Aug. 20, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Veteran George Josten and newcomer Tye Perdido scored goals within 1:16 of each other late in the first half on Sunday and Gonzaga University went on to defeat Trinity Western University 3-1 in an exhibition men's soccer match at a hot Martin Field.
The visiting Spartans, who hail from Langley, British Columbia, took a 1-0 lead at 10:03 when Nathan Pogue took a pass from Mustafa Demirci and had his right-to-left shot catch the far corner past Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins.
But with kickoff temperature at 91 degrees, the Bulldogs finally heated up late in the first half. Josten, who led the Bulldogs and the West Coast Conference with 12 goals and 19 points a year ago, took a thru ball from Peter Peterson and found the net at 41:18. Josten's goal came after Scott Campbell's shot had been saved by TWU keeper Tyler DeJong, but the Bulldogs maintained possession.
Just 76 seconds later Perdido, a much heralded player from Kula, HI, took a thru ball from Josten on the left side, dribbled in and shot to the far corner to beat DeJong with the go-ahead goal.
Another newcomer, Tim Muravez out of Corvallis, Ore., all but sealed the win when he got a rebound off Ben Funkhouser's free kick that was blocked by the wall and found the wide open net at 76:13.
Both Higgins, who finished with six saves, and DeJong, who had seven saves, came up with big stops.
It took TWU just 11 seconds to get a quality shot, Josip Maras' shot over the wall on a free kick blocked away by the hand of the diving Higgins. DeJong saw his first real test in the 31st minute when Spokane's John Palladino, making his return to action after sitting out last season with knee surgery, also had a free kick go over the wall of blockers and tipped by DeJong.
Both clubs had excellent scoring opportunities early in the second half. Higgins tipped a Demirci shot from 15 yards straightaway over the crossbar in the 50th minute. Both keepers were called to the task in the 55th minute. DeJong stopped a low, hard right-to-left shot by Grant Lundberg following a Gonzaga corner kick, and Higgins stuffed a Jason Flint shot from close range. A minute later Josten chipped a wide open shot over the net for the Bulldogs.
Minutes prior to Muravez' goal, John Reha saw a wide open shot roll slowly past the far right post as the Bulldogs peppered the net with four straight shots, including a Perdido shot that hit the crossbar and two subsequent rebound shots that were blocked prior to Reha's near miss.Perdido also had a breakaway shot from the left of the box deflected wide by DeJong late in the game, and Reha's header sailed over the open net in a pair of late attempts by Gonzaga. The Bulldogs held a 22-9 edge in shots.
The match was as heated as the weather at times as eight yellow cards were issued, the last on DeJong following the match as the officials were walking off the field. Gonzaga had three yellow cards, TWU five.
The Bulldogs open regular-season play this week at home. UNLV visits Friday for a 1 p.m. match followed by UC Davis on Sunday at 2 p.m.