Sept. 22, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened West Coast Conference play in impressive fashion as they upset No. 11-ranked San Francisco 1-0 Friday afternoon. Senior Alex Christlieb tallied the game-winner to hand the Gaels a huge win in the renovated Saint Mary's Stadium opener. After the win, SMC evens its record to 3-3-3 overall and 1-0 in WCC play.
The win over the No. 11-ranked team in the nation is the first time the Gaels have downed a Top-25 team since 2003 when they beat No. 14 LMU and No. 11 Rutgers.
After 20-minutes of play and a continued pressure on the USF goalmouth, the Gaels broke the scoreless tie when senior defender Alex Christlieb found the back of the net. After a short pass on a corner kick, the freshman duo of Ryan Corriveau and Mark Araujo connected and found Christlieb in the middle of the box and he didn't disappoint with a hard header past USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl.
The Gaels kept the pressure up the entire half and ended up with four corners in the period to the Dons' zero.
In the second half the Gaels defense clamped down. The Dons had some chances as two shots in the period rattled off the post and back into play.
SMC junior goalkeeper Brian Mason tallied his first conference shut out of the season, making two saves. Uhl allowed one goal and made three saves for USF.
Saint Mary's will return to action when its faces WCC foe San Diego. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, September 29 at 4 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.