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WOMEN'S SOCCER TO HOST SACRAMENTO STATE AND VALPO THIS WEEK

Sept. 19, 2007

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THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following a 1-1 record last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has a 2-2-2 overall record this season. In the Commodore Invitational, the Gaels were defeated by UAB 1-0 and posted a 3-2 overtime win over tournament host Vanderbilt.

This week, Saint Mary's will return home for two games against Sacramento State and Valparaiso. SMC will open the week on Friday, September 21 against the Sacramento State Hornets, with kick-off scheduled for 4 p.m. Following the game against Sac. State, the Gaels will host the Valparaiso Crusaders on Sunday, beginning at noon. Both games will be played at Saint Mary's Stadium.

WHO'S HOT
Saint Mary's freshman forward Alex Ciliento played a big role in SMC's overtime win over Vanderbilt. Ciliento scored the game-winning goal 6:43 into the first overtime session to give SMC its second win of the season. The goal for Ciliento was the third of the season for the freshman. Ciliento is now second on the team in goals and second on the team with six points.

SCOUTING THE SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
The Hornets enter this week with a 3-1-1 overall record, and are coming off a 3-2 double overtime loss to UC Davis. Sac State has scored 16 goals this season, with five coming against Fresno State in a 5-1 win over the Bulldogs on Sept. 9. CSUS has allowed seven goals for a 1.30 goals against average.

Katie McCoy leads the team with 13 total points, as she has team-highs with four goals and five assists. Both Amanda Gray and Kim Kemper have seven points each. Gray is second on the squad with three goals and Kemper is second on the roster with three assists. Mandy Trojan has played all but 19 minutes in goal and has a 1.16 goals against average. Trojan has allowed six goals, has 20 saves, and two shutouts.

SMC VERSUS SACRAMENTO ST.; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and Sacramento State will mark the 10th meeting in women's soccer between both schools. Saint Mary's leads the series 7-2. In the most recent game, Sac State defeated the Gaels 1-0 in double overtime last season in Sacramento. Prior to that Hornet win, Saint Mary's had won six games in a row.

SCOUTING THE VALPARAISO CRUSADERS
Valparaiso enters this week with a 5-2-0 record and will play at Pacific on Friday before meeting up with the Gaels on Sunday. Valparaiso has won four of its last five games, with its only loss during that stretch coming to No. 22 Purdue (3-0) on Sept. 12. Last week, Valpo defeated both Belmont and Northern Iowa 1-0, with the win over NIU coming in overtime. The Crusaders have out scored their opponents 11-5 this year and have out shot the opposition 85-66. Valpo has a team goals against average of 0.71, while their opponents GAA is 1.57.

Leading the Crusaders is Jackie Thomas, who has a team-high eight points on four goals. Jessie White and Lynnea Pappas are second on the team with four points each. White has two goals and Pappas has one goal and a team-leading two assists. The combo of Erin Murray and Mele Cabral have collected five shutouts. Murray's held three opponents scoreless and Cabral has earned two shutouts. Cabral, who has five saves, has not allowed a goal in 181 minutes of action.

SMC VERSUS VALPARAISO; THE SERIES
Sunday's meeting between SMC and Valparaiso will mark the first ever meeting in women's soccer between the two schools.

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
For the third straight week, Saint Mary's leads the West Coast Conference in total shots. The Gaels are the only two to fire off over 100 shots, and have taken 105 attempts in six games to average 17.5 shots per game, which is also the highest in the conference. SMC also leads the WCC with 39 total saves and 6.5 saves per game.

WEINER LEADS TEAM AND WCC IN POINTS
Redshirt sophomore Allie Weiner started the 2007 season with a bang, and has been the West Coast Conference leader in points each week this year. In the first six games of the season, Weiner has scored a team-high four goals and dished out three assists for 11 points. She leads the WCC in points and is tied for first with two other players in goals. Her three assists are tied with Gonzaga's Sarah Hall for second in the conference.

CILIENTO MAKES QUICK IMPACT
Freshman forward Alex Ciliento opened her Saint Mary's career with two goals in her first two games and added a game-winning goal in SMC's 3-2 win over Vanderbilt. Ciliento scored one goal in both games of the California Tournament. She is tied for fourth in the WCC in goals (3), third in points (6) and tied for second in shots (18).

KONING SCORES FIRST GOAL AT SMC
In the win over Vanderbilt, freshman midfielder Mercede Koning netted the first goal of her career. After Vanderbilt evened the score at 1-1, Koning put the Gaels back in the lead 42 seconds later with a shot past the Vandy keeper to the far post from 18 yards out.

LARSON COLLECTS 11 SAVES IN FIRST WIN
En route to the first win of her career, sophomore goalkeeper Tara Larson needed to make 11 saves against 30 shots from Vanderbilt on Sept. 16. Although Larson allowed two goals, she made a season-high 11 saves to keep the Gaels in the game, before eventually winning in overtime. Larson has a career-best 16 saves against Northeastern during her freshman season. She now has a 1-2-2 overall record in goal for SMC.

GAELS KNOW OVERTIME
This season, Saint Mary's has played six games and saw overtime in four of the six matches. The Gaels have a 1-1-2 record in overtime games, with its only overtime win coming against Vanderbilt. The school record for overtime games in a season is seven, which was set in 2005. SMC still has 13 games remaining on its schedule.

GAELS PICKED 8TH IN WCC COACHES POLL
The Saint Mary's women's soccer team was predicted to finish eighth in the WCC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Gaels received eight total points. Portland garnered six first place votes to take the top spot and Santa Clara had two first place votes and was tabbed second.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Saint Mary's entered the Commodore Invitational with a 1-1-2 record, and following a 1-0 loss to UAB and a 3-2 overtime win over Vanderbilt, SMC has a 2-2-2 overall record. SMC opened the week with a loss, as UAB scored the games only game in the in the 49th minute. Saint Mary's out shot the Blazers 20-17, but could not get a shot past UAB goalkeeper Kate Blankenship, who recorded six saves. In the second game of the tournament, SMC posted a 3-2 win over Vanderbilt - the tournament host - when freshman Alex Ciliento scored the game-winning goal in overtime. SMC took a 1-0 lead on the fourth goal of the season by Allie Weiner, and after Vandy tied the score at the 12:01 mark, Mercede Koning answered 42 seconds later with her first career goal. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Commodores evened the score at 2-2 with a goal by Meredith Kohn at the 59:14 mark.

NEXT WEEK
Following this weekend's games, the Gaels will hit the road for a pair of games against two ranked opponents. SMC will travel to Berkeley on Friday for a game against 19th-ranked California, then travel to Palo Alto for a Sunday meeting against top-ranked Stanford. The Gaels will open the week in Berkeley for a 4 p.m. game against the Golden Bears on Friday at Edwards Stadium. Two days later, SMC will make the trip to Palo Alto to take on the No. 1 ranked Cardinal for a 1 p.m. game at Maloney Field.