Oct. 3, 2007
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following losses to No. 25 California (4-0) and No. 4 Stanford (4-1) last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has a 4-4-2 record this season. Saint Mary's will return to action this week with one non-conference road game against the San Jose State Spartans of the Western Athletic Conference.
Saint Mary's will play its third road game of a five-game road swing against San Jose State on Friday, October 5, beginning at 3 p.m. at Spartan Field. The Spartans enter the game with a 1-7-2 overall record after losses to Eastern Washington and Cal State Fullerton last week.
Junior forward Mika Matsui earns this week's hot player after scoring her first collegiate goal against Stanford on Sunday. With the Gaels trailing 3-0, Matsui scored an unassisted goal in the 65th minute of action. Matsui recorded three of SMC four shots against Stanford with two shots on goal.
SCOUTING THE SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS
San Jose State enters this week with a 1-7-2 overall record and is coming off back-to-back losses to Eastern Washington and CS Fullerton. SJSU fell to CS Fullerton 2-1 in overtime on Friday, then lost to Eastern Washington 3-2 on Sunday.
San Jose State opened the year with an 0-5-2 record before earning its only win of the year, a 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa on Sept. 23. The Spartans have scored 10 goals through 10 games, but have allowed their opponents to score 16 goals. SJSU is being out shot 176-156 this season.
Jackie Zabek and Kristin Krale lead the team with five points each, as both have scored two goals with one assist. Jessica Scott also has two goals, and Nicole Irwin, Heidi Romswinckel, Jennifer Guadagnolo, and Kelly Madej have one goal each. Liz Behlen leads the squad with three assists, and Brittny Beshore has two assists. Nina Butera has the best numbers in goal, as she has a 1.11 goals against average in seven appearances this season. Butera has given up eight goals in 648 minutes and has 43 saves on the year.
SMC VERSUS SAN JOSE STATE; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and San Jose State will mark just the ninth meeting in women's soccer between the two schools. Saint Mary's holds a 6-2 advantage in the series. The Gaels won the first six meetings but have lost the last two matches in 2005 and 2006. Last year, SJSU defeated SMC 3-1 in Moraga, and in the last game played in San Jose, the Spartans posted a 3-2 overtime win over the Gaels.
GAELS WIN 3 STRAIGHT, POST CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS
For the first time since the fourth game of the 2005 season, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has won three straight games. After dropping the first game of the 2005 season to Cal, SMC won three straight to improve to 3-1. The Gaels posted back-to-back shutouts during that streak, which was also the last time SMC blanked two consecutive opponents. SMC defeated Sacramento State 2-0 and Valpo 1-0 last week.
WEINER LEADS TEAM; 2ND IN WCC IN POINTS
Sophomore Allie Weiner started this season with a bang, and was the West Coast Conference leader in points the first five weeks of the season. In 10 games, Weiner has scored a team-high four goals and dished out a team-best five assists for 13 points. She is second in the WCC in points and is tied for second in goals and second in assists.
CILIENTO MAKES QUICK IMPACT
Freshman forward Alex Ciliento opened her Saint Mary's career with two goals in her first two games of the season. Since then, she has added game-winning goals in overtime wins over Valparaiso (1-0) and Vanderbilt (3-2). She is tied for second in the WCC in goals (4), is fifth in points (8), and third in shots (21).
MATSUI GETS FIRST GOAL
In SMC's 4-1 loss to No. 4 Stanford, junior forward Mika Matsui netted her first career goal. In her three years at SMC, it took Matsui 44 games to get her first goal. She has taken 33 shots in her career.
SAINT MARY'S TOPS 2006 WIN TOTAL
With its 1-0 overtime win over Valparaiso, Saint Mary's recorded win number four this season. The win eclipsed the win total from the 2006 season, when the Gaels managed just three total wins. Saint Mary's will look to add to its win total, as SMC still has 11 games remaining this season.
GAELS KNOW OVERTIME
This season, Saint Mary's has played 10 games and has seen overtime in five of the eight matches. The Gaels have a 3-0-2 record in overtime games, with its overtime wins coming against Columbia, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt. The school record for overtime games in a season is seven, which was set in 2005. SMC still has 11 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 ran into a pair of ranked opponents last week in No. 25 California and No. 4 Stanford. The Gaels entered the week with a 4-2-2 overall record, and ended the week with two loss and a .550 record at 4-4-2 overall.
SMC opened the week with a 4-0 road loss to Cal. The Gaels trailed 1-0 at halftime, before giving up three second-half goals. The loss marked the third straight defeat to the Golden Bears. Saint Mary's was out shot 23-5 for the game as Cal stepped up the pressure in the second half with 15 shots.
In the second game of the weekend, Saint Mary's battled the Stanford Cardinal, who fell from No. 1 to No. 4 in the polls. The Cardinal showed why there were one of the top teams in the country, posting a 4-1 win over the Gaels. Stanford opened a 2-0 lead by halftime, and then extended its lead to 3-0 before SMC's Mika Matsui scored her first career goal to close the deficit to 3-1. A goal in the 81st minute ended any thoughts of a Saint Mary's comeback. Stanford out shot the Gaels 22-4 in the game, and Matsui had three of the fourth SMC shots.
Following this weekend's game against San Jose State, Saint Mary's will play one game next week. The Gaels will close out its non-conference schedule with a road game against the UC Davis Aggies on Friday. The game between SMC and UC Davis is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Complex.