Oct. 15, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Freshman Tye Perdido scored his second goal of the season at 98:23 to give Gonzaga University's men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Portland Sunday afternoon and a sweep of their West Coast Conference weekend home-and-home series.
The Bulldogs (6-5-2; 3-3-1) won for the third time in their last four outings since starting WCC play 0-3-0, while the Pilots (5-6-2; 2-5-0) lost for the fourth time in their last five matches. Gonzaga recorded back-to-back victories against Portland for the first time since 2000-01, and the Bulldogs are now undefeated in the last four meetings with the Pilots after dropping five straight from 2001-04. Gonzaga is 3-0-1 against Portland over the last two seasons.
Perdido took a pass from John Reha and buried his shot into the back of the net to the left of Portland keeper Luis Robles. Reha, who assisted on both Bulldog goals at Portland in Friday's 2-1 victory, dribbled down the middle of the Pilots defense before dropping the pass to Perdido on his left for the decisive goal.
Sunday's match had an uncanny similarity to Friday's outing. As they did on Friday the Pilots took a 1-0 halftime lead. And, as was the case on Friday, it was Christopher Sanders scoring, burying a rebound after Brayton Knapp's shot off a corner kick by Matthew Dallman hit the post to the right of Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins. Sanders got the ball back to Sanders who made no doubt on the rebound.
The Bulldogs, who got the equalizer in the 53rd minute on Friday, waited a little longer this time, George Josten scoring his eighth goal of the season at 83:49. John Palladino took a free kick from 25 yards to the right side, dropped it into the middle of the box and Josten was there for the goal from close range.
It was the only real scoring opportunity of the overtime. Knapp had a 25-yard free kick go right and the Pilots had two other shots from long range blocked by a defender that never got to the net.
Gonzaga's best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 11th minute when Bryan Mullaney took a shot from deep down the right wing and Robles came out to cut down the angle and make the sliding save. Dallman had a wide open look at the Bulldog net in the 34th minute but he got off a weak from 15 yards shot that Higgins had no trouble stopping.
Portland looked to take a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but Sanders' header to the far post off a corner went wide. The Bulldogs also had a couple of opportunities to knot the match earlier than they did. Palladino had a hard, low shot from 18 yards off a free kick that Robles was able to save in the 55th minute, and seconds later Josten had a shot from point-blank range from the right of the box that Robles went down and smothered.
Josten's WCC-leading eighth goal now gives him 25 career tallies which rank fourth on thee all-time GU list. His 60 career points also rank fourth.
Reha, with three assists this weekend, now has seven assists this season to tie Brian Ching for third on the single-season list, one shy of co-leaders Jeff McAllister and current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson. Reha, who redshirted last season and had one assist in each of his first two seasons, has moved into a tie for ninth on the career assists charts with Abbas Faridnia.
The Bulldogs held a 13-12 shots advantage on Sunday. Robles had seven saves for the Pilots while Higgins was called on for two saves for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga will remain home next weekend to face the University of San Diego on Friday and Loyola Marymount University on Sunday, action both days starting at 1 p.m.