Sept. 30, 2007
Stanford, CA - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team suffered a 4-1 defeat to the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday afternoon from Maloney Field. Junior forward Mika Matsui netted her first career goal, but it was not enough as the Gaels fell to 4-4-2 overall. The win improves the Cardinal record to 9-1-0 in 2007.
Christen Press paced the Cardinal to the win, as she collected five points in the game on two goals and assist. In the 22nd minute, Press scored an unassisted goal, her second of the season, to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. Stanford added to its lead before halftime as Morgan Redman scored her fourth goal of the season, off an assist from Press at the 42:17 mark of the half.
Stanford controlled the flow of the game, as the Cardinal out shot the Gaels 22-4 in the contest. Saint Mary's did not get a shot off until the second half, as the Cardinal out shot SMC 12-0 over the first 45 minutes. Two of those first half shots found the back of the net, as Stanford held a 2-1 advantage at the intermission.
Leading 2-0, Stanford extended its advantage to a 3-goal deficit when Rachel Buehler scored her first of the season at the 64:29 mark off an assist from Kristin Stannard.
SMC's Mika Matsui would score her first collegiate goal just over a minute later, when she scored an unassisted goal at the 64:38 mark to cut the deficit to two goals. Stanford would put the game out of reach when Press scored her second goal of the game in the 81st minute off a double assist from Redman and Stannard. Press finished the game with eight of Stanford's 22 shots. Matsui took three of the four shots by SMC and freshman Caitlin Wallace had SMC's fourth shot.
Saint Mary's goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded six saves in the game, while the Stanford duo of Kira Maker and Alex Gamble made two saves, with Gamble making both stops in the second half.
The Gaels will return to action on Friday, October 5 with a road game at San Jose State Kick-off for the game against the Spartans is slated for 3 p.m. at Spartan Field.