July 25, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The 2007 Gonzaga University women's soccer schedule released Wednesday poses to be a tough challenge for the Bulldogs as they will play six matches against teams that advanced to the NCAA College Cup in 2006 - three of them in West Coast Conference frays.
The schedule also includes nine matches to be played at home on Martin Field.
Gonzaga will open its schedule on Aug. 31 hosting the University of Idaho in the first of a dozen non-conference contests. The Bulldogs will travel to Missoula, Mont., Sept. 2 to take on the University of Montana before returning to Spokane to face regional rival Washington State University Sept. 7.
The Zags will participate in one tournament this season - the Vanderbilt University Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Gonzaga will face the Commodores Sept. 14 in the first game of the two-day event, Vanderbilt advancing to the NCAA College Cup last season. The Bulldogs will face the University of Alabama-Birmingham, another 2006 College Cup participant, in the tourney on Sept. 16.
Gonzaga will host four-straight home non-conference matches during late September and early October, including a Sept. 28 match-up with Idaho State University, who advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season as the Big Sky Conference champion. The Zags will also host Utah State University on Sept. 21, UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 30 and Boise State University on Oct. 2 to wrap up the homestand.
The Bulldogs will then play five consecutive road matches to round out the non-conference season and open West Coast Conference play. The Zags will play Oregon State University and the University of Oregon on Oct. 5 and 7, respectively, before opening conference play at the University of Portland, a 2006 College Cup quarterfinalist and 2005 College Cup champion, on Oct. 13. The road swing will continue with conference action at the University of San Francisco on Oct. 19 and Saint Mary's College on Oct. 21.
Gonzaga will host defending WCC champion Santa Clara University at Martin Field on Oct. 25, the Broncos earning the WCC's automatic berth into the College Cup a year ago. The Zags will entertain the University of San Diego on Oct. 28 before embarking on their final road trip of the season, playing 2006 College Cup participant Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles and Cal State Bakersfield in non-conference action on Nov. 4.
The Zags will wrap up the regular and conference seasons on Nov. 10 hosting Pepperdine University.
The Bulldogs finished the 2006 campaign with a 10-9-1 overall record, including going 3-4-0 in WCC play, for a fifth place finish. The 10 wins marks the fourth consecutive year Gonzaga has finished with a winning record, as well as the fourth consecutive season with 10 or more wins.
Gonzaga earned an at-large selection in the 2005 College Cup.