Thursday, September 11, 2008

GU soccer gears up for huge weekend

This should be an exciting weekend for any fan of the GU soccer program, as both the men and women's soccer teams will be taking the field. Both teams will be looking to build on strong results in their last game, as the women were able to defeat Cal State Bakersfield, while the men were able to secure a draw against Oregon St.

- The women's soccer team will continue their four-match homestand on Friday, when they host the University of Montana. Spirits are high for the Lady Zags, as they were dominant in a 1-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. The 1-0 score is misleading, as the Bulldogs outshot their opponent 9-5, and had a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. The University of Montana comes into the game with a 1-4 record this season. The Grizzlies were able to secure their first win of the season last Sunday, when they defeated the University of Wyoming. In an overtime thriller, the Grizzlies were able to edge the Cowboys, with a final score of 2-1.

Offensively, it has been the great play of Sheridan Jones that has led the team. Jones has already scored two goals this season, including the game-winner against Cal State Bakersfield. It should also be interesting to see what impact Courtney Peacock makes, as she was dynamic in her collegiate debut last match. Defensively, Lauren Ames will be seeking her third shutout of the season, and the fifth of her career.

- While the ladies will have the comfort of home field advantage, the men's soccer team will be playing at the UNLV Nike Invitational. This will be their first true tournament of the season, as they will take on both UNLV and UC Riverside this weekend. It has been a decent start to the season for the Zags as they go into the tournament with a record of 0-1-1. However, the loss to Creighton shouldn't be a shock, as the Blue Jays are currently ranked #2 in the nation.

The game against UNLV should be a very solid test for the Zags, as the Rebels enter the game with a 3-1 record. In his debut as GU goaltender last week, Scott Barnum, was able to keep Oregon St. off the scoreboard in a 0-0 draw. However, he will have to keep his eye on Rebels forward Daniel Cruz, who has scored three goals this season.

TKR hopes that the GU students can make it down to the brand new Gonzaga Soccer Field on Friday at 3:00 PM to support the Lady Zags. It should be an exciting atmosphere, and the new stadium is truly stunning. Also be sure to follow the men's soccer team this weekend, starting with their game against UNLV. The Zags will take the field Friday night at 7:00 PM for what promises to be an exciting encounter. Good luck to both teams, and hopefully they can put together a great weekend for GU athletics.

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