Discussion in 'Women's College' started by eefallen, Feb 16, 2013.
Here is the new thread for 2013.
SANTA CLARA SPRING SCHEDULE
Thu, April 04 7:00 pm Santa Clara vs Cal @ Santa Clara
Thu, April 11 8:00 pm Santa Clara vs San Jose St. @ Santa Clara
Sun, April 14 11:00 am Santa Clara vs Storm @ Santa Clara
Sat, April 20 4:00 pm Santa Clara vs Cal @ San Ramon*
Thu, April 25 7:00 pm Santa Clara vs Stanford Stanford
*Game played in San Ramon as a part of a community fund raiser.
Thank you. An old goat should not lead a Bronco thread.
When I said lead, I didn't mean "in charge", I just meant having the first post. Some threads have a Resident Motormouth (Colorado comes to mind) and others have a Resident Knowledgeable Person (Stanford comes to mind, although they have more than one), but I don't think any of them have a leader, as in The Leader.
I VERY MUCH encourage people who attend the games to post here, for the benefit of Bronco fans who live elsewhere. The website is helpful, but eyewitness reports make the games seem much more real, at least to me.
We attend almost every home game and any away game we can drive to. We also went to every spring game last season. We have posted a few mini recaps but didn't know anyone read them. We'll try to take notes or something for the new spring season which starts soon! Two weeks!
Everyone probably already knows that Santa Clara streams home games in the fall (free, for soccer), and most of the wcc schools have free streaming also. I think St. Mary's is the only one charging for soccer.
The SCU spring schedulehas been updated.
Sun., April 7 vs Cal santa Clara 7:00 p.m.
Sun., April 14 vs Storm santa Clara 11:00 a.m.
Sat., April 20 vs Bay Area Breeze @ San Ramon* 5:00 p.m.
Fri.., May 3 vs Stanford Stanford 7:00 p.m.
*DOUGHERTY VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582
Marlborough, Weatherholt, Tostanoski missing games 2 and 3 for the u-23/u-20 combined camp. Julie Johnston missing game 1 for WNT friendlies. It will be interesting to see who else can really step up. Huerta is going to be a busy girl. It looks like everyone will be home for Stanford (whew!)...
Jordan Jesolva an incoming freshman midfielder will also be at the U-20 camp.
I would like to meet you at any of the SCU games. I am the 81 year old graybeard that always sits 5 or 6 rows up on the east side midfield aisle.
I'll keep my eye out for you, though I'm usually watching a pack of kids. : )
For those of you who live far away... Santa Clara beats Cal, 4-1. The first goal was about 1 minute into the game and I saw the ball go in but didn't see who it was. My daughter said it was Weatherholt. I think Huerta scored the next one right before the end of the half. In the second half a goal by Vernon and another by Weatherholt? Cal won a penalty kick right before the end of the game. The GK guessed the right direction but didn't quite make it to the ground in time. As usual, I'm watching a bunch of kids, so I could be completely off about who scored.
Geez! I got it totally wrong - that's what happens when you're watching a half a dozen ankle biters. Here's the official blurb.
We won our first match of the spring season last night vs. Cal, 4-1. Goals from Dani Weatherholt, Alyson Birgel, Sofia Huerta, and Stephanie Sorg. Four players got their first minutes of their Santa Clara careers: Morgan Marlborough, Julie Vass, Brittany Ambrose, and Alesha Blair. Congrats to all on a good team effort and a good start to the spring season!
Some other thoughts from last night's game, while I have a few minutes:
Marlborough and Huerta were a pretty big handful for the Cal back line. They did not disappoint - those two are definitely going to be trouble for the opposition this fall. Cal's GK looked more flustered than I've ever seen her. According to Cal's website, they had another game yesterday morning, so perhaps they were just pooped? Marlborough got a big round of applause when she was finally subbed out, so I think everyone else thought she did well, too.
The Bronco's back line was super. Tostanoski clearly spent the winter improving her goal kicks and drop kicks - nice improvement in that area.
