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16th Ranked Dons Fall To Gonzaga 2-1 In Overtime

Oct. 29, 2006

Tye Perdido scored in the first minute of the second overtime as Gonzaga upset 16th ranked USF 2-1 in Spokane Sunday afternoon.

Gonzaga (7-8-2, 4-5-1 WCC), hosting its Senior Day, scored the game's first goal when John Palladino scored from the far wing in the 52nd minute. He lofted what appeared to be an apparent cross from the right wing that sailed to the far post and into the net. He had broken down the right wing on a nice combination from seniors Ben Sawyer and Steve Owens.

USF junior Ardalan Attar got the equalizer for the Dons at 72:00, taking a pass from Aaron Chandler, dribbling to the left side and shooting to the far corner from 16 yards past Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins.

The winner was scored when Perdido took a pass from Ben Funkhouser on the top left side top of the 6-yard box and put it to the far side and past USF keeper Eric Connor for his fourth goal of the season.

It was the second straight loss for USF (10-6-1, 5-5 WCC), both 2-1 decisions. The Dons also lost at Portland Friday night.

Eric Conner made his first start in goal for USF and made six saves in his Dons' debut.

"I thought that we came out and played poorly in the first half," said USF coach Erik Visser. "After Gonzaga took the lead it was a wake-up call and we fought back. We had some chances to take the lead, but could not finish.

"We are missing some key players and it really is hurting our depth. When a game goes into overtime, it is anyone's contest. The good news is that we finish at home and we can still finish strong."

USF is just 1-3 since losing midfielders Brandon McDonald and Daniel DeGeer to injuries after they were on a four game winning streak.

The Dons are now 1-1-1 this season in overtime and every one of USF's ten league games has been decided by a single goal, with no ties.

USF will close out the regular season by hosting San Diego on Friday night, November 3rd and hosting Loyola Marymount Sunday afternoon, November 5th.