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Gonzaga hosts the University of Portland at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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Bulldogs Host Portland Thursday; At San Francisco Sunday

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/10/2012
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Match 13
Thursday, Oct. 11
Portland at Gonzaga, 3 p.m.
Live stats and video link available at GoZags.com
Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Soccer Field
Series Record: Portland has won all 20 meetings between the two schools, including a 3-0 victory at Merlo Field to close out the 2011 season.

Match 14
Sunday, Oct. 14
Gonzaga at San Francisco, 11:30 a.m.
Live stats and video link available at GoZags.com
San Francisco, Calif. - Negoesco Stadium
Series Record: The University of San Francisco holds the 14-5 advantage in the all-time series and has won two-straight matches. Gonzaga fell to the Dons 1-0 in 2011.

BULLDOGS CONTINUE WCC PLAY THIS WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team hosts the University of Portland Thursday and ravels to California to battle the University of San Francisco Sunday. The match versus the Bulldogs will be the Pilots opening West Coast Conference match of the season. 

ABOUT THE PORTLAND PILOTS: The University of Portland women's soccer team is currently 6-3-2. The Pilots have yet to play a West Coast Conference match. Portland's last win came in a 3-0 victory over Seattle University, Sept. 21. Since then, the Pilots dropped a 3-1 decision to the University of Denver, tied Cal State Northridge 1-1 and fell 3-2 to then-No. 10 ranked San Diego State University. UP is led by Amanda Frisbie who has scored seven goals and notched four assists for a team-leading 18 points. Teammate Kaila Cameli has added six goals.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS: The University of San Francisco women's soccer team holds a 5-5-3 overall mark and is 0-2-0 in West Coast Conference action. The Dons fell to the University of San Diego 2-0 and dropped a tight 2-1 decision to then-No. 20 ranked Pepperdine University. Mackenzie Krieser has scored seven goals for USF and tallied two assists for 16 points. Keeper Madal Schiffel has allowed 12 goals and made 62 saves thus far this season.

EIGHT OF 17 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has scored 17 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.

TOUGH LEAGUE OPENER FOR ZAGS: In one of the gutsiest performances at the Gonzaga Soccer Field, the Gonzaga University women's soccer team scored two goals against Saint Mary's College in the final 1:15 of regulation to tie the match and send it into overtime. Unfortunately, the visiting Gaels notched the winning goal with 45 seconds remaining in the second overtime to hand the Bulldogs a heartbreaking 3-2 setback last Sunday.

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 29-39-3 overall record and is the second winningest coach in Gonzaga history. To see Edwards' full bio, go to GoZags.com.

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 148 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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