For the first time ever, the men’s soccer team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in the conference. The Gaels lost 0–3 to Stanford in the first round, but they finished the season with a 10–5–5 overall record, the best record in Saint Mary’s history.
"We had a great season and we’ve raised the expectations of our program,” said head coach Adam Cooper.
The Gaels broke multiple single-season records. Eight players were named to various All-West Coast Conference teams, while Cooper was named WCC Coach of the Year and junior Jordan Grider was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Grider, who could not compete in the postseason tournament due to injury, started in all but one game for the Gaels, and he was an instrumental part of SMC’s second place WCC finish this season. He set a new Saint Mary’s single-season record with seven shutouts and a 0.93 goals against average, which is second best in a single season. Grider was also named to the All-WCC First Team.
Cooper led the team to its first 10-win season. His Coach of the Year honors is also a first in Gael soccer history.
Dylan Leslie was named to the All-WCC First Team after an outstanding season, posting a career-high 15 points on three goals and nine assists, the second time he has earned first team honors in his career. Freshmen Jose Cabeza and Trevor Newquist were named to the All-Freshman Team.