By: Nadine Masarweh
SMC Athletic Communications
MORAGA, Calif. — After a long fought battle in the scorching heat that reached past triple digits, the Gaels (1-0-2) tied the match, 3-3, versus Detroit Mercy (2-0-1) in the second draw of the season Saturday afternoon.
The Gaels got off to a strong start with the first goal lead by sophomore forward Joseph Restani. In the first half of the match, both teams faced back to back goals from Detroit midfielder Adam Clauss, and Saint Mary's forward Jake Rudel. To end the first half, Detroit forward Spiro Pilakos fired a shot to bind the half, 2-2.
With just 15 minutes into the 2nd half, defender Filippo Zattarin slipped a goal past the Titans keeper which was assisted by midfielders Ever De La Torre and Stephen Dougherty. The battle was not over yet, as Titans forward Tyler Moorman scored the equalizer with a penalty kick in the 89th minute, tying the match 3-3.
The action continued as Saint Mary's battled into overtime with four shot attempts. Despite five shots in the two overtime periods, the Gaels could not capitalize on the opportunities, as the match finished in the 3-3 draw.
- Saint Mary's (1-0): The Gaels struck first with six minutes in the first half by Restani, assisted by forward Anders Engebresten.
- Detroit Mercy (1-1): At the 9:49 mark, Adam Clauss tied the game with a free kick 25 yards out.
- Saint Mary's (2-1): Engebretsen recorded his second assist of the game to Rudel who shot a one touch volley into the top right hand corner of the net.
- Detroit Mercy (2-2): With 27 minutes into the first half, Pliakos found the top right corner by Tyler Moorman.
- Saint Mary's (3-2): Zattarin tapped the ball into the backend of the net, assisted by both mid-fielders De La Torre and Dougherty.
- Detroit Mercy (3-3): After a Gael foul in the 18 yard box, Moorman successfully converted the penalty kick at the 89:57 mark.
- First time the Gaels scored three goals since Nov. 6, 2016 versus Gonzaga (W, 3-1).
- Second draw of 2017 season.
- The Gaels netted 29 shots, the most attempted since Oct. 16 2016.
- Goalie Remi Prieur, Zattarin, Sem Kroon, Max Mirner, Tobias Clauss, Jakub Svehlik took on 110 minutes in today's match.
- Gaels totaled 6 offsides while the Titans tallied two.
- Today's physical match ended with 25 fouls.
- Freshman Maxwell Kleeman finished with his career high of 23 minutes played.
- Saint Mary's will travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans on Sep. 7 at 4 p.m.
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