Oct. 1, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team fell 1-0 to fifth-ranked UCLA Sunday in Los Angeles. The match was the Bulldogs final tune-up before the start of West Coast Conference play.
With the loss, GU falls to 6-5-1, while UCLA improves to 9-2-0. Gonzaga also fell to 0-2-0 when playing top 25 opponents. On Sept. 24, the Bulldogs fell to then-No. 21 Long Beach State 1-0 in overtime.
The Zags held the Bruins scoreless until 37 seconds into the second half, when at 45:37; UCLA's Lauren Cheney took a cross from Lauren Switzer before heading it in for the lone goal of the game.
Gonzaga was held to two shots on the day, one registered by Lacey Castleberry and the other by Christine Soma. For the match, UCLA held the shot advantage 15-2, as well as a 6-2 corner kick advantage.
GU rookie goalkeeper Jessie Thalman took the loss, posting four saves. Her counterpart, the Bruins' Valerie Henderson earned two saves in the shutout.
The Bulldogs will begin WCC play with one game next weekend. The Zags will host No. 5 University of Portland on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Martin Field. The game is a scheduled doubleheader with the GU men's soccer team, who are slated to play Saint Mary's College at 1 p.m.