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Men's Soccer Splits Points With No. 17 Santa Clara With 0-0 Tie

Oct. 13, 2006

Box Score

Santa Clara, CA- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team went into a tough Buck Shaw Stadium and came away with a scoreless tie against the No. 17-ranked Santa Clara Broncos Friday night. SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason tallied his second clean slate against a ranked conference opponent this season. After the day, the Gaels move to 4-5-5 overall and 2-2-2 in West Coast Conference play.

Despite 19 shots rallied off by the Santa Clara attackers, Mason came up big for Saint Mary's, recording a game-high five saves on the night.

The junior keeper continues to distance himself in the SMC record books with his 13th career shutout.

The Gaels defense buckled down on the No. 17 team in the land, not allowing a shot on goal in the final two overtime periods.

Saint Mary's had the apparent winning goal in overtime, but the goal was called back for a foul in the box. The Gaels played a free kick into the box and defender Alex Christlieb rose up and nodded the ball into the back of the net. However, he was whistled for a foul on the play, nullifying the goal.

The last time SMC came away with a point against SCU was in 1999 in a 1-1 tie against the then No. 2-ranked Broncos from Moraga.

Saint Mary's will continue West Coast Conference action when they return home and host Santa Clara in the second go-around of round-robin play. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.