International Event Brings New Lessons

By Caitlin Graveson '11


Adam Cooper coaches the U.S. team in the 18th Maccabai Games.

Weekend Wins Bring SMC to 3-1

SMC is Victorious over UC Davis 3-1
March 14, 2009-- During much of the first half Saint Mary’s was down a goal, and it wasn’t until Kevin Clark knocked in the first goal that things started happening for the Gaels.  By half time Clark had managed to put in one more following an assist from Bryan Siu. With fifteen minutes remaining, Justin Kim made an assist to David Lopez to make the final score 3-1. “With the new additions to the spring roster, we definitely surprised Davis with a more powerful offense this game,” said Ernie Mejia.

Victory over UC Merced is an Exciting Finish for the Gaels

October 25th, 2008--The Gaels finished an exciting regular season with a 6-1 victory over UC Merced on October 25th. Ryan Corriveau, Brandon Cooper, Chris Khoury, Kevin Clark, and David Lopez each contributed goals for the Gaels. With the win over UC Merced, the team finished their regular season 5-2-1, and is currently waiting to see if they will qualify for regional competition.

Gaels Finish in 1-1 Tie Against Stanford

October 19th, 2008--Although the Stanford Cardinals scored early in the game, the Gael’s defense would hold Stanford to one goal for the duration of the game.  Junior Ernie Mejia tied the game off a corner flick from senior Ryan Klasilas. In the second half, a free kick by Kevin Clark nearly won the game for the Gaels. SMC is currently 4-2-1 heading into their season finale.

Gaels Beat UC Santa Cruz 2-1

October 18th, 2008--The SMC Gaels defeated UC Santa Cruz 2-1 on Saturday. Junior, Ryan Corriveau scored the first goal off a Kevin Clark throw in. The UCSC slugs tied the game before the half with a penalty kick.

The Gaels came out stronger than ever in the second half. Early on, Junior Ernie Mejia headed the ball down field, and after some ball movement by the Geals, senior Ryan Klasila headed in the game winning goal.

Road Trip to UOP results in 1-0 Victory for SMC

October 11, 2008--The SMC Gaels defeated UOP on Saturday in Stockton. With an assist from junior, Ernie Mejia, Kevin Clark scored the game winning goal. “The Gaels were strong during the whole game and out shot Pacific 15-2”, explained Mejia. “The Gaels played great and look forward to playing UC Santa Cruz and Stanford next week”.

Sophomore Adrian Amaral Finds the Net Against Chico

October 5, 2008: With an assist from freshman Emmanuel Camargo, Adrian Amaral found the net for the Gaels on Sunday, Oct. 5th in a 1-2 loss to Chico.

SMC Senior, Guillermo Trujillo Nets Game Winning Goal

September 21, 2008--Game winning defense and a first half goal by Senior, Guillermo Trujillo earned the Gaels a win against Chico in their final game of the Aztec Cup. “We had great composure and ball movement throughout the game”, explained sophomore Ernie Mejia. The Gaels finished strong this weekend, and are looking foward to their Fall Season.

Gaels Finish Strong at 3rd Annual Aztec Cup

September 21, 2008--The Gaels launched their 2008-09 season at the 3rd Annual Aztec Cup in San Diego over the weekend. SMC finished 2-1, defeating Pepperdine 4-0 and Chico State 1-0. The only loss SMC suffered was in a high paced match up with Fresno State (1-3). Finishing with a 2-1 record, the Gaels tied for first place in their bracket, missing out on the championship game by tie breaker.

SMC Senior, Ryan Klasila is Unfazed by Fresno State

September 20, 2008-- SMC Senior, Ryan Klasila found the net for the Gaels in the first round of the 3rd Annual Aztec Cup.  Although the Gaels suffered a 1-3 loss, they outshot their opponent 8-3, and maintained possession for most of the high paced game.

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