Oct. 19, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's soccer team fell, 1-0, in overtime to Gonzaga University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match at Torero Stadium.
With the match knotted at 0-0 through two periods, The Zags were able to score the golden goal in the 93rd minute of the match. Lacey Castleberry took a shot and it was saved by USD's goalkeeper Karen Cook, but the ball bounced off Cook and to the feet of Nanda McCormick, who put the ball into the goal for the game-winner.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-7-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the WCC. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 9-6-1 overall and move to 3-1-0 in the WCC.
USD had several good scoring opportunities during the match with one of their best chances coming in the 62nd minute. Senior midfielder Veronica Ambort had a good look at the net in the middle of a scramble inside the Gonzaga goal box and headed the ball to the right side of the goal with the Gonzaga `keeper on the left side. However, a GU defender was there to block the shot at the goal line to preserve the scoreless match.
The Toreros outshot the Bulldogs 14-9 and held a territorial advantage in corner kicks, 7-3.
Cook was charged with the loss for the Toreros allowing one goal and recording five saves. Her counterpart, Jessie Thalman, recorded the win in goal for the Zags allowing no goals and recording five saves.
The Toreros will return to the pitch on Sunday as they host the defending national champion and fifth-ranked Portland Pilots in a 1 p.m. WCC match at Torero Stadium.