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Bulldogs Look To Extend Unbeaten Streak

Oct. 1, 2007

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Game 10
Boise State at Gonzaga
Martin Field
Spokane, Wash.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m.

Game 11
Gonzaga at Oregon State
Paul Lorenz Field
Corvaillis, Ore.
Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

Game 12
Gonzaga at Oregon
Pape' Field
Eugene, Ore.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will play three games this week, including wrapping up a four-match home stand. Tuesday, the Zags will host Boise State University in a mid-week match on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Martin Field. Friday, the Bulldogs will travel to Oregon State University for a 7 p.m. match in Corvallis, Ore. before concluding the non-conference season with a match at Eugene, Ore. against the University of Oregon, Sunday at 1 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Gonzaga University will open West Coast Conference play next weekend with a match at No. 2 University of Portland. The match against the Pilots is Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at Merlo Field.

LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University continued its unbeaten streak with an 1-0-1 weekend. Friday, the Bulldogs posted a goal at the 45:52 mark against Utah State University before surrendering a tying goal during the 85th minute to force overtime. The Bulldogs and Bengals battled throughout two overtimes to finish with a 1-1 tie. Sunday, Gonzaga welcomed UCSB to Martin Field, handing the Gauchos a 1-0 loss. Nanda McCormick scored the lone goal of the match at 64:20 to lift the Bulldogs and extend their unbeaten streak to six matches.

LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home games will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links. Select away matches will also feature live stats. Links to live stats can be found on the women's soccer schedule page on the Bulldogs' website.

ZAGS LOOK TO EXTEND UNBEATEN STREAK: When Gonzaga University takes the field this week, it will be looking to extend its six-match unbeaten streak. The Zags have not dropped a match since they suffered a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Washington State University on Sept. 7. The Bulldogs are one win or tie short of tying the school record for an unbeaten streak of seven games, which was set in 2005 when Gonzaga won seven straight matches.

FAMILY AFFAIR: When Gonzaga University hosts Boise State University Tuesday afternoon, it will be a family affair. The Bulldogs' freshman midfielder Sheridan Jones will be competing against her twin sister, Cheyenne, a midfielder for the Broncos. The twins have each posted strong seasons, as Sheridan ranks second on the Zags' squad with two goals. Cheyenne has also recorded four points for Boise State - a goal and two assists.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Boise State University travels to Spokane with a 4-4-1 record, including its most recent match - a 3-1 loss to the University of Utah. The Broncos are led by freshman Shannon Saxton, who has recorded 11 goals and four assists. Saxton ranks second in the country in goals per game with an 1.2 average and posted a NCAA-high nine points against Southern Utah University on September 9. During the match against SUU, she posted four goals (a season NCAA high) and one assist. Tuesday's match-up will be the fifth of the all-time series with Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs hold the 3-1-0 all-time advantage, including winning the past two meetings, most recently a 2-1 victory in Spokane in 2004.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State University enters the week with a 7-2-1 record, including a perfect 5-0-0 when playing in Corvallis. The Beavers are led by senior forward Jodi Taylor, who has recorded 25 total points this season - 12 goals and one assist. Taylor, who posted a hat trick against Lamar University on September 16, ranks tied for third in the country with 1.20 goals per game and fifth with 2.50 points per game. The Beavers are fresh off of a 2-0-0 weekend in which they downed Portland State University 2-1 and defeated the University of Idaho 2-1 in double overtime. Oregon State leads the all-time series with Gonzaga University 11-2-0, but the Bulldogs have won the past two meetings, including a 2-1 victory in 2005 as part of the Cougar Classic.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS: The University of Oregon enters the week with a 6-3-0 record and looking to extend a two-match winning streak. Last weekend, the Ducks posted a 2-1 victory over Portland State University. Prior to that, Oregon defeated Illinois State University 5-1. The Ducks are led by Allison Newton. Newton has posted a team-high five goals and an assist for 11 total points. With the victory over Portland State, goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield became one victory short of being the school record holder for career wins. She currently has 23 career wins. Sunday's meeting will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Ducks and Gonzaga University. Oregon holds the all-time advantage, 4-1-2, including a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs in Spokane last season.

