Oct. 7, 2007
(San Francisco) - Junior midfielder Bryan Mullaney scored a first half goal and senior goalkeeper Vito Higgins did the rest as No. 24 Gonzaga seized a 2-0 West Coast Conference victory at USF on a gorgeous day at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (4-5-0, 0-2-0 WCC) suffered their fourth consecutive shutout, while the Bulldogs (7-2-1, 2-0-1 WCC) extends their unbeaten streak to six matches.
While the two teams combined for just six shots in the opening half, Gonzaga capitalized at 34:54 when Mullaney took a feed from senior honors candidate George Josten on the left flank and hit a scoring strike from 20 yards out past junior goalkeeper Eric Conner.
USF simply could not solve Higgins, who turned away multiple scoring opportunities. The Zags all-time saves leader owned the box at times taking the ball right off the feet of Dons attackers. Higgins improved to 7-2-1 on the season with his second straight shutout and third in his last four starts. Conner (2-4-0) suffered the loss while recording seven saves.
Sophomore midfielder Tye Perdido added some insurance for the Zags, scoring his second goal of the season on a breakaway at 76:43 on an assist from senior midfielder John Reha.
Gonzaga finished the match with a 10-7 shots advantage and both teams attempted four corner kicks. Sophomore forward Conor Chinn and senior defender Daniel DeGeer led the way for the Dons with a pair of shots apiece for USF. Josten struck a match-high three for the Bulldogs.
San Francisco returns to action when it travels south to take on ancient Bay Area and WCC rival Santa Clara Friday, October 12. Match time is set for 5:00 PM at Buck Shaw Stadium in a contest televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.