MORAGA, Calif. - Saint Mary's College Women's Soccer opened their spring season play on Saturday, hosting CSU Monterey Bay and Sonoma State University. With a handful of players still recovering from injury, SMC's game day roster featured several young players continuing to gain experience for the upcoming Fall Season.
The Gaels started seven freshmen in the first match versus CSU Monterey Bay, contributing to a 2-1 win.
After a slow start, SMC was eventually able to sustain the majority of the possession and create several quality goal-scoring opportunities. The first SMC goal came early in the second half from Vicki Shimkus. On the back end of SMC's possession, newcomer Madison Salom worked to get in behind the CSUMB defense and get off a dangerous service. With CSUMB unable to clear the ball, Shimkus received it at the top of the penalty area and calmly drove the ball just inside the far post past a diving the diving Monterey Bay goalkeeper.
The Gaels remained persistent on the attack, eventually earning a penalty kick as freshman Caroline Beaulne was taken down inside the box. Vicki Shimkus once again stepped up to take the kick, getting her second goal of the game. Monterey Bay continued to battle, earning a late goal. The game was a true example of SMC's young players eagerly working to contribute, with a leader finishing plays to reward their efforts.
The Gaels dropped the second match of the day to Sonoma State 0-1. The game's only goal came early in the first half, as SSU was able to capitalize on an SMC errant pass won in midfield and driven to the top corner of the goal from 30+ yards away. Saint Mary's created several dangerous chances in the game, including two very good opportunities in the final 5 minutes, but were never able to even up the score.
Saint Mary's Women's Soccer Spring Season will continue April 13 & 14, as the Gaels will travel to Southern California to face UCLA and Long Beach State.