MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team played strong defense and earned a 1-0 victory over a strong New Mexico team on Friday afternoon in the Saint Mary’s College Classic. In the 57th minute, Briana Campos got behind the defense and took a pass from Samantha Dion to score the only goal of the match.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 3-4 and 2-0 at home this season. The Gaels will have a chance to capture the Classic championship on Sunday when it takes on Lehigh at 2:00 p.m.
“It was important to come out quickly and get the shutout… it puts us in position to be successful and today that is what we did,” said head coach Kai Edwards. “We played hard defensively and really did not give them any good looks. We gave ourselves a chance with a quality look and a quality goal and shut them out.”
The match was even throughout as the final shot total was 6-5 in favor of New Mexico. The Gaels held the Lobos to just one shot in the second half.
In the 57th minute, Campos took a pass from Dion and got the ball over the keeper from about 10 yards out.
Kaeli Schmidt earned the 90 minute shutout with four saves.
In the earlier game, Pacific and Lehigh played to a 1-1 tie.
On Sunday, Pacific will face New Mexico at 11:00 a.m. The Gaels will host Lehigh at 2:00 p.m.