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Men's Soccer Posts Exhibition Win

Aug. 26, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University scored three second-half goals Sunday and went on to post a 4-0 exhibition victory over Trinity Western University of Langley, British Columbia.

The Bulldogs defeated TWU 3-1 last season in an exhibition at Martin Field, and had lost a 1-0 decision to the Spartans during the spring season in a match played at Western Washington University.

Gonzaga dominated play throughout most of the match, unleashing 23 shots - 11 of them on goal - while holding the visitors to just two second-half shots. TWU didn't record its first shot until the 53rd minute, a header off a corner kick that went high over the crossbar. TWU's other shot was its best scoring opportunity of the afternoon, Jason Flint's left-to-right shot just skittering past the right post in the 70th minute.

The Bulldogs, with 10 returning seniors dotting the roster and eight of them in the starting lineup on Sunday, got the first goal of the match from sophomore Tye Perdido on an assist from Hermann Trophy candidate George Josten at 34:18. Josten dribbled through traffic to the 18 and slipped a pass to Perdido who scored from close range.

A pair of seniors combined on the second goal at 60:28 as Grant Lundberg beat keeper Andrew Fink low from close range off a shot by John Reha that was blocked. Josten scored the third goal at 75:10, a shot from 8 yards on the right side off an assist from newcomer Phillippe Garre, who scored the final goal at 88:13. Garre was alone on the right wing from 10 yards out and beat Fink to the far post.

Senior keeper Vito Higgins didn't have to face a shot on goal in the Bulldog nets.

Fink made a big save early in the match, Luke Miller getting a thru ball from Ben Funkhouser on a breakaway and Fink making the point-blank save in the 19th minute. Perdido had an open-net shot blocked by the defense in the 31st minute just prior to the first goal. In the 62nd minute Bulldog freshman Joel Schilperoort had his open-net shot kicked out of harms way at the goal line by defender Paul Hamilton.

The Spartans were also whistled for a pair of red cards in the final 14 minutes, both within 47 seconds of each other at 76:44 and 77:31.

TWU (1-2-1) was playing its fourth match of the season, beginning the weekend with a 3-2 loss at Oregon State University on Friday.

Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson got to see 18 players on Sunday as he was able to substitute freely in the final 15 minutes. Among those to see action were freshmen Nick Love, Schilperoort and Garre.

The Bulldogs open the regular season Friday at UC Irvine, then meet defending College Cup champion UC Santa Barbara next Sunday.