MSOC | Gaels Return Home, Host LMU and San Diego
Saint Mary's will play their remaining schedule at home beginning on Friday with LMU.
By Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications
MORAGA, Calif. — After a month-long stretch of road games, the Gaels finally return to Moraga with four conference matches at home to close out the season. Kicking off the homestand this weekend, Saint Mary’s will host Loyola Marymount and San Diego on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Friday’s contest will start at 3:30 p.m. while Sunday’s match will begin at 1 p.m. Live streams and stats for both games can be found on the Gaels’ schedule page.
A homestand has been long overdue for Saint Mary’s as the team has played only three of their 13 contests this season in Moraga. The Gaels are undefeated in those three games at 1-0-2. In their last home match, Jake Rudel scored an early goal just minutes into the first half to propel SMC to a 1-0 win over Sacramento State.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
LMU enters the weekend at 3-9-2 with a 1-2 conference record. The Lions are most recently coming off a 3-0 loss to Portland and are 0-6-1 away from their home field.
Guiding the LMU offense is senior Alvaro Madrigal who leads the team in goals (3), points (9), and shots (50). Despite being outscored 24-12 this season, the Lions are outshooting their opponents and have taken 33 more corner kicks. In goal, Collin Partee has made 63 saves in 11 starts for his squad.
Last year, LMU defeated the Gaels with an overtime goal in a 2-1 decision. The two teams are 2-2-1 against each other dating back five seasons with both of Loyola Marymount’s wins coming in overtime.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
The Toreros sit at the top of the conference with a 2-0-1 WCC record and are 8-3-2 overall. USD are 5-0-1 in their past six matches including a 3-1 thumping over UCLA in their last match. San Diego is ranked 24th in the country by RPI and sits just outside the top-25 in the coaches’ poll.
The Toreros boast a strong defense having allowed only 11 goals in total this season. Thomas Olsen has started every match in goal for San Diego and has five shutouts and 48 saves thus far. Sophomore Miguel Berry leads USD on offense with five goals and four assists.
San Diego defeated Saint Mary’s 2-1 last season and has won the last three decisions between the two clubs.
Prior to Sunday’s contest, the Gaels will recognize San Diego’s head coach Seamus McFadden who is retiring after 39 seasons at the helm for the Toreros. In addition, Saint Mary’s will recognize former Saint Mary’s men’s soccer alumni during halftime.
- SMC has outshot their opponents by 53 this season.
- Nine of the Gaels’ 14 goals have come in the second half.
- Anders Engebretsen leads the team in assists (4) and points (8).
- Six Gaels have at least 15 shots this season.
- SMC has had a conference win percentage over .500 in each of the past three seasons.
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