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MSOC | Gaels, Tigers Draw in Physical Match

Nov. 4, 2017
Final Stats

MORAGA, Calif. -- In a battle of West Coast Conference contenders, Saint Mary's men's soccer (5-6-4, 2-2-1 WCC) and Pacific (11-3, 3-1 WCC) fought hard to a scoreless 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium.

In a defensive stalemate during the first half, both teams struggled to find sufficient scoring chances. The Gaels nearly broke the tie in the 17th minute as Jakub Svehlik's shot in the 18 yard box was saved by Pacific's keeper Curtis Goldsmith.

In the opening 45 minutes, the two teams combined for seven shots with just one on frame.

With a little over 20 minutes remaining, the Gaels had their best chance of the game at that point, as Lucas Andrews beat his defender and the keeper down the left side of the box, but saw his shot saved on the goal line by a sliding Tigers defender.

At the 76th minute mark, Stephen Dougherty curled a free kick just outside the 18 yard box that found the fingertips of the Tigers keeper and bounced off the left post.

Both squads pushed in the overtime periods, firing off a combined nine shots in the last 20 minutes of the match. The Tigers had their best chance of the match with just a minute remaining, but Remi Prieur came up big with a strong save to force the corner kick and the 0-0 draw.

QUICK NOTES

  • Today marked the 12th all-time meeting between the Gaels and Tigers. 
  • Saint Mary's owns the all-time record at 5-4-3.
  • Gaels have won the last five matchups before today's match. 
  • Saint Mary's defense held Pacific with no shots in the first 20 minutes of the match.
  • Sixth match of the year to go to extra time.
UP NEXT: SENIOR DAY
  • Saint Mary's will play their regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 11 versus Portland.
  • Before kickoff, the Gaels will honor their seven seniors for a Senior Day celebration.
  • Tickets to attend Saint Mary's men's soccer final home match of 2017 are available for purchase. Tickets are available online here or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTX (4689).

 

 

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