“It’s important and very difficult to win on the road in conference,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “Tonight we were the better team and got what we earned out of the match. This is the field we want to play on, wide and flat. We were able to get the ball wide and get two crosses and finishes.”
The Gaels got on the board right out of the gate, scoring on Samantha Dion’s first goal of the year. Caroline Beaulne assisted on the goal as Dion shot from the left side of the box and sent it near the far post for the 1-0 lead.
In the 23rd minute, Briana Campos scored her team-high fifth goal of the season, assisted by Beaulne and Dion.
LMU pulled within 2-1 in the 36th minute on a nice place coming off a long cross pass into the box.
The Gaels iced the game in the 65th minute as Melissa Madrid cleaned up a rebound in the box, started by Anne Whipple’s corner kick for the 3-1 score.
The Gaels were outshot 22-9 in the match, and 11-5 on shots on goal. Kaeli Schmidt was strong in goal, facing all 22 shots and making 10 saves in 90 minutes of action.
LMU’s goal was by Etajha Gilmer, her first of the year.
Not only was it the first SMC win on the LMU campus since the 99 season, it also ended a string of six straight winless outings against the Lions.
Saint Mary’s is now 6-9, and 2-2 in West Coast Conference action and takes on Pepperdine on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.