Aug. 29, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. -
BULLDOGS TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK MATCHES AT HOME: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team will kick off its home schedule this weekend with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday at Martin Field. Friday, the Zags will host Birmingham-Southern College at 3 p.m. and then turn around to play Eastern Washington University Saturday at noon. The games on consecutive days marks the first time since 1997 that back-to-back games have been played at Martin Field.
LAST WEEK ON THE PITCH: Last weekend, Gonzaga University traveled to the 2006 Cougar Classic hosted by Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. The Zags opened the season with a 2-1 win over Oregon State University on Friday. The Bulldogs earned the come-from-behind victory when Lacey Castleberry knocked in the game-winner during the 61st minute to break up the 1-1 tie. Sunday, GU and WSU battled their way to a scoreless tie. The scoreless match marked the inaugural tie and shutout in Gonzaga program history over the Cougars. Prior to Sunday's match, the Bulldogs were 0-12-0 against Washington State.
TRIO NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Three members of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team were named to the 2006 Cougar Classic All-Tournament Team. Defender Lori Conrad, midfielder Kelcey Goodard and forward Nanda McCormick were all named to the team. Conrad helped to anchor a Bulldog backline that held opponents to one goal and a .053 shot percentage during the tournament. Goodard started both matches for the Zags, registering a shot in the season opener against Oregon State University. McCormick led GU offensively last weekend, posting a goal and one assist against OSU.
HOME SWEET HOME: During the past two seasons, Gonzaga has posted a record of 13-1-1 when playing on their home pitch, Martin Field. The Zags last suffered a loss at home on Oct. 10, 2004, when they fell to then-No. 4 University of Portland, 1-0.
LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home matches will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Birmingham-Southern College opened the 2006 season Aug. 25 with a 2-0 win over Jacksonville State University, before falling 5-0 to Belmont State University on Aug 27. The Panthers' offense is led by juniors Caitlin Gordon and Anne McIntyre. Gordon, a 2005 All-Big South Second Team honoree, and Gordon, the 2004 Big South Freshman of the Year, combined for eight goals, eight assists and 72 total shots last season. McIntyre posted the game-winning goal over Jacksonville State last weekend. The BSC backline is anchored by junior Catherine Spiker, a All-Big South First Team selection last season. Spiker can also be an offensive threat, scoring four goals last season, two of which were game winning goals. Friday's match marks the first time BSC and Gonzaga University have met on the pitch.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Eastern Washington University dropped a pair of matches on opening weekend, falling to Northern Illinois University 4-0 on Aug. 25 and then losing to DePaul University 2-0 on Aug. 27. The Eagles are coming off of a strong season in 2005, in which the Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Championships. EWU is led by 2005 Big Sky Co-Defensive Player of the Year, goalkeeper Tiera Como. The senior is Eastern's all-time leader in shutouts with 10 and maintains a 1.36 goals against average. Her 290 saves are second in school history, 60 behind the record. Gonzaga University holds the a 7-3-1 advantage in the all-time series. In the last meeting between the two schools, Gonzaga prevailed 3-2.
MOVIN' ON UP: Junior Nanda McCormick continues to move up in the Gonzaga University women's soccer record books. McCormick, who had a breakout season in 2005, posted a goal and an assist last weekend against Oregon State University. With her performance at the Cougar Classic, McCormick gained sole possession of seventh place for career goals with 10 and seventh place for total career points with 24. The forward also holds numerous spots on the single-season record books thanks to her performance during the 2005 campaign. She ranks tied for fifth in single season goals (9), tied for fourth in total points (21) and ranks eighth in shots with 40.
THE STILES FILE: The first female head women's soccer coach in the history of the West Coast Conference, Shannon Stiles enters her eighth season at Gonzaga University with the program coming off its third consecutive winning season. The Bulldogs set single single-season program records for wins with 12, most consecutive wins with seven, most shutouts with 11, as well as its highest finish in the WCC with a 3-1-3 record last season. In 2003, Stiles was named the WCC Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to their first winning season in program history.
SCHEDULE NOTE: The Oct. 1 match versus UCLA will be played on UCLA's campus in Los Angeles. Some 2006 Gonzaga University women's soccer shedules may incorrectly indicate the location of the match. The match will be held at Drake Stadium at noon on Oct. 1. The match will mark the first meeting between the two progams.