Jessica Ko and the Gaels will travel to San Jose State before hosting Samford on Sunday.
Jessica Ko and the Gaels will travel to San Jose State before hosting Samford on Sunday.
WSOC | Gaels Aim to Keep Momentum Versus San Jose State, Samford
Release: Tuesday 09/12/2017 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary's women's soccer team (3-4) approaches the final stretch of the non conference schedule, as the Gaels visit San Jose State (2-4) on Friday, Sept. 15, and host Samford (2-5-1) on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thursday's kickoff at Spartan Soccer Field is set for 2 p.m., as live stats for the match can be followed HERE. The Gaels and Spartans tied in the last meeting, 1-1, on Sept. 11, 2015.

The Gaels will host Samford at 12 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium. Live stats versus the bulldogs can be found HERE or by going onto the women's soccer schedule.

YOUTH CLINIC INFO

Head Coach Travis Clarke and the players will hold a free youth clinic before Sunday's match. The clinic will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m., providing youth ages 5-12 an opportunity to learn from the Gaels and play with a bounce house. Tickets to the match are available HERE. Use the promo code GOAL17 to get the day's package for $10.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

The Gaels are coming off an impressive 2-0 win over UC Riverside. Senior striker Hannah Diaz leads SMC with four goals on the season, as she became just the ninth Gael to score at least 20 goals in her career. She currently ranks solo seventh in all-time history for goals scored. Diaz also leads SMC in shots (16), points (9) and shots on goal (7).

Jaylen Crim continues to put pressure on opposing defenses, as the second year striker is second on the squad with 11 shots and five shots on goal. In total, SMC has scored seven goals through seven matches.

Sophomore keeper Sarah Sawatzky now has an overall record, 3-3, after recording her second clean sheet in the win over the Highlanders. Sawatzky now has 23 saves through six games after facing 58 shots.

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE

The Spartans are coming off an impressive 1-0 win over Cal Poly. San Jose State recorded a 3-0 win over Eastern Washington for its first win of 2017.

San Jose State is averaging a goal per game and have 25 shots on goal through six games. The Spartans are averaging 11 shots per game. Dorthe Hoppius and Jamilecxth Beccera lead the Spartans with two goals apiece. Hoppius is the current leader of the Spartans with five total points.

Stronger as the game goes, the Spartans have outscored their opponents, 5-3, in the second half of matches.

ABOUT SAMFORD

The Bulldogs stand at 2-5-1 on the season but are 2-1-1 in their last four contests. The team was victorious in their most recent match against Western Kentucky in a 1-0 decision. Before coming to Moraga on Sunday, Samford will take on nearby UC Davis on Friday.

Samford's offense is led by senior Jermaine Seoposenwe who has five goals and two assists thus far. As a team, the Bulldogs are averaging over 17 shots per game while limiting their opponents to under 10. Senior Anna Maddox has notched 26 saves in eight games as Samford's starting goalie. 


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