Sept. 2, 2007
MISSOULA, Mont. - Senior Christine Soma scored the lone goal of the match Sunday as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team defeated the University of Montana 1-0 at the South Campus Stadium in Missoula, Mont.
The Zags improve their overall record to 1-1-0 with the victory, while the Grizzlies drop to 0-2-0 for the season.
The game remained scoreless until 10 minutes into the second half, when at 55:13 Soma broke up the 0-0 tie. Soma connected with a pass from Sarah Hall before taking a shot from the right side that deflected off of a Montana defender to go into the net. The goal was the first of the season for both the Zags and Soma. The goal moves Soma into a tie for ninth place on the Gonzaga career total points list with 20.
Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman recorded four saves en route to her first win of the season. The shutout was the seventh of the sophomore's career, placing her second on the career shutout list. Montana's Grace Harris suffered the loss after allowing the one goal and recording four saves.
Gonzaga held a demanding 10-4 shot advantage in the first half of the match, before Montana rebounded in the second half to out shoot the Bulldogs 6-5. Ashley Riley, Hall and Soma all recorded three shots on the afternoon, with Hall and Soma each posting a pair of shots on goal.
Both the Zags and Grizzlies each posted five corner kicks apiece.
The Bulldogs will return to the field on Friday, September 7, when they host regional rival Washington State University at Martin Field. The game is slated for 2 p.m. and will be the first game of a double header with the Gonzaga men's soccer team. The men are scheduled to play the University of Washington at Martin Field at 4 p.m.