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Zags Travel To USD And No. 4 SCU

Oct. 17, 2006

Spokane, Wash. -

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THIS WEEK:
Thursday, Oct. 19 - Gonzaga at San Diego, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - Gonzaga at No. 4 Santa Clara, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK:
Gonzaga 1, Saint Mary's 0
Gonzaga 1, San Francisco 0

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, Oct. 27 - Montana at Gonzaga, Martin Field, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29 - Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, Martin Field, 11 a.m.#
# - Indicates doubleheader with Gonzaga men's soccer team

BULLDOGS CONTINUE WCC PLAY IN CALIFORNIA: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team will continue West Coast Conference play this week when it travels to the University of San Diego and No. 4 Santa Clara University. The Zags will face the USD Toreros on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then take on the seventh-ranked SCU Broncos Sunday at 1 p.m. Thursday's match against USD will feature Gametracker. Links to Gametracker can be found at www.gozags.com. Sunday's match-up with Santa Clara will feature a live video feed of the match. The free video feed will be exclusively available on the West Coast Conference's website, www.wccsports.com.

LAST WEEK ON THE PITCH: Gonzaga University posted its first wins in West Coast Conference play last weekend with shutouts over Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco. Both matches were decided with 1-0 outcomes. Nanda McCormick led the Zags, scoring both goals of the weekend. Friday, the junior posted the game-winning goal at 77:19, while Sunday the forward scored the game-winner early in the match, posting the game-winner at 8:48.

LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home matches will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Thursday's match at San Diego will also be available. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links. Also this season, the Bulldogs' match against No. 4 Santa Clara on Sunday 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.

ZAGS VERSUS THE TOP-10: When the Gonzaga University women's soccer team hits the pitch against No. 4 Santa Clara University on Sunday, it will be the third-time in as many weeks that the Zags have faced a top-10 foe. On Oct. 1, GU traveled to Los Angeles to face 2005 NCAA runner-up and then-No. 5 UCLA. The Bruins got the best of the Zags, earning a 1-0 victory. The next match, Oct. 8, was against the defending national champion University of Portland. The then-No. 4 Pilots dropped the Zags 3-0 in front of a season-high 850 fans at Martin Field. Last season against top-10 teams, the Zags went 1-2-1. The program's first win against a top-10 team came on Oct. 14, 2005, when the Zags shutout then-No. 10 Pepperdine University, 1-0. A week later, the Bulldogs drew to a 0-0 double overtime tie with then-No. 5 Santa Clara. GU is 1-26-1 all-time when playing teams ranked in the top-10.

AGAINST RANKED FOE: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team is looking to improve on its all time record against ranked opponents this weekend when it travels to No. 4 Santa Clara University on Sunday. The Zags are 4-39-1 all-time when playing a ranked opponent. The last time GU won a match against a ranked foe was Oct. 14, 2005 when the Bulldogs blanked then-No. 10 Pepperdine University, 1-0. In its last match against a ranked opponent, GU fell 3-0 to then-No. 4 University of Portland on Oct. 8.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS: The University of San Diego enters Thursday's match against Gonzaga University with a 9-6-0 overall record, including a 1-2-0 record in West Coast Conference play. Last weekend the Toreros went 1-1-0, dropping a 2-1 double overtime loss to Pepperdine before knocking off then-No. 21 Loyola Marymount, 2-1. USD is led by Leigh Ann Robinson, who boasts six goals and six assists for 18 total points. Three of Robinson's six assists have come against conference foes. The Toreros were ranked as high as 22nd earlier this season in the national polls before dropping back-to-back matches to UC-Irvine (2-1) and University of Southern California (2-0). San Diego holds the advantage in the all-time series against the Zags, 11-2-0. Last season, Gonzaga shutout San Diego, 1-0, at Martin Field in Spokane.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University, who boasts an 11-3-1 overall record, will host the Zags on Sunday. The Broncos slid in the some of the national polls this week following a 0-1-1 performance last weekend against then-No. 21 Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University. SCU drew to a double overtime 1-1 tie with the Lions and fell 1-0 to the Waves. The Broncos are led by Meagan Snell, who is boasting 10 goals and two assists for 22 total points. So far this season, out of the 15 games played, 10 of the matches have been against teams that were ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match. Of the 10 games against ranked foe, Santa Clara has only dropped matches to then-No. 1 University of Notre Dame and then-No. 24 Boston University. The Broncos have defeated eight top-25 teams including then-No.3 UCLA and then-No.4 Texas A&M. Santa Clara leads the all-time series record against Gonzaga University, 0-12-1. The lone tie came last season when both squads drew to a double overtime tie 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.

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 three 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 11 goals, nine assists, 31 points and 99 shots. Leading the pack is McCormick with four goals and two assists for 10 total points. As a team, GU has posted 17 goals, 12 assists for 46 points and 171 shots.

MOVIN' ON UP: Junior Nanda McCormick continues to move up in the Gonzaga University women's soccer record book. 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 total points with 31. Thanks to her performance against Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco, the junior moved into a tie for fifth place for career goals with 13. McCormick has also moved into eighth place for career shots with 70. 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 three career rankings, placing tied for fifth in career goals (13), seventh in career total points (31), eighth in career shots (70). Senior Beth Drollinger and junior Christine Soma are both tied for fifth in career assists (8). 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 second in career shutouts with five.

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 five shutouts while only allowing 10 goals for a 0.70 goals against average. This past weekend, Thalman posted her second set of back-to-back shutouts of the season. The first pair occurred on Sept. 1 and 2 against Birmingham-Southern and Eastern Washington. The shutouts against Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco moved her up in two different Bulldog all-time standings. Thalman is now tied for third in single season shutouts and tied for second 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-5 teams in back-to-back matches. This weekend, Gonzaga will face No. 4 Santa Clara University on the road. On Oct. 8, 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. 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.