MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team enjoyed its first 10-win season since 2001, highlighted by an upset win on the road at No. 15 UC Irvine. The Gaels faced six teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Santa Clara, San Diego, Portland, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and New Mexico).
The Gaels finished the year with a 10-8-2 overall record, 7-3-1 mark at Saint Mary's Stadium and 9-2-1 record in non-conference matches. While the Gaels finished in 7th place in the West Coast Conference, Saint Mary's was competitive in each WCC match, dropping four matches by one goal and scoring a goal in every conference match.
In addition to the Gaels' 2-1 upset win at UCI, the Gaels also had an impressive season opening 1-1 tie at New Mexico. Saint Mary's won its own tournament in September, defeating Virginia Commonwealth and Utah. Christina Tognetti was the Tournament MVP, while she was joined on the all-tournament team by Jordan Marada, Caroline Kreuz and Kate Brenot.
In conference play, the Gaels led No. 14 Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium as the Broncos honored their prestigious alumni. SMC took the Broncos to overtime before dropping a 2-1 decision. Saint Mary's also scored four goals at Portland, the most goals scored at Merlo Field since the 1992 season (North Carolina).
One of the final highlights of the year came at San Francisco as the Gaels defeated the Dons 1-0 for their 10th win of the year. Tognetti scored in the 40th minute and the Gaels got a great save from Brenot as Saint Mary's finished off the shutout.
The Gaels proved to be the top passing team in the conference, leading the WCC in assists with 37 (1.85 apg). Marada tied for the WCC lead in points (all games) with 30 points while Tognetti finished fifth with 21 points. The SMC duo finished tied for first and fourth, respectively, in goal scoring .
Marada also finished the year with 12 assists which was second in the WCC and tied the school record (Monika Larsson, 1994). Marada's 30 points was the eighth highest single-season mark in school history.
Saint Mary's loses just two seniors in Alyssa Stearns and Ashley Soro.