SOMA STRIVES TOWARDS SCHOOL RECORD: Senior midfielder Christine Soma recorded her second assist of the season Friday against Idaho State University. The assist propelled her into sole possession of second place on the career assist ranks. Soma currently has amassed 10 career assists, five shy of the school record. Sara Streufert, who played for Gonzaga University from 1997 to 2000, posted a total of 15 career assists.

MOVIN' ON UP: As the 2007 season continues, numerous members of the Gonzaga University squad are looking to move up in the Bulldogs' women's soccer career record book. With her goal against the University of Montana on Sept. 2, Christine Soma entered the top ten in goals scored, placing her in a three-way tie for ninth with eight goals. Soma also ranks second in career assists with 10. Nanda McCormick currently ranks third in career goals (18), third in total points (41) and seventh in shots (86). Joining McCormick on the shots list is Jamie Blanche, who ranks third (100). Cristin Leverson currently is tied for ninth on the goals scored list with eight. Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman has posted four shutouts this season to bring her career shutout count to 10, placing her in second place on the career ranks. During her rookie campaign last season, Thalman posted six shutouts listing second in the record book.

BREAKING 100: Senior Sarah Hall and sophomore Jessie Thalman, of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team, have burst into the NCAA national rankings. Hall, a midfielder, has a team-leading four assists and ranks 80th in assists per game with a 0.44 average. Michelle Enyeart, of the University of Portland and Kelly Isleib of the University of Utah each lead the nation with a 1.0 average. Thalman, the Zags' goalkeeper, ranks 57th in the nation with a 0.743 goals against average and 91st in Division I with a .811 save percentage. Sarah Buonomo of Boston College ranks tops with a 0.112 goals against average, while Ashley Phillips of Clemson leads the country with a 0.969 save percentage.

FRESHMAN NAMED TO SOCCER BUZZ NATIONAL ELITE TEAM OF THE WEEK: Ashley Riley, a midfielder on the Gonzaga University women's soccer team, was  named to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week for the week of September 17. Riley was one of 11 awarded the honor by the publication after the Bulldogs' posted a 2-0-0 record en route to winning the Vanderbilt University Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Riley posted two goals at the event to earn the national accoalde. She was the only freshman to be named to the team that week, as well as one of three representatives from West Coast Conference schools.

ZAGS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN WCC: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference for the 2007 season according to a preseason vote of the league's head coaches. The University of Portland, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, was selected as the preseason favorite to take home the conference's regular season title. Santa Clara, who garnered a No. 1 seed to heading into the NCAA's last season, was picked to finish second, followed by Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego picked third and fourth, respectively. Selected fifth was Loyola Marymount University followed by the Zags at sixth. University of San Francsico was picked to finished seventh with Saint Mary's College rounding out the poll in eighth.

SHOWING UP IN NUMBERS: Nearly 1,020 fans showed up to Martin Field on September 7 to watch the Gonzaga University women's soccer team face off against regional rival Washington State University. The record crowd was the largest at a Bulldog home match since the Zags battled then-No. 5 Santa Clara University to a 0-0 double overtime tie on October 23, 2005 in front of 1,164 Bulldog fans.

TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO COACHING STAFF: Gonzaga University head coach Shannon Stiles has two new assistant coaches on the sidelnes this season. Joining the Zags  are assistant coach John Cossaboon and volunteer assistant coach Tiera Como. Cossaboon joins the Bulldogs from Southern Methodist University where he served as head coach for the last four years. During his tenure, he led the Mustangs to four conference titles. In addition to SMU, Cossaboon has been the head coach at UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego, where he led the Toreros to four consecutive NCAA appearances from 1999-2002. Como joins the Stiles' staff after capping an outstanding career as goalkeeper at Eastern Washington University where she was twice named All-Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.

THE STILES FILE: The first female head women's soccer coach in the history of the West Coast Conference, Shannon Stiles enters her ninth season at Gonzaga University with the program coming off its fourth consecutive winning season. Last season, the Zags posted its fourth straight 10 or more win season with a 10-9-1 overall record. In 2005, 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. In 2003, Stiles was named the WCC Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to their first winning season in program history. For her career, Stiles has amassed a 66-88-8 overall record.