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Women's Soccer Set To Host 2006 Fall Soccer Classic on Thursday

Sept. 6, 2006

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THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
The Saint Mary's women's soccer team will return home for two games this week. SMC will host the 2006 SMC Fall Soccer Classic, which features Saint Mary's, No. 10 California, Vanderbilt and Air Force. The tournament will begin on Thursday at 2 p.m. when Cal and Air Force take to Garaventa Field. Saint Mary's and Vanderbilt will play the second game at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The final day of the Classic will be on Saturday, when SMC and Air Force square off at 9 a.m. and Cal and Vanderbilt will close the event, beginning immediately following the SMC versus Air Force contest.

WHO'S HOT:
In two games last week, senior forward McKenna Belzer tallied three points to lead the Gaels. Belzer tallied her team-leading second assists in the 2-1 loss to CS Fullerton on Friday, then scored her first goal of the season against Kansas early in the first half. Belzer has four points this season with one goal and two assists.

SCOUTING THE VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Vanderbilt enters this week with a 1-1-2 overall record following a 1-1-0 performance last week. After opening the season with two ties to Colorado (0-0) and Denver (1-1), Vandy posted a loss and a win last week. Competing in the Auburn Classic, Vanderbilt opened the event with a 1-0 loss to William & Mary. The Commodores picked up their first win of the season on Sunday when it defeated No. 22 Dartmouth by a 3-2 margin.

Leading the Commodores this season are Lea Lafield and Susan McAleavey with four points each. Lafield leads the team with two goals and McAleavey has the team lead with two assists. Amy Wilcox has one goal this season, which was the game-winner over Dartmouth. Tyler Griffin has played all 400 minutes in goal and has a 0.90 goals against average with 20 saves and one shutout.

SMC VERSUS VANDERBILT; THE SERIES
Thursday's game between Saint Mary's and Vanderbilt will mark the first meeting in women's soccer between the two schools.

SCOUTING AIR FORCE FALCONS
Air Force enters the Fall Soccer Classic with an 0-3-1 overall record and will play California the first day of the event. Air Force is coming off an 0-1-1 week following games against Bucknell and Pacific. The Falcons played the Bison to a 0-0 tie, and suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Tigers.

In four games this season, Air Force has not scored a goal. The Falcons have taken 51 total shots, compared to 38 by their opponents.

SMC VERSUS AIR FORCE; THE SERIES
When Saint Mary's and Air Force meet on Saturday, it will mark the third game played between the two schools. Saint Mary's holds a 2-0 advantage in the series. In the last meeting, Saint Mary's posted a 3-0 win over the Falcons in Colorado Springs on Sept. 23, 2005. The first meeting between the two teams was in 1996 when the Gaels defeated the Falcons in Moraga.

GAELS AGAINST THE TOP-25
This season, Saint Mary's is scheduled to play three teams that are ranked in the nation's top-25. SMC suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 15 CS Fullerton on Sept. 1 and the Gaels have two more ranked opponents on the schedule. Santa Clara and Portland from the West Coast Conference are also in the top-25. Santa Clara is ranked No. 4 and Portland is ranked No. 7.

SPANN SCORES TWICE IN SEASON OPENER
In the first game of the 2006 season, sophomore midfielder Danielle Spann doubled her goals total from her freshman campaign. In 2005, Spann played in 19 games and scored just one goal. In one game 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 and wasted little time in scoring her first collegiate goal. 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 season with a 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.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Saint Mary's suffered three losses in the second week of the season. The week opened at Sacramento State where the Gaels took a 1-0 loss in double overtime. SMC then traveled to Berkeley to participate in the California Invitational and suffered losses to No. 15 CS Fullerton and Kansas. The Gaels dropped the decision to the Titans by a score of 2-1. Fullerton took a 1-0 lead just 5:34 into the contest, but Nikki Schrey evened the score at 1-1 just 20 seconds later. The Titans' winning goal was scored in the 74th minute. Against the Jayhawks, the game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Kansas scored three straight goals in the second half to take a 4-1 lead with 27 minutes left in the game. Saint Mary's Allie Weiner scored her second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Next Week
Next week the Gaels will travel to Boston, MA to compete in the Harvard Tournament. The Gaels will play two games, with the first against Northeastern University on September 15. Saint Mary's will close the event against the tournament host Harvard on Sunday, Sept. 17.