MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team claimed its own tournament with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Utah on Sunday afternoon. Jordan Marada scored the game-winner in the 87th minute and Christina Tognetti scored a goal and assisted on the winning goal.
Tognetti was named tournament Most Valuable Player as she joined Marada, Kate Brenot and Caroline Kreuz on the All-Tournament Team.
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 6-1-1, while Utah drops to 2-4-1. In the first game of the day, Virginia Commonwealth defeated UC Riverside by a 1-0 score in the second overtime.
The Gaels got on the board early, exactly two minutes into the game. Marada took a corner kick from the left corner and Tognetti put in the score from short range to put the Gaels up 1-0.
The score would remain 1-0 until the halftime break with both teams taking several shots. SMC held a 6-5 shots advantage at the break and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
The second half saw both teams take opportunities at goals. Utah would break through and tie the game in the 71st minute as McKel Wall scored from 20 yards out near the top of the box. Allie Wisner had the assist.
Utah would have five corner kicks in the second half compared to three by the Gaels. In the 87th minute, Melinda Madden sent a cross into the box which Tognetti then headed the ball to Marada. Marada would then put the ball over the keeper into the net with a little chip shot to give SMC the 2-1 lead.
The Gaels were able to shutout the Utes the rest of the way to notch the victory. For the game, SMC outshot Utah 13-10 and both squads attempted six shots on goal.
Brenot finished the game with five saves while Utah goalie Hannah Turpen had four saves.
Lauren McQuiston led the Gaels with four shots and two on goal. Marada took three shots and finished the game with her goal and assist.
For the Utes, Wall and Robison took two shots each.
The complete Saint Mary's Tournament All-Tournament team included Tognetti (MVP, SMC), Marada (SMC), Brenot (SMC), Kreuz (SMC), Wall (Utah), Robison (Utah), Lauren Dudley (Utah), Lindsey Ahmed (UCR), Deborah Musa (UCR), Maren Johansen (VCU) and Meaghan Dullea (VCU).
Saint Mary's is back in action on Friday, September 16 when they face UC Irvine on the UCI campus.