"We chose as a group to find silver linings and find the positive in whatever thing came our way....This year, there were so many things out of our control. We chose that and not everyone chooses that and that's credit to our players. For young people, it's often hard to find a silver lining when you have a setback. It's hard to find the positive when you feel like there are things going against you. Boy, living in Santa Clara County with COVID, it felt like there's an awful lot of things going against us here."

The 2021 National Champion Santa Clara University Women’s soccer team

It was a season unlike any other for Jerry Smith, women’s soccer coach at Santa Clara University for 34 years. The COVID-19 pandemic kept his team in the county bubble for four months and entered the NCAA Tournament with only seven matches. Relying on remarkable team chemistry, grit and poise under pressure, SCU captured the school’s second national title with a win over top-ranked Florida State in penalty kicks. Smith looks back at the remarkable run, including what he called his worst halftime adjustment and salutes a roster that embraced the challenge to come back from Cary, North Carolina as champions.

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Jerry Smith's Broncos Overcome Adversity to win Women's Soccer National Title


  1. Rick Giorgetti says:

    Fun to hear Jerry–coul dnot hear you however!! Congrats on this web site

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