Oct. 12, 2007
Spokane, WA - Freshman Rafael Baca scored his first career goal but #25 Gonzaga struck twice in the second half to pull away for a 3-1 victory over LMU in a West Coast Conference match Friday afternoon at Martin Field in Spokane, WA. The game ended a stretch of six ranked opponents in the last eight matches for the Lions (2-6-1, 0-2-0 WCC), who were denied their third victory this year over a top-25 team.
Gonzaga (8-2-1, 3-0-1 WCC) had much of the possession early and jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 13 minutes. George Josten provided the delivery for Grant Lundberg, whose header to the far post skipped past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane.
Barely a minute later, Lane produced a spectacular save to keep it at 1-0. John Reha's shot seemed to get by the goalie but Lane stretched back at the last second to push the ball away.
That save would prove to be vital as the Lions equalized in the 35th minute through Baca. The freshman took a pass from sophomore Wilkie Johnson, who had been on the field less than two minutes, and provided an excellent finish, chipping the ball over the dive of Bulldog goalkeeper Vito Higgins. The goal was Baca's first since arriving on campus and moves him to the top of the team scoring list with four points.
The match would remain tied until the 60th minute, when Tye Perdido scored off a feed from Tim Muravez. LMU looked like it would catch a break and turn the momentum at 71:14 when Gonzaga was awarded a penalty kick but Lane guessed correctly, sprawling to deny John Palladino the opportunity to make it 3-1. The Bulldogs wasted no time in grabbing the insurance goal just 40 second later as Lundberg found Philippe Garre with a pass in the six-yard box and Garre connected past Lane.
Lane would finish the match with six saves, tying his career high. Higgins had one save for the Bulldogs, who became the first side this year to score more than two goals on the stingy Lion defense.
LMU continues its road trip on Sunday at Portland. Kick off is 1 p.m.