Santa Clara University Women’s Soccer Team Returns to College Cup After 16 Years Absence

By Robert Haugh

It’s been 16 years since Santa Clara University (SCU) women’s soccer team played in the College Cup.

They earned their place this year by beating Clemson, 1-0, on a goal by forward Sally Menti.

In a COVID-shortened season, the Broncos are undefeated (10-0-1) and seeded 11th. 

SCU plays North Carolina, the 2nd seed, on Thursday in North Carolina in one semifinal game.

In the other semifinal game, Florida State, the top seed, squares off against Virginia.

The national championship is next Monday.

Two Broncos on this year’s squad were picked in the National Women’s Soccer League draft. Kelsey Turnbow was the 18th overall by the Chicago Red Stars. Julie Doyle was picked by the Orlando Pride.

SCU won an NCAA title in 2001, defeating North Carolina in the finals, 1-0.

In the 2001 College Cup, the Most Outstanding Offensive Player was SCU’s Aly Wagner. The tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player was SCU’s Danielle Slaton.

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