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Bulldogs Face Pepperdine In Season Finale

Nov. 1, 2006

Spokane, Wash. -

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Saturday, Nov. 4 - Gonzaga at No. 24 Pepperdine, Noon

Gonzaga 3, Montana 1
No. 24 Loyola Marymount 1, Gonzaga 0

BULLDOGS TRAVEL TO MALIBU FOR FINAL MATCH: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team will play its final match of the 2006 season Saturday when it travels to Malibu, Calif. to face nationally ranked Pepperdine University. Match time is set for Noon.

LAST WEEK ON THE PITCH: The Zags played their final two home matches of the season, spiltting the two games, posting a 1-1 record. Friday, Gonzaga University topped the University of Montana 3-1 in non-conference action. Nanda McCormick, Taylor Hall and Kelcey Goddard scored for GU in the match. Sunday, the Bulldogs fell to then-No. 24 Loyola Marymount University 1-0 in a West Coast Conference match.

McCORMICK SCORING STREAK SNAPPED: Junior Nanda McCormick's five match scoring streak was snapped Sunday against then-No. 24 Loyola Marymount Unviersity. McCormick of the Gonzaga University women's soccer had posted goals in five consecutive matches, tying a career high set during the 2005 season. During her five-match streak, McCormick scored all but six of her 16 total points. She also was responsible for half of the Zags' 20 points and five of Gonzaga's eight goals. She ranks tied for eighth in points (16) in the West Coast Conference, as well as ranks tied for seventh in goals (7), ninth in goals per game (0.37) and second in game-winning goals (5). In WCC matches, McCormick ranks tied for fourth in points (8) and points per game (1.33), second in goals (4), goals per game (0.67) and game-winning goals (3).

TEN WINS, AGAIN: For the fourth consecutive season, the Gonzaga University women's soccer team has won ten or more matches. With the 3-1 victory over the University of Montana Friday, the Bulldogs secured Gonzaga's fourth 10 win season in the program's history. The Zags posted the program's first 10-plus win season in 2003, finishing with an 11-8-0 overall record. GU also posted 11 wins during the 2004 campaign, earning an 11-9-0 record. Last season, Gonzaga posted a program-best 12 wins, finishing the season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 12-4-4 record.

BEND IT IN FOR A CAREER FIRST: Sophomore Kelcey Goddard scored her first career goal Friday during Gonzaga University's 3-1 victory over the University of Montana. Goddard's first career goal came at 78:41, when she took a corner kick and bent into the far back corner of the net for the Zag's third goal of the match.

AGAINST RANKED FOE: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team was unable to improve on its all-time record against ranked opponents when it hosted No. 24 Loyola Marymount University in the final home match of the season on Sunday. The Zags are 4-41-1 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 1-0 to the Lions on Oct. 29.

SCOUTING THE WAVES: The Pepperdine University women's soccer team enters the weekend ranked as high as 24th in the national polls with a 10-6-3 overall record, including a 3-2-1 record when playing West Coast Conference opponents. The Waves are led by sophomore midfielder Emily Wynne. Wynne leads the team in goals (5), total points (17) and is second on the squad with eight assists. Last weekend, Pepperdine defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-1, before falling to then-No. 6 University of Portland, 3-1 on Sunday. When playing at home, the Waves boast an undefeated 6-0-2 record, including a three-match win streak. Sunday will be the first time since Oct. 15 that Pepperdine has played a home match. The Waves hold the advantage in the all-time series with Gonzaga University 9-3-1. Last season, the Zags topped Pepperdine 1-0 in Malibu.

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.

SENIOR FAREWELL: Last Sunday Gonzaga University honored its senior women's soccer players at the final home game of the season. This season, the Bulldogs recognized seniors Traci Dallas, Beth Drollinger and Megan Trammell. Dallas is a 3-year letter-winner from Casper, Wyo. The forward has played in 47 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 77 matches with 72 starts and is currently tied for third on the Gonzaga all-time assists list with nine. 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 owinner from Yakima, Wash., has appeared in 49 matches, including 13 starts for the Zags, posting nine shots.

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 over half of the team's total goals, all but five 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 14 goals, nine assists, 37 points and 120 shots. Leading the pack is McCormick with a team-high nine goals and two assists for 16 points. As a team, GU has posted 23 goals, 14 assists for 60 points and 215 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 fourth place for total points with 37. Thanks to her performance in the past weeks, the junior moved into a tie for third place for career goals with 16. McCormick has also moved into seventh place for career shots with 75. 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. So far this season, McCormick also ranks tied for seventh in the single season books for goals (7) and tied for eighth in total points (16).

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 is tied for second in career assists (9) and junior Christine Soma is tied for sixth in career assists (8). Junior Cristin Leverson's game-winning goal against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 29 vaulted her into a tie for tenth on the career goal ranks (8). Junior Jamie Blanche is ranked fifth in career shots (82). 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 five, including two top-5 teams in back-to-back matches.On Oct. 22, 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.