Sept. 3, 2006
Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer suffered a 4-2 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday morning to close the California Invitational with an 0-2 record. The loss drops the Gaels overall record to 1-3 on the year.
Kansas opened the scoring very early into the game, when Lacey Novak scored her second goal of the season just 1:39 into the game. Saint Mary's answered at the 6:03 mark of the contest, when McKenna Belzer scored her first goal of the season.
The score remained tied 1-1 through halftime. Saint Mary's took eight shots in the first 45 minutes while holding Kansas to just three shots in the first half.
Kansas opened the second half with three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with just over 25 minutes left to play in the game. The first of the three goals came at the 53:42 mark when Monica Dolinsky fired a shot of the hands of SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich.
Michelle Rasmussen scored her first goal of the season seven minutes later when she took a shot from 25 yards out that deflected off a Saint Mary's defender into the right corner of the goal. KU's final goal came from six yards out following a corner kick for the Jayhawks. Saint Mary's failed to clear the ball from the box and Holly Gault was there to put home the loose ball at the 63:32 mark.
Saint Mary's answered at the 65:44 mark when Allie Weiner scored her second goal of the campaign. Weiner took a feed in the left of the penalty box from Jessica Menzhuber and fired the shot to the right corner of the goal for SMC's second and final goal of the game.
The Gaels took 12 shots compared to the 10 taken by the Jayhawks. SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich, who was making her first collegiate start, had four saves and allowed all four goals. KU goalkeeper had two saves and two goals allowed in earning the win.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Thursday, September 7 when the Gaels host the 2006 SMC Fall Soccer Classic. Classic action will begin at 2 p.m. when Air Force and Cal kick off, followed by Saint Mary's and Vanderbilt at 4:30 p.m.