Oct. 9, 2007
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following a 1-0 win over San Jose State last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has a 5-4-2 overall record in 2007. The Gaels will play their last non-conference game this Friday, before opening conference play on Sunday.
SMC will play its fourth road game of a five-game road swing against the UC Davis Aggies on Friday, October 12, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Complex. Following the game at Davis, the Gaels will travel across the bay to take on West Coast Conference foe San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. The WCC opener will begin at 1 p.m. from Negoesco Stadium.
Freshman forward Alex Ciliento scored the Gaels' only goal last week. In SMC's only game of the week, the Gaels earned a 1-0 win over San Jose State. Ciliento scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, giving SMC its fifth win of the year. The goal for Ciliento was her fifth of the season, and her third game-winner of the season.
SCOUTING THE SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS
UC Davis enters this week with a 6-5-0 record and is coming a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State on Sunday. Prior to the loss to LBSU, the Aggies posted a 2-1 win over CS Northridge, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Aggies have scored 13 goals through 11 games, but have allowed their opponents to score 18 goals.UCD is being out shot 130-155 this season.
Dayna Dumont is the team's leader in points and goals with 11 and five respectively. Dumont has scored three of UC Davis' five game-winning goals this season. Samantha Faber is second on the team with three goals, after scoring both goals against CS Northridge on Sunday. Rochelle VanBuskirk has also scored three goals this season. Sarah Peters and Megan Daws have split time in goal, with Peters playing four more minutes than Daws. Peters has a 1.26 goals aginst average, giving up seven goals, and has 26 saves. Daws has a 1.99 GAA, allowing 11 goals, and has 21 saves in 497 minutes of time between the pipes.
SMC VERSUS UC DAVIS; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and UC Davis will mark the eighth meeting between the two schools. Saint Mary's has a 6-1 advantage in the series, and has won the last five games. Prior to last season's 2-0 win im Moraga, Saint Mary's had not played the Aggies since the 1992 season.
SCOUTING THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco enters this week with a 0-7-3 record and will play its only match of the week against the Gaels. The Dons are coming off a 1-0 double overtime loss to UC Irvine on Oct. 5. After opening the season with a 0-1-2 record, the Dons have lost 6-of-7 games, with its only result being a 0-0 tie with CS Bakersfield. This season the Dons have scored five goals in 10 games, and have been shutout seven times. USF has allowed 21 goals and is being outshot 92-166 this season.
The team's offensive leader is Fiona O'Sullian with three points on one goal and one assist. Four other players have scored once, and Samantha Brands leads the team with two assists. Katie Hodgson has started 9-of-10 games in goal and has a 2.05 goals against average. She has allowed 19 goals while making 42 saves.
SMC VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between the Gaels and the Dons will mark the 20th game in the series. Saint Mary's holds a 14-4-1 overall record against San Francisco. The Gaels have won the last two games of the rivalry, and eight of the last nine. Last year, Saint Mary's posted a 4-1 win over USF to open concerence play. It was SMC's only WCC victory last season.
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. Through 11 games, Weiner has scored four goals and dished out a team-best five assists for 13 points. She leads the team with 13 points, and is second in the WCC in the points and assists, and tied for fifth in goals.
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), and San Jose State. She is tied for second in the WCC in goals (5), is ninth in points (10), and fourth in shots (28).
FIRST TIMERS FOR GAELS
SMC has had four players score the first goals of their careers in 2007. Freshman Alex Ciliento scored her first of five goals this season in SMC's first game of the year. Sophomore Tara Farrell scored her first goal, and the game-winner, in the 2-0 win over Sacramento State. Freshman Mercede Koning got her first goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Vanderbilt, and junior Mika Matsui netted her first goal against Stanford.
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. With the win over San Jose State, Saint Mary's has five wins for the season, the most since winning eight games in 2005.
GAELS KNOW OVERTIME
This season, Saint Mary's has played 11 games and has seen overtime five times. 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.
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
In its only game of the week, Saint Mary's posted a 1-0 win over the San Jose Spartans to improve to 5-4-2 overall. The win came after back-to-back losses to ranked opponents from the week before.
SMC and San Jose State played a scoreless match until the 86:01 mark when Gael freshman forward, Alex Ciliento, scored the games only goal. Ciliento chased down a long pass by junior defender Stefani Rocco and had a one on one opportunity against the Spartans goalkeeper. A quick move around the approaching goalkeeper gave Ciliento a free shot at an open net.
The goal for Ciliento marked the fifth of the season for the freshman, which is now the most on the team. It is also her third game-winning goal of the year.
NEXT WEEKFollowing this weekend's games against UC Davis and San Francisco, the Gaels will continue WCC play against Portland and Gonzaga next week. The Gaels will play both games at home at Saint Mary's Stadium. The game against the Pilots will be played on Friday, Oct. 19 beginning at 3 p.m. The match against the Bulldogs is slated for Sunday, Oct. 21 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.