The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Gonzaga Bulldgogs Women’s Soccer team is getting a double dose of the westside this weekend as they host the ranked Huskies on Friday and Redhawks of Seattle U on Sunday. The Zags are off to a 5-1 start, the best in the program’s history.
See notes on the big weekend from the school, posted below!
Match 7 Friday, Sept. 7 No. 22 Washington at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. Live Stats and video links available at GoZags.com Spokane, Wash. – Gonzaga Soccer Field Series Record: Washington holds the 9-1-0 lead in the all-times series with Gonzaga.
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Match 8 Sunday, Sept. 9 Seattle at Gonzaga, 1 p.m. Spokane, Wash. – Gonzaga Soccer Field Live Stats and video links available at GoZags.com Series Record: The Bulldogs lone win was a 1-0 victory in 2005. The all-times series is knotted at 2-2-0. Gonzaga earned a 2-0 win at Seattle in 2011.
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GONZAGA WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS TWO IN-STATE SCHOOLS: The Gonzaga University women’s soccer team returns to the Gonzaga Soccer Field this weekend to host two in-state rivals. The Bulldogs welcome the University of Washington, currently ranked No. 22 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 poll, Friday at 4 p.m. They then host Seattle University Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies come into the match with the Zags at 5-0, while the Redhawks are 3-2.
GONZAGA RANKED NO. 8 IN NSCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS: The Gonzaga University women’s soccer squad is ranked No. 8 in the latest NSCAA West Region Rankings. Five other West Coast Conference members are ranked: Pepperdine University (No. 1), University of Portland (No. 3), BYU (No. 4), Santa Clara University (No. 7) and Loyola Marymount University (No. 9).
THE BULLDOGS ARE 5-1: With its two shutout victories this past weekend, Gonzaga University women’s soccer has moved its record to 5-1. The 5-1 start is the best in the program’s history. The previous best start was 4-2, coming in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES: The University of Washington women’s soccer team enters its match with Gonzaga University at 5-0 and ranked No. 22 in Soccer America. Three of the Huskies five victories have come by shutout. UW is coming off a 3-1 win over Fresno State University. Lindsay Elston is the top offensive threat for the Huskies, having scored four goals and tallied four assists this season.
ABOUT THE SEATTLE REDHAWKS: Seattle University women’s soccer is currently 3-2 and has won two-straight; a 3-0 victory over Eastern Washington University and a 1-0 shutout over Portland State University. The Redhawks offense has come from Taylor Ritzman and Melissa Busque. Ritzman has scored four goals and Busque has tallied three goals and notched one assist.
FIVE OF 10 GONZAGA GOALS SCORED BY ROOKIES: The Gonzaga University women’s soccer team has scored 10 goals thus far this season, with five of them being scored by rookies. Freshman Sila Tuiofea has scored two for the Bulldogs, while classmates Heather Johnson, Jessica Bennett and Kellyn Nelson each have tallied one.
KASEY RUBOSKY NOTCHES TWO GAME-WINNERS: Kasey Rubosky helped Gonzaga University nab two victories this past weekend, 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 Friday. The midfielder did it again Sunday, notching a goal in the 26th minute to give Gonzaga a 1-0 victory; this time over Vanderbilt University. Rubosky, a sophomore midfielder, has scored five 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 23-33-3 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: 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 leads the team in points with six as she also has been credited with two assists.
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 the lead on the team in goals with two and her 10 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 130 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.
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.