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Five Bulldogs Earn West Coast Conference Honors

Nov. 8, 2006

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team had five players earn All-West Coast Conference accolades, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Junior Lauren Zuckerman led the way earning second-team honors, while juniors Nanda McCormick and Christine Soma earned honorable mention accolades, and freshmen Taylor Hall and Jessie Thalman were named to the All-Freshman team.

Zuckerman received her first All-WCC second-team selection after starting all 20 matches for the Zags on the backline. She tallied three shots on the season, earning her first career assist against Eastern Washington University on Sept. 2. As a member of the backfield, Zuckerman helped GU post an 1.06 goals against average as well as eight shutouts. This year marks the second consecutive season the junior has earned conference accolades; in 2005 Zuckerman earned all-conference honorable mention honors.

McCormick takes home her first All-WCC honor with her honorable mention selection after leading the Zags in five offensive categories. She led Gonzaga with seven goals and two assists for 16 points, 36 shots, 18 of which were shots on goal and five game-winning goals. McCormick posted a five match consecutive scoring streak, tying a career-high, including scoring in four straight WCC matches. She finished the season tied for fourth in points (8) and points per game (1.14), as well as tied for second in goals (4) and goals per game (0.57) during conference contests.

Earning her second All-WCC honor in two years, Soma earned honorable mention accolades following a second-team acknowledgement in 2005. Soma finished 2006 with a career high 34 shots and added two goals and three assists for seven points as a 20 match starter for Gonzaga.

Goalkeeper Thalman was named to the All-WCC Freshman team after a rookie campaign in which she started all 20 matches in the net. Thalman posted six shutouts and combined for two others, while holding opponents to 21 goals and an 1.09 goals against average, and posted 70 saves. Her six shutouts tied her for second on the all-time single season list and places her second in the career ranks. Thalman's 21 goals allowed is the third lowest amount of goals allowed in program history while her 1.09 goals against average is the second lowest.

Hall earned All-WCC Freshman honors after posting three goals in 20 matches, earning 16 starts. Hall's first two career goals came against Birmingham-Southern College on Sept. 1 and were scored within three minutes of each other. Her third goal of the season was posted against the University of Montana on Oct.27. Hall finished the season with six points and 28 shots, including 15 shots on goal.

The Bulldogs finished the 2006 campaign with a 10-9-1 overall record, including going 3-4-0 in WCC play, for a fifth place finish. The 10 wins marks the fourth consecutive year Gonzaga has finished with a winning record, as well as the fourth consecutive season with 10 or more wins.