WSOC | Gaels Finish Season at Home Versus Pacific
Saint Mary's will play their final match of 2017 on Saturday against the Tigers.
By Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications
MORAGA, Calif. — The Gaels will conclude their 2017 season this Saturday as they host WCC rival Pacific in the final match of the year for both teams. The contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kick-off and will follow the men’s soccer match taking place just prior.
As the last home match of the season, Saint Mary’s will honor their seniors as part of “Senior Day” for their efforts while a part of the team. Those being honored include Jackie Dutton, Jaslyn Guillen, Hannah Diaz, Valerie LaForge, and Heather Seybert.
Tickets for the game can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Saint Mary's ticket office at (925) 631-GoTx. The live stream and stats can also be found via the Gaels' schedule page.
The Gaels will look to end the season on a high note against Pacific and find their first conference win since Oct. 1 against Gonzaga. Saint Mary’s is currently 2-5-1 in conference and 6-11-1 overall.
In their most recent match, SMC went down to the wire with No. 12 Pepperdine in an eventual scoreless double-overtime draw thanks to an 11 save performance from Maleah Milner. The Gaels’ freshman won WCC Player of the Week honors for her excellent play against the Waves and also against LMU just days earlier where she made two saves in 45 minutes of action.
The Tigers enter Saturday’s match at 5-12-2 overall and 2-6 in conference play. The team is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and are 1-5 in their last six contests.
Freshman Brynd Thorolfsdottir leads the team with four goals is tied with Alex Hussar for first in points with nine. Henriikka Makela has started the bulk of games in goal for the Tigers and has made 63 saves in 13 appearances.
Last season, the Tigers came away with a 1-0 win at home over the Gaels. Saint Mary’s has not defeated Pacific since 2014 in a 1-0 shutout in Stockton.
- Hannah Diaz is tied for fourth all-time among Gael goal scorers with 24 in her career.
- Diaz also ranks second in shots taken and fifth in points.
- Sunday’s shutout of Pepperdine was the Gaels’ fifth of the year.
- Pacific has taken 246 shots this year compared to 143 for Saint Mary’s.
- The Tigers are 1-6-2 on the road this year.
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