Oct. 17, 2007
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
Following a win over UC Davis (1-0) and a loss to San Francisco (2-1) last week, the Saint Mary's women's soccer team has a 6-4-2 overall record in 2007. The loss to USF marked the first game of West Coast Conference play for the Gaels, who are 0-1-0 in WCC action.
Following five straight road games, SMC will return home for two WCC games this week. The Gaels will open the week against the No. 7 ranked Portland Pilots on Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium. The second game of the weekend will have the Gaels hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. The game between SMC and the Bulldogs will begin at 1 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.
Last week, sophomore forward Allie Weiner scored her fifth goal of the season in SMC's 2-1 loss to San Francisco, and had an assist on SMC's game winning goal against UC Davis. With the Gaels trailing 2-0, Weiner scored off a long assists from Mallory Lee in the 84th minute of action. Weiner dished an assist to Caitlin Wallace on the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win over UC Davis on Friday. Weiner now has a team-leading 16 points this season with five goals and six assists.
SCOUTING THE #7 PORTLAND PILOTS
The Portland Pilots enter this week with a 9-3-0 overall record and a 1-0 start to WCC play. The Pilots are ranked seventh in the NSCAA Coaches Poll after posting a 3-1 win over Gonzaga to open conference play last week. Portland has outscored its opponents 28-9 this season, averaging 2.3 goals per game. The Pilots have also outshot the opposition 201-82.
Leading the Pilots is Michelle Enyeart who has 16 points with three goals and a West Coast Conference leading 10 assists. The team's leader in goals is Natalie Budge with five, and four other players have netted four goals. Kelsey Davis and Hailee DeYoung have split time in goal this season. Davis has had the most time on the field, logging 757 minutes, has a 0.59 goals against average, allowing five goals and making 23 saves. DeYoung has played in five games and has a 1.07 goals against average.
SMC VERSUS PORTLAND; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and Portland will mark the 22nd meeting between the two schools. Portland holds a 17-4 advantage in the series after winning the last five games between the two schools. Portland has won 18 of the last 19 games of the series. SMC's last win over Portland came in the 2001 season when SMC defeated Portland 1-0 when the Pilots were ranked third in the country.
SCOUTING THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS
Gonzaga enters this week with an 8-4-1 overall record, and after a 3-1 loss to Portland last week, the Bulldogs are 0-1-0 in conference play. Gonzaga will play at San Francisco on Friday before playing the Gaels on Sunday. Gonzaga has outscored its opponents 18-14 this season, while outshooting the opposition 171-146.
Individually, Gonzaga is led by Christine Soma, Ashley Riley, and Lauren Zuckerman, whom each have nine points on the season. Zuckerman leads the team with four goals, and Soma and Riley have three goals and three assists each. Sara Hall leads the team with four assists. In goal Jessie Thalman has played all by 53 minutes for the Bulldogs. Thalman has a 1.09 goals against average after allowing 14 goals in 1155 minutes of action. She has 44 of the teams 48 saves for a .759 save percentage.
SMC VERSUS GONZAGA; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between the Gaels and the Bulldogs will mark the 15th game in the series. Saint Mary's holds a 10-3-1 overall record against Gonzaga. After Saint Mary's won 11 of the first 12 meetings, Gonzaga has a 2-0-1 record against the Gaels the past three seasons.
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.
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 13 games, Weiner has scored five goals and dished out a team-best six assists for 16 points. She leads the team with 16 points, and is tied for the WCC lead in points. She is tied for second in goals and assists.
GAELS WIN 3 STRAIGHT, POST CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS
When SMC posted consecutive wins over Vanderbilt (3-2), Sacramento State (2-0) and Valparaiso, it marked the first time since the fourth game of the 2005 campaign the women's soccer team won three straight games.
DEFENSE POSTS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS
Twice this season, Saint Mary's posted shutouts in back-to-back games. The last time SMC had back-to-back shutouts was during the 2005 campaign. The last time SMC posted three-straight shutouts was during the 2004 season. SMC has blanked four opponents this season, which are the most since the 2005 team recorded five shutouts.
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), Vanderbilt (3-2), and San Jose State. She is tied for second in the WCC in goals (5) and sixth in shots (29).
FIRST TIMERS FOR GAELS
SMC has had five 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. Most recently, freshman Caitlin Wallace netted her first collegiate goal in the 1-0 win over UC Davis on Oct. 12.
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 13 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.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Last week the Gaels split two games, winning on the road at UC Davis and losing its West Coast Conference opener to San Francisco on Sunday. SMC posted a 1-0 win over UC Davis on Friday, before falling to the Dons, 2-1, on Sunday.
In the win over the Aggies, Saint Mary's scored the games only goal when Caitlin Wallace netted her first collegiate goal in the 64th minute of play. Wallace took a pass from Allie Weiner, and put the game-winning goal away from five yards out.
In their second game of the week, the Gaels suffered a 2-1 loss to Bay Area, and WCC rival, San Francisco. USF held a 1-0 lead at halftime, and added a second goal less than four minutes in to the second half, taking a 2-0 lead with more than 40 minutes left. Allie Weiner put the Gaels on the scoreboard in the 84th minute with her fifth goal of the season.
Following this weekend's games against Portland and Gonzaga, the Gaels will continue WCC play against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine next week. The Gaels will make the trip to Los Angeles for a Friday afternoon game against the Lions and a Sunday matinee versus the Waves. The game between SMC and LMU will kick off at 3 p.m. from Sullivan Field, while the Sunday game against Pepperdine will begin at 1 p.m. from Tari Frahm Rokus Field.