Steven Taunk, '12, Photo by Sheri Batten
April 19, 2009-- The Gaels were knocked out of the playoffs this past Saturday (4/18) by Army at Life University in Atlanta, GA. Army came out in full force in the first half, putting up four unanswered tries on the Gaels. Facing a 0-26 score, Saint Mary's found their form and began to attack in the second half.
The Gaels scoring streak started when Austin Mount crossed the goal line to put the Gaels on the board. Afterwards, Chad Clark used his fantastic running skills to beat the Army defense to score two back to back tries for the Gaels. Within the last minutes of the game, Rob Carlson found a gap in the Army defense to put the Gaels within one score.
The loss set up a Saint Mary's vs. University of Tennessee match-up on Sunday. The Gaels drew first blood as Gaels moved down field to set up Jake Holguin with the successful penalty kick. The match was hard fought and both teams seemed determined to go home with the win.
At the half, Saint Mary's lead by a narrow margin of 13-5. In a great counter effort, Tennessee came back to capture the lead with only ten minutes left to play. With the game at 20-15, Saint Mary's took advantage of a penalty tap situation, as the Gaels showed great ball movement to get the ball to out wide to Jake Holguin who put the ball down under the post in textbook fashion. With only a few minutes left to play, Saint Mary's was able to hold off Tennessee's final push and end their season with a win in the Round of Sixteen.
The Gaels end their 2008-2009 season with a record of 21-2-1.