Sept. 21, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's sophomore forward Tara Farrell scored her first career goal in the 36th minute to help the Saint Mary's women's soccer team post a 2-0 win over the visiting Sacramento State Hornets on Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, SMC improves to 3-2-2 overall while the Hornets fall to 3-2-1 on the season.
Farrell came off the bench near the 30-minute mark and made her presence known in the game quickly. Within six minutes, Farrell headed a cross from freshman midfield Bree Villar into the Sacramento State goal. Villar's cross from the left side found Farrell in the middle of the field. Farrell's header changed the direction of the ball enough that CSUS goalkeeper Mandy Trojan could not recover from the original cross.
Saint Mary's maintained its lead through halftime, and extended its advantage to 2-0 on an own goal at the 59:20 mark. The goal came when Jessica Menzhuber struck a free kick into the box from the right sideline. A Sacramento State defender redirected the ball towards her own net, where goalkeeper Jenny Lawrence had vacated her position. The ball deflected off another Hornet defender's head, hit the crossbar and then bounced inside the goal line.
Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson collected her second career win and second career shutout. Larson made three saves against six Sacramento State shots. The Gaels took nine shots in the game and the combination of Trojan and Lawrence had four saves, as each had two saves.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday when the Gaels host the Valparaiso Crusaders. The game between SMC and the Crusaders will kick-off at 12 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.