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McCormick's Early Goal Lifts Zags Over Dons

Oct. 15, 2006

Box Score

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team earned its second shutout in as many matches Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over the University of San Francisco at Martin Field.

The victory lifts the Bulldogs to an 8-6-1 overall record including a 2-1-0 record when playing West Coast Conference opponents. USF fell to 4-10-2 overall and 0-2-1 in WCC play.

Nanda McCormick's team-leading fourth goal of the season nine minutes into play was the difference in the match. At 8:48, McCormick took a pass from Christine Soma five yards out and was able to catch USF goalkeeper Kelly Pohle out of the net to give the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead. The goal was McCormick's second in as many matches, and lifted her to 10 total points for the season.

GU goalkeeper Jessie Thalman earned her second shutout of the weekend and her fifth of the season. The match also marked the second time this year that the rookie goalkeeper has posted back-to-back shutouts. Against the Dons, Thalman posted three saves, while her counterpart, Pohle, earned five saves in the loss.

Gonzaga held the 12-9 shot advantage including a 6-2 edge in the first half. The Dons came out of the half strong, posting a 7-6 shot advantage in the second half. GU also held an 8-5 corner kick advantage, including a 5-0 edge in the first half.

The Zags will return to the pitch on Thursday when they begin a two-match road trip to the University of San Diego and third-ranked Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs will face USD Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing No. 3 SCU Sunday at 1 p.m. The match against the Broncos will mark the third time in as many weeks that Gonzaga has faced a team ranked nationally in the top-five.