Women's Soccer At Idaho Friday; Hosts Boise State Sunday
Friday, Aug. 24
Gonzaga at Idaho, 4 p.m.
Moscow, Idaho - Guy Wicks Field
Series Record: Gonzaga leads the all-time series 8-4-1.
What happened in 2011?: GU earned a 3-0 win in Spokane on Sept. 23, 2011.
Sunday, Aug. 26
Boise State at Gonzaga, Noon
Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Soccer Field
Live stats and video links available at GoZags.com
Series Record: Gonzaga leads the all-time series 5-2-0.
What happened in 2011?: GU earned a 1-0 win in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 28, 2011.
GONZAGA VS. BOISE STATE PROMOTIONS: The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a GU lunch bag courtesy of Group Health.
GONZAGA PLAYS AT IDAHO FRIDAY; HOSTS BOISE STATE SUNDAY IN DOUBLEHEADER: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team heads to Moscow, Idaho, to battle the University of Idaho Friday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Spokane to host Boise State University Sunday at noon. Sunday is a doubleheader with the men's soccer team, who will host Seattle University at 3 p.m.
ABOUT THE IDAHO VANDALS: The University of Idaho women's soccer squad opened the 2012 season splitting its first two matches. The Vandals dropped a 2-1 decision at Texas Tech University, Aug. 17, but bounced back to grab a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the University of South Dakota, Aug. 19. It was Chelsea Smalls that scored the gamewinner for Idaho in the 104th minute of the second overtime. Goalkeeper Liz Boyden has made 13 saves thus far this season, including eight in the Vandals tough loss to Texas Tech.
ABOUT THE BOISE STATE BRONCOS: Boise State University women's soccer currently holds a perfect 2-0 record in 2012. The Broncos began the new year defeating New Mexico State University 1-0 and then claimed a 4-1 victory over North Dakota State University. Five different players have scored for Boise State and five different players have been credited with assists. Bronco Rebe Wolverton scored the lone goal and gamewinner against New Mexico.
AMY EDWARDS IN FOURTH YEAR AT THE HELM: Gonzaga University women's soccer head coach Amy Edwards begins her fourth year at the helm in 2012. Edwards currently holds a 23-33-3 overall record and is the second winningest coach in Gonzaga history. To see Edwards' full bio, go to GoZags.com.
FRESHMAN SILA TUIOFEA NOTCHES TWO GOALS ON TWO SHOTS: Gonzaga University women's soccer freshman Sila Tuiofea began her collegiate career scoring two goals on two shots in the Bulldogs 3-1 victory over the University of South Dakota, Aug. 17. Coming off the bench in the first half, Tuiofea notched a goal at the 31:35 mark (11 minutes after entering) to push GU's lead to 2-0. Her second goal and Gonzaga's third of the match came at the 71:44 mark.
EMMA DOLCETTI BEGINS THE SEASON OFF WITH A BANG: It was fitting Gonzaga University women's soccer senior Emma Dolcetti scored the Bulldogs first goal of 2012. Dolcetti, the Zags leading scorer in 2011 with five goals, notched her ninth career goal and Gonzaga's first of the new year two minutes into their 3-1 victory over the University of South Dakota, Aug. 17.
DEPTH AT GOALKEEPER: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team returns starting goalkeeper Susan Brown in 2012. Brown is joined on the squad by fellow senior keeper Alicia Berggren and freshman keeper Christie Tombari. Brown secured seven shutouts as a junior - her first year as a Bulldogs after transferring from Arkansas State University - and made 106 saves.
LOCAL PLAYERS DOT BULLDOG ROSTER: The Gonzaga University women's soccer squad has five players from the Spokane area. Senior defender Morgan Manchester (East Valley HS), is joined by redshirt freshman Mikayla Anderson (Mead HS), and true freshman Jessica Bennett (Gonzaga Prep), Christie Tombari (Gonzaga Prep) and Lexi Clark (University HS).
CASSIE GEERDTS LOST FOR THE YEAR: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team lost Cassie Geerdts for the season. Geerdts' missed the 2011 campaign due to a knee injury right before the year. She was on pace to return to the squad in 2012 before suffering another knee injury.
COACHES TAB ZAGS FOR NINTH: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has been selected to finish ninth in the 2012 West Coast Conference season according to a preseason vote of the league's head coaches. The Bulldogs received 10 votes in this year's poll, after losing three starters off a team that went 7-10-2 overall and 0-6-2 in the conference a year ago. Santa Clara University was selected the preseason favorite to win the 2012 West Coast Conference women's soccer title. The Broncos captured seven of eight possible first-place votes, and 63 overall points in the poll. The 2011 West Coast Conference co-champions Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego were picked to finish second and third, respectively, in this year's poll. Following its debut WCC campaign, Brigham Young University (BYU) finished fourth with 45 points. The University of Portland, a 2011 NCAA participant, earned 42 points along with a first place vote to finish fifth. The Pilots were followed by Saint Mary's College (26 points), Loyola Marymount University (21 points), and the University of San Francisco (17 points).
FOLLOW THE BULLDOGS LIVE: All Gonzaga University home matches will be video streamed and available via live stats on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga website to sign up for live video streaming.
FOLLOW THE ZAGS ON TWITTER: Follow every step of the Gonzaga University's women's soccer season at www.twitter.com/zagswsoccer. Fans can also follow head coach Amy Edwards at www.twitter.com/amyedwards. You can also get instant game scores and updates at the official Bulldog athletic twitter site at www.twitter.com/GonzagaBulldogs.