Oct. 2, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Three Bulldogs scored Tuesday as the Gonzaga University women's soccer team tied the school record for consecutive matches without a loss thanks to a 3-0 shutout over Boise State University at Martin Field in Spokane.
The win extended the Zags' unbeaten streak to seven matches and improved their record to 7-2-1. In 2005, the Bulldogs posted seven straight wins to set a school record. The loss dropped Boise State to 4-5-1 for the year.
All three Gonzaga goals were scored in the opening half of the match. Christine Soma opened scoring at 11:21 when she and Ashley Riley took on one Bronco defender in front of the net. Following a pass from Riley, Soma tapped the ball in past the fingers of the diving goalkeeper.
During the 18th minute, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to a goal by Jamie Blanche. Soma and Riley both earned assists on the goal. Soma's assist marked the 11th of her career, placing her fourth assists behind Gonzaga's all-time assist record. Sara Streufert, who played for the Zags from 1997-2000, holds the career assist record with 15.
Gonzaga's defense and goalkeepers Jessie Thalman and Lauren Ames combined to post the Bulldogs' fifth shutout this season. Thalman earned the victory, while she and Ames each recorded two saves. Boise State's Michaela Morrison suffered the loss allowing the three goals while posting a pair of saves.
The Zags held the demanding 15-5 shot advantage on the afternoon, including only allowing one shot in the first half while posted 15 of their own. Gonzaga also held a 7-4 corner kick edge.
The Bulldogs will take the field again Friday when they close out non-conference play and look to extend their unbeaten streak. Friday, the Zags will face Oregon State University at 7 p.m. in Corvallis before facing the University of Oregon Sunday in Eugene at 1 p.m.