Oct. 10, 2006
Spokane, Wash. -
No. 4 Portland 3, Gonzaga 0
Friday, Oct. 19 - Gonzaga at San Diego, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - Gonzaga at No. 3 Santa Clara, 1 p.m.
# - Indicates doubleheader with Gonzaga men's soccer team
LAST WEEK ON THE PITCH: Last weekend, Gonzaga University hosted then-No. 4 University of Portland and fell 3-0 in front of a season-high 850 fans at Martin Field. The Zags nearly avoided the shutout, when at the 86:12 mark, Traci Dallas blasted a shot towards the net. The ball appeared to go in but the ball nearly missed the top of the goal, rolling down the backside of the net.
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. Also this season, the Bulldogs' match against No. 3 Santa Clara on Oct. 22 will feature a free live video feed. The free video feed will be exclusively available on the West Coast Conference's website, www.wccsports.com.
HOME SWEET HOME: During the past two seasons, Gonzaga University has posted a record of 16-4-1 when playing on their home pitch, Martin Field. The Zags have dropped three games to date at home this season, which marks the first time since the 2003 campaign that GU has dropped multiple games while playing at Martin Field.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: The six Gonzaga University juniors, Nanda McCormick, Cristin Leverson, Sarah Hall, Christine Soma, Jamie Blanche and Lauren Zuckerman, have been quite the offensive threat for GU opponents. The 2006 junior class has combined for all but six of the team's total goals, all but two of the total assists, over two thirds of the Zags' total points, and over half of the GU's total shots. In total, the juniors boast nine goals, eight assists, 26 points and 83 shots. Leading the pack is Leverson with seven points (3 goals, 1 assists). As a team, GU has posted 15 goals, 10 assists for 40 points and 148 shots.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College travels to Spokane on Friday with a 3-8-2 overall record, including a 1-0-0 record in West Coast Conference play. The Gaels face Gonzaga University on the heels of a two-match win streak, which includes defeating conference foe University of San Francisco last Sunday, 4-1. Leading SMC in the two matches was Jessica Menzhuber. Last weekend, Menzhuber posted three goals on 10 shots, as well as eight shots on goal, including a two-goal performance against UC Davis on Oct. 6. For her efforts, Menzhuber was named the WCC Women's Soccer Player of the Week. Saint Mary's is currently led by Nikki Schrey (5 goals, 2 assists), a 2005 All-WCC Freshman Team and honorable mention honoree. The Gaels lead the all-time series against the Zags, 10-2-1, with a scoreless tie last season in Moraga, Calif.
SCOUTING THE DONS: The University of San Francisco enters the weekend with a 4-9-1 overall record and a 0-1-0 record in West Coast Conference play. Last weekend, the Dons fell to Saint Mary's College 4-1; scoring in the match for USF was Jenny Jarvie. Leading San Francisco this season is two-time All-WCC Second Team honoree Chelsea Hunt. Hunt currently leads the squad with 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists). Other 2005 postseason honorees on the 2006 roster include two WCC Freshman Team honorees;defender Jessica Duty and goalkeeper Katie Hodgson. Duty was also named a 2005 honorable mention selection. San Francisco leads the overall series with Gonzaga University 11-2-0. When the two programs met on the pitch last season, the Zags shutout the Dons 3-0 in Spokane.
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.
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, has continued her record-breaking performance this season. With her performance so far in 2006, McCormick gained sole possession of seventh place for career goals with 11 and seventh place for total career points with 27. 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.
RECORD CAREERS: Six Gonzaga University women's soccer players have moved into the all-time career rankings to date this season. Junior Nanda McCormick is currently ranked in two career rankings, placing seventh in career goals (11) and seventh in career total points (27). Senior Beth Drollinger and junior Christine Soma are both tied for sixth in career assists (7). Junior Cristin Leverson's game-winning goal against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 29 vaulted her into a tie for ninth on the career goal ranks (8). Junior Jamie Blanche is ranked seventh in career shots (72). Rounding out those moving up in the ranks is freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman, who is tied for third in career shutouts with three.
ROOKIE RECORD BREAKER: Gonzaga University freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman has already made a name for herself in the Gonzaga record books, even though her rookie campaign isn't over. Thalman currently boasts three shutouts while only allowing 10 goals for a 0.81 goals against average. On Sept. 29, Thalman posted her third shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara. The shutout moved her up in two different Bulldog all-time standings. Thalman is now tied for fourth in single season shutouts and tied for third in the career shutout rankings. Both records are held by Ashley Haugen who posted 23 all-time shutouts, including 11 in 2005.
ZAGS PICKED THIRD IN WCC: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has been selected to finish third in the 2006 West Coast Conference pre-season women's soccer poll as voted by the conference's head coaches. The third place selection for the Bulldogs marks the highest the team has ever been tabbed to finish. Topping the conference poll is defending national champion University of Portland.
TOUGH SCHEDULE AHEAD: Gonzaga University has already or will face three schools that are ranked in this week's national top 10, including two top-10 teams in back-to-back matches. Last Sunday, the Bulldogs hosted defending national champions the University of Portland at Martin Field, falling 3-0. Prior to that on Oct. 1, the Zags traveled to Los Angeles to meet then-No. 5 UCLA, the 2005 NCAA runner-up. GU fell to the Burins, 1-0. Gonzaga will face No. 3 Santa Clara University on the road on Oct. 22. All three schools that are currently ranked in the top-10 have been atop the rankings at some point this season. Portland topped the rankings in some of the preseason polls, as did UCLA. Santa Clara topped the Soccer Buzz national poll following the first week of the season.