Nov. 6, 2007
Pepperdine at Gonzaga
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will wrap up the 2007 season hosting Pepperdine University Saturday at Martin Field in Spokane. Match time is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday will also mark Senior Day as the Bulldogs will honor seven seniors - Cristin Leverson, Nanda McCormick, Sarah Hall, Jamie Blanche, Christine Soma, Lauren Zuckerman and Heather Horn - prior to the game.
LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University posted an 1-1 week last weekend as it played its final road games of the 2007 season. Saturday, the Zags fell 1-0 to West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount University. The match with the Lions remained scoreless until the 68th minute when LMU's Jamie Bell scored the eventual game winning goal. Sunday, the Bulldogs rebounded with a 4-0 shutout over Cal State Bakersfield. Seven Zags contributed to Gonzaga's scoring, including goals by Sarah Hall, Nanda McCormick, Christine Soma, and Lacey Castleberry.
SENIORS MAKE MARK: Saturday, Gonzaga University will honor seven graduating seniors of the women's soccer program. Cristin Leverson, Nanda McCormick, Sarah Hall, Jamie Blanche, Christine Soma, Lauren Zuckerman and Heather Horn will all be recognized prior to the match. Each has made their own mark on Gonzaga soccer.
Cristin Leverson: Leverson, a native of Richland, Wash., has played in 64 matches, recording eight goals and three assists for 17 total points.
Nanda McCormick: McCormick, who hails from Seatttle, was a 2006 West Coast Conference honoree and led the Bulldogs in scoring in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. McCormick has posted 19 goals and five assists for 43 total career points. Her goals and total points both rank third in all-time Gonzaga history. She also ranks eighth with 92 career shots.
Sarah Hall: Hall, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, has appeared in 61 games, including starting all 19 games this season. She has amassed five goals and six career assists.
Jamie Blanche: Blanche, from Fallbrook, Calif., has appeared in 77 matches as a forward, posting ten career goals and seven career assists. Her goals rank her eighth on the all-time list, while her assists rank her tied for eighth. In total, she has amassed 27 total points, ranking ninth all-time. She also ranks fourth all-time with 109 career shots.
Christine Soma: Soma, a native of Portland, Ore., is a two-time WCC award winner, including a second-team accolade as a sophomore. She has appeared in 68 matches, including 58 starts. The midfielder has recorded nine career goals, 12 career assists for 30 total points. Her nine career goals ranks tied for ninth in the GU record book, while she is three assists shy of breaking the all-time school record. She also ranks sixth in all-time shots with 99.
Lauren Zuckerman: Zuckerman, who hails from Lafayette, Calif., currently leads Gonzaga with five goals. She previously played 55 games as a defender, before moving to the forward position this year. She has posted five career goals and two career assists for 12 total points. She is a two-time West Coast Conference honoree, including a second team nod in 2006.
Heather Horn: Horn, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., has seen action in 38 matches, including 29 career starts. She has recorded six career goals and five assists for 17 total points. As a freshman, Horn was named to the All-West Coast Conference freshman team in addition to earning honorable mention accolades.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine University enters its final match of the season with a 5-7-6 overall record, including going 2-3-1 in West Coast Conference play. The Wave's have played all of their matches close as five of the seven losses have been by one goal, and the other two were by two goals. In addition, the six ties set a school record, surpassing four ties that were recorded in 1998. Pepperdine, who is fresh off a 2-0 loss to then-No. 3 University of Portland, is led by junior Amanda Rupp. Rupp has posted five goals and five assists for 15 total points. Saturday, Gonzaga University will be looking to gain ground in the all-time series record, as the Waves hold a 10-3-1 all-time advantage. Last season, Pepperdine defeated the Bulldogs 3-0 in Malibu.
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 one game remaining, the Bulldogs currently maintain a 11-7-1 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.
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.
AMES' SUCCESS: Amongst stiff competitions, freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames has seen much success in her firstfive 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. Oct. 28, 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. Last weekend, Ames suffered the loss against Loyola Marymount University, allowing a goal in the 68th minute, but rebounded to combine with Jessie Thalman for a 4-0 shutout of Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.
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.