Sept. 8, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened the Fall Soccer Classic with a 1-1 draw against Bowling Green Friday afternoon from Garaventa Field. The overtime game marks the third in five contests for the Gaels this season. After the day, SMC moves to 1-2-2 on the year.
After 80-minutes of scoreless soccer, Saint Mary's sophomore forward Carlos Diaz broke the silence with a 40-yard blast on a free kick. From the right side of the field, Diaz nailed the free kick with his left foot and bent the ball over BGSU goalkeeper Brent Petkus to make the score 1-0.
Eight minutes later the Falcons responded. From 20-yards out, Ahmad Smith brought the ball down and drilled a right-footed volley in the lower left portion of the goal to even the score at one and bring the game to overtime.
In the two overtime periods the Gaels would out-shoot the Falcons 7-2 and in the game SMC pounded out 22 shots to BGSU's eight.
Senior forward Matthew Fitzgerald led the Gaels with six shots, putting two on goal. Diaz tallied five shots and put four on frame. George Davis led Bowling Green with three shots with one on goal.
SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason allowed one goal and tallied four saves while Petkus also allowed one goal and made a game-high eight saves in 110-minutes.
Saint Mary's will conclude its Fall Soccer Classic play against UC Riverside at 11 a.m. from Garaventa Field. Riverside defeated Sacramento State 2-1 in Sacramento in the other Classic game.