MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team's 2011 season came to a close with a 4-1 loss to Brigham Young on Saturday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels still finish with their first 10-win season since 2001.
The Gaels finish the year with a 10-8-2 overall mark and 1-6-1 West Coast Conference record. Brigham Young improves to 11-5-3, 5-2-1 WCC and will wait to see if it makes the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection.
Daelyn Paul scored her second goal of the year on a double assist from Vicki Shimkus and Jordan Marada. The assist was Marada's 12th of the year, tying the single-season school record (Monika Larsson, 1994). Marada's 30 points in 2011 is the eighth highest single-season mark at SMC.
BYU got off to a quick start with goals in the 9th and 13 minute. Carlee Payne and Jessica Ringwood scored the goals to give the Cougars a 2-0 edge. In the 28th minute, Niki Fernandes scored on a cross from five yards out to give BYU a 3-0 lead. After Payne scored the first goal, she had assists on the next two for BYU.
Saint Mary's scored its goal in the 37th minute as Daelyn Paul got the ball in close range after passes from Shimkus and Marada. SMC trailed 3-1 at the break.
In the first-half, the squads were tied with seven shots apiece and one corner kick each. Fouls were 3-3 in the first-half.
Both teams attempted several shots in the second-half, 18 by the Cougars and eight by the Gaels. BYU got the only goal of the second-half as Rachel Manning scored off a rebound on a free kick by Lindsi Lisonbee.
For the match, BYU outshot SMC 25-15 as Kate Brenot had eight saves and McKinzie Olson had seven saves. SMC held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks and BYU committed nine fouls compared to seven by the Gaels.
Marada led SMC with six shots while Kaytlyn Steele fired off three shots. Paul and Kreuz took two shots apiece.
For BYU, Niki Fernandes and Jaiden Thornock took five shots each.
Before the opening kickoff, Saint Mary's held a Senior Day Ceremony for Alyssa Stearns and Ashley Soro, both playing in their final collegiate matches. Stearns and Soro both played the entire 90 minutes for the Gaels.