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Aug. 27, 2006

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - The 25th-ranked Gonzaga University women's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw against Washington State University Sunday afternoon in the final match of the 2006 Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash.

With the tie, the Bulldogs recorded the program's inaugural tie and shutout against the Cougars, as well as improving to 1-0-1 for the season. Prior to Sunday's meeting, the Zags were 0-12-0 record against WSU.

GU freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her first career shutout in her second career start. Thalman recorded three saves, picking up the tie for the Bulldogs. Washington State (1-0-1) goalkeeper Brynn Bemis also picked up three saves.

The Bulldogs came out with strong offense to start the match, firing three shots in the first nine minutes of the opening half. The two teams continued to trade possession and scoring opportunities in the second half, but neither team could score before the end of regulation. WSU nearly put the match away in the fourth minute of the first overtime period when Angela Fajardo nailed a shot that sailed just high of the goal.

The Cougars held an 11-5 shot advantage over the Bulldogs in the match, including a 3-0 advantage during the two overtime periods. WSU also held the advantage on corner kicks, 4-2. with the pair of Gonzaga corner kicks both coming in the first half of regulation.

Gonzaga will open its 2006 home schedule with two matches at Martin Field this weekend. The Zags will host Birmingham-Southern on Friday at 3 p.m. in their home opener. Gonzaga will take on Eastern Washington on Sunday at noon.