Aug. 29, 2006
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following a 3-1 win over Long Island last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team will return to action with three road games this week. The Gaels will open the week at Sacramento State on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game at Hornet Field. SMC will close the week in Berkeley with games on Friday and Sunday in the California Invitational. Saint Mary's will take on CS Fullerton on Friday at 2 p.m. and then battle Kansas on Sunday at 10 in the morning. Both games will be played at Cal's Edwards Stadium.
SCOUTING THE SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
Sacramento State opened its 2006 season with a 2-0 loss to Nevada on Sunday. The Hornets fired off 14 shots in the game, but could not get one past UNR's goalkeeper Caitlin Holmes, who posted seven saves. Against the Wolf Pack, Katie McCoy and Kim Kemper led the team with three shots each and Katie Burton and Kayelyn Satkowski had two shots each. CSUS returns seven starters from a squad the posted an 8-8-3 overall record and a 4-1-1 Big Sky record for second place finish in the conference. McCoy paced the 2005 team with 20 total points, leading the team in both goals (7) and assists (6). As a freshman in 2005, goalkeeper Jenny Lawrence allowed 27 goals in 19 games for a 1.37 goals against average. She recorded 104 saves and five shutouts in her first season as a Hornet.
SMC VERSUS SAC. STATE; THE SERIES
Tuesday's game between SMC and CSUS will mark the ninth meeting between the two schools. Saint Mary's leads the series 7-1 following a 2-1 win at home over the Hornets last season. The last time CSUS defeated the Gaels was in 1998 when the Hornets posted a 3-0 win in Moraga.
SCOUTING NO. 15 CS FULLERTON TITANS
Cal State Fullerton enters this week with a 1-0 record and ranked No. 15 in the country by the NSCAA. Fullerton posted an impressive 4-0 win over Idaho to open the 2006 season on Sunday. Four players tallied goals for the Titans in the win over the Vandals. The first goal and the game-winner was scored by Desiree Flint in the 24th minute. Fullerton added three goals in the second half to run away with the game. The Titans allowed just one shot in the game. CS Fullerton returns 12 players and just four starters from its 2005 team that posted a 19-4 overall record and a 6-1 record and a first place finish in the Big West.
SMC VERSUS CS FULLERTON; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and CS Fullerton will mark the second meeting between the two schools. The Titans won the first game by a score of 1-0 at the Nike Invitational in Irvine, CA in 2002.
SCOUTING THE KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Kansas enters the California Invitational with a 1-0 record and will play Cal on Friday before meeting the Gaels on Sunday. Kansas opened the season with a 3-0 win over Furman on Friday. Against Furman, three players scored for the Jayhawks, with Sara Rogers scoring the game-winner in the 41st minute. Monica Dolinsky and Lacey Novak added second half goals for Kansas. Jessica Bush and Holley Gault return as the team's point leaders after tallying 14 points each last season. Both had four goals and six assists.
SMC VERSUS KANSAS; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between SMC and Kansas will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
GAELS AGAINST THE TOP-25
Heading into the weekend, Saint Mary's will player the first of four teams on the schedule to be ranked in the nation's top-25. CS Fullerton opened the season ranked No. 15 and three teams from the West Coast Conference also earned preseason top-25 honors. Portland was ranked No. 1, Santa Clara was No. 7 and Pepperdine was ranked No. 20 by the NSCAA. Last season against top-25 competition, the Gaels posted a 1-4-2 overall record.
SPANN SCORES TWICE IN SEASON OPENER
In the first game of the 2005 season, sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann doubled her goals total from her freshman campaign. In 2005, Spann played in 19 games with eight starts and scored just one goal and had two points. In one game this season, she doubled her goals and points from a year ago. Against Long Island, Spann scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute and added her second goal in the 61st minute of action.
