Oct. 5, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - Grant Lundberg scored his second goal of the season at 59:23 and Gonzaga University extended its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 1-0 win at Saint Mary's College on Friday.
The Bulldogs (6-2-1; 1-0-1) won their fourth straight in the series against the Gaels (4-3-0; 0-1-0) and posted their third straight shutout against the home team.
Lundberg, a senior midfielder from Spokane's Lewis and Clark High, took a cross from Tim Muravez and beat SMC keeper Brian Mason on the one timer for the lone goal of the match. For Lundberg, it was his second match winner of the season, his other goal dealing defending College Cup champion and No. 1 ranked UC Santa Barbara a 1-0 setback the opening weekend of the season. It was his fourth career match winning goal.
Senior keeper Vito Higgins picked up his third shutout of the season and his 11th career blanking in making five saves to bring his school-record saves total to 254. The native of Kailua, Hawai'i, ranks third in career shutouts behind fellow Islanders Josh Fouts (19) and Mike McCarthy (13).
SMC had a 10-5 shots edge and the Bulldogs only had two shots on goal to five for the Gaels. Gonzaga didn't have a shot on goal after the opening two minutes of the second half. But Higgins and the Bulldogs defense again rose to the occasion, lowering the team goals-against-average to 0.65 with the shutout. The Bulldogs have not allowed more than one goal in any match this season.
Gonzaga returns to WCC play Sunday at the University of San Francisco in a 2 p.m. match, ending a stretch of seven straight contests away from Martin Field. Gonzaga will return home for the first time since Sept. 7 next Friday when they face Loyola Marymount University in the Bulldogs WCC home debut.