SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — In the 2017 opener, Saint Mary's men's soccer displayed a solid, physical team performance on both halves of the field, as both defenses came up big en route to a 0-0 double-overtime draw versus UC Santa Barbara Friday night at Harder Stadium.
With today's draw, both the Gaels and the Gauchos move to 0-0-1 on the season.
Saint Mary's jumped out quick offensively, as Jake Rudel fired a shot on goal at the 4:18 mark. At the 17 minute mark, the Gaels had another solid shot at the Gauchos goal, as senior captain Max Mirner had his shot saved by UCSB's Alan Carillo.
SMC kept the offensive pressure going in the second half, and nearly capitalized with over 30 minutes to go. Jakub Svehlik delivered a curling shot that was sent just over the crossbar by Carillo's fingertips for a Gaels corner kick. The Gauchos had two quality chances in the 75th minute, but quick reactions by Remi Prieur and Mirner prevented UCSB from cracking the net.
In both overtime periods, the Gaels were the aggressors as UCSB did not fire a single shot in the last 20 minutes of play. For the game, SMC outshot UCSB, 15-8, and had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Gaels started the game with three newcomers in the backline (Sem Kroon, Tobias Clauss and Filippo Zattarin).
- Prieur made his ninth career start and now holds a 3-3-2 record.
- Gaels had three yellow cards compared to one for UCSB.
- SMC played 10 underclassmen versus the Gauchos.
- Gaels had six overtime matches in 2016.
- Last 0-0 double overtime draw in non-conference came on Sept. 29, 2013 versus San Jose State.
- First draw in series history versus the Gauchos.
UP NEXT: CSUN
Saint Mary's will travel down to face reigning Big West Champion, and NCAA tournament participant CSUN on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. Live stats versus the Matadors can be found HERE, as a live stream can be found on the Big West conference website or by clicking HERE.
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