Sept. 24, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell to No. 21 Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Martin Field.
With the loss, the Zags drop to 5-4-1 overall, including a 3-2 record while playing at home. The two losses at Martin Field this season marks the first time since the 2003 campaign that Gonzaga has lost multiple games at home. Over the past two seasons, Gonzaga has posted a 16-3-1 record when playing at Martin Field.
Long Beach State (8-2-0 overall) grabbed the victory at the 95:05 mark, when Sara Baca brought the ball down the left side before passing it to Kim Silos, who knocked in the match winning goal.
The Bulldogs' had two opportunities in the second half to capture the victory. In the 67th minute, Christine Soma took on LBSC's goalkeeper Liz Ramos is a one-on-one situation and knocked a ball into the net, but was the goal called back due to offsides.
Lacey Castleberry then nearly captured the victory for Gonzaga with two seconds remaining in the match. At the 89:58 mark, Castleberry fired a shot that bounced off of the crossbar in the upper left hand corner of the goal.
Gonzaga controlled the second half offensively, holding a 8-1 shot advantage as well as a 4-1 corner kick edge. Overall, GU out shot the 49ers, 12-8, and held a 6-3 corner kick advantage.
The Zags will now travel to California for a pair of games next weekend. UC Santa Barbara will host Gonzaga Friday night at 7 p.m., before the Zags travel to third-ranked UCLA Sunday at Noon.
SCHEDULE NOTE: The Oct. 1 match versus UCLA will be played on UCLA's campus in Los Angeles. Some 2006 Gonzaga University women's soccer schedules may incorrectly indicate the location of the match. The match will be held at Drake Stadium at noon on Oct. 1. The match will mark the first meeting between the two programs. The Bruins are currently ranked third in the national polls.