Sept. 21, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Tye Perdido scored at 78:10 to break a 1-1 tie and give 25th-ranked Gonzaga University men's soccer a 2-1 win Friday over Loyola College in the opening match of the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic hosted by Oregon State University.
The win was the second straight for the Bulldogs (4-2-0) while the Greyhounds suffered their first loss in seven outings.
Perdido got a give-and-go from John Reha in the penalty box and beat `Hounds keeper Milos Kocic from five yards for his fifth career goal, three of them match winners. It was the first assist of the season for Reha, who paced the team last year with eight assists. George Josten also got an assist on the play, his second of the season. Josten now has 12 career assists to tie Jeff McAllister for sixth on the career charts, while Reha now has 11 to tie Shaun Flanigan for eighth on the all-time charts.
Josten scored Gonzaga's first goal to continue his offensive mastery at Lorenz Field, home of the host Beavers. He took a cross from Conor Baranski and his shot was deflected past Milos at 60:01 for his third goal of the season to draw the Bulldogs into a 1-1 tie. In seven career matches in Corvallis, Josten has scored seven goals and had four assists. He had four goals and two assists last year in this same tournament.
A Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, Josten now has 32 career goals to rank fourth behind 2006 USA World Cup team member Brian Ching (34), Jason Kuska (35) and McAllister (45). Josten's 76 career points also rank fourth.
The Greyhounds, out of Baltimore, Md., scored the first goal of the match at 47:19 when Julian Cantillo's shot from 25 yards beat Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins to the upper left corner. It was Cantillo's first goal of the season.
The Bulldog defense of seniors Austin Washington and Daniel Scott, and sophomores Nick Barclay and Tim Muravez, shut down Loyola's big guns. Phil Bannister, who had four goals and an assist entering the match, was held without a shot, and Eddie Dines, who had three goals entering the weekend, had one shot that sailed high.
Gonzaga held a 15-6 edge in shots, including 9-1 in the first half. Higgins had three saves, two in the second half, and Kocic had five, three in the second half. Higgins is allowing 0.83 goals/match.
The Bulldogs will play Northern Illinois University Saturday at 5 p.m. NIU met host OSU in Friday's late match.