Oct. 8, 2006
Moraga, CA - Jessica Menzhuber scored in six seconds and Nikki Schrey scored two goals to help the Saint Mary's women's soccer team post a 4-1 victory the San Francisco Dons in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams from Saint Mary's Stadium. With the win, Saint Mary's improved to 3-8-2 overall and 1-0 in WCC action, while San Francisco falls to 4-9-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Saint Mary's, which dawned its new red uniforms for the first time on Sunday, started the game with a bang. Off the opening kickoff, Menzhuber took a back pass from Nikki Schrey and hit a shot over the head of USF goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. The shot carried over Hodgson, who started the game at the top of the penalty box, and after one bounce the ball found the back of the net, giving the Gaels an very early 1-0 advantage. The goal by Menzhuber tied for the second fastest goal in NCAA Women's Soccer's history, just two ticks off the record set by North Carolina earlier this season in a 4-0 win over Yale.
The Gaels added to their lead when Allie Weiner netted her third goal of the season in the 13th minute. Weiner's goal was set up when Mika Matsui dribbled 20 yards through the USF defense and made a pass to Danielle Spann who one-timed a pass to Weiner. Weiner got in behind the USF defense and fired a shot to the lower right corner of the goal past Hodgson, who came out the goal to cut the angle.
Saint Mary's continued to add pressure to the Dons defense and added its third goal of the first half in the 20th minute. This goal was set up when Stefani Rocco made a pass to Ashley Dernbach, who came up from her right defensive back position. Dernbach's cross found Schrey behind the USF defense and the header went in off the left post.
Saint Mary's held the Dons scoreless in the first half and led 3-0 at the intermission. Saint Mary's took seven shots in the first half compared to six by USF.
The Dons came out of halftime with more intensity and scored their only goal of the game eight minutes into the second half. USF's lone goal of the game came off the right foot of Jenny Jarvie at the 53:44 mark off a cross by Chelsea Hunt from the right side of the penalty box.
The final goal of the game came in the 72nd minute, which was the fourth of the day for the Gaels. Schrey added her second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, following a corner kick by Joelle Gizzi. Gizzi's cross came in from the left corner and found off the right post. Schrey had enough time to control the cross and easily put home the shot in the goal vacated by Kelly Pohle, who tried to make a play on the cross by Gizzi.
Saint Mary's finished the game with 15 shots with nine shots on goal. USF goalkeepers Hodgson and Kelly Pohle combined for five saves and allowed four goals. SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich allowed one goal and had three saves against 12 shots by the Dons.
Saint Mary's will return to West Coast Conference action on Friday, October 13 when the Gaels travel to Spokane, WA for a 1 p.m. game against Gonzaga.