Sept. 19, 2007
BULLDOGS GET WISCONSIN SPLIT: Gonzaga University came home from the Panther Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a split. The Bulldogs, ranked 12th by Soccer America last week, lost to 20th-ranked University of Wisconsin 1-0, then defeated the host Panthers 2-1. The Bulldogs took third in the tournament won by Drake University, which beat both Wisconsin schools. Wisconsin got second by virtue of its win over Gonzaga.
ALL_TOURNAMENT PICKS: A pair of seniors - forward George Josten and defender Daniel Scott - were the Gonzaga University selections to the Panther Invitational All-Tournament last week. Josten scored the Bulldogs first goal Sunday on a penalty kick in a 2-1 win over host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott was solid on defense as the Bulldogs allowed just two goals, especially shutting down UW-Milwaukee on Sunday as the Panthers had just one shot on goal in the second half.
OFF TO CORVALLIS: Gonzaga University (3-2-0) will be in Corvallis, Ore., this weekend to defend its title in the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic hosted by Oregon State University. The Bulldogs snapped a four-match losing streak to the Beavers in last year's winner-take-all final match with a 4-1 win. The Bulldogs also defeated Xavier University 3-0 to set up the showdown with OSU. The Bulldogs George Josten had four goals and two assists in last year's tourney. The Bulldogs also competed in the 2005 tournament, going 1-1-0. The tournament honors former OSU players Joe Zaher and Stephen Hensor, who both passed away after phenomenal collegiate starts. Zaher was a 2002 College Soccer News Freshman All-American, Soccer America Freshman All-American and NSCAA All-Region selection from Las Vegas, Nev., who was involved in a car accident soon after his rookie season. His younger brother, Zac, is a true freshman on the current roster. Hensor, a midfielder from Exeter, England, was an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection as a freshman during the 2000 season, who eventually lost his battle with liver cancer.
STILL RANKED: Gonzaga University, ranked in all four major polls last week, is tied for 25th in the Soccer America poll and 29th in the College Soccer News Top 30 rankings this week. The Bulldogs received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas and SoccerTimes.com balloting. The Zags fell out of the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional rankings after being fifth last week.
DOG FIGHTS: Gonzaga University will be involved in a pair of dog fights at the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic in Corvallis, Ore., this weekend. The Bulldogs will meet the Loyola College Greyhounds on Friday and the Northern Illinois University Huskies on Saturday in a pair of 5 p.m. matches.
BULLDOGS VS. `HOUNDS: This dog fight features a pair of Jesuit institutions when Gonzaga University meets Loyola College. Gonzaga and Loyola are two of 28 Jesuit institutions across the United States. The Greyhounds hail from Baltimore, Md., and are off and running to a 6-0 start that has seen them receive votes in two of this week's polls. It's the best start for the `Hounds since 1983. Loyola has blanked three opponents this season. It's the inaugural meeting between the schools.
BULLDOGS VS. HUSKIES: When you think of Huskies in these parts it's usually cross-state rival University of Washington, but in this case it's Northern Illinois University the Bulldogs will face in Saturday's dog fight. But the Bulldogs would like the outcome to be much the same as it was against the Washington Huskies earlier this year when the Bulldogs took a 2-1 victory. NIU advanced to the NCAA second round last year in a 15-6-1 season that saw them win the Mid-American Conference crown. Gonzaga and NIU have never met.
FAMILIAR FACE: There will be a familiar face on the Northern Illinois University sideline on Saturday when Gonzaga University faces the DeKalb, Ill., squad. NIU head coach Steve Simmons was a Bulldog men's assistant in 1994, and replaced current Bulldogs head coach Einar Thorarinsson at Spokane's Whitworth College when Thorarinsson made the cross-town move to take over the Gonzaga reigns.
ON THE ROAD: Gonzaga University continues its long road trek this week. The Bulldogs, who played the University of Washington at home on Sept. 7, won't return to Martin Field until Oct. 12, a stretch of seven straight matches away from home.
THE THORARINSSON TALE OF THE TAPE: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is 104-97-16 in his 13th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 223-149-29 that includes nine seasons across town at Whitworth College. He picked up his 100th Gonzaga win last season with a 3-0 home win at Saint Mary's 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. He is the fourth winningest coach overall in WCC contests with 41 wins and is second among active coaches, Seamus McFadden of the University of San Diego atop both lists with 66 wins.