Oct. 4, 2006
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
After going 0-2 in the New Mexico Tournament with losses to New Mexico (3-1) and Northern Arizona (1-0) last week, Saint Mary's will host a pair of games this week. The first game of the week is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 when the Gaels host the UC Davis Aggies at 3 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium. Saint Mary's will close the week with its West Coast Conference opener on Sunday. The conference opening match will have the Gaels playing San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. That game will also be played in Saint Mary's Stadium.
Nikki Schrey scored the only goal for the Gaels last week, that coming in a 3-1 loss to New Mexico on Friday. The goal by Schrey is the third of the season for the sophomore forward, tying her with fellow sophomore Danielle Spann for the team lead in goals scored this season.
SCOUTING THE UC DAVIS AGGIES
UC Davis comes into the week with a 7-2-1 overall record. The Aggies posted an 0-1-1 record last week with a loss to Cal Poly (0-3) on Friday and a tie against UC Santa Barbara (1-1) on Sunday. The Aggies opened the season with a 6-1 record to start the year. UC Davis has three similar opponents with SMC in Sacramento State, San Jose State and San Francisco. The Aggies are 2-1 against those opponents while the Gaels are 0-2, and will play USF on Sunday.
This season the Aggies are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are holding their opponents to 0.88 goals per game. The Aggies have posted five shutouts this season. UCD has outshot its opponents 138-81 this season, and have had 63 shots on goal.
Six players for the Aggies have scored at least two goals this season and Dayna Dumont leads the way with four scores. Annie McAllister is second on the team with three goals, and four players have collected two scores this season. Lacey Cobb leads the team three assists.
SMC VERSUS UC DAVIS; THE SERIES
Friday will mark the seventh game played between Saint Mary's and UC Davis in women's soccer. Saint Mary's holds a 5-1-0 advantage after winning the last four games in the series. In a series that dates back to the 1987 season, Friday's game will mark the first meeting between the two schools in 14 years. The last meeting on Sept. 5, 1992 resulted in a 3-0 SMC victory.
SCOUTING THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
The San Fancisco Dons women's soccer team will enter the West Coast Conference opener for both teams with a 4-8-1 record following a 1-0 loss to Utah State on Monday. The Dons have lost their last four games and have been outscored 8-1 over that stretch. USF has scored 12 goals in 13 games while giving up 20 goals this season. The Dons are being outshot as well, 189-144.
Chelsea Hunt and Fiona O'Sullivan lead the team with 10 points. O'Sullivan has five goals to lead the team and Hunt has four goals and two assists. Samantha Brand and Lauren Tweet lead the team with three assists each. Kelly Pohle and Katie Hodgson have split time in goal with Pohle playing in one more game that Hodgson.
SMC VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between SMC and San Francisco will mark the 19th game played between the two schools. In a series that dates back to the 1987 season, Saint Mary's holds a commanding 13-4-1 record against the Dons. The Gaels have won seven of the last eight games in the series, and hold a 6-1-1 record in games played in Moraga. In the most recent contest, Saint Mary's defeated the Dons 3-1 during the 2006 campaign.
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 73 games in her Saint Mary's career. Churchill is just six games behind Chelsea Montero and Jill Anderson for the school record of 79 games played in a career. Churchill has started 70 of 73 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 0-8-2 record in the last 10 games. Lindsey will look for win number two at home on Friday against UC Davis.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Saint Mary's played two games in the New Mexico Tournament and dropped both games. The Gaels opened the week with a 3-1 loss to New Mexico on Friday. Nikki Schrey scored the only goal for the Gaels, marking her third of the season. In Sunday's 1-0 loss to Northern Arizona, Saint Mary's took 19 shots but could not get the ball in the net. NAU scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute on a shot from 25 yards out. The shutout marked the fourth time this season Saint Mary's was held scoreless.
Following the WCC opener for the Gaels on Sunday, Saint Mary's will hit the road for two conference games against Gonzaga and Portland next week. Saint Mary's will open the week against Gonzaga on Friday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. before traveling to Portland on Sunday, Oct. 15. The match between SMC and the 2005 National Champion Pilots will kickoff at 2 p.m. from Merlo Field.