MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's and Sacramento State went toe-to-toe for 110 minutes Saturday afternoon, but neither team could find the back of the net in a scoreless draw at Saint Mary's Stadium.
The Gaels move to 2-2-1 on the season and return to action Friday evening in a 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) kickoff at nationally-ranked Northwestern in the Lakeside Classic. Saint Mary's will also face Northern Illinois on Sunday - both matches will take place in Evanston, Ill. and links to live coverage are available on SMCGaels.com.
Gaels' sophomore goalkeeper Lucas Champenois was handed his first start of the season today against the Hornets and didn't disappoint. The Mountain View, Calif. native registered four saves and directed a defensive effort that earned him his first career shutout.
Offensively, Saint Mary's outshot Sacramento State by a narrow 17-14 margin and 10 of the Gaels' shots were on frame compared to just six by the Hornets. Sophomore Cory Schmidt and junior Ismail Adam each led the Gaels with three shots apiece. Reserve midfielder Will Kendall saw both of his shot attempts find the frame, while junior defender Bobby Conner also took two shots.
Among the chances the Gaels' nearly converted in overtime was a header by Schmidt in the 107th minute. Redshirt freshman Carlo Eikani took the ball down the right side and drove a cross into the area. Schmidt came near post and and connected on a header that went just wide of the goal.
A pair of Saint Mary's newcomers earned their first action as Gaels, both in a starting role.
Sophomore Matt Reiser and freshman Justin Schrager were among the seven changes in head coach Adam Cooper's starting XI after the Gaels dropped a disappointing 1-0 decision at home to UC Davis on Friday.
In addition to Champenois, classmate Alan Williams earned his fifth career start and first of the year. Freshman Rafael Sanchez returned to the starting lineup after missing the UC Davis game due to a red card he received at CSU Northridge the previous week, while Ever De La Torre and Gerardo Mendoza also returned to the lineup after coming off the bench against the Aggies.
A total of 10 freshmen or sophomores, including five true first-uyear players, were among the Gaels' starting lineup. Conner was the only upperclassman to earn a start.