Women's Soccer Opens Season Friday

Aug. 18, 2016

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Gonzaga (0-0) vs. Nevada (0-0)
FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2016 | 7:30 PM PT | WAIPAHU, HAWAII | WAIPI’O PENINSULA SOCCER STADIUM
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
- This is the fifth all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Nevada. GU leads the series, 1-1-2.
- This year’s meeting will be the second between the programs on a neutral field.
- The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first-ever meeting on Aug. 27, 2010, in Missoula, Mont.
- The Zags opened last season with a 1-1 tie in Reno. Gonzaga outshot the Wolfpack, 16-6.
 
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE START:
- This is the first-ever women’s soccer game in Hawaii for the Bulldogs.
- Gonzaga has won nine of its 25 all-time season-opening matches.
- The Zags are unbeaten in their last four season-openers, dating back to the 3-1 win over South Dakota in 2012.
- GU has also won five of its last seven season-opening contests, with the lone setback coming in 2011 at Illinois.
 
SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK:        
- Erin Otagaki and Casey Tate enter their first season as co-head coaches after previously serving as assistants.
- Eight starters from the 2015 team return and six newcomers, five freshmen and one transfer, join the Pack.
- Angel Meriwether led the team as a rookie in 2014 in goals, assists and points, but sat out the 2015 season due to injury. She returns to the roster this season.
- There is a large group of upperclassmen on the defensive side of the ball. Brianna Bosson, Katherine Davidson, Gaby Caporicci, and goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos enter their final seasons.
- Nevada opened its season with a 3-2 exhibition win over Pacific on Aug. 12. Meriwether recorded a hat trick in the contest. All four of her shots in the game were on goal. Quintos made four saves.
 
CAREER RECORD WATCH:
- Karley Baggerly is fourth on the program’s all-time list with 18 goals scored in her career. She needs one goal to equal the third-most in program history.
- Baggerly is also fourth on the all-time list with 45 points. She is three points away from the top three.
- Baggerly is sixth on the list with 123 career shots.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE ROSTER:              
- This season, the Bulldogs return key contributors and welcome nine newcomers.
- The 2016 roster features 18 underclassmen, including nine freshmen. GU also has nine seniors coming back.
- Karley Baggerly was tabbed Second Team All-West Coast Conference last season, while Aliyah Miller was named honorable mention. Both return for their senior seasons.
- Along with Miller, Gonzaga returns other key members of its defense in 2016. Sarah Carter, Ariana Pumpelly, Jodi Ulkekul and Savanah Van Citters all appeared in every game last season.
 
TAKING A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE:         
- The Zags will welcome nine opponents to Luger Field this upcoming season, with six games under the new lights at GU’s soccer complex, Luger Field.
- The Bulldogs host four non-conference opponents and five West Coast Conference programs in 2016.
- Gonzaga will play in six states this season, including the program’s first trip to Hawaii.
- Outside of conference action, the Zags’ upcoming slate features four Big Sky Conference members, three Mountain West Conference teams, a pair of Pac-12 programs, and one from the Western Athletic Conference.
- The Zags end their regular season schedule against three of the top four finishers in last year’s WCC standings.
 
WCC PRESEASON POLL AND TEAM:         
- The Zags were selected ninth in the league in the annual coaches’ preseason poll.
- Defending conference champion, BYU, received eight first-place votes.
- BYU earned 80 points and eight first place votes while No. 21 Santa Clara collected 71 points with two first place votes. Pepperdine earned 56 points to take third while No. 25 Loyola Marymount was fourth with 52 points.
- BYU had four players named to the All-WCC Preseason Team, led by last season’s conference Player of the Year, Nadia Gomes.
- Santa Clara placed a pair of players on the preseason team.

 

 

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