“The No. 1 thing was the shutout,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “It’s something we worked on all of preseason… but also three class-act goals.”
Saint Mary’s got on the board first as Caroline Beaulne scored from 10 yards out on assists from Vicki Shimkus and Mary Fraser. The goal turned out to be the game-winning goal as SMC led 1-0 in the 28th minute.
The Gaels would hold a 1-0 lead at the break, with SMC holding a 9-5 edge in shots.
Kaeli Schmidt earned the shutout with three saves in her first collegiate match.
“They got the result today but we will have to play much better on Sunday,” said Edwards. “We are on the road playing a top-25 team.”
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Sunday when it travels to No. 11 San Diego State at 1:00 p.m.