Match Day Guide: Burlingame Dragons FC v St. Mary's Gaels

The Burlingame Dragons FC continue their 2016 PDL preseason as they travel across the bridge to Moraga to take on the Gaels on Saturday, March 12th at 12pm. The game will take place at Garaventa Soccer Field, located at the front entrance to campus. (1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga CA 94575). 

In preparation for Saturday’s match, here is everything you need to know

Kickoff: 12:00pm

Admission: FREE

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1267009959981493/

Parking: No restrictions to parking on campus during the weekends – simply follow the directions of posted signs.  There is a large parking lot that is on the left, just past the main entrance. Get there a tad early, as there are a few events on campus that day and it will be busy.

Seating: There is limited bleacher seating, but it is recommended that fans bring chairs, umbrellas, blankets, etc.  You will be able to sit a few yards off the sideline.

Concessions: No concessions at the game. Please bring your own food and refreshments. No alcohol is allowed at the game

Getting To The Match

Map and directions can be found at the following links

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saint+Mary's+College+of+California/@37.8430546,-122.1132729,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x808f884cd1042763:0xf4af4d5ec8f1ac3d

http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/files/CampusMap_08_15.pdf

 

Opponent Preview

The Gaels are coming off of a solid 2015 season in which they finished in 3rd place in the West Coast Conference (8-9-1 overall, 5-2 in conference) one point behind the eventual co-champions, Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego. 

Seniors midfielders Will Kendall and Cory Schmidt led the Gaels in scoring, netting four and three goals respectively. Sophomore midfielder Stephen Dougherty is the team’s leading returning scorer. He found the back of the net twice for the Gaels in 2015.

Juniors Ever De La Torre and Ben Braman return to help stabilize the midfield and defensive cores for the Gaels in 2016. De La Torre started 14 games, recording one goal and Braman started 15 games in defense notching one goal from the backline. Senior Rafael Sanchez also returns in defense, having started 13 games. The first-team all West Coast Conference defender and team captain, scored once this season and assisted on another for the Gaels. 

Senior Lucas Champenois led St. Mary’s in net, going 6-5-1 with a 0.95 goals against average in 12 starts. He recorded four shutouts. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Konstantino returns in net for the Gaels for the 2016 season. Konstantino started six games, going 2-4-0 with a 1.65 goals against average and one shutout.

The Gaels will provide a stiff test for the Dragons as the PDL team looks to continue to gel as a unit. This will be the first game for the Dragons in more than three weeks and they will be playing a team that has played together for a full year.