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Gonzaga And Portland Play To 1-1 Draw

Sept. 29, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland senior Michael Gavin scored a second-half goal as the Pilots tied the 21st-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs 1-1 in the West Coast Conference men's soccer opener for both teams at Merlo Field. The game was evenly played throughout, with both teams totaling 18 shots.

Trailing 1-nil in the second half, Portland (3-3-2) dominated time of possession and peppered the GU goal with 10 shots. Gavin's equalizer came on a free kick in the 80th minute. He went low with a bouncing shot from 25 yards out. Gonzaga (5-2-1) goalkeeper Vito Higgins initially got both hands on the ball before it slipped between his leg and into the back of the net. It's the first goal this season for Gavin.

The Bulldogs then applied the pressure in Portland's half of the field and had a handful of opportunities to win the game during the final minutes of regulation and overtime. GU had nine shots in the extra time, while Portland had three. In the first overtime, George Josten went far post with a shot from 18 yards out. UP keeper Austin Guerrero made a diving stop to keep the game tied.

In the second extra period, Gonzaga's Tye Perdido had a good opportunity to end it, but his shot from eight yards out hit the left post.

GU's Ben Funkhouser made it a 1-0 game with a strike in the sixth minute. Funkhouser, who was left unmarked in the box, received a pass from John Reha and easily found the top, right corner of the net.

It's the third time in the last four meetings between these two Northwest rivals to go to overtime.

Guerrero finished with four saves for Portland, while Higgins had eight for the Bulldogs. Three yellow cards were shown to the Pilots and one was issued to Gonzaga.

Portland next takes the pitch in San Francisco, Calif., for a conference game against the USF Dons at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.