Oct. 21, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Vito Higgins had a career-high 11 saves and sophomore Tim Muravez scored his first goal of the season, but Gonzaga University's 28th-ranked men's soccer team could come away with just a 1-1 deadlock at West Coast Conference leading and third-ranked Santa Clara University on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (8-3-2, 3-1-2) had a chance to move into a tie for first place with the Broncos (9-1-4, 4-0-2) after SCU and the University of Portland had played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Friday. But as it now stands, SCU holds a 3-point lead over Gonzaga in the league standings at the halfway point of the season. The re-match comes Nov. 16 in Spokane in the regular-season finale for the Bulldogs.
For 77 minutes Sunday it looked like the Bulldogs might accomplish their mission. Gonzaga was looking for its second straight win - and second all-time - at SCU after picking up its first win in nine tries last season with a 2-1 overtime victory.
Muravez gave the Bulldogs the lead at 16:54 off an assist by George Josten. For Josten is was his team-leading sixth assist of the season, surpassing his single-season high of five in 2005 and moving him into a five-way tie for fifth on the single-season list. It was also his 16th career assist to move into a tie for third with current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson.
With Higgins repeatedly denying the Broncos, Jide Ogunbiyi finally dented the net with his fifth goal of the season at 77:20. Higgins' 11 saves surpassed his career-high of nine set twice as a freshman in 2003.
SCU held an incredible 25-10 shots advantage and had 12 shots on goal to seven for the Bulldogs. The Broncos also had nine corner kicks to four for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs play four of their final six matches at home beginning with a Friday match against Portland at 2 p.m. on Martin Field, Gonzaga's only match of the week.