Zags At No. 5 BYU Friday, No. 19 Santa Clara Sunday
Friday, Oct. 19
Gonzaga at No. 5 BYU, 6 p.m. PT (BYUtv)
Live stats link available at GoZags.com
Provo, Utah - South Field
Series Record: BYU leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 4-0. In 2011, their first year as members of the West Coast Conference, the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 at the Gonzaga Soccer Field.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Gonzaga at No. 19 Santa Clara, 1 p.m.
Live stats and video links available at GoZags.com
Santa Clara, Calif. - Buck Shaw Stadium
Series Record: Santa Clara University holds the 16-1-2 lead in the all-time series with Gonzaga and has won three-straight, including a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs in 2011.
BULLDOGS CONTINUE WCC PLAY THIS WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team hits the road and faces two ranked opponents this weekend. The Bulldogs battle No. 5 BYU in Provo Friday at 6 p.m. PT. The match can be seen on BYUtv. The Zags close out the weekend at No. 19 Santa Clara University Sunday at 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE BYU COUGARS: The BYU women's soccer team is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest NSCAA Top 25. The Cougars hold a 13-1-1 overall mark and are 2-0-1 in the West Coast Conference. BYU's lone loss came in its third match of the season; a 1-0 setback at the University of Utah. The Cougars opened WCC play with a 0-0 double-overtime tie versus then No. 21 Santa Clara University. They since have defeated the University of San Francisco (3-1) and the University of Portland (2-1). Michelle Murphy leads the squad with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Jessica Ringwood has added six goals.
ABOUT THE SANTA CLARA BRONCOS: No. 19 Santa Clara University enters into the weekend with an 8-3-4 overall mark and a 1-1-1 record in the West Coast Conference. The Broncos have played five ranked opponents this year and are 1-2-2 against those opponents. SCU defeated then-No. 15 ranked University of California 1-0 and tied then-No. 23 Georgetown University 1-1 and then-No. 6 BYU 0-0. The Broncos lone loss in league this season is a 2-1 setback to then-No. 17 Pepperdine University. Three players have scored four goals for SCU; Sofia Huerta, Julie Johnston and Lauren Matheson.
NINE OF 18 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women's soccer team has scored 18 goals thus far this season, with nine of them being scored by rookies. Freshman Sila Tuiofea has scored a team-tying high three goals for the Bulldogs, while classmates Heather Johnson and Lauren Luke have tallied two. Jessica Bennett 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.
HISTORIC TIE FOR GONZAGA: The Gonzaga University women's soccer squad tied the University of Portland 1-1 after a hard-fought 110 minutes, Oct. 11. The double-overtime tie is a historic moment for the Zags program as it is the first non-loss against the nationally recognized Pilots in 21 matches. It also is only the fourth time they have scored against a program that has gone to 19 NCAA Tournaments and won the National Championship in both 2002 and 2005.
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 29-40-4 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 160 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.