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Josten's Two Goals, Assist Carry Bulldogs

Sept. 8, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior George Josten scored two goals and assisted on the third as Gonzaga University (2-2-1) blanked Xavier University (1-3-0) Friday in the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Classic hosted by Oregon State University at Lorenz Field.

The Bulldogs prevailed despite playing 76 minutes shorthanded after Peter Peterson was whistled for a red card in the 14th minute.

The Bulldogs got their first goal at 21:43, Grant Lundberg making a run with the ball down the left side. Lundberg spotted Josten running down the right side of the field, and his well-placed cross-field pass just made it over the last Xavier defender's head. Josten took the pass in stride, bore down on goal and shot the ball past keeper Liam Curran who had come out to challenge Josten and cut down the angle.

Gonzaga made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute on a quick-strike counterattack. Ben Sawyer slid in to take the ball away from a Xavier attacker in the midfield and popped it high in the air downfield. Josten flicked it on with his head to freshman Tye Perdido, who split two defenders and went in one-on-one against Curran for his first collegiate goal.

Josten's second goal of the match and his fourth of the season was a brilliant individual effort at 75:56. He took the ball in the final third of the field and weaved his way past several Xavier defenders and the Musketeer keeper before finishing from a few yards out.

Josten, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, now has 21 career goals, becoming the fourth 20-goal scorer in Gonzaga history. He ranks fourth in career goals behind Jeff McAllister (45), Jason Kuska (35) and 2006 USA World Cup member Brian Ching (34). His assist was his second of the season and the eighth of his career, leaving him one shy of moving into a tie for 10th with Abbas Faridnia who had nine career assists.

Xavier out-shot Gonzaga 13-7, but Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins needed only two saves to record his first shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. The junior from Kailua, HI, entered the season third in career shutouts and still trails fellow Hawaiians Josh Fouts (19) and Mike McCarthey (13).

Gonzaga will meet host OSU in the tournament finale Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Beavers were to face UC Davis in a late match Friday.