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Zags Embark On Final Road Trip

Oct. 31, 2007

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Game 18
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Sullivan Field
Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m.

Game 19
Gonzaga at CSU Bakersfield
Main Soccer Field
Bakersfield, Calif.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m.

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will make its final road trip of the 2007 campaign with two matches in the Los Angeles area. Saturday, the Zags will face West Coast Conference opponent Loyola Marymount University at 1 p.m., before facing non-conference foe Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at 1 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Next week, the Bulldogs will wrap up their regular season as Gonzaga University hosts Pepperdine University in its lone match of the week. The match, which will also serve as Senior Day, will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, the Bulldogs will honor six seniors - Cristin Leverson, Nanda McCormick, Sarah Hall, Jamie Blanche, Christine Soma and Lauren Zuckerman.

LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University posted a 1-1 week last weekend, including a historic victory over then-No. 12 Santa Clara University. Friday, the Bulldogs upset the Broncos 2-1 thanks to goals by Kelcey Goddard and Lauren Zuckerman. The win marked the Zags inaugural victory over Santa Clara, as the all-time record now stands at 1-13-1. Sunday, Gonzaga looked to play the upset role again against then-No. 11 University of San Diego. The Bulldogs fought hard throughout the match but were unable to upset the Toreros, falling 1-0 in double overtime.

ZAGS RECORD HISTORIC VICTORY: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team enjoyed the program's first win over Santa Clara University on Oct. 25, as the Bulldogs upset the then-No. 12 Broncos 2-1 in West Coast Conference play at Martin Field in Spokane. The Bulldogs' victory marked the first time in a 15-game all-time series with Santa Clara that Gonzaga has posted a victory. Prior to the match, the Zags had posted a 0-13-1 record against the Broncos. In 2005, the Bulldogs played SCU to a double-overtime 0-0 tie.

VERUS RANKED OPPONENTS: Gonzaga University's victory over then-No. 12 Santa Clara University marked the Bulldogs' fifth all-time victory over a ranked opponent. All-time against ranked opponents the Zags are now 5-44-1. Prior to last week's match, the last time the Bulldogs defeated a ranked opponent was Oct. 15, 2005 when they up-ended then-No. 10 Pepperdine University 1-0.

ZAGS REACH 10: For the fifth consecutive season, the Gonzaga University women's soccer team will finish the season with 10 or more wins. With three games remaining, the Bulldogs currently maintain a 10-6-1 record. Gonzaga first posted 10-plus victories in the 2003 season, when it earned an 11-8-0 record. The Zags went 11-9-0 in 2004, before setting a school record with a 12-4-4 finish in 2005. Last season, the Bulldogs posted a 10-9-1 record.

SOMA STRIVES TOWARDS SCHOOL RECORD: Senior midfielder Christine Soma recorded her third assist of the season Oct. 25 against then-No. 12 Santa Clara University. The assist was the 13th of her career, placing her three shy of the school record. Sara Streufert, who played for Gonzaga University from 1997 to 2000, posted a total of 15 career assists.

SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount University enters Saturday's match-up with Gonzaga University boasting a 11-5-1 overall, 3-2-0 West Coast Conference record. Loyola Marymount is led by Jamie Bell. Bell currently leads the Lions with 17 total points - seven goals and three assists. LMU's defense is anchored by the 2007 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. Slovek currently maintains a 0.69 goals against average. The Lions hold the all-time series advantage over the Bulldogs 11-2-2, including a 1-0 victory over GU last season in Spokane.

SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS: Cal State Bakersfield, which is in its second transitional year in the move to Division I, enters the weekend with a 5-11-1 record. The Roadrunners most recently suffered a 3-2 loss to Cal State Northridge, which ended a two-match win streak. The win streak included a pair of shutouts over Biola University, 2-0, and Westmont College, 5-0. The Roadrunners are led by Natalie Haigh who boasts a team-high 11 points - four goals and three assists. Alexa Vickroy is second in scoring with five goals for 10 total points. Sunday's meeting in Bakersfield will mark the first time in history that CSUB and Gonzaga University have met on the field.

AMES' SUCCESS: Amongst stiff competitions, freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames has seen much success in her first three collegiate starts. In her debut at the starting role, Ames posted a 2-0 shutout over West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College. Her second start came against perennial powerhouse and then-No. 12 Santa Clara University. Against the Broncos, Ames posted numerous huge saves to provide Gonzaga University with the 2-1 victory. Sunday, Ames, once again, posted multiple big saves but it did not prove to be enough as the Bulldogs fell to then-No. 11 University of San Diego 1-0 in double overtime.

ZUCKERMAN SUCCEEDS IN NEW ROLE: Senior Lauren Zuckerman, of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team, moved into a new position for the Bulldogs this season and the move has paid off. The midfielder, who played as a defender in her first three years, had yet to score a goal heading into the 2007 campaign. The native of Lafayette, Calif. now leads the Bulldogs with five goals - including three goals scored in three consecutive matches. The three-match streak began Oct. 2 versus Boise State University, continuing at Oregon State University. Oct. 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.

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.

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 four goals to-date this season and has moved into sole possession of eighth with 10 career goals. Nanda McCormick also holds a spot on the career goals list with 18 for third place. Christine Soma is three assists short of the Gonzaga all-time record of 15 held by Sara Streufert. Soma currently ranks second with 12 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 (28) and ninth (26), respectively. Blanche, Soma and McCormick also rank in the shots lists as Blanche ranks fourth (107), Soma sixth (98) and McCormick eighth (91). 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.

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

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 Sept. 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 70-92-8 overall record.

TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO COACHING STAFF: Gonzaga University head coach Shannon Stiles has two new assistant coaches on the sidelines 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.