Sept. 13, 2007
This Week in Gael Soccer
Following a 0-1-1 record last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has a 1-1-2 overall record this season. The Gaels played Vermont to a 1-1 tie, before falling to CS Bakersfield 2-1 on Sunday in the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic.
This week, Saint Mary's will travel to Nashville, TN to compete in the Vanderbilt Tournament. Saint Mary's will play the University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers on Friday, beginning at 5 pm Central. Following the game against UAB, Saint Mary's will play the tournament host, the Vanderbilt University Commodores, on Sunday, with kickoff slated for 1 pm Central Time. Both games will be played at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
Allie Weiner continues to play exceptional soccer to start the 2007 season. Last week, in games against Vermont and CS Bakersfield, Weiner scored both goals for the Gaels. Against Vermont, she scored in the 39th minute to give SMC a 1-0 lead, before eventually posting a 1-1 tie with the Catamounts. In the 2-1 loss to CS Bakersfield, Weiner scored her third goal of the season in the 59th minute of action. The goal evened the match at 1-1, but another goal by the Roadrunners resulted in a Gaels loss.
Scouting the UAB Blazers
When the Gaels travel to Nashville to compete in the Vanderbilt Tournament, Saint Mary's will open the tournament against UAB on Friday. UAB enters the tournament unbeaten and has a 3-0-1 record to start the year. The Blazers opened the year with a 0-0 draw to Mercer, and has won three straight since. UAB posted a 2-0 win over Georgia State, a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt, and most recently, a 1-0 victory over Ole Miss.
UAB has scored five goals this season, while allowing their opponents just one tally this season. In four games, the Blazers have collected three shutouts.
The team leader in goals is Justine Hartigan. Hartigan has two goals to give her a team leading four points this season. Sally Palmer and Danya Barsalona have three points each with a goal and assist. Goalkeeper Kate Blankenship has played all 380 minutes this season and has a 0.24 goals against average early this season. Blankenship has allowed one goal and has 21 saves.
SMC versus Vermont; The Series
Friday's game between SMC and UAB will mark the first ever meeting in women's soccer between the two schools.
Scouting the Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt enters this weekend's action with a 2-1-1 overall record. The Commodores will play Gonzaga on Friday before matching up against the Gaels on Sunday. Vanderbilt opened the season with a 0-0 draw against Wisconson before posting a 1-0 win over Texas Tech. After a 2-1 loss to UAB, VU posted a 6-0 win over Tennessee Tech on Sunday - in its last game.
In the win over Tennessee Tech, Sarah Dennis scored a hat trick with three goals, bringomg her team-leading total to four. Megan Forester has two gaols and two assists, Molly Kinsella has one goal and one assist, and Amy Baumann has one goal.
Starting goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel has a 0.51 goals against average after allowing two goals in 350 minutes in net. Bachtel, who has two shutouts this season, has 17 saves overall.
SMC versus Vanderbilt; The Series
Sunday's meeting between SMC and Vanderbilt will mark the third meeting all-time between the two schools. Vanderbilt holds a 2-0 advantage in the series after posting a 1-0 win over the Gaels in Moraga last year. In the first meeting between the two schools, Vandy posted a 4-0 win over the Gaels at the Santa Clara Nike Classic in 1997.
Looking at The Gonzaga Bulldogs
The fourth team in the Vanderbilt Tournament is the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the WCC. Gonzaga is off to a 2-2 start after opening the year with a 2-0 loss to Idaho, followed by a 1-0 win over Montana. An overtime loss to Washington State (2-1) was followed by a 2-0 road win over Eastern Washington. GU has scored four goals this season, all coming from different players. Christine Soma, Jamie Blanche, Lauren Zimmerman, and Nanda McCormick have scored for the Zags.
SMC Takes Season-High 25 Shots
When SMC played Vermont at home on Sept. 7, Saint Mary's took a total of 25 shots. The 25 shots are the most this season, and the most since taking 25 shots against San Jose State last year. Since the 1999 season, the most shots taken in a game by the women's soccer team was 29 against Stephen F. Austin in 2004.
Gaels Lead WCC in Shots
This season the Gaels have taken a total of 75 shots, and lead the eight-team West Coast Conference in total shots. Saint Mary's is averaging 18.7 shots per game and scoring 1.5 goals per game. The Gaels also lead the WCC in saves with 22 in four games.
Weiner Leads Team and WCC In Points
Redshirt sophomore Allie Weiner started the 2007 season with a bang. In the first four games of the season, Weiner has scored three goals and dished out three assists for nine points. She leads the WCC in points and is second in goals and assists. She scored SMC's first goal and after two games she had one goal and three assists.
Looking Back at Last Week
After posting a 1-0-1 record the first weekend of the season, Saint Mary's posted a 0-1-1 mark last week. The Gaels opened the week with a 1-1 tie against Vermont in the SMC Fall Soccer Classic in Moraga. Allie Weiner scored SMC's only goal in the 39th minute, but Vermont scored the equalizer in the 77th minute. Saint Mary's had a number of changes to win the game, in which they took a season high 25 shots against the Catamounts. In the second game of the classic, Saint Mary's suffered its first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Cal State Bakersfield. CSU scored in the 35th minute, and after holding the lead through halftime, Weiner scored her third goal of the season in the 59th minute to even the score at 1-1. Alexa Vickroy, who scored both goals for CSUB, scored the game-winner in the 65th minute of regulation.
Following this weekend's tournament, Saint Mary's will return to Moraga for games against Sacramento State and Valparaiso. The Gaels will host the Hornets on Friday, Sept. 21 with kick-off scheduled for 4 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium. Two days later, SMC will host the Valparaiso Crusaders at 12 p.m. on Sunday the 23rd.