Saint Martin’s Men earn first-ever win over Chico State

Saint Martin’s Men earn first-ever win over Chico State

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Derek Gonzales attacks for the Saints. (SMU / Aaron Bama)

LACEY, WA– (school release) The Saint Martin’s University men’s soccer team scored two goals in the first, and took a 3-2 win over Chico State Monday afternoon at the SMU Soccer Field. This was the first win in school history over the Wildcats.

Since the 2008 season, the Saints have never defeated Chico State and that all changed today. This was the third time SMU faced the Wildcats in Lacey and came out on top. SMU lost in Lacey to Chico State 2-0 in 2013 and lost 1-0 in California in 2014.

Against the Wildcats today, the Saints scored their first goal of the game at 6:37 after a loose ball off of the keeper that was dribbled into the goal by Kyle Witzel. That is his first goal of the season.

SMU scored again at 15:23 after a foul in the box and Kaleb Strawn took the penalty kick and passed Chico State’s goalkeeper and into the upper right-hand side of the goal.

Saint Martin’s went into the half with a 2-0 lead and with 2:22 into the second half, Omar Nuno passed the ball up to Matt Hurlow, who kicked the ball into the net and past SMU’s goalkeeper.

The Saints answered that goal with one of their own after Derrick Gonzales kicked the ball and it was deflected off the goalkeeper but he followed the ball and kicked it into the lower-left side of the net.

Omar Nuno of the Wildcats scored the last goal at 83:52 that went past SMU goalkeeper Griffin Small.

Small was playing his first minutes in a Saint Martin’s uniform and played 13:47 minutes. SMU started senior Nick Rosato, who had 10 saves.

Chico State recorded 25 shots to the Saints 11. Andrew Matthews was in the goal for the Wildcats and had two saves.

This was the third game for the Saints since Thursday after playing some difficult competition in University of California, San Diego and California State University, Los Angeles.

“Got to give both teams a lot of credit for playing two games in 48 hours and in our case three games in 96 hours,” said Director of Soccer Rob Walker. “That’s a lot of soccer and a lot of soccer for this time of the year. We scored three good goals, had some great performances, made some nice adjustments and at the end our fitness showed. Give full credit to the boys for getting four points in three tough games featuring CCAA teams. This really points the way for us going into conference”

Saint Martin’s is back in action on the road on Sept. 12 at Pacific University for a 7 p.m. game and will open conference play on Sept. 19 at home against Seattle Pacific at 3 p.m.

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