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Men's Soccer Travels to San Diego and Loyola Marymount This Week

Oct. 18, 2007

This Week In Men's Soccer:
The Saint Mary's men's soccer team (4-4-1) will hit the road for two West Coast Conference games this week. On Friday, October 19, the Gaels will play at San Diego in a 7 p.m. game at Toreros Stadium. Following the game against the Toreros, SMC will travel to Los Angeles for a Sunday afternoon game against the Loyola Marymount Lions. The game between SMC and LMU will begin at 2 p.m. from Sullivan Field.

Last Week Recap:
Saint Mary's played one game last week, a WCC game against the No. 5 ranked Santa Clara Broncos. SMC suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Broncos. SCU got on the scoreboard early, finding the back of the net at the 6:36 mark. SCU added to its lead before halftime, scoring on a penalty kick in the 34th minute. The team's played a scoreless second half, as the Gaels outshot Santa Clara 6-2 over the final 45 minutes. Both teams took 10 shots in the game.

Who's Hot:
In the only game of the week, junior midfielder, Justin Kim hit a team-high four shots against the Broncos. Kim took four of SMC's 10 shots on Sunday.

Scouting the San Diego Toreros
Saint Mary's will open the week against the San Diego Toreros, who are in third place in the WCC heading into the week. San Diego holds a 5-6 overall record, but started conference play with a 2-1 record through three games. Last week, USD posted wins over Portland and Gonzaga. USD defeated Portland 2-1, scoring both goals in the first half, then defeated the No. 23 ranked Bulldogs 1-0 in overtime.

The Toreros have scored a total of 14 goals through its first 11 games. USD has allowed 15 goals, while recording three shutouts in 2007.

Leading the Toreros offensively is Colin Jennings, who has seven points on the season, scoring a team-high three goals. Both Tannen Wels and J.T. Howlan have six points with two goals and two assists each. Goalkeeper Kelin Briones has played every minute in goal, has a 1.49 goals against average and 33 total saves.

Versus The Toreros
Sunday will mark the 29th meeting between the two schools. Saint Mary's is 6-19-3 overall against the Toreros. In the last six meetings, Saint Mary's is 3-2-1 against San Diego. Last season, SMC defeated the No. 10 ranked Toreros 4-2 in Moraga, before falling 4-0 to USD when they played in San Diego.

Scouting the LMU Lions
Loyola Marymount enters this week with a 2-7-1 overall record and a 0-3-0 mark to start conference play. LMU will host the USF Dons on Friday before play against SMC on Sunday. LMU lost both matches last week, falling to Gonzaga (3-1) and Portland (5-2). LMU has scored seven goals in 10 games, while allowing its opponents to score 16 times this season.

Leading the team in points is Rafael Baca, who has five point on one goal and a team leading three assists. Six other players have scored one goal this season. Patrick Lane has logged 741 minutes in goal, and has allowed 10 goals for a 1.21 goals against average. Lane also has two shutouts this season.

WCC Leaders
Saint Mary's junior Justin Kim is tied for fourth in the West Coast Conference with four assists. Kim added to his total with an assist on Bryan VanDoornick's goal in SMC's win over San Jose State. Senior David Blanchard, who leads the WCC in game-winning goals with two, is sixth in goals (3) and is eighth in points per game (.67). Justin Kim is also 10th in the conference in shots (21) and fifth in shots per game (2.33).

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 1.25 career goals against average, and this season added two shutouts, to bring his school record to 15.5 on his career. With his 90 minutes of action against Gonzaga on Oct. 5, Mason moved into first all-time with 5,553 minutes played in goal. Randell Smith (1983-86) held the minutes played mark of 5,530 minutes played for over 20 years. Mason ranks fourth all-time with 259 career saves, 11 behind Steve Reardon (1995-99), who ranks third all-time. The senior also sits second all-time with 60 matches played and is third with 20 wins in net. Smith ranks first with 67 matches played and Kellen Wilson (1999-01, 03) holds the mark with 22 wins.

Next Week
Saint Mary's will play two games against San Francisco next week. The Gaels will open the week on the road, playing USF on Friday, October 26 at Negoesco Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Two days later, the same two teams will meet in Moraga. The Sunday game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.