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Christina Tognetti scored her seventh goal of the year against the Toreros.
Christina Tognetti scored her seventh goal of the year against the Toreros.
WSOC: Gaels Edged In Overtime By Toreros 2-1
Release: Thursday 10/21/2011 
by SMC Athletics
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's soccer team lost a close match in overtime to the University of San Diego by a 2-1 score on Friday night at Torero Stadium. Christina Tognetti scored SMC's goal which came at the end of the first-half.

"Today we played with everything," said head coach Kai Edwards. "We gave everything and responded well to the Portland game. The result is unfortunate but I am proud of the effort, quality and energy our team gave today. Now we have to go do it again on Sunday... and we will."

With the loss, Saint Mary's drops to 9-6-2, 0-4-1 West Coast Conference, while San Diego improves to 8-7-0, 3-1-0 WCC. The overtime match was SMC's third WCC overtime match in five conference contests.

USD took the lead in the 13th minute on a goal by Meghan O'Rourke to take the 1-0 advantage.

Just before halftime with under one-minute left, Tognetti took a center pass from Jordan Marada and dribbled past defenders to slide a shot past the keeper from six yards out. The goal was Tognetti's seventh of the year and Marada's 10th assist of the year, both career highs. At half the score was tied up at 1-1 and both squads had attempted six shots.

In the second half, neither squad would score, however USD outshot the Gaels 4-1 and held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

In overtime, USD held a 4-1 edge in shots before Stephanie Ochs assisted on a corner kick to set up Natalie Garcia's match-winning goal in the 98th minute.

Kate Brenot was strong in goal despite giving up the two goals. Brenot finished with seven saves and faced 14 shots by the Toreros. Saint Mary's attempted eight shots with three taken by Kaytlyn Steele and two by Marada.

Saint Mary's returns home on Sunday when it takes on No. 4 Pepperdine at 1:00 p.m. in Saint Mary's Stadium.