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RENO, Nev. -- Gonzaga women's soccer opened its 25th season with a 1-1 draw at the University of Nevada Friday.
The result marks the first time in program history the Zags (0-0-1) opened the regular season with a tie. GU had plenty of opportunities to pull away with the road victory. The Bulldogs outshot the hosts, 16-6. Gonzaga's offense was a threat for the entirety of the game, putting nine shots on goal.
Just over 18 minutes into the game, Gonzaga opened the scoring. Karley Baggerly pressured a Nevada defender into a difficult situation. The Nevada defender made a touch on the ball that went around the goalkeeper and into the net for an own goal.
The Wolfpack tied the game forty-four seconds before halftime. Hannah Miller headed in a cross from Brianna Bosson to send the teams into halftime knotted at one.
Baggerly had another excellent chance with a wonderfully struck ball that hit the post. Baggerly, Lauren Luke, and Sydney Anderson each had three shots in the contest. Anderson and Kristin Standish put two shots on goal. Both were substitutes.
After halftime, both defenses stifled the opposition for the final 65 minutes. GU Head Coach Amy Edwards was complimentary of the Zags' defense and highlighted a tough stretch of the game for Sarah Carter. During the 110-minute match, Carter went for a header and was hit just above the eyebrow by a Nevada player's head. Not even a minute later, Carter cleared a ball with a header.
"She was a rockstar for doing that," Edwards said. "She had a big goose egg just above her eyebrow and she still headed the ball away."
In the net, Christie Tombari made a pair of saves for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga made the Wolfpack goalkeeper, Kelsey Quintos work. The redshirt sophomore made seven saves, including five in the second half, to keep the Zags at one.
The Bulldogs had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Nevada (0-0-1) committed 13 fouls to GU's 12. It was the fourth all-time meeting between the programs, and the first in Reno. It was the third time the all-time matchups have ended in a tie. Gonzaga leads the series 1-0-3.
"I was encouraged by our effort and improvement from last weekend," Edwards said. "We put ourselves in great opportunities to get the game winner. Our focus now moves to preparing for our opening home games next weekend."
Gonzaga welcomes Vanderbilt next Friday, before hosting CSU Bakersfield Sunday. Next Friday's game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at Luger Field. Live video and stats will be available on GoZags.com.
Gonzaga (0-0-1) vs. Nevada (0-0-1) Date: Aug 21, 2015 Attendance: 712 Weather: 92 degrees with overcast skies
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot -------------------------------------
Gonzaga............. 1 0 0 0 - 1
Nevada.............. 1 0 0 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 18:29 GON OWN GOAL (unassisted) - own goal 2. 44:16 NV MILLER, Hannah (1) (BOSSON, Brianna) - headed in in front of the keeper
Shots: Gonzaga 16, Nevada 6 Saves: Gonzaga 2 (Tombari, Christie 2), Nevada 8 (QUINTOS, Kelsey 7; TEAM 1)