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Zags Open WCC Play At No. 9 Portland

Oct. 9, 2007

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Game 13
Gonzaga at No. 8 Portland
Merlo Field
Portland, Ore.

Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m.

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will open West Coast Conference play by traveling to No. 8 University of Portland. The match will take place Saturday, October 13 at Merlo Field in Portland. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Gonzaga University will continue West Coast Conference play next weekend with a trip to the Bay Area. The Zags will face the University of San Francisco on October 19 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Moraga to face Saint Mary's College on October 21 at 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University posted a record breaking week as the Zags went 2-1-0. Tuesday, the Bulldogs posted a 3-0 victory over Boise State University at Martin Field. Friday, Gonzaga set a school record with eight straight unbeaten matches as the Zags posted an 1-0 victory over Oregon State University in Corvallis. Sunday, the Bulldogs saw their streak come to an end as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the University of Oregon in Eugene. Lauren Zuckerman highlighted the Bulldogs efforts, scoring three goals during the week - one in each match.

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, including this week's match-up against nationally-ranked University of Portland. Links to live stats can be found on the women's soccer schedule page on the Bulldogs' website.

RECORD STREAK: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team set a school record for an unbeaten streak last Friday thanks to a 1-0 victory over Oregon State University. The win was the Bulldogs eighth straight match without a loss. The Zags' streak started September 9 with a 2-0 victory at Eastern Washington University. The lone tie during the eight-match streak came on September 28 when Gonzaga battled Idaho State University to a 1-1 double overtime tie. During their eight match run, the Zags went 7-0-1 with five shutouts and four wins at Martin Field. The previous record for an unbeaten streak was seven matches, set in 2005 with seven consecutive wins. The seven wins still holds as the school record for a winning streak.

VERUS RANKED OPPONENTS: When Gonzaga University faces No. 8 University of Portland Saturday, it will mark the 48th time in program history the Zags have faced a ranked foe. All-time against ranked opponents, the Bulldogs are 4-42-1, including going 0-13-0 against Portland when the Pilots are ranked. The last time the Bulldogs defeated a ranked opponent was October 15, 2005 when they up-ended then-No. 10 Pepperdine University 1-0.

VERSUS THE TOP TEN: Gonzaga University will be in search of the program's second victory over a top-10 team when they face off with No. 8 University of Portland Saturday. The Bulldogs are 1-27-1 when playing against teams ranked in the top-10. The Zags' lone victory came on October 14, 2005 when they defeated then-No. 10 Pepperdine University 1-0. In the next match, Gonzaga posted its lone tie against top-10 opponent with a scoreless 0-0 tie against then-No. 5 Santa Clara University.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: The University of Portland Pilots enter the weekend ranked as high as eighth in the country, boasting an 8-3-0 record, including a 5-0-0 record when playing at Merlo Field. Last weekend the Pilots rebounded from back-to-back losses, with a 4-0 shutout over the University of Oregon. Portland is led by Michelle Enyeart, who boasts 14 total points thanks to a pair of goals and 10 assists. Enyeart is currently ranked second in the nation with 0.91 assists per game. The Pilots feature three members of the United States Women's National Team - Angie Woznuk, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanee Lopez, who missed the first month of the season because she was competing for the U.S. at the 2007 World Cup in China. Saturday's match will be the 16th all-time meeting between Portland and Gonzaga University. The Zags will be in search of their first victory over Portland, as the Pilots hold a 15-0-0 all-time advantage.

HEADING INTO CONFERENCE PLAY: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team heads into West Coast Conference play with an 8-3-1 overall record. The record marks the second best in program history heading into conference play. In 2005, the Bulldogs posted a 9-2-1 non-conference record. During the 2005 campaign, the Zags' continued on to record a 3-1-3 WCC record, finishing third and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

ZUCKERMAN HITS THREE: Senior Lauren Zuckerman has posted four goals in her career, three of which have come in the past three matches. Zuckerman posted the first goal of her three-match streak during the Zags' 3-0 shutout over Boise State University October 2. She scored the final goal of the match from right outside the box to tap in the ball at 44:22. Her second goal came on Friday at Oregon State University. The goal was the lone score of the match as it gave the Bulldogs' an early 1-0 lead at the 6:33 mark. Sunday, as the Zags fell 4-1 to the University of Oregon, Zuckerman aided in the Bulldogs avoiding a shutout, scoring her third goal in as many matches during the 85th minute.

SOMA STRIVES TOWARDS SCHOOL RECORD: Senior midfielder Christine Soma recorded her second assist of the season September 28 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. After starting the season out of the career rankings, Jamie Blanche has posted three goals to-date this season and has moved into a tie for ninth with nine career goals. Nanda McCormick also holds a spot on the career goals list with 18 for third place. Christine Soma is four assists short of the Gonzaga all-time record of 15 held by Sara Streufert. Soma currently ranks second with 11 assists. McCormick continues to move up the total points all-time rankings, currently she is listed third with 41 points. Soma and Blanche also hold spots on the list at eighth (25) and ninth (23), respectively. Blanche, Soma and McCormick also rank in the shots lists as Blanche ranks tied for fourth (103), Soma seventh (91) and McCormick tied for eighth (90). Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman has posted five shutouts this season to bring her career shutout count to 11, 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: Sophomore Jessie Thalman, of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team, has broken into into the NCAA national rankings. Thalman, the Zags' goalkeeper, ranks 91st in the nation with a 0.929 goals against average. Chantel Jones of the University of Virginia  ranks tops with a 0.238 goals against average.

ZAGS NOTCH FIRST TOURNAMENT CROWN IN PROGRAM HISTORY: Gonzaga University earned its first tournament crown in women's soccer history last weekend after sweeping the Vanderbilt University Tournament with a 2-0 record. The event marked the 12th time the Bulldogs have participated in a tournament. The Zags have now posted a 5-16-1 record in tournament play.

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.


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 68-89-8 overall record.

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.