Women's Soccer Hosts Nevada Sunday
Sunday, Sept. 30
Nevada at Gonzaga, 11 a.m.
Live stats and video link available at GoZags.com
Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Soccer Field
Series Record: Gonzaga and Nevada have met only once before on the pitch; a 1-1 double-overtime tie in 2010 at the University of Montana Tournament.
BULLDOGS HOST NEVADA SUNDAY: After a 14-day break, the Gonzaga University women's soccer squad hits the pitch to battle the University of Nevada Sunday. The Bulldogs and Wolfpack will face each other at the Gonzaga Soccer Field starting at 11 a.m. The match is part of a Bulldog double-header as the men's soccer team faces the University of San Francisco at 2 p.m.
ABOUT THE NEVADA WOLFPACK: The University of Nevada women's soccer team is currently 4-5-1 overall. The Wolfpack are coming off a 3-0 setback to No. 15 University of California. Prior to the shutout against Cal, Nevada had won two-straight; a 3-2 overtime win over Weber State University and a 1-0 win over San Jose State University. Chrisalyn Fonte leads the Wolfpack with 12 points on five goals and two assists.
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 four-straight; a 1-0 setback to No. 22 University of Washington, a 1-0 overtime loss to Seattle University, a 2-0 setback at No. 21 Oregon State University and a 4-2 loss at the University of Oregon.
GONZAGA ENDS SCORELESS STREAK: When the Gonzaga University women's soccer team scored 44 seconds into its match against the University of Oregon, Sept. 16 it halted a 340 minutes goal-less streak for the Bulldogs. It was freshman Lauren Luke who ended the tough streak, notching her first collegiate career goal off an assist by both Morgan Manchester and fellow classmate Heather Johnson.
SEVEN OF 12 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has scored 12 goals thus far this season, with seven of them being scored by rookies. Freshman Sila Tuiofea has scored a team-high three goals for the Bulldogs, while classmates Heather Johnson, Jessica Bennett, Lauren Luke 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; HAS SCORED THREE GOALS THIS SEASON: 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 goals (3), and points (8).
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 second 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 142 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.