Sept. 7, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team was unable to overcome regional rival Washington State University Friday, falling 2-1 in double overtime at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash.
The loss drops the Zags to 1-2-0 for the season. The Cougars improve to 2-0-0 with the victory.
Washington State opened strong in the first half of the match to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Allison Scurich scored the Cougars first goal of the match at 28:58 when she guided a free kick from 15 yards out into the goal.
The Bulldogs knotted the score 1-1 in the second half when, during the 56th minute, Jamie Blanche tapped the ball into the net just past the left side of WSU's goalie, Brynn Bemis. The goal was Blanche's first of the season and moved the senior into the Gonzaga career record books for total points. She has now amassed 20 career points and is tied for 9th with Kiera Silva, who played for the Zags from 1996-99.
The scored remained tied until the 108:34 mark, when the Cougars' Brooke Bemis connected with a corner kick from Anna Miller to earn the sudden death victory.
Washington State defense held the Zags to single digits shots on the afternoon, as the Cougars' out shot Gonzaga 15-6, including 6-0 in the two overtime periods. Leading the brigade for the Zags was Blanche, who recorded three shots, all on goal.
Both WSU and the Bulldogs each recorded five corner kicks apiece.
The Zags will continue play Sunday, as they take on another regional rival, Eastern Washington University. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Cheney, Wash.