MSOC | Saint Mary's To Face Pacific on Saturday
The Gaels and Tigers will square off in the second-to-last regular season match of the year for SMC.
By Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications
MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary’s continues their homestand this weekend with their penultimate regular season match against a tough WCC rival in Pacific on Saturday. Live stream and stats for the noon contest can be found on the Gaels’ schedule page.
The Gaels are 5-6-4 this season and 2-2-1 in conference after a successful past weekend where they shutout Loyola Marymount 5-0 and managed a 2-2 draw against WCC leader San Diego. With a hat trick against the Lions, Jake Rudel now leads the team with six goals this year while Joseph Restani picked up two assists to tie for second the team in points with eight.
Saint Mary’s heavy shot advantage that has been present throughout the season is finally paying off as the team has scored 11 goals in their last four matches. The Gaels have outshot their opponents 214-143 this year.
The Tigers sit at second in the conference standings at 3-1 and are 11-3 overall. The team ranks 26th in RPI and also received votes in the coaches’ poll to land just outside the top-25. Pacific has won three straight matches over WCC foes although two of those wins have come in overtime.
Despite averaging under 11 shots per contest, the Tigers have scored 28 goals in their 14 matches. Three players on Pacific hold the team-lead for goals with five each and ten different Tigers have tallied a goal during the season. Senior goalkeeper Curtis Goldsmith has started every match for his squad and has five clean sheets to his credit.
In last year’s matchup between the two teams, Saint Mary’s was victorious with a 2-1 decision in Stockton. Pacific hasn’t beaten SMC since joining the WCC in 2014 and the last time Saint Mary’s lost to the Tigers was in 1982.
- Saturday’s matchup is the 12th time the two teams have played.
- Saint Mary’s owns the all-time record at 5-4-2.
- The Gaels have scored at least one goal in their last eight matches.
- SMC ranks first in the WCC in shots per game and second in corner kicks (80).
- Pacific has committed the least amount of fouls this season among WCC teams (148).
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