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Men's Soccer Opens Home Slate Against Bakersfield

Sept. 6, 2007

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This Week in Men's Soccer: The Saint Mary's men's soccer team (1-1) will open its home schedule against CS Bakersfield (1-1) on Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels opened the season with a split on the road in the Davidson adidas Classic.

Last Week Recap: The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened the 2007 season at the Davidson adidas Classic. The Gaels took down the host Wildcats 2-0 in the opener. SMC fell to Charlotte a man down 2-1 in the finale. Sophomore Brian VanDoorninck led the Gaels with three points on a goal and an assist. Four other Gaels got on the stat sheet in the opening weekend.

Who's Hot: Saint Mary's junior transfer Justin Kim made an immediate impact in his first weekend in a Gaels' uniform. The Bowling Green defector was named to the Davidson adidas Classic All-Tournament Team after recording two points on two assists. Both assists came in his first game as a Gael in the 2-0 win over Davidson.

Davidson All-Tournament Team: Three Saint Mary's players were named to the Davidson adidas Classic All-Tournament Team. Junior Corey Heldreth (Sumner, WA), junior transfer Justin Kim (Mililani, HI) and true freshman Erik Rivas (Long Beach, CA) earned tournament honors in their first weekend of play. Heldreth anchored a young defensive unit for SMC while Kim tallied two points on two assits and Rivas scored his first collegiate goal in the opener.

Scouting Bakersfield: The Roadrunners opened their 2007 season with a split in the Nike Portland Invitational. CSUB will host Long Island before heading north to Moraga. Bakersfield fell in their opener 5-1 to No. 14 ranked Washington but then defeated the hometown Portland Pilots 2-1 in the finale. Three different roadrunner players tallied a goal on the weekend while Alberto Navarro recorded the lone assist. In net, Steve Trojanowski played every minute and allowed all six goals for a 2.86 GAA. Trojanowski made 24 saves on the weekend.

Versus the Roadrunners: Saturday's meeting between the two teams will mark the first game between the two programs.

11 Newcomers Take To The Pitch: Saint Mary's showcased 11 newcomers in its first weekend of action. Of the 11 newcomers, nine were freshmen that played for second-year head coach Adam Cooper. Freshman Erik Rivas tallied his first collegiate goal while junior Justin Kim handed out two assists.

Record Watch: Senior goalkeeper Brian Mason added to his records this past weekend. In three years in net, Mason has put together quite the resume. Mason ranks 1st all-time with a 1.27 career GAA and added another shutout to have 14.5 on his career. Mason moved to second all-time with 5193 minutes played in goal. Randell Smith (1983-86) leads the category with 5,530 minutes played. Mason ranks fourth all-time with 250 career saves, 20 behind Steve Reardon (1995-99), who ranks third all-time. The senior also sits tied for second all time with 56 matches played and fourth with 18 wins in net. Smith ranks first with 67 matches played and Kellen Wilson (1999-01, 03) holds the mark with 22 wins.

15 Newcomers Join Saint Mary's: Head coach Adam Cooper welcomes 15 newcomers, including 13 freshmen to the squad. Cooper secured two transfers in Bowling Green defector Justin Kim and CS Northridge defender Brian Siu. Kim was an All-MAC selection as a sophomore while Siu helped guide the Matadors to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Of the 13 freshmen, Nick Cashmere will see significant time up front while Erik Rivas, Kyle Deremer and Jordan Grider are in line to start a good amount of games. Cooper has a lot of young depth at his disposal at nearly every position.

Carlos Diaz Leaves Program: Sophomore midfielder Carlos Diaz has left the program. Diaz was second on the team last season with 10 points on three goals and four assists. As a freshman, Diaz set the SMC single-season record with 11 assists en route to begin named to the All-WCC First-Team.

Head Coach Adam Cooper : In his first season at the helm of the Saint Mary's men's soccer program, Adam Cooper led the Gaels to new achievements. For the first time in school history the Gaels downed ranked opponents in back-to-back games. To start the 2006 conference season, SMC defeated No. 11 USF 1-0 and No. 10 USD 4-2.

Under the direction of Cooper, Desmond Brooks was selected second overall in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA. Brooks became the first men's soccer player at SMC to be drafted by the MLS. Matt Fitzgerald was selected by the California Victory in the 2007 USL First Division College Player Draft.

Cooper was named the head coach for of the U.S. Maccabi junior boy's squad. Cooper will head a team of 14 and 15 year olds for the Maccabi Pan-American games in Argentina.

Next Week: Saint Mary's will continue its homestand with a lone game against Wright State. The two teams will square off on Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.