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Trio Earn Academic Accolades

Nov. 2, 2007

Spokane, Wash. - Seniors Lauren Zuckerman and Christine Soma as well as sophomore Jessie Thalman, all of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team, have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District VII All-Academic women's soccer team.

All three Bulldogs earned the honor for the first time as Zuckerman was named to first team, while Thalman and Soma garnered second team accolades.

Zuckerman, who carries a 3.91 GPA while studying accounting, is now eligible for the national ballot thanks to her first team selection. The native of Lafayette, Calif. currently leads the Zags with fives goals and 11 total points.

Soma, a native of Portland, Ore., carries a 3.83 GPA while working towards a degree in public relations. She currently ranks in the Bulldogs career record books in assists (second-12), total points (eighth-28) and shots (ninth-98).

Thalman carries 3.81 GPA in exercise science. The goalkeeper, who hails from Greenwood Village, Colo., has posted five shutouts this season to bring her career total to 11, placing her in second place in the career ranks. During her rookie campaign last season, Thalman posted six shutouts to list her second in the single season record book.

The Bulldogs' embark on their final road trip of the season this weekend. GU travels to Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Bakersfield looking to improve on their 10-6-1 and 2-3-0 West Coast Conference record. Saturday, the Zags will face the Lions at 1 p.m., before squaring off with the RoadRunners at 1 p.m. on Sunday.