Nov. 14, 2007
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's soccer team saw six players earn All-West Coast Conference accolades, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Junior Kelcey Goddard led the way with second-team honors, while seniors Sarah Hall, Nanda McCormick, Christine Soma and Lauren Zuckerman earned honorable mention accolades. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ames rounds out WCC honors, being named to the All-Freshman team.
The six selections is the second highest number of honors in a single season for the Bulldogs. In 2005, the Zags landed seven all-conference selections.
Goddard received her first WCC selection after starting 18 matches in Gonzaga's midfield. She tallied six total points thanks to a goal and four assists. During league play, the native of Lakewood, Colo., posted a goal and an assist. Highlighting her efforts this season was a two assist performance during a 2-0 victory over Eastern Washington University and a goal during the Bulldogs' 2-1 victory over then-No. 12 Santa Clara University. The victory over the Broncos marked the Zags' inaugural victory over the conference foe.
Hall earned the first All-WCC accolade of her career after switching to the midfield position this season. The Salt Lake City, Utah native played in all 20 matches this season, finishing the 2007 campaign with one goal and four assists. Hall posted an outstanding effort during a 4-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 4, as she posted two assists and a goal against the Roadrunners. Earlier in the season, she recorded three assists in three straight victories over Vanderbilt University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Utah State University.
McCormick takes home her second consecutive All-WCC honorable mention honor after starting all 20 matches for the Bulldogs in 2007. McCormick aided the Zags' backline to 0.96 goals against average and nine shutouts. The native of Seattle, Wash., also recorded three goals and one assist for the season. With the addition of her three goals, McCormick finished her GU career ranked third in career goals (19), as well as third in career points with 44.
Earning her third consecutive All-West Coast honor, Soma earned her second honorable mention accolade after posting a team-high 12 points - four goals and four assists. Soma finished the 2007 league campaign with one goal and an assist, both of which came against ranked opponents. The native of Portland, Ore., aided Gonzaga in avoiding a shutout with the Zags' lone goal in a 3-1 loss to then-No. 8 University of Portland. She also recorded an assist on the game winning goal against then-No. 12 Santa Clara. Soma had previously earned a second-team nod in 2005 in addition to an honorable mention selection last year.
Zuckerman, who earned second-team recognition in 2006 and an honorable mention selection in 2005, returns to the list of honorees this season for the third consecutive year. The native of Lafayette, Calif. started all 20 matches this season and led the Bulldogs in goals with five. She also posted an assist en route to 11 total points. In league play, Zuckerman posted one goal - the game winning goal against No. 12 Santa Clara. Her five goals mark a career high as she was a defender during her first three seasons at Gonzaga.
Ames earned an All-Freshman Team accolade after posting a 0.53 goals against average in league play. She allowed three goals in six WCC matches while posting a pair of shutouts as she earned the start in all but one league match. For the season, Ames earned a 0.43 goals against average, earning her the lowest goals against average in program history.
The Bulldogs finished the 2007 campaign with a 12-7-1 overall record, including a 3-4-0 finish in the WCC. The 12 victories tied the school record for victories in a season in addition to the fifth consecutive season in which the Zags have posted a winning record and 10 or more wins.