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Bulldogs Fall In Season Opener

Aug. 31, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team dropped its first match of the 2007 season Friday to the University of Idaho 2-0 at Martin Field in Spokane.

The loss drops the Zags to 0-1-0 for the season, while the Vandals improve to 1-0-0.

Both teams were held scoreless until the 55:25 mark when Idaho's Anna Edmonds gave the Vandals an 1-0 advantage. Edmonds connected with a corner kick from Britta Rustad to knock the ball in just past the fingertips of the Bulldogs' goalkeeper Jessie Thalman.

Idaho's Jennifer Hull posted the second goal of the game when, from ten yards out, she broke loose to fire a shot into the goal at 75:32.

Gonzaga had multiple scoring opportunities late in the game, including at 74:55 when Lori Conrad unleashed a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Once hitting off the crossbar, Christine Soma posted one of her two shots on goal for the match, but a diving stop by Vandal keeper Anna Sandman kept the Zags from breaking up the shutout. Soma finished the afternoon with a team-high five shots.

The Bulldogs were unable to capture the victory, despite holding an advantage on both shots and corner kicks. Gonzaga held a 19-6 advantage on shots, including holding the Vandals to only a pair of shots in the first half. On corner kicks, the Zags held a 6-2 advantage.

Thalman, a 2006 Soccer Buzz All-West Region honoree, suffered her first loss of the season with the loss allowing the two goals while posting three saves. Vandal goalkeeper Sandman earned the victory and the shutout while posting eight saves.

Gonzaga will return to the field Sunday, when they travel to Missoula, Mont. to face the University of Montana at 1 p.m., PT.