The Gaels men’s and women’s soccer teams had a lot in common with each other this weekend- Both played their final home match, both honored seniors on the field, and both teams earned significant wins.
The Women’s Soccer team finished their season at home Saturday afternoon against Loyola Marymount. The Gaels earned a 2-1 victory, closing out their year with three wins in their final four matches. SMC’s three wins against the WCC, one of the toughest conferences in the country, are the most the program has earned in 13 years.
Before the match, the team honored six student-athletes who played their final match as a Gael. Those seniors are- Julia McDonald, Jessica Imbrie, Samantha Dion, Morgan Darling, Kiana Quarles and Mary Fraser.
The Men’s Soccer team played their final home match of the year, a contest against Gonzaga. The Gaels needed a win in order to keep their WCC Championship hopes alive. When the pressure was on, the team executed winning 3-1.
To finish the season, the Gaels will play at Portland with the hopes of a WCC Championship still alive! If Saint Mary’s wins and if Pacific loses or draws (at Gonzaga), the Gaels will win the WCC Championship and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels last won the WCC Championship in 2011 and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Watch or follow along as the Gaels and Pilots face off at 7 p.m. Saturday.