Zags At Nike Invitational; Play Oregon State, Oregon
Friday, Sept. 14
Gonzaga at Oregon State, 4 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks; Gametracker link available at GoZags.com
Corvallis, Ore. - Lorenz Field
Series Record: Oregon State leads the all-times series 10-3 but Gonzaga has won the last three matches; 2-0 in 2005, 2-1 in 2006 and 2-0 in 2007.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Gonzaga at Oregon, 1 p.m.
Eugene, Ore. - Pape Field
Live Stats and video links available at GoZags.com
Series Record: Oregon leads the all-times series 5-1-2. The two schools last met in 2007 with Oregon earning a 4-1 win in Eugene.
BULLDOGS TO PARTAKE IN NIKE INVITATIONAL; WILL PLAY BOTH OREGON STATE AND OREGON: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team hits the road to partake in the Nike Invitational this weekend. The Bulldogs open the invitational playing at Oregon State University Friday in a 4 p.m. tilt. The match can been seen on the Pac-12 Network; their first national-televised match. GU then plays at the University of Oregon Sunday to close out the invitational. The final match is set for 1 p.m.
GONZAGA RANKED NO. 10 IN NSCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS: The Gonzaga University women's soccer squad is ranked No. 10 in the latest NSCAA West Region Rankings. Five other West Coast Conference members are ranked: BYU (No. 1), the University of Portland (No. 3), Pepperdine University (No. 5), Santa Clara University (No. 6) and Loyola Marymount University (No. 7).
THE BULLDOGS STARTED OFF HOT: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team started the year off hot with its 5-1 record. The Bulldogs lone loss in their first six games was a 3-0 setback to Washington State University, Aug. 19. The 5-1 start was the best in the program's history. The previous best start was 4-2, coming in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011. Since starting 5-1, Gonzaga has dropped two-straight; a 1-0 setback to No. 22 University of Washington and a 1-0 overtime loss to Seattle University.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS: The Oregon State University women's soccer team enters its match with Gonzaga University at 6-1 and is on a two-match winning streak. The Beavers lone loss was a 1-0 setback at UC Irvine. Jenna Richardson and Jacy Drobney have each score two goals for OSU, with Drobney also tallying one assist. Megan Miller leads the squad with four assists.
ABOUT THE OREGON DUCKS: The University of Oregon women's soccer team is 3-2-1. The Ducks have already played two West Coast Conference schools; having dropped a 2-0 defeat at then-No. 11 University of Portland and most recently earning a 1-1 overtime time at Saint Mary's College. Kristen Parr leads the squad with four of Oregon's five goals.
HEAD COACH AMY EDWARDS TO SIT OUT FRIDAY'S GAME VERSUS OREGON STATE: Gonzaga University women's soccer head coach Amy Edwards was handed a red card in the 62nd minute of the Bulldogs 1-0 overtime loss to Seattle University last Sunday. Per NCAA rules, Edwards will have to sit out the Zags next game which is their battle with Oregon State University Friday. Associate head coach Derek Pittman will take the reigns on Friday in Edwards' absence.
FIVE OF 10 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has scored 10 goals thus far this season, with five of them being scored by rookies. Freshman Sila Tuiofea has scored two for the Bulldogs, while classmates Heather Johnson, Jessica Bennett and Kellyn Nelson each have tallied one.
KASEY RUBOSKY NOTCHES TWO GAME-WINNERS: Kasey Rubosky helped Gonzaga University nab two victories in Tennessee, scoring the game-winning goals in both road contests. She tallied what would become the game-winner nine minutes into the Zags 1-0 victory over Austin Peay State University Friday. The midfielder did it again Sunday, notching a goal in the 26th minute to give Gonzaga a 1-0 victory; this time over Vanderbilt University. Rubosky, a sophomore midfielder, has scored five career goals.
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 28-36-3 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. Tuiofea currently leads the team in points with six as she also has been credited with two assists.
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. Dolcetti is currently tied for the lead on the team in goals with two and her 10 career goals ties her for 10th in the Gonzaga career record book.
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. Brown has 132 career saves as a Zag, which now stands her in seventh in the Gonzaga career record book.
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 freshmen 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. In 2010, her freshman campaign, Geerdts earned West Coast Conference honorable mention after scoring three goals and notching seven assists. Her seven assists tied for the Bulldogs all-time single-season record for assists and was tied for first that season in the West Coast Conference.
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.