Sept. 12, 2007
This Week In Men's Soccer: The Saint Mary's men's soccer team (1-2) will host Wright State (2-2) in a Sunday matinee on September 16. The lone game of the week will kickoff at 1 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium. The single game marks the second consecutive week that the Gaels will suit up for only one contest.
Last Week Recap: Saint Mary's dropped its lone contest of the week to CSU Bakersfield 1-0 on Saturday. The Gaels were all over the Roadrunners in the first half, creating numerous opportunities. Yet Saint Mary's was never able to push through despite the 9-5 shot advantage in the half. Saint Mary's came out the second half the same way but it was Bakersfield that finally broke the silence. Oscar Coppieters found the net after having his shot deflect off a SMC defender and trickle past the line.
Who's Hot: Saint Mary's freshman Erik Rivas has pestered opposing goalkeepers all season long. The Long Beach native paces the Gaels with 11 shots and is tied for second on the squad with two points. Against CSUB, the newcomer rallied off a career-high seven shots after consistently getting behind the Roadrunners defense.
Scouting Wright State: The Raiders enter Moraga with a 2-2 record after splitting their last two games at the Pittsburg Soccer Classic. Wright State won the opener against host Pittsburgh 2-1 in double overtime but then fell to Robert Morris 1-0. As a team, the Raiders have been out-scored 4-3 and out-shot 55-48. In net, WSU has allowed 0.90 goals a game.
Individually WSU is led by Tony Labudovski's four points on two goals. Milovan Milosevic closely follows with two points on one goal. In between the pipes, Tebias Mason has played every minute and has allowed four goals and made 26 saves with a shutout.
Versus The Raiders: The two teams have met once in program history which was last season at the Wright State Tournament. The Gaels handed the host Raiders a 2-1 loss on August 27 which gave Adam Cooper his first career victory.
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.
Record Watch: Senior goalkeeper Brian Mason continues to climb up the SMC record books. 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 5283 minutes played in goal. Randell Smith (1983-86) leads the category with 5,530 minutes played. Mason ranks fourth all-time with 254 career saves, 16 behind Steve Reardon (1995-99), who ranks third all-time. The senior also sits second all time with 57 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.
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 non-conference action with two games next week. The Gaels play the Sacramento State Hornets on the road on Friday, September 21 and then return home to face San Jose State at home on Sunday, September 23.