Nov. 5, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team concluded its season with a 1-1 draw against Portland Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. Seven seniors suited up for the last time as a Gael. With the conclusion of the season, SMC finishes 4-10-6 overall and 2-7-3 in West Coast Conference play.
After a back and forth intense 25-minutes in the first half where shots were rattled off the post and sprawling saves were made, the Gaels broke through.
Off a Carlos Diaz corner kick, the sophomore forward found senior Alex Christlieb near the end-line. The senior headed the ball across the box to sophomore defender Corey Heldreth who then buried the ball in the net with a header from five-yards out.
The Gaels held strong on defense until the 61st minute when the Pilots evened the score. Patrick Jurney was on the receiving end of a Christopher Sanders pass off a deflected corner kick. From five yards out Jurney volleyed in the equalizer.
From then on both teams clamped down on defense. The Gaels had some chances late in the game when Dylan Leslie rocketed a shot off the crossbar. Senior Matthew Fitzgerald also created some chances but was turned away by Portland goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Offensively the Gaels out-shot the Pilots 20-14 including an 8-5 advantage in the second half. Leslie led all players with six shots and put two on frame. Fitzgerald followed with four shots in his final showing as a Gael.
Michael Gavin led the Pilots with three shots, putting one on goal. Five other Pilots recorded two shots on the afternoon.
Making his first start of his career, David Lenser made some key saves en route to a four save afternoon. Early in the first half, the senior turned away the Pilots from point-blank range on consecutive shots. Robles tallied a game-high five saves and allowed one goal for Portland.