Oct. 8, 2006
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team opened West Coast Conference play Sunday with a 3-0 loss to No. 4 University of Portland at Martin Field.
The Bulldogs fall to 6-6-1 overall, 0-1-0 in conference play with the loss, while the defending national champion Pilots improve to 11-2-1 and 1-0-0 in WCC play.
The Zags nearly avoided the shut out, when at the 86:12 mark Traci Dallas blasted a shot towards the net. The goal appeared to go in but the ball nearly missed the top of the goal, and rolled down the backside of the net.
Michelle Enyeart led the Pilots, posting two goals and one assist. The first goal came in the 35th minute, when Enyeart scored off of a rebound from GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman. Portland's Angie Woznuk kicked a shot that Thalman knocked out of the way right before Enyeart tapped it in for the 1-0 lead. Enyeart caught Thalman out of position at the77:11 mark for her second goal of the afternoon.
Enyeart's assist came on Portland's second goal of the match. The goal was scored by Rachael Rapinoe, who took an open shot from the top of the box.
Thalman posted six saves in the loss, while her counterpart Cori Alexander earned four.
The Bulldogs held a 6-3 corner kick advantage, while shots for both Gonzaga and Portland were even at 10.
The Bulldogs will play again next weekend when they host conference foes Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco at Martin Field. The Zags will play Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Friday and will play San Francisco Sunday at 11 a.m. as the first game of a doubleheader with the Gonzaga men's team.