Northern California is a hub for competitive soccer. At Saint Mary's College, Club Soccer is one of the most popular club sports on campus. As members of the West Coast Soccer Association, Saint Mary’s plays regionally against tremendous collegiate club programs.
Gaels Tie Cal Team 2-2
On March 10, Saint Mary's hosted UC Berkeley at Garaventa soccer field. This was a rematch for the Gaels after being shut out in Berkeley during the fall. The home team started brightly and had several opportunities to open the scoring during the first 10 minutes. After 12 minutes, the Gaels took the lead when Colin Gurley hooked home a ball from just inside the box. The Golden Bears began to apply more pressure on the home team's goal and several important saves were required from Christian Habelt. With just a minute to go before half time, Cal pulled the score level. Saint Mary's opened strongly in the second half, getting off several sharp shots from crosses. The Golden Bears assumed the ascendency as the half wore on and with 15 minutes remaining earned a penalty, which they converted. Down 2-1, with little time left in the match, the Gaels adjusted their lineup to push more and more players forward in search of an equalizer. With a couple of minutes to go, full back Anthony Tangredi burst into the box after rounding his man and slotted a negative ball to the lurking Brandon Guirguis who calmly sidefooted past the sprawling visiting goalkeeper. The 2-2 final was a good result for Saint Mary's against a talented Cal team that played in the 2012 open division national championship game.
Gaels Come Up Just Short Against Chico State
This past weekend, the Gaels came up a goal short vs Chico State. The Gaels worked hard and tied the game just before finishing the first half. Brendan Guirguis finished a great ball which strated being passed around from the Gaels' defence. Tied at 1-1, both teams went into the second half working hard. Chico managed to score a goal and keep the lead until the end with a final score of 2-1.
The team is ready to play their next game vs UC Berkeley on Sunday, March 10th on the Saint Mary's turf.
The Gaels will look to qualify for regionals at Cal at the end of the season.