Oct. 25, 2006
Spokane, Wash. -
BULLDOGS HOST FINAL HOME GAMES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team will play its final two home matches this weekend when it hosts the University of Montana and West Coast Conference opponent and nationally-ranked Loyola Marymount University. Friday the Zags will face the Grizzlies at 1 p.m., while Sunday the Bulldogs will host the No. 24 Lions in the final home match of the 2006 campaign. Sunday will mark Senior Day when the Zags will honor seniors Traci Dallas, Beth Drollinger and Megan Trammell. Sunday's match will also be the first game of a scheduled doubleheader with the GU men's soccer team, who will face the University of San Francisco at 2 p.m.
LAST WEEK ON THE PITCH: Junior Nanda McCormick continued her goal-scoring streak last week, posting goals Thursday and Sunday to extend her streak to fourmatches. Thursday McCormick posted the lone goal of the match four minutes into the first overtime period to lift Gonzaga University over the University of San Diego 1-0. Sunday Gonzaga fell to then-No. 4 Santa Clara University 6-2. The first GU goal was an own goalbefore McCormick knocked in the Zags' second goal at 73:55.
SENIOR DAY: Sunday Gonzaga University will honor its senior women's soccer players at the final home game of the season. This season, the Bulldogs will recognize seniors Traci Dallas, Beth Drollinger and Megan Trammell. Dallas is a 3-year letter-winner from Casper, Wyo. The forward has played in 45 matches amassing two assists and 20 shots. Drollinger, a 3-year letterwinner from Yakima, Wash., is a two-time All-WCC honoree. She has appeared in 75 matches with 70 starts and is currently tied for fifth on the Gonzaga all-time assists list with eight. In 2005, Drollinger was a key part of the Bulldogs' backline that helped Gonzaga post a 0.76 goals-against average, the lowest single-season average in program history. Trammell, a 3-year letter winner from Yakima, Wash., has appeared in 47 matches, including 13 starts for the Zags, posting nine shots.
McCORMICK CONTINUES HOT STREAK: Junior Nanda McCormick has been the offensive bright spot for the Gonzaga University women's soccer team lately, posting four goals in as many matches. McCormick has been the only Zag to score in any of the past four matches as well. All but six of her 14 total points have come in past two weeks. She is second in West Coast Conference play in points (8), points per game (1.60), goals (4), goals per game (0.80), and tied for first in match-winning goals with three. Last season McCormick scored in five straight matches, the longest streak of her career. She will look to continue her hot streak this weekend when the Bulldogs host the University of Montana and No. 24 Loyola Marymount University.
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES: The University of Montana travels to Spokane with a 9-7-1 overall record. The Grizzles are coming off of an 1-1-0 weekend, falling 1-0 to Idaho State University last Thursday before earning a 2-1 victory over Weber State University in Big Sky Conference action on Sunday. UM is led by senior Lindsay Winans, who boasts a team-leading eight goals, including three match-winners, plus two assists for 18 total points. Winans was named the Big Sky Player of the week on Oct. 10 after posting her second career hat trick against Northern Arizona University on Oct. 6. Montana holds the advantage in the all-time series against Gonzaga University 12-3-0. The Zags have posted wins in the last three meetings, including a 3-1 victory last season at Martin Field.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount University is currently ranked 24th in the Soccer America poll with an 8-2-5 overall record, including 1-1-3 in West Coast Conference play. Before traveling to Gonzaga University on Sunday the Lions will face Utah Valley State College Thursday. Last weekend the Lions posted a 1-0-1 record against WCC foes the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College. LMU has played six matches into double overtime, five finishing with ties, one with a win, including an 1-1 tie against then-No. 3 Santa Clara University. Loyola Marymount is led by junior Jamie Bell with five goals and one assist for 11 points. Heading into this season, Bell had scored only one goal and five assists during the first two years of her career. The Lions lead the all-time series with GU 10-2-2. In 2005, the two programs battled to a scoreless tie at Loyola Marymount.
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 hosts No. 24 Loyola Marymount University in the final home match of the season on Sunday. The Zags are 4-40-1 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 6-2 to then-No. 4 Santa Clara last Sunday.
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.
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.
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 seven of the team's total goals, all but four 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 13 goals, 13 assists, 35 points and 106 shots. Leading the pack is McCormick with six goals and two assists for 14 points. As a team, GU has posted 20 goals, 13 assists for 53 points and 187 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 sixth place for total points with 35. Thanks to her performance in the past four matches, the junior moved into sole possession of fourth place for career goals with 15. McCormick has also moved into eighth place for career shots with 73. The forward also holds numerous spots on the single-season record books from 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. In addition to Nanda McCormick, 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 sixth in career shots (78). Rounding out those moving up in the ranks is freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman, who is second in career shutouts with six.
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 six shutouts while allowing 16 goals for a 0.97 goals against average. Thalman posted her first set of back-to-back-to-back shutouts against Saint Mary's College (Oct. 13), University of San Francisco (Oct. 15) and the University of San Diego (Oct. 19). She had previously posted back-to-back shutouts on Sept. 1 and 2 against Birmingham-Southern College and Eastern Washington University. Her shutout against San Diego moved her up in two different Bulldog all-time standings. Thalman is now tied for second in single season shutouts and second in the career shutout rankings. Both records are held by Ashley Haugen who posted 23 all-time shutouts, including 11 in 2005.
TOUGH 2006 SCHEDULE: Gonzaga University has faced three schools that are ranked in this week's national top 10, including two top-5 teams in back-to-back matches. Last weekend, Gonzaga fell to then-No. 4 Santa Clara University 6-2 on the road. On Oct. 8, the Bulldogs hosted defending national champion 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 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.