Men's Soccer

No. 7 Men's Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw At No. 8 Cal

Go smu! Forward Paulo da Silva has started fast in 2008, with three goals in his first four games.
Go smu!
Forward Paulo da Silva has started fast in 2008, with three goals in his first four games.
Go smu!

Sept. 7, 2008

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BERKELEY, CALIF. (SMU) - Forward Paulo da Silva scored his third goal in four games and goalkeeper Craig Hill made five saves to lead the SMU men's soccer team to a 1-1 tie against the Cal Bears at the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif. Sunday afternoon.

The Mustangs, who are ranked No. 7 in the current National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA) poll, now are 3-0-1 on the season. The Bears, who are No. 8 in the NSCAA poll, also are 3-0-1. Thanks to goal differential (Cal beat Cornell, 5-0, in the first round), Cal was named tournament champion.

After the teams battled to a scoreless draw at halftime, da Silva put the Ponies on the scoreboard with his third goal of the young season. Freshman Payton Hickey served a pass to da Silva, who headed it past Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the 48th minute to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage. The Bears tied the game in the 82nd minute on a goal by A.J. Soares.

Hill, da Silva and defender Leone Cruz represented SMU on the all-tournament team.

The Mustangs now return home to host their first game of the year when they host George Mason at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then host Oakland at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Prego's Express Italian Men's Soccer Invitational at Westcott Field.

For a complete schedule and ticket information, log on to SMUMustangs.com or call 214-SMU-GAME.

 

 

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