Sept. 16, 2007
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Gonzaga University scored two goals in a 5-minute stretch of the second half, and the Bulldogs got back on the winning track Sunday with a 2-1 win over host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Panther Invitational.
Gonzaga (3-2-0), ranked as high as 12th in Soccer America entering the weekend, lost to 20th ranked University of Wisconsin 1-0 on Friday. The Bulldogs finished third in the tourney won by Drake University, which went 2-0 with wins over both Wisconsin teams. UW finished second by virtue of the win over Gonzaga and the host Panthers went 0-2 for the weekend to remain winless in six outings this season.
Gonzaga senior forward George Josten and senior defender Daniel Scott were named to the all-tournament team. They joined Drake players Garrett Webb, named the MVP; Kevin Shrout; Luke Freiberg, and Calvin Clark; Wisconsin selections Nick Corrona, Alex Horwath, and Brandon Miller, and UWM players Zeke Dombrowski and Tenzin Rampa on the all-tournament squad.
The Panthers got on the scoreboard first, Chris Lins' header to the far post off a 30-yard free kick by Martin Castro at 44:43 giving the hosts a 1-0 halftime lead.
Gonzaga evened the match 10 minutes into the second half when Josten, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, made good on a penalty kick at 55:24, his first career penalty kick goal in two attempts. UWM keeper Ryan Germann was called for a foul in a collision with the Bulldogs' Conor Baranski, who was breaking in on goal after Josten had flicked a ball to set up a potential breakaway. Germann came out to field the ball, collided with Baranski and was called for the foul resulting in the penalty kick.
Josten's 31st career goal and second of the season moved him to within three of Brian Ching (34) and third place on the Gonzaga career charts. John Palladino had the last successful penalty kick for the Bulldogs, coming just last season at the University of Washington in a 2-1 Gonzaga setback.
Five minutes later Nick Barclay beat Germann to the near post off Baranski's corner kick at 60:00. It was the sophomore's first goal of the season and second of his career.
Both teams were forced to play a good portion of the match shorthanded when red cards sent a player from each team to an early shower. The Panthers' Steve Bode picked up two first-half yellow cards, the second at 36:10 to bring his day to an end. Palladino followed Bode to the sidelines at 38:42 when he was issued a red card. Palladino will have to sit out Friday's match against Loyola College of Maryland at the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic at Oregon State University.
According to Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson, the referee red-carded Palladino for language that a fan had actually hollered, the referee thinking Palladino was the guilty party.
UWM held a 10-9 edge in shots, but five of Gonzaga's six second-half shots were on goal. The Panthers tested Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins five minutes into the second half, their lone second-half shot on goal. Higgins and Germann each had three saves.
Gonzaga carried the offensive play much of the afternoon, but nine offside whistles slowed the Bulldog attack. The physical match also saw 34 fouls called, 18 on the Panthers.