SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- When the Saint Mary's men's soccer team arrived on campus in early August, nearly every player passed the annual preseason fitness test.
Good thing since the Gaels appear destined to set a record for overtime games in a single season.
The Gaels and San Diego battled for 110 minutes but settled for a scoreless draw in front of 382 fans at Torero Stadium Sunday afternoon. It marked the eighth time this year and the sixth in its last seven outings that Saint Mary's has required overtime to determine the result of a match. On Friday, SMC suffered hearbreak when LMU scored the game-winner in the 110th minute in Los Angeles.
Saint Mary's emerged from Sunday's result with a 4-6-4 overall record and a 2-2-2 mark in West Coast Conference matches. Defending champion San Diego moved to 3-6-4 overall and 0-3-3 in league play.
Following today's WCC results, the Gaels are in sole possession of fifth place at the conclusion of the first half of the conference schedule with eight points. Loyola Marymount is at the top of the table with 13 points (4-1-1), while Gonzaga, Portland and Santa Clara are tied for the runner-up spot with nine points. San Francisco is sixth, while San Diego is seventh.
Statistically, Saint Mary's and the Toreros appeared fairly evenly matched. USD registered five shots on goal, compared to four for the Gaels and SMC committed just two more fouls (23-21) over the 110 minutes of play.
Saint Mary's goalkeeper Andre Rawls finished with five saves, giving him a massive total of 16 over the course of the team's two matches in Southern California over the weekend.
Junior defender Bobby Conner led the Gaels with three overall shots, with two requiring a save from USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo. Michael Semenza was the only other Gael with more than one shot attempt in the match.
Each team earned three yellow card cautions from referee Jesus Cisneros.
The Gaels have played into overtime eight times in its 14 matches this season, just one shy of the apparent school record of nine in 2009. SMC has gone into a second overtime period five times and on three occasions battled to a scoreless draw.
After a week off from competition, the Gaels return home on Nov. 1 to host LMU in a 3 p.m. match at Saint Mary's Stadium. San Diego visits Moraga on Nov. 3 in a 2 p.m. kickoff.
Single match tickets, as well as team and group packages, are available in advance by visiting the Tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689).