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Men's Soccer Edged In Home Opener 1-0

Sept. 8, 2007

Box Score

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team handled Bakersfield all game but were unable to find the net. The Roadrunners did put one away, which proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win for CSUB in Saint Mary's home opener Saturday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. After the day, the Gaels move to 1-2 on the season.

The Gaels were all over the Roadrunners in the first half, creating numerous opportunities. Yet Saint Mary's was never able to push through despite the 9-5 shot advantage in the half.

Saint Mary's came out the second half the same way but it was Bakersfield that finally broke the silence. Javier Barba found the net after having his shot deflect off a SMC defender and trickle past the line.

The Gaels continued to apply the pressure and created some great opportunities late but it would not happen for the young squad. Steve Trojanowski recorded the shutout for CSUB by making eight saves on the day.

Saint Mary's out-shot Bakersfield 20-14 with freshman Erik Rivas leading the way with seven shots. Corey Heldreth and Brian VanDoorninck tallied three shots a piece.

Towa Manda led the Roadrunners with four shots, putting two on goal. Barba rallied off three shots and buried his lone shot on net.

Saint Mary's will continue its homestand next weekend. SMC will face Wright State on Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m. from Saint Mary's stadium.