Aug. 25, 2006
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team posted a 3-1 victory over the Long Island Blackbirds to open the 2006 season. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann scored two goals to help the Gaels post a two-goal win over the Blackbirds, giving first-year head coach Kelly Lindsey her first career victory.
The Gaels got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Redshirt freshman Allie Weiner made an immediate impression, scoring SMC's first goal of the game just seven minutes into the contest. Weiner took a through pass from Nikki Schrey and chipped her first collegiate goal over the head of LIU goalkeeper Stephanie Kansky.
Saint Mary's added another goal just 1:13 later when Spann hit a one-touch volley from 18 yards out over a diving Kansky at the 8:15 mark. The cross came from Weiner into the middle of the field before McKenna Belzer flicked a header to Spann. The ball bounced once before reaching Spann, who one-timed a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
After holding onto a 2-0 lead into halftime, SMC came out in the second half and added to its lead. At the 60:52 mark of the game, Spann hit the left-footed shot from 25-yards into the upper left corner of the goal. The goal was set up by Mallory Lee pass.
The Blackbirds cut the deficit to 3-1 when reserve forward Aly Hanson stole the ball from a Saint Mary's defender for a one-on-one opportunity against SMC's freshman goalkeeper Noelle Brown. Brown got a piece of Hanson's first attempt, but Hanson collected the rebound and scored on the open net. Brown also posted one save in the game.
The Saint Mary's defense played solid in front of Brown, holding Long Island to just four shots in the game, with three shots allowed in the second half. Saint Mary's took nine total shots in the game and LIU goalkeeper Kansky had three saves.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Tuesday, August 29 when it travels to Sacramento to battle the Sacranemto State Hornets. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 3 p.m. from Hornet Field.