Gonzaga women’s soccer won its fourth match in a row after dominating Idaho State 4-0 at Luger Field on Friday night. The Bulldogs (7-2-0) attacked the Bengals (1-7-1) right from the get-go, as they shot seven times in the first 15 minutes of the match, including three corner kicks in that span.
Overall, the Zags outshout the Bengals by a staggering 28-1.
“We did a great job of keeping the ball and managing what we saw out there,” head coach Chris Watkins said. “Overall, we’re really happy with [the game].”
GU possessed the ball for 61% of the game. Following many opportunities, the Zags got on the scoreboard when sophomore midfielder Sophia Braun scored in the 40th minute off a corner kick from fellow midfielder Taylor Kernion. It was Braun’s second goal of the season.
Redshirt senior India Jencks continued to cement her legacy as a Zag after scoring her third goal of the season in the 61st minute after a cross from senior forward Madeline Gotta. Jencks ranks fifth in program history with 18 career goals and 44 career points.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Jencks said. “It’s one of those things where you try not to think about it because we have higher aspirations right now, but it’s great.”
The Zags continued to pour it on late in the second half after Kernion headed in a perfect pass from junior defender Jordan Thompson in the 76th minute. Junior forward Maggie Conners scored in the 89th minute off a cross from senior forward Samantha Heilman. These were Kernion and Connor’s first goals of the season.
While the Zags dominated the shot chart, Bengals’ goalkeeper Katie Hogarth had 11 saves in 90 minutes played.
“She was big time,” Braun said. “She kept her team in it and kept a lot of our shots out of the goal.”
The Zags had 15 shots on goal. GU goalkeepers had an easy night, as the Bengals did not have any shots on goal. The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight matches and they're playing with a sense of confidence.
“It’s pretty good,” Jencks said. “Especially after last weekend, coming off beating two teams from big conferences, we’re feeling pretty good.”
The Bulldogs will travel to Waco, Texas, to face the Baylor Bears (3-2-3) at 11 a.m on Sept. 22. This is the first meeting between the two schools.