Aug. 27, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University was unable to grab the momentum early and UC Davis parlayed a pair of first-half goals into a 4-0 non-conference men's soccer victory Sunday at Martin Field in front of 600 fans.
The Aggies, blanked 5-0 in their season opener at the University of Washington on Friday, carried the play for the first 10 minutes of the match, taking a 1-0 lead on an opportunistic play as the result of some Bulldog misfortune.
Dan Campbell's throw-in was caught then dropped by Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins, and senior Mariano Arrua was in position near the right post and was able to get a knee on the ball and tap it past Higgins at 8:46.
The Aggies took a 2-0 lead into halftime when Paul Marcoux scored his first of two goals at 42:41, getting a through ball from Chris Leer and going in on a breakaway on the right side.
Gonzaga, which had opened the regular season with a 4-1 home victory over UNLV on Friday, had a couple of excellent chances in the first half but couldn't capitalize. The first came in the 31st minute when John Palladino free kick was tipped over the crossbar by UC Davis keeper Charles Warne. The second came just one minute later when George Josten hit the left post.
The visitors scored the backbreaking goal at 53:02, Marcoux collecting his second of the match on a scissor kick from 12 yards straightaway off a cross from Arrua. Gonzaga had another kick by Palladino two minutes later, but Warne made the save.
The final goal came at 66:41 when Warne kicked the ball downfield, it was headed by Dylan Curtis just past midfield and Quincy Amarikwa was able to get through the Gonzaga defense for a shot from 15 yards.
Gonzaga had a chance to avoid the shutout at 73:36, but Warne knocked away George Josten's penalty kick,
"I knew this would be a tough match," Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. "They are a good team. Friday's result was not an indication of how good they are. We were just a step slow today, especially in the first 10 minutes."
The Bulldogs will begin a stretch of seven straight road matches this week, Gonzaga not returning to Martin Field until Oct. 6. The Bulldogs will be in Annapolis, Md., this weekend for the Anders Navy Classic on Friday and Sunday. Gonzaga meets the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday at host Navy on Sunday.