Sept. 1, 2006
Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered its second straight loss, this time a 2-1 defeat to the No. 15 ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans on Friday afternoon from Edwards Stadium in the California Invitational. Fullerton's Desiree Flint scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute.
Just 5:34 into the game, Saint Mary's (1-2) gave up a goal to Fullerton's Candice Byler. CSF's Erica Janke crossed the ball from the right side into the middle of the box, a Saint Mary's defender misplayed the cross and Byler was there to clean up the missed attempt. Byler bent her right-footed shot past SMC keeper Noelle Brown just inside the right post.
Saint Mary's would answer the Byler goal just 20 seconds later when sophomore forward Nikki Schrey tallied her first goal of the season. Schrey took a through ball from McKenna Belzer and beat Fullerton (2-0) goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with a left footed shot the finished inside the left post.
SMC controlled the flow of the game in the first half, which ended tied 1-1. The Gaels took five shots in the first 45 minutes. All five shots were on goal as Bardsley recorded four saves in the first half and 10 saves for the game, while allowing one goal.
Fullerton scored the game winner in the 74th minute when Desiree Flint scored on a header from eight yards out. After the ball was crossed in from the left corner, Flint headed the loose ball over the outstretched arms of Brown for the game winner. Brown finished the game with four saves.
Saint Mary's out shot the Titans 12 to nine and had 11 shots on goal. CS Fullerton put six of its nine shots on frame.
Saint Mary's will return to action in the California Invitational on Sunday when the Gaels face Kansas. The game between the Gaels and Jayhawks will kick off at 10 a.m. from Edwards Stadium.