Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's soccer team battled back from a one-goal first half deficit to tie the No. 2 ranked Portland Pilots 1-1 on Saturday to end the 2010 season, snapping the Pilots 27-game WCC winning streak. Freshman Jordan Marada scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 66th minute to give the Gaels the 1-1 tie.
The tie for the SMC is the first positive result for the Gaels against the Pilots since 2001, when the Gaels knocked off the third ranked Pilots 1-0 in Portland.
Portland (18-1-1/6-0-1 WCC) got on the board first early in the opening period, as the Pilots' Danielle Foxhoven scored her seventh goal of the season in the 14th minute off a put-back following a Taylor Brooke shot. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Sarah Peters made the initial save, but Foxhoven was there to put the ball in for the Pilots.
The Gaels (8-7-4/2-4-1 WCC) and the Pilots battled to a fairly even first half, as each team had four shots in the period. Peters and Portland goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung each had two saves in the first half.
The Gaels would not quit against the second ranked Pilots, and continued to put the pressure on Portland in the second half. SMC broke through in the 66th minute, as last week's Co-WCC Player of the Week, Jordan Marada, came through again in the clutch. After the keeper cleared the ball off a corner kick, freshman Mackenzie Ring headed the ball back towards the 18-yard box to the feet of sophomore Caroline Kreuz. Kreuz played the ball thru to Marada who struck a laser to the far left post from 17 yards out, giving the Portland goalkeeper no chance at the ball.
The Gaels out-shot the Pilots 6-5 in the second half, but neither team could find the back of the net. SMC goalkeeper Peters came up huge for the Gaels at the end of regulation, pushing a 15-yard shot by Foxhoven over the goal in the 83rd minute.
Portland threatened to take the win in OT, when Peters made the save of the game with two seconds left in the first overtime period. With Portland putting the pressure on the Gaels, Peters came off her line to make a 1v1 save against Michelle Cruz to keep the game tied at one.
The Gaels out-shot the Pilots 2-0 in the second overtime period, with Marada inches away from giving SMC the win in 106th minute. After a nice build up from the Gaels, Marada took a shot from 20 yards out that beat DeYoung, but hit the corner of the right post and bounced away from the goal.
Portland out-shot the Gaels 13-12. Marada led SMC with six shots and two on goal, while Melinda Madden and Alex Ciliento had two shots each. Foxhoven paced the Pilots with five shots and three on goal, while Cruz and Taylor Brooke had two shots each.
Peters finished the game with five saves and one goal allowed, while DeYoung had two saves and one goal allowed as well.
With the tie, Saint Mary's finishes the season with an 8-7-4 overall record, its first winning season since 2001.
- The 8-7-4 record gives SMC their first winning season since 2001.
- The 2-4-1 WCC record is the best for the Gaels since 2005.
- Saint Mary's scored the only goal on Portland in conference play for the second consecutive year.
- The Gaels did not lose in overtime this year, going 2-0-4 in six overtime games.