WSOC | Gaels Play Host to Santa Clara, San Francisco
Saint Mary's will look to rebound from two straight losses this weekend.
By Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications
MORAGA, Calif. — The Gaels will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend as they host Santa Clara and San Francisco on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches will played at 3:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
SMC has not competed in nearly two weeks as they last played BYU on Oct. 7. After starting conference play 2-0 this season, the Gaels have dropped their last two matches to San Diego and BYU. Saint Mary’s currently sits in fifth place in the conference standings.
Both matches will be livestreamed through theW.tv. Links to the stream as well as live stats can be found on the Gaels’ schedule page.
ABOUT SANTA CLARA
The Broncos come to Moraga with a 8-6-1 record and are 3-1 in conference action. SCU ranks 28th in the nation according to RPI and are victors of two straight against Portland and Gonzaga.
Santa Clara has averaged a shade under two goals per contest this season (1.87) but have surrendered nearly as many to their opponents (1.71). The Broncos’ defense has fared well of late, outside of a 5-0 loss to Pepperdine, and hasn’t allowed more than a goal in five of their last six matches.
SCU is led on offense by a dynamic set of freshmen in Julie Doyle and Kelsey Turnbow. Both first year forwards have six goals for the Broncos and Turnbow leads the team with 16 points. In goal, Melissa Lowder leads her team with 10 starts and has made 44 saves for a .710 save percentage.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons are 5-8-2 this season and are amidst a tough stretch, going 1-4 in their past five matches. Earlier this season, USF took down nationally-ranked Cal in a 1-0 decision in San Francisco.
The Dons have scored 15 goals this season and 12 of those have come by senior Sonja Giraud and redshirt junior Samantha Jehnings. Giraud and Jehnings also lead their team with 43 and 38 shots, respectively. Olivia Camera has played every minute in goal for San Francisco this year and has made 98 saves in her 15 starts.
Last year, the Dons defeated Saint Mary’s 2-0 in San Francisco. SMC has not beaten USF since 2013.
- Hannah Diaz is currently tied for fourth all-time in goals scored in Saint Mary’s history with 24.
- SMC has outshot their opponents in the first half, 54-53.
- Jaylen Crim scored her first goal of the season in the Gaels’ last match versus BYU.
- After Sunday’s match, the Gaels have just one more home contest, a Nov. 4 matchup against Pacific.
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