Sept. 7, 2006
BULLDOGS TRAVEL TO OSU: After going cross country to Annapolis, Md., last weekend, this weekend's trip will seem like a short Sunday drive to Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs head to Corvallis, Ore., to compete in the Joe Zaher/Stephen Hensor Memorial hosted by Oregon State University at Lorenz Field. Gonzaga opens play Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Xavier University, followed by the host Beavers and UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's action has the Bulldogs and the Beavers facing each other in the tourney finale at 7:30 p.m. after UC Davis and Xavier face off at 5 p.m.
LET'S PLAY FOUR: Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks would really like to be at Lorenz Field on the Oregon State University campus this Friday. Banks became famous for his "Let's play two" saying because of his love of baseball. Friday the Beavers will double Banks' pleasure and play four. In addition to the two men's matches in the Joe Zaher/Stephen Hensor Memorial at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., the OSU women will host the Nike Invitational and sandwich matches in at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
BACK-TO-BACK...AGAIN: For the second straight weekend Gonzaga University will play back-to-back days in a tournament. Last weekend high winds and rain as a result of tropical storm Ernesto forced postponement of Friday's matches in the Anders Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. Thus, Friday's matches were re-scheduled for what was supposed to be a Saturday off day. This weekend's Joe Zaher/Stephen Hensor Tournament at Oregon State University schedules back-to-back days.
HE SHOOTS: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is pleased with his offense except for the fact the Bulldogs can't finish solid scoring opportunities. Last weekend Gonzaga out-shot the University of Maryland-Baltimore County 23-9 but had to settle for a 2-2 tie. Sunday the Bulldogs held an 18-14 edge against Navy but suffered a 2-1 setback. "We're getting the chances we just aren't finishing right now," Thorarinsson said. "I thought we dominated play in both matches."
JOSTEN MOVES UP: George Josten is now fourth on the all-time Gonzaga University goals list with 19. He still has a long way to go to move ahead of 2006 USA World Cup member Brian Ching (34) and into third.
PERDIDO GETS POINT: Freshman Tye Perdido collected his first collegiate point last Saturday when he assisted on George Josten's goal that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in a match that would end in a 2-2 tie. Perdido hails from Kula, HI, and is the latest in a long line of Islanders to play for the Bulldogs.
HOMEGROWN: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson didn't have to go far to find six members of this year's squad as six players from Spokane dot the roster. Austin Washington (Ferris High/Whitworth College), Ben Sawyer (Mead High,), John Palladino (Central Valley High), Peter Peterson (Central Valley High), Grant Lundberg (Lewis and Clark High) and Ben Funkhouser (East Valley High) all hail from Spokane. Funkhouser is a true freshman who has come off the bench in the first four matches, while the other five have started every match this season.
GONZAGA VS. XAVIER: Gonzaga University and Xavier University will be meeting for the first time this Friday. The Musketeers are 1-2-0 this season and are coming off a 4-10-5 campaign in 2005 that saw them finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Xavier has been outscored 5-3 in the three matches but has out-shot the opposition 33-27. Three players have one goal each, while senior keeper Grant Curran has a 1.64 GAA while playing every minute this season.
BULLDOGS VS. BEAVERS: Gonzaga University trails its series with Oregon State University 16-6-2. The teams didn't meet last season, although OSU participated in the Gonzaga Nike Soccer Classic and the Bulldogs in the Joe Zaher/Stephen Hensor Memorial hosted by OSU. Gonzaga has also participated in the Diadora Classic four times from 2001-04 in a tournament also hosted by OSU. The Beavers are 3-0-1 this season. OSU returns eight starters and 17 letterwinners from last year's 9-7-4 squad.
THE THORARINSSON TALE OF THE TAPE: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is 93-89-15 in his 12th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 216-140-28 that includes nine seasons across town at Whitworth College. After going 3-10-2 in his first season of 1995, the Bulldogs have had winning seasons in six of the last 10 seasons under Thorarinsson. His teams led the West Coast Conference in wins with a 14-4-0 record in 1997 and 12-4-2 mark in 1998, capturing WCC co-championships in each of those seasons. The Bulldogs were 9-5-2 in 2001, making their inaugural College Cup appearance. In 2005 Gonzaga went to the final match of the season with a chance to win the WCC title. He was accorded his third WCC Coach of the Year honor in 2005 to go with similar honors won in 1996-97 as he was the first coach in Gonzaga history to receive back-to-back WCC Coach of the Year accolades in any sport.