WEINER MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Redshirt freshman Allie Weiner waited over year to play in her first game for Saint Mary's. After sitting out the 2005 season, Weiner was in the starting line-up against Long Island. Weiner wasted little time in scoring her first collegiate goal, as she gave SMC a 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the season. The goal by the freshman ignited a 3-1 win for the Gaels. Weiner also added an assist on SMC's second goal of the game, that coming at the 8:15 mark of the contest for her third point of the season.
LINDSEY GETS FIRST WIN IN FIRST GAME
First-year head coach Kelly Lindsey did not have to wait long to get the first win of her career. The Gaels opened the 2006 campaign with an easy 3-1 victory over Long Island on August 25. The nerves for Lindsey quickly parted as the Gaels scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Lindsey will look for win number two at Sacramento State on Tuesday.
GAELS START THREE FRESHMAN
In the opening game of the season, Saint Mary's started the game with three freshmen on the field. Allie Weiner started at forward, Ashley Dernbach started at defender and Noelle Brown stated between the pipes. Weiner had a goal and assist, Dernbach helped the defense hold the Blackbirds to a goal on just four shots, and Brown recorded one save in her first game as a goalkeeper. Additionally, Saint Mary's played three reserves Alexica Bosque, Jessica Menzhuber and Tara Farrell. All three are freshmen.
GAELS RETURN TWO ALL-WCC PLAYERS
The Gaels return two players that garnered All-West Coast Conference honors as freshmen. Stefani Rocco and Nikki Schrey were both named to the WCC All-Freshman Team. Rocco also garnered Honorable Mention All-WCC honors, as well as being named to the All-Freshman West Region Team by Soccer Buzz.
GIZZI RETURNS TO LINE-UP
Senior defender Joelle Gizzi returns to the line-up after missing the 2005 season while rehabbing a right ankle injury. When Gizzi was in the line-up for SMC in 2004, the Gaels posted a 1.37 goals against average. In her career, Gizzi has started 40 games, including all 20 in 2004. During her junior season, Gizzi scored two goals and had one assist from her left back position.
SCHREY RETURNS TO LEAD GAEL OFFENSE
When the Gaels take the field on Friday, sophomore Nikki Schrey will be there to lead the Gaels' offensive attack. As a freshman in 2005, Schrey tallied 15 points to lead the team. She tied for the team lead with six goals and was second on the squad with three assists.
HARRISON AND LEE TO MISS 2006 SEASON
Saint Mary's will be without the services of two key defenders for this season. Defender Stephanie Harrison and goalkeeper Andrea Lee will miss the season with injury. In their absence, Mallory Lee will move from the midfield to right back to fill in for Harrison. At goalkeeper, SMC will look towards freshmen Noelle Brown, Jennifer Zenovich or Tara Larson to fill the void by Andrea Lee.
NINE FRESHMEN ADD TO SMC DEPTH
The Gaels head into the 2005 season with 21 players on the active roster and nine new faces. The Gaels return eight starters and will look towards its incoming freshmen to fill the void. Highlighting the class of incoming players are forwards Alexica Bosque, midfielders Ashley Dernbach, Kira Copinga, and Jessica Menzhuber, and defender Noelle Brown.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
In its only game of the week, Saint Mary's posted a 3-1 win over Long Island to open the season with a victory. The Gaels got on the scoreboard early when Allie Weiner scored her first collegiate goal just seven minutes into the game. Danielle Spann scored the first of her two goals at the 8:15 mark and added an insurance goal 15 minutes into the second half. The Saint Mary's defense allowed just four shots in the game and freshman goalkeeper Noelle Brown recorded the win after recording one save.
After playing three games this week, Saint Mary's will return home to host the 2006 Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic on September 7 and 9. The tournament will open on Thursday with California and Air Force taking the field at 2 p.m. Saint Mary's will then face Vanderbilt in the nightcap beginning at 4:30 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Saturday morning. The first game of the day will have Saint Mary's playing Air Force at 9 a.m. followed by Cal and Vanderbilt at 11 a.m.