. 12).  
 The match against Saint Mary's (Oct. 12) drew a crowd of 1,514, for the biggest SCU men's soccer crowd at Stevens Stadium since 2007 when 2,487 fans attended the third round of the NCAA tournament against Notre Dame game on Dec. 1.   It was the biggest regular season crowd since Oct. 21, 2007 when Santa Clara played Gonzaga infront of 1,618 fans.
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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