Oct. 26, 2007
San Francisco, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team posted a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Dons to post back-to-back West Coast Conference wins. Dylan Leslie scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute off a free kick from 22 yards out.
The Gaels (6-5-1/2-3-1 WCC) and Dons (5-7-1/1-4-1 WCC) battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. San Francisco out-shot SMC 6-5 in the half, but the Gaels held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks. It would take the Gaels until 79:07 to get on the scoreboard. Following a foul outside the penalty box, Leslie lined up the free shot and nailed a perfect shot inside the far post.
After the Leslie goal, USF put on the offensive pressure and nearly got an equalizing goal. At 89:27 USF's Chris Rodd fired a shot past Saint Mary's goalkeeper Keenan Flynn that hit off the left post. Flynn made if fifth straight start in goal for the Gaels, and recorded five saves en route to his third win and third shutout of the season. USF's goalkeeper Eric Connon collected five saves on the night.
USF out-shot the Gaels 15-12, but SMC had six corners compared to two by the Dons. After starting conference play with a 0-3-1 start, the Gaels have posted back-to-back wins against WCC opponents. The Gaels defeated Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday.
The same two teams will meet against on Sunday, when the Gaels host the Dons at 1 p.m. at Garaventa Field.