MORAGA, Calif. -- For the seventh time in the last eight seasons, the Saint Mary's and Santa Clara men's soccer teams required overtime to determine the winner.
Today, however, marked the first time since 2006 the Broncos have emerged victorious in those matches as a 97th minute goal by Edson Cardona gave Santa Clara a 2-1 victory in front of 504 spectators at sun-drenched Saint Mary's Stadium.
The loss dropped Saint Mary's to 4-5-3 on the season, but the Gaels remain in a tie with Loyola Marymount at the top of the West Coast Conference standings with a 2-1-1 mark. Santa Clara improved to 5-7-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
The Gaels return to action next weekend when they travel to Southern California for match at LMU (Friday, 5:30 p.m.) and San Diego (Sunday, 2 p.m.). SMC returns home Nov. 1 to host LMU at 3 p.m. For advance tickets, group and team plans, contact the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689) or visit the Tickets link on SMCGaels.com.
Santa Clara enjoyed a slight 12-10 lead in shots, but seven of the Gaels' attempts were on goal as compared to five for the Broncos. SCU keeper Kendall McIntosh was forced into six saves, while SMC junior Andre Rawls registered three.
Santa Clara committed 20 fouls in the match and accumulated one yellow card. SMC was called for 15 fouls and four yellow cards.
Santa Clara took the lead in the 76th minute when Harrison Hanley received a pass from Jared Hegardt after a long throw, found himself in a 1v1 situation with Rawls and placed the shot into the right side of the goal.
In the 86th minute, Saint Mary's equalized when redshirt freshman Carlo Eikani broke free in the penalty area, claimed a pass from Michael Semenza and scored past McIntosh for his third goal of the season.
The two teams entered overtime for the third-straight meeting after both matchups last season required extra time.
In the 97th minute, another long throw by the Broncos found Hanley and he passed it to Cardona for the game-winner.