Tomorrow marks the beginning of the fall sports schedule for Gonzaga athletics. The women's soccer team will start it all, as they travel to take on the Long Beach State 49ers. This will be an excellent challenge for the Lady Zags, as LBSU returns 10 starters from a team that was co-champions of the Big West this past season. The 49ers have won a share of the regular season conference championship the past two years, and seem prime for a huge season.
The biggest challenge for the Lady Zags will be matching up with the midfield combo of Kim Silos and Hayley Bolt. Both have won Big West Player of the Year awards during their time at LBSU, and will be a force to deal with. The 49ers also welcome Shawna Gordon, who was a top-75 recruit, and a member of the U-17 U.S National team. LBSU was picked to finish 2nd in the Big West coaches poll, trailing only UCSB.
The Lady Zags will be led by a great group of upperclassmen and a terrific incoming recruiting class. The Lady Zags feature a great group of seniors, highlighted by All-WCC second team selection Kelcey Goddard. They also return Lauren Ames, who as a freshman, was terrific in the net, and was selected to the WCC All-Freshman team. The incoming recruiting class is one of the finest GU has ever put together, and was considered one of the best on the west coast. GU fans should be looking for immediate contributions from both Ashley Railey and Sarah Rhodes.
Be sure to follow the Lady Zags tomorrow at 1 P.M, and hopefully they can set the tone for the entire fall sports season with a huge win. It will certainly be a huge challenge for the girls, but they have a great opportunity to start the season with an enormous road victory. TKR wishes the girls great luck, and we are sure they will put together a terrific performance.