Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scoreless stalemate for Gonzaga women and Nevada

Gonzaga women now hit the road for five consecutive over the next month | Photos: Gerald Barnhart
In a mostly lackluster afternoon, the Gonzaga women played to a scoreless draw Sunday versus visiting Nevada in a game in which neither team really assumed full control, though the Bulldogs began to show some life near the conclusion and into overtime.

Katey Pennington
Through the first hour of the match, the only good opportunity for either team - aside from dead ball situations that amounted to little - came in the 39th minute when a ball from Gonzaga's Katey Pennington (Boise, ID) on the right side dropped in around the spot where Kristin Hayman came sliding in to redirect to goal. Hayman was only able to get a piece of it, sending it slowly rolling to the left post and eventually rolling just wide.

Nevada put a scare into the Bulldogs in the 65th minute when Bobby Reilly nearly found success when she one-timed on the volley from about 18 yards.

Two minutes later Gonzaga returned the favor when Ali Ohashi tested goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos with a glancing header from the top of the box off a Tori Lee free kick from midfield.

With six minutes left in regulation, the Zags created another dangerous chance. Pennington won the ball deep in the right corner and dropped the ball back to Lee, who served a 35 yard effort in to the near corner of the six, but Heather Johnson's (Kennewick, WA) header went over the goal.

Karley Baggerly
Pressure began to mount from the Zags attack as regulation expired and overtime ensued they began to create more opportunities in the attacking third and took advantage with more set pieces, particularly with corners, but it was Pennington on the right and Karley Baggerly on the left serving balls in for the best chances.

In the 103rd minute Baggerly took the ball deep on the left side and delivered a cross that made its way all the way to the far side where Pennington gathered it and slipped it inside to Johnson around the spot. Johnson attempted to turn and fire with no luck. A minute later a ball in from Baggerly resulted in a nearly identical result from Johnson around the edge of the six.

A last gasp chance for the Zags came with 20 seconds left on the clock as the ball rolled out from a scramble in the box to an unmarked Ohashi, but her rushed effort from about 16 yards was off the mark.

The lady Zags will now spend nearly a month on the road with two trips to California, the second kicking off the conference campaign, sandwiching an idle week. They follow that up with a fifth road fixture at Portland before returning home to host BYU and San Diego October 24 and 26, respectively.