Oct. 13, 2006
PORTLAND, OR - Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for Gonzaga University's men's soccer team and Corvallis, Ore., native Tim Muravez returned to his home state and scored his first career goal at 88:23 to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 West Coast Conference soccer victory over the University of Portland on Friday night.
Gonzaga (5-5-2, 2-3-1) remained undefeated in its last three WCC outings after beginning the conference season 0-3-0. The Bulldogs defeated Pacific Northwest rival Portland (5-5-2; 2-4-0) for the second time in the last three outings. Gonzaga also snapped a three-match losing streak in Portland, the Bulldogs last victory in the Rose City a 3-2 double-overtime affair in 2000.
Muravez, a freshman defender, scored from 10 yards out off a corner kick to give the Bulldogs the victory, John Reha getting the assist.
The goal capped a second-half Gonzaga comeback from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The Bulldogs pulled even at 53:40 when Grant Lundberg scored his third goal in the last four matches and his fourth of the season, converting a rebound from 10 yards off, Reha with the initial shot and the assist. Reha, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., has a goal and four assists in his last two matches.
Portland took a 1-0 lead at 39:43 when Christopher Sanders scored his fifth goal of the season on a shot to the lower right corner from 20 yards. That was the only blemish off Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins, who had a scoreless streak of 286:23 snapped with the goal. Higgins had blanked Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College in his last two outings - the SCU match a scoreless double-overtime outing - and went the final 46:40 at the University of San Francisco without allowing a goal.
Higgins had two saves for the Bulldogs while Luis Robles had three saves in the Pilots net. The shots were even at 16 apiece, Portland holding an 11-5 first-half advantage and Gonzaga coming back for an 11-5 second-half edge.
Gonzaga won't have long to savor the victory nor Portland long to lick its wounds as the teams come back to Spokane for a 2 p.m. match at Martin Field on Sunday.