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The women's soccer team opens WCC play hosting Saint Mary's Sunday.
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Zags Open WCC Play Hosting Saint Mary's Sunday

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/05/2012
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Match 12
Sunday, Oct. 7
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga, 1 p.m.
Live stats and video link available at GoZags.com
Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Soccer Field
Series Record: Saint Mary's College holds the 11-6-2 lead in the all-time series with Gonzaga. Four of the last seven meeting have gone into overtime. Last season the teams battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Moraga.

Match Promotions:
Bulldog Bundle: For only $10, the Bulldog Bundle includes a game ticket and the official 2012 Gonzaga Soccer scarf.

FREE Kids Clinic: Kids 12 and under are invited to join the Zags on the field for a FREE clinic after the match.

BULLDOGS HOST SAINT MARY'S SUNDAY: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team opens West Coast Conference action Sunday hosting Saint Mary's College at the Gonzaga Soccer Field at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs enter into their first league match with a 6-5-0 record and are coming off a 3-0 victory over the University of Nevada. The Gaels are 5-5-2 and tied Cal State Bakersfield 1-1 in double-overtime in their last match.

ABOUT THE SAINT MARY'S GAELS: The Saint Mary's College women's soccer team is currently 5-5-2. The Gaels last victory came on Sept. 16 when they defeated Bucknell University 2-0. Since that match, SMC has dropped a 3-2 double-overtime decision to the University of the Pacific, a 1-0 decision to Valparaiso University, and tied Cal State Bakersfield 1-1 in double-overtime. Four of Saint Mary's 12 matches have gone into overtime this season. Christina Tognetti leads the squad with three goals, while Katy Roby has notched a team-leading four assists.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION HALTS LOSING STREAK: An offensive explosion Sunday helped the Gonzaga University women's soccer team halt a four-match losing streak. The Bulldogs, having scored just two goals in four matches, notched three to defeat visiting University of Nevada 3-0, Sept. 30. Sophomore Kasey Rubosky scored her third of the season and the first of the match, while senior Emma Dolcetti tallied the second goal and freshman Heather Johnson had the third goal. It was Dolcetti's third goal of the year and Johnson's second.

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.

EIGHT OF 15 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has scored 15 goals thus far this season, with eight of them being scored by rookies. Freshman Sila Tuiofea has scored a team-tying high three goals for the Bulldogs, while classmates Heather Johnson has tallied two and Jessica Bennett, Lauren Luke and Kellyn Nelson each have notched one.

KASEY RUBOSKY NOTCHES THREE 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, Aug. 31. The midfielder did it again Sept. 2, notching a goal in the 26th minute to give Gonzaga a 1-0 victory; this time over Vanderbilt University. Rubosky is now tied for first on the team with three goals after scoring the game-winner in the Zags 3-0 win over the University of Nevada, Sept. 30. Rubosky, a sophomore midfielder, has scored six 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 is tied for first on the team in goals (3) and leads the squad in 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 tied for first on the team in goals with three and her 11 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 145 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.

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