Sept. 2, 2007
Davidson, NC - Chris Salvaggione scored the game winning goal with 25 seconds left in regulation to give the UNC-Charlotte 49ers a 2-1 win over the Saint Mary's men's soccer team in the Davidson adidas Classic from Alumni Stadium. The loss drops the Gaels record to 1-1-0 while Charlotte improved to 1-1-0 on the season.
Saint Mary's freshman forward Nick Cashmere received his second yellow card of the game at the 20:52 mark of the contest, which left the Gaels playing a man down for the final 69 minutes of the contest. The Gaels responded with a strong effort from its nine field players, but could not pull out a positive result in the end.
The Gaels and 49ers finished the first half tied at 0-0, as Charlotte out shot SMC 8-2 over the first 45 minutes. In the second half, Charlotte took a 1-0 lead when Graham Tatters fired a shot past SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason. Tatters took a pass from Josh Norwood and let a shot go from 30 yards out and beat Mason to the low left post at the 57:27 mark.
Saint Mary's answered eight minutes later when David Blanchard drilled a shot past Charlotte goalkeeper David Martin. The shot from Blanchard came from 25 yards about and beat a diving Martin to the low right post. Brian VanDoornick and Erik Robert were credited with assists on the Blanchard goal.
Salvaggione's goal found the back of the net at the 89:35 mark. Tyler Duncan served a ball into the Gaels defense, and as SMC keeper Mason came off his line to make a play on the ball, Salvaggione got to the ball first, and headed a shot ball over Mason and into the open goal. Mason finished the game with two saves. The Gaels were out shot 18-8 overall in the game.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, September 8 when the Gaels host the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners. The game between SMC and the Roadrunners will kick-off at 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.