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SCU-Indiana NCAA semifinal soccer match Friday at 4:30 p.m. live via satellite at The Bronco
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dec. 12, 2003 -- Santa Clara, the 2003 West Coast Conference Champion, will take on 8th-seeded Indiana in one semifinal match at the 2003 NCAA College Cup today at 4:30 p.m. at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis, on ESPN2, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The winner of the Santa Clara-Indiana match will take on the winner of the other semifinal match between St. John's and Maryland in the championship game Sunday at 11 a.m. Today's St. John's-Maryland game will be televised live at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
SCU is making its fifth all-time appearance in the College Cup with the previous four coming in 1989, 1991, 1998 and 1999. Indiana has been a frequent opponent on the national championship playoffs.
The Broncos claimed the program's first and only NCAA title as they earned Co-National Champions status with Virginia following a 1-1 tie with Virginia at the 1989 College Cup held in Piscataway, N.J. SCU advanced to the '89 title match following a 4-2 victory over Indiana in the semifinals. The Broncos again defeated Indiana in the 1991 semifinals, posting a 2-0 victory in Tampa, Fla. Santa Clara was upended in the championship match two days later on penalty kicks by Virginia. SCU made it back to the College Cup in 1998 when it was held in Richmond, Va. Indiana handed the Broncos a 4-0 loss in the national semifinals. One year later the Hoosiers again handed Santa Clara a 1-0 loss in 1999, this time in the national finals of the College Cup that was held in Charlotte, N.C.
Head coach Cameron Rast has been a part of all five Santa Clara appearances in the College Cup. As a player Rast led the Broncos to the 1989 Co-National Championship and back to the championship match in 1991. As an assistant coach for the Broncos in 1998 and 1999, Rast was instrumental in the team advancing to the College Cup in each of those seasons. This year, Rast returns to the College Cup in only his second season at the helm of his alma mater.