Oct. 24, 2007
THIS WEEK IN GAEL SOCCER
This week the Saint Mary's women's soccer team will continue West Coast Conference action on the road in Southern California. The Gaels will play games against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. SMC will open the week against the LMU Lions on Friday, with a 3 p.m. start at Sullivan Field. After a day off, SMC will play the Pepperdine Waves at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
Following a 0-2 week against WCC opponents Portland and Gonzaga, the Gaels have a 6-7-2 overall record and are off to a 0-3-0 start in conference play. The Gaels dropped a 1-0 decision to the No. 7-ranked Pilots on Friday, then fell to the Bulldogs 2-0 on Sunday.
Although the Gaels dropped two games last week, and allowed three goals, goalkeeper Tara Larson played well for the Gaels. Larson, recorded 11 saves over the two games, including seven against the No. 7 ranked Portland Pilots. Larson made key saves during the game, holding the Pilots scoreless until the 83rd minute of action. Against Gonzaga, Larson made four saves against 14 shots by the Bulldogs.
SCOUTING THE LMU LIONS
Loyola Marymount enters this week with a 9-5-1 overall record and are 1-2-0 against West Coast Conference opponents. The Lions are coming off an 0-2 weekend, that included losses to two nationally ranked opponents in No. 11 San Diego (3-1) and No. 9 Santa Clara (2-1). LMU has scored 28 times in 15 games, to average 1.8 goals per game. The Lions have allowed 12 goals for a 0.77 goals against average.
Leading the Lions this season is Jamie Bell who has a total of 15 points, which ranks fourth overall in the WCC. Bell leads the team with six goals, and her three assists are tied for the most on the squad. Katie Osborne has 10 points on four goals and two assists, while three other players have scored three goals. Goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek has played all but 16 minutes this season, and has allowed 11 of the 12 goals the Lions have given up. Slovek has a 0.72 goals against average, has made 55 saves and recorded eight shutouts in 15 appearances.
SMC VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT; THE SERIES
Friday's game between SMC and Loyola Marymount will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools. The series is tied 6-6-2. Last year the teams played to a 0-0 tie in Moraga, and the last time they met in Los Angeles, the Gaels fell to the Lions 1-0 in 2004. SMC posted a 2-1 win over LMU in the 2005 season.
SCOUTING THE PEPPERDINE WAVES
Pepperdine comes into this week with a 3-6-6 overall record and have a 0-2-1 record in three WCC games. The Waves are coming off a 1-1 tie with No. 11 San Diego last week. Prior to the draw with USD, Peppperdine suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road to No. 9 Santa Clara on Friday. Pepperdine has scored 15 times and allowed 16 goals this season. As a team, Pepperdine has posted two shutouts, but has been held without a goal in six games.
Leading the Waves this season in Amanda Rupp, who has 13 points on four goals and five assists. Rupp is 10th in the WCC in points and her five assists are fifth best in the conference. Sophia Media has eight points on three goals and two assists, and Emily Wynne has seven points on two goals and three assists. Kayla Stolte has played every minute in goal for the Waves and has a 0.98 goals against average. Stolte has made 53 saves and recorded two shutouts.
SMC VERSUS PEPPERDINE; THE SERIES
Sunday's game between SMC and Pepperdine will mark the 14th game between the two schools. Saint Mary's holds a 6-4-3 advantage overall. In the last five meetings, Pepperdine has closed the gap on the Gaels, winning three of the five games, and playing the Gaels to a tie twice. In last year's game, the No. 23 ranked Waves posted a 2-1 win over the Gaels in Moraga.
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; 3RD 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 15 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 second in the WCC in points. Compared to conference players, she is tied for fifth in goals and tied for second in 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). Her three game-winning goals this season is tied for the most on the conference.
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 wins. With the win over UC Davis on Oct. 12, Saint Mary's has six wins for the season, the most since winning eight games in 2005.
GAELS KNOW OVERTIME
This season, Saint Mary's has played 15 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 played two home games, and dropped to 0-3 with losses to No. 7 Portland and Gonzaga. In the opening game of the week, Saint Mary's battled one of the top teams in the country for nearly 83 minutes before allowing the games only goal. At 82:30, national team member Stephanie Lopez took a free kick from 22 yards out and scored around the SMC wall. The shot was struck perfectly, bent around the SMC wall, and found the net inside the far post.
On Sunday, the Gaels dropped a 2-0 decision to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga got on the scoreboard early, when Ashley Riley followed up a shot by Jamie Blanche. Riley's score off a rebound came just 6:55 into the game. Gonzaga added an insurance goal in the 70 minute when Blanche followed up a shot by Sheridan Jones. The point blank shot by Jones was saved by Tara Larson, but after the ball bounced off Larson's hands, Blanche was there to clean up the loose ball and score on the open net.
Following this weekend's road games against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, the Gaels will continue WCC play against at home against San Diego next week. In its only game of the week, Saint Mary's will welcome the No. 11 ranked San Diego Toreros to SaintMary's Satdium on Friday, November 2. The game between SMC and USD will begin at 3 p.m.