Sept. 26, 2006
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following a 0-1 week when the Saint Mary's dropped an overtime decision to San Jose State, the Gaels will travel to Alburquerque, NM to compete in the New Mexico Tournament. The Gaels, who are now 1-6-2 on the season, will open the tournament against the host, the University of New Mexico. The game between SMC and UNM will kick off at 7 p.m. from the UNM Soccer Complex on Friday night. Saint Mary's will finish the tournament against Northern Arizona on Sunday. Game time for the match between SMC and NAU is slated for noon on Sunday.
Sophomore midfielder Mallory Lee earns this week's who's hot for the women's soccer team after scoring her first collegiate goal against San Jose State. The goal by Lee came in the 33rd minute and gave the Gaels a 1-0 lead in the contest.
SCOUTING THE NEW MEXICO LOBOS
New Mexico enters its tournament with a 5-4 overall record following a 1-1 record at the Pac-10/MWC Challenge. The Lobos opened the challenge with a 1-0 win over Washington State before falling 1-0 to Washington on Sept. 22. Other wins for UNM include victories over UTEP (4-0), UC Irvine (3-0), Oakland (2-1), and Canisius (3-1). Lobos losses were to Purdue (1-0), Texas (2-1), and Akron (1-0).
New Mexico has outscored its opponents 14-7 this season and has posted three shutouts. The Lobos are holding their opponents to a 0.76 goals against average and are averaging 1.53 goals per game. UNM has outshot its opponents 118-71.
Kristine Sweat leads the team with nine points after scoring a team-leading four goals. Asha Richardson has three goals and Katelyn Ley has two goals. Shannon Adragna has started all nine games in goal for the Lobos and has a 0.77 goals against average with 15 saves.
SMC VERSUS NEW MEXICO; THE SERIES
When Saint Mary's and New Mexico take the field on Friday, it will mark the second meeting between the two schools. When the teams met in 2003, the Gaels and Lobos played to a 1-1 draw in Moraga.
SCOUTING THE NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS
Following Friday's game against New Mexico, Saint Mary's will take on Northern Arizona on Sunday. The Lumberjacks currently have a 4-5 overall record and will play Nevada on Friday before taking the field against SMC on Sunday. NAU defeated Tennessee-Martin (1-0) and Texas State (4-2) before falling to No. 5 Portland (4-0) last week. In four of its five losses, Northern Arizona has been shutout. The Lumberjacks are being outscored 17-10 and out-shot 162-122 this season.
Cee Cee Odorfer and Sarah Vallen lead the team with three goals each and Lindsey Carey has scored two goals. Odorfer has two assists and is tied with Sarah Neatherton for the team lead.
SMC VERSUS NORTHERN ARIZONA; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between Saint Mary's and Northern Arizona will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
SPANN GETS TEAM-LEADING THIRD GOAL
Sophomore midfield Danielle Spann netted her third goal of the season in SMC's 1-1 draw with Northeastern. Spann's team-leading third goal came off a cross from Joelle Gizzi late in the first half. Spann scored her first two goals of the season in the first game of the year. She missed two games this season due to injury.
CHURCHILL APPROACHING GAME PLAYED RECORD
Heading into this weekend's two games, fifth-year senior defender Sarah Churchill has played in 71 games in her Saint Mary's career. Churchill is just eight games behind Chelsea Montero and Jill Anderson for the school record of 79 games played in a career. Churchill has started 68 of 71 games in her career.
THREE GAELS EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
Tara Larson, McKenna Belzer and Stefani Rocco were named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team when the Gaels posted two ties on the trip to Boston. Larson recorded 12 saves and allowed one goal in the tournament. Belzer had the most scoring opportunities for the Gaels, taking seven shots, with six on goal, in the two games. Rocco played solid for the Gaels in the midfield as she recorded four shots.
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. Since the win in game one, Saint Mary's has posted an 0-6-2 record in the last eight games. Lindsey will look for win number two at home on Wednesday against San Jose State.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
The Gaels played one game last week, which resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose State on Wednesday. Saint Mary's took a 1-0 lead when sophomore midfield Mallory Lee scored an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute. The goal by Lee was the first of her career. SJSU answered when Nicole Martinez score the first of her two goals of the day in the 49th minute. Martinez then netted the game-winner six minutes into overtime to give the Spartans the win.
Saint Mary's will play twice next week against UC Davis and San Francisco. The Gaels will play their final tune-up before West Coast Conference action on Friday when SMC hosts the UC Davis Aggies at 3 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium. SMC will then open WCC action on Sunday when the Gaels host the USF Dons on Sunday. Kick-off for the WCC opener is slated for 3 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium.