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Saint Mary's Drops Decision to Air Force 2-1

Sept. 9, 2006

Moraga, CA - On the final day of the 2006 SMC Fall Soccer Classic, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to the Air Force Falcons on Saturday morning from Garaventa Field.

The loss for the Gaels marks the fifth straight and drops SMC's overall record to 1-5. Air Force picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-4-1 overall.

Air Force tallied the first goal of the game when Rhett Chase scored her first goal of the season. Chase finished the corner kick from Rachael Emory with a header past SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich at the 32:20 mark. The goal by Chase was just the Falcon's second of the season.

The Falcons held a 1-0 lead at halftime, but the Gaels responded in the 55th minute with Nikki Schrey scored her second goal of the season on a corner kick. The corner kick came from Joelle Gizzi and Schrey finished off the cross with a left footed volley past Air Force keeper Ashley Curtis.

Air Force answered the Saint Mary's goal at the 64:34 mark when Corbin Sanford scored her first goal of the season. Following a save by Zenovich on a shot by Melinda Mokos, Sanford collected the rebound and finished the open net goal.

Saint Mary's finished the game with 14 shots compared to five by the Falcons. Jessica Menzhuber led the Gaels with four shots, Stefani Rocco had three shots and Allie Weiner, Joelle Gizzi and McKenna Belzer had two shots each.

In the final game of the Fall Soccer Classic, No. 14 California and Vanderbilt played to a 0-0 draw. Cal outshot the Commodores 11-4 and 9-1 over the final 65 minutes of the game. Both California and Vanderbilt finished the tournament with 1-0-1 records.

The Gaels will return to action on Thursday, September 15 when they travel to Boston, MA to compete in the Harvard Invitational. The Gaels will play Northeastern University on Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern and then finish the tournament against Harvard on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.