Oct. 25, 2007
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team enjoyed the program's first win over Santa Clara University Thursday, as the Bulldogs upset the No. 12 Broncos 2-1 in West Coast Conference play at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash.
The Bulldogs' victory marked the first time in a 14-game all-time series with Santa Clara that Gonzaga has posted a victory. Prior to the match Thursday, the Zags had posted a 0-13-1 record against the Broncos. In 2005, the Bulldogs played SCU to a double-overtime 0-0 tie. Thursday's win was also the Zags' first victory over a ranked opponent since a 1-0 victory over then-No. 10 Pepperdine University in 2005. Gonzaga is now 5-43-1 against ranked foes.
Thanks to the win, the Bulldogs' improved their 2007 overall record to 10-5-1 and 2-2-0 in league play. The victory also provided the Zags' with their fifth consecutive season in which they have posted 10 or more wins. The loss dropped the Broncos to 10-4-3 overall and 2-2-0 against WCC opponents.
The match remained scoreless until nearly three minutes into the second half, when Gonzaga took an 1-0 edge. At 47:58, Kelcey Goddard took a corner kick from the left side. The ball bounced off the back of a Santa Clara defender before flying into the near corner of the net.
Santa Clara posted a fight in the second half, out shooting Gonzaga 13-3. The Broncos efforts paid off during the 76th minute when an unassisted goal by Kiki Bosio tied the match 1-1. Bosio fought off two Bulldog defenders before knocking the ball into the high right corner of the net, to knot the score.
Lauren Zuckerman lifted the Zags to their historic victory at the 83:00 mark, as she recorded her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Senior Christine Soma brought the ball up the field, fighting off two defenders in the box, before crossing it to Zuckerman who headed the ball into the upper corner. The goal lifted Gonzaga to their 2-1 victory, as well as tied the Zags' record for goals in a match versus the Broncos. Prior to Thursday, the Bulldogs had only scored four all-time goals against SCU, including two in a 6-2 loss last season.
Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames earned her second victory of the season in her second collegiate start. Ames also collected seven saves. The Broncos' goalkeeper Meagan McCray suffered the loss, allowing two goals and posting three saves.
For the match, Santa Clara held a decisive 19-6 shot advantage, as well as a 5-2 corner kick edge.
The Bulldogs will look towards another upset Sunday, when they continue West Coast Conference play at Martin Field. The Zags are slated to face No. 11 University of San Diego at Noon.