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Bulldogs Travel To Bay Area For Two

Oct. 17, 2007

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Game 14
Gonzaga at San Francsico
Negoesco Stadium
San Francisco, Calif.
Friday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Game 15
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's Stadium
Moraga, Calif.
Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will continue West Coast Conference play this week when it travels to the Bay Area to face the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College. The Zags will face the Dons Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. before traveling north to Moraga on Sunday, Oct. 21 to face the Gaels at 1 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Gonzaga University will return to Martin Field next week as it continues West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs will host a pair of nationally-ranked opponents during two of the final three-remaining home matches this season. No. 11 Santa Clara University will travel to Spokane, Thursday, Oct. 25 for a 1 p.m. match before the Bulldogs host No. 14 University of San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Noon.

LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University opened West Coast Conference play last week by traveling to No. 8 University of Portland. The Zags fell to the Pilots 3-1 thanks to a pair of UP goals during a six minute span. Portland took a 1-0 lead into the half, before Christine Soma connected with a pass from Kelcey Goddard at 59:38 to knot the score 1-1. At 72:04 Angie Woznuk scored the eventual game-winning goal on a penalty kick before Michelle Enyeart scored an open net goal at 78:18.

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 both matches this weekend. Links to live stats can be found on the women's soccer schedule page on the Bulldogs' website.

AVOIDING THE SHUTOUT: Saturday's 3-1 loss to then-No. 8 University of Portland marked only the third time in Gonzaga University women's soccer history that the Zags have avoided a shutout at the hands of the Pilots. The last time the Bulldogs recorded a goal against Portland was during a 4-1 loss in 2002. The only other time the Bulldogs have scored a goal against the Pilots was during a 6-1 loss in 1994.

RECORD STREAK: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team set a school record for an unbeaten streak on Oct. 5 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 Sept. 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.

SCOUTING THE DONS: The University of San Francisco Dons enter Friday's contest with Gonzaga University with a 1-8-3 record, including a 1-0-0 record when playing West Coast Conference foes. The Dons' lone victory this season came during their WCC opener against Saint Mary's College. San Francisco posted a 2-1 victory over the Gaels, thanks to goals by Katie Hoban and Lauren Maris. Maris now leads the Dons with two goals. San Francisco holds the all-time advantage over the Bulldogs 11-3-0. Gonzaga has won the past two meetings, including a 1-0 decision in overtime last season.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: The Saint Mary's College Gaels enter the weekend with a 6-5-2 overall record, including 0-1-0 in West Coast Conference play. Last weekend, the Gaels fell 2-1 to the hands of the University of San Francisco in their lone WCC match of the season. Saint Mary's is led by Allie Weiner who boasts a team-high 16 points, including leading the squad with six assists. Her five goals are tied for a team-high with Alex Ciliento. The Gaels lead the all-time series with Gonzaga University 10-3-1, with the Bulldogs going undefeated in the past three seasons - earning wins in 2004 and 2006, as well as a scoreless tie in 2005.

ZUCKERMAN HITS THREE: Senior Lauren Zuckerman has posted four goals in her career, three of which came in three consecutive matches this season. 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 October 5 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. October 7, 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 11 career assists, four 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 (27) and ninth (23), respectively. Blanche, Soma and McCormick also rank in the shots lists as Blanche ranks tied for fourth (103), Soma sixth (92) 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.

SHOWING UP IN NUMBERS: Nearly 1,020 fans showed up to Martin Field on Sept. 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 Oct. 23, 2005 in front of 1,164 Bulldog fans.

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.

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.

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 68-90-8 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.