Oct. 6, 2006
Moraga, CA - In the final warm-up before conference play, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team posted a 2-0 shutout over the UC Davis Aggies on Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. Freshman midfielder Jessica Menzhuber scored both goals for the Gaels, marking her first two goals of the season. With the win SMC improved to 2-8-2 overall while the Aggies drop to 7-3-1 overall.
Saint Mary's got on the scoreboard first when Menzhuber netted her first goal of the season in the 24th minute. Menzhuber's goal came off a Saint Mary's corner kick from Joelle Gizzi. Gizzi's cross was deflected by UC Davis' goalkeeper Megan Daws and hit the right post. Menzhuber crashed the goal and put back the rebound to give SMC a 1-0 lead at halftime.
UC Davis took nine shots in the opening half and had three shots on goal. The Aggies' biggest threat came in the 20th minute when Katie Snyder fired a shot from 16 yards out. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich, who had three first half saves, punched Snyder's shot over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.
In the second half, Saint Mary's had two early chances to extend its lead. In the 53rd minute, Mika Matsui had a one-on-one chance, but hit her shot into the goalkeeper. In the 62nd minute, Allie Weiner took a pass from Ashley Dernbach and missed her shot high.
Saint Mary's added an insurance goal in the 75th minute when Menzhuber added her second collegiate goal. Menzhuber used her size this time as she out jumped UCD's keeper Daws, who came off the goal line to try to knock the ball out from in front of the goal. Menzhuber got her head on the ball before Daws could punch out the cross and headed the ball into the open goal.
The Saint Mary's defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just four shots in the second half, compared to the nine the Aggies had in the first half. The shutout marked the second of the season by the Gaels. Davis did have two good scoring chances in the second half, but the Aggies could not put a shot on frame.
The win over the Aggies snapped a 10-game winless streak for the Gaels. After posting a 3-1 win over Long Island in the opening game of the season, Saint Mary's posted an 0-8-2 record in its last 10 matches.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday when the Gaels host the San Francisco Dons on Sunday. The West Coast Conference opener for both teams will kickoff at 3 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.