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Women's Soccer To Host Fall Soccer Classic

Sept. 6, 2007

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This Week in Gael Soccer
Following a 1-0-1 start to the 2007 season, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team will return home to host the 2007 Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic at Saint Mary's Stadium. The four-team field will include SMC, California, Vermont and Cal State Bakersfield. Saint Mary's will not play Cal in the two-day event.

The tournament will begin on Friday, Sept., 7 with Cal and CS Bakersfield taking the pitch at 2 p.m., followed by Saint Mary's and Vermont at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, California and Vermont will square off at noon and SMC and CS Bakersfield will close the event with a 2:30 p.m. kick-off.

Who's Hot
Saint Mary's opened the season at the California Tournament in Berkeley, and had a number of outstanding performances. The one that stands out above the rest was the five-point effort by redshirt sophomore Allie Weiner. Weiner played a role in all four Saint Mary's goals over the weekend. For the second straight year, Weiner scored the Gaels' first goal of the season, and then she assisted on the other three goals during the tournament.

Scouting the Vermont Catamounts
SMC's first opponent in the Fall Soccer Classic will have the Gaels playing the Vermont Catamounts. The Catamounts enter the tournament with a 1-1-0 record. Vermont opened the 2007 season with a 1-0 home win over Central Arkansas on Aug. 31. On Sept. 2, Vermont suffered a 2-1 overtime loss at home to George Washington.

Vermont's leading scorer is Gabby Bonfigli with three points. Bonfigli had the assist on the game winning goal against Central Arkansas and had the only goal in the loss to George Washington. Kaitlin Francis has the other goal for Vermont, and Lexie Kaknes as the other assist. Goalkeeper Eliza Bradley played all 180 minutes in the first two games and has a 1.00 goals against average and 13 saves.

SMC versus Vermont; The Series
Friday's game between SMC and Vermont will mark the first ever meeting in women's soccer between the two schools.

Scouting the CSUB Roadrunners
Cal State Bakersfield enters this weekend's event with a 0-2-0 record following losses to Long Beach State and UC Irvine to open the season. The Roadrunners opened the year with a 5-0 loss to the 49ers and then dropped a 3-0 decision to UC Irvine on Sunday.

In the two games, CSUB took a total of six shots, while allowing their opponents to take 17 total shots. Brittany Getz took two shots, while Sarah Gaskins, Faith Perry, Alexa Vickroy, and Natalie Haigh have one shot each. Nicole Padilla played all 180 minutes in goal, allowed eight goals and had two saves.

SMC versus CS Bakersfield; The Series
When Saint Mary's and CSU Bakersfield meet on Sunday, it will mark the first meeting between the two schools in women's soccer.

Looking at The Cal Golden Bears
The fourth team in the Fall Soccer Classic is the California Golden Bears. Although the Gaels will not play Cal in this tournament, the Gaels and Bears will square off against each other later in the month. Cal enters the tournament with a 2-0 record following wins over Columbia and Colorado College to open the season. Cal posted a 1-0 win over Columbia, then defeated Colorado College 1-0 in overtime. Valarie Barnes and Caitlin Hannegan scored the two goals for Cal, and Katie Oakes and Megan Josolva had assists in the California Tournament.

SMC In The Fall Soccer Classic
This year's Fall Soccer Classic marks the 13th year that Saint Mary's has hosted a women's soccer tournament. The Gaels have a collective record of 12-12 in the previous 12 years of the event.

Gaels Top WCC After One Week
After playing two games in the California Tournament last week, the Gaels scored a total of four goals, which leads the West Coast Conference after one week of play. The Gaels, who lead the conference with four assists, also lead the WCC with 13 saves.

Weiner Leads Team and WCC In Points
Redshirt sophomore Allie Weiner started the 2007 season with a bang. In the first two games of the season, Weiner scored SMC's first goal and then has three assists for five total points. She currently leads the WCC with five points, which is one point better than teammate Alex Ciliento's four points. A number of players in the WCC tallied two points the first weekend of the season.

Ciliento Makes Quick Impact
Freshman forward Alex Ciliento opened her Saint Mary's career with two goals in her first two games. Ciliento scored one goal in both games of the California Tournament. She leads the West Coast Conference with two goals, and her four points rank second overall behind teammate Allie Weiner.

Makino Makes Start In Goal for Gaels
The Gaels opened the season with a freshman goalkeeper in Cari Makino. The 5-3 goalkeeper posted a 1-0-1 record in her first weekend while collecting 13 saves in more than 200 minutes of action. Makino allowed three goals during that time and has a 1.34 goals against average.abbed second.

Looking Back at Last Week
Saint Mary's started the season on the right foot with a win and a tie at the California Tournament. The Gaels jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Colorado College before giving up two late goals to post a 2-2 draw with the Tigers. Allie Weiner and Alex Ciliento scored the goals for the Gaels. In the second game of the tournament, SMC rebounded from a 1-0 deficit to take home a 2-1 win over Columbia. Ciliento got the Gaels on the scoreboard with her second goal of her college career in the 73rd minute off an assist from Weiner. Just 1:09 into the first overtime, Jessica Menzhuber took a pass from Weiner to give SMC its first win of the 2007 season.

Next Week
Following this weekend's tournament, Saint Mary's will travel to Nashville, TN to compete in their third tournament in as many weeks. The Gaels will participate in the Vanderbilt Tournament. SMC will open the tournament against UAB on Friday, September 14 at 5:00 pm Central Time. SMC will concluded the tournament against the host Commodores on Sunday, with a 1 p.m. Central Time kick-off.