Baggerly Scores Twice As Women's Soccer Rolls Over Idaho
SPOKANE, Wash. – Karley Baggerly scored twice and Cassie Geerdts had a goal and two assists to help Gonzaga University’s women’s soccer team got rid of the bad taste left from Friday’s setback and downing the University of Idaho 5-0 Sunday at Luger Field.
The win boosted the Zags to 3-1-0 in the young season, the third time in head coach Amy Edwards’ six years the Bulldogs have started 3-1-0.
Edwards was pleased with the way the squad bounced back following Friday’s 2-0 upset victory by the University of Montana.
“I think we would love to have Friday’s game back, but I thought it was a learning opportunity for us. It was good for us Saturday to take some time and reset and I felt like we did. You saw that today with our pressing. We were a much better pressing team today and that’s our foundation of what we do,” Edwards said.
As was the case Friday, the Bulldogs had some excellent scoring chances early but couldn’t capitalize until Baggerly scored her first goal at 20:06. Sarah Carter played a deep volley form midfield and Baggerly scored with ease from 12 yards as Idaho keeper Kimberly Gerken ranged out of the net. Gonzaga would take the 1-0 lead to halftime.
Edwards said the Zags can’t get down on themselves when they miss chances early.
“I think we need to keep getting a little bit mentally tougher because we do get chances early and sometimes we start to get down that those don’t go in. I think you saw that Friday. The difference today was we were able to keep persevering and grow from that experience on Friday,” Edwards said.
Gonzaga missed an opportunity just 1:15 into Friday’s match when a header attempt was saved.
Baggerly scored again at 56:31 on a pass from Cassie Geerdts. Baggerly and an Idaho defender battled for the ball coming down the left side inside the 18 and the stronger Baggerly got the ball to Gerken and then muscled it away from her to put the ball in the net.
Edwards was glad to see Baggerly back to somewhat her old self after having a hip issue.
“Karley last week was dealing with a bit of a hip issue. We didn’t think we were going to use her against Montana; we didn’t want to. You saw her Friday against Montana and she wasn’t herself. Her sister (Olivia) plays for Idaho so she had a little more motivation to feel better. She’s tough. You saw those situations where they didn’t clear the ball; she is just so strong with the ball if you don’t clear it,” Edwards said.
The Bulldogs got a lot of players into the fray Sunday. Brittany Doan scored her first goal of the season at 68:17 on a spin shot low past reserve keeper Torrell Stewart. Late in the game the Zags scored twice more in 1:22, Savanah Van Citters getting her first goal at 81:34 and Cassie Geerdts her second of the season at 82:56 on a shot from the middle of the 18 hit the right post and ricocheted in.
Edwards liked what she saw off the bench.
“You saw some nice stuff out of Savanah Van Citters who is a freshman to be able to give us some depth because that’s where we need depth is at the outside back. We’ve got some sort of a virus thing going around. When we look around we wonder if that’s been what’s hitting our group,” Edwards said. “Heather Johnson had something happen to her Friday so didn’t feel great, Mikayla (Anderson) a little bit of issue with some fatigue, Cricket (Harber) had the IV in her and was sick all night. We’re fighting a little something and it seems it might be spreading around the team. To be able to use those players today was super helpful. Especially Lexi Clark coming in and being able to play three positions for us is definitely helpful.”
Gonzaga was once again without the services of Kasey Rubosky who continues to be sidelined with a high ankle sprain. But it has given other players a chance to step up, according to Edwards.
“I was impressed with the shot KK (Kristin Standish) took,” Edwards said of the late-match shot that hit halfway up the left post from about 35 yards out.
Edwards also used some intuition to help find some depth.
“We tried Sydney Anderson. We pulled something out of the woodwork. We just threw Syd, who plays center back, up front because she has a burst and has a physical presence. Without Rubo (Rubosky) right now and not knowing for sure how much time Karley would be able to give us we tried it and it sort of worked. We’ll see if she can give us some depth up front,” Edwards said.
Edwards was also happy to see Doan come into her own a little bit.
“You finally saw the type of player Brittany is today. She’s been nervous as a freshman and trying to find her way. With her finish that’s what she’s capable of. I’m hoping she can give us a little more of an impact to take a little of the pressure off Mikayla, Cassie and Karley,” Edwards said.
The Bulldogs held a 26-2 edge in shots, the Vandals not getting their first shot until the 81st minute as Gonzaga keeper Christie Tombari had a relatively easy day in registering her second shutout of the season.
The match also featured the return of Idaho head coach Derek Pittman, who spent the last four years as associated head coach to Edwards.
“It’s tough,” Edwards said of playing a friend and a colleague. “The good thing is we played each other in the spring so we kind of got that over with. I wish his team well and he’ll get that team rolling. It’s tough changing a culture.”
The Bulldogs will be back in action next Friday at Cal State Northridge and Sunday at UC Irvine.