Weatherholt is fab, as evidenced by her 1st minute goal. OK, it could have been the second minute, but the scoreboard clock wasn't activated so I'm saying first minute. My prediction for the future - we're all going to be hearing her name in the next three seasons. I also liked Crosson last night, although my attention was more on Marlborough and Huerta.
I have high hopes for fall.
Times up. Back to real life...
Anyone going to Broncos vs. Storm today?
No Marlborough, Weatherholt, or Tostanoski, as they should have gone off to u23 and u20 duties. Johnston should be back.
Hopefully, Brandi Chastain will be out there for Storm again, although I didn't see her listed. Sissi was listed, though.
The Broncos handled Storm, 3-0, last year, but you never know which graduating local seniors might show up as subs. I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
One thing I remember from last spring - after the official game was over, they started another scrimmage with all the subs. I'm hoping that will be the case today, as the weather is perfect for a three-half soccer game.
Nice game, with Storm a little livelier than last year. Broncos seemed a little unorganized at first and Storm got one in early. Mettler was in goal but we couldn't tell if she jumped for it and fell, or if she tripped while trying to jump for it. She then made a very nice save on a Storm free kick, tipping it right over the bar.
Freshman Brittany Ambrose scored one goal from distance and Huerta was looking very sharp and got her second hat trick of her Bronco career.
Brandi Chastain played in the second half and still has some pretty moves. Broncos were a lot better in the second half, I thought. Final score, same as last week. 4-1, Broncos.
Can anyone comment on Blair? Where did she play and how good was she?
With Marlborough, Tostanoski and Weatherholt off at U-23 and U-20 camps, Santa Clara lost 2-3 to the professional Bay Area Breeze in the second annual Team Breeze Collegiate Cup. Alyssa Kleiner and Alyson Birgel got the goals. I was not keeping a tally but it seems to me that the Broncos had a lot mot shots and corner kicks than the Breeze. When a Breeze player made a break away and headed down field with no Santa Clara defenders between her and the goal keeper Molly Mettler made a heroic dash and met her at the right touch line over half way to the mid field line and up-ended her. It was a nice save but earned Molly a yellow card.
Santa Clara adds one more game for spring season.
Broncos vs. Storm at 3:30, Sunday, April 28th.
This team will be in the College Cup this year.
Agree with a high possibility of that. Marlborough and Huerta were very promising together in the first game, even with Johnston away and the temporary problems in midfield. It will be interesting to see another game against Ca. Storm tomorrow, with everyone present and some high afternoon temps. The truer test will be against Stanford on Friday. Santa Clara's older offense against Stanford's younger defense. They still have to get past the most underrated GK in the college force though...
Allie Vernon is very underrated, and I already have her penciled in Bay Area's team roster in NWSL (when that happens soon).
Sounds like a plan. Andi T. has a year of experience behind her, and landing Marlborough is huge ... what are the other changes/additions that make this possible? I'm familiar with Andi because I saw her in a high school playoff game, and Morgan because I saw her play for Nebraska against Colorado.
Speaking of tall blonde goalkeepers from Colorado, Andi will have company in the WCC and the neighborhood ... Kaeli Schmidt, Goalkeeper of the Future for St. Mary's. Saw her Thursday evening, her team had a game in Boulder, best high school GK I've seen since Andi.
Speaking of huge landings, Brooke Rice at Colorado. Normally I wouldn't rejoice at a good player leaving Santa Clara, but I'll sure make an exception in this case. From the CU coach yesterday: "Congratulations to Brooke Rice who has won the 2013 Buff Cup! The cup is awarded each spring to the player who accumulates the most points in areas such as: Fitness tests, small sided games, skills competitions, finishing exercises, etc."
VERY underrated, just like Shim was, although to be fair, the whole back line has been very strong for the first two games. Couldn't make San Ramon so can't comment on that one.
She's so tough, she'll literally almost knock the pants right off of you, on the pitch.
Is there a female soccer player in the country with stronger legs than Julie Johnston?
Even her hands look "deadly".
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