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Men's Soccer Opens WCC Play On Road

Sept. 20, 2006

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Men's Soccer Match Facts
Fri., Sept. 22 - at Loyola Marymount, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 24 - at San Diego, 2:30 p.m.

BULLDOGS OPEN WCC PLAY: Gonzaga University opens West Coast Conference play this weekend, heading to Loyola Marymount University for the 4 p.m. Friday opener and to the University of San Diego for a 2:30 p.m. Sunday contest.

A WEEK OFF: Gonzaga University should enter West Coast Conference play well rested. The Bulldogs had last week off after playing four straight matches away from home. The Bulldogs last competed in the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Classic Sept. 8-9, downing Xavier University 3-0 and host Oregon State University 4-1 to claim the title. The week prior to that the Bulldogs were in Annapolis, Md., for a tournament hosted by Navy.

HOME STRETCH: The end of seven straight road matches is in site for Gonzaga University. Following this weekend's action the Bulldogs will return to the road next Friday to face two-time defending West Coast Conference champion University of San Francisco. Gonzaga returns home Oct. 6 to face Santa Clara University, beginning a month in which the Bulldogs play 6-of-8 matches at Martin Field.

JOSTEN CONTINUES TO ROLL: Junior George Josten, who scored 12 goals last season for Gonzaga University, now has six goals in six matches this year after scoring two goals in each of the matches at Oregon State University two week's ago. He has 23 career goals and, with three assists this season, now has 9 assists. He had already moved into fourth on the career goals list at Gonzaga earlier this season, and is now tied for 10th in career assists. Josten still has a ways to go to move into third on the goals list, 2006 USA World Cup member Brian Ching currently third with 34. He has 15 points this season to give him 55 in his career to vault from seventh entering the season to fourth on the all-time points list. For his effort at the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Classic at OSU he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 11.

BULLDOGS HOPE COACHES WRONG: Gonzaga University will be hoping the West Coast Conference coaches are wrong as league play starts this weekend, the coaches picking the Bulldogs seventh in the pre-season poll. The Bulldogs received nine points to trail the University of Portland and Saint Mary's College, each with 12. The University of San Francisco was tabbed to win a third straight WCC regular-season crown with 32 points.Men's Soccer

ZEROS FOR HIGGINS: Gonzaga University junior keeper Vito Higgins needed only two saves to record his first shutout of the season and the fifth of his career in a 3-0 victory over Xavier University on Sept. 8. The native of Kailua, HI, entered the season third in career shutouts and still trails fellow Hawaiians Josh Fouts (19) and Mike McCarthey (13) on the all-time Gonzaga list.

BULLDOGS VS. LIONS: Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University split their two West Coast Conference matches a year ago, the Bulldogs still leading the series 9-4-1. The teams traded road victories a year ago, LMU taking a 2-1 win in Spokane and the Bulldogs returning the favor with a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles. Gonzaga captured a 1-0 home victory in the second meeting of 2204 to snap a three-match losing streak against LMU.

BULLDOGS VS. TOREROS: Last season Gonzaga University and the University of San Diego played back-to-back matches in San Diego, the result of the match in Spokane being postponed due to inclement weather resulting in an unplayable field. The Bulldogs lost the first match 2-1 to see their losing streak extended to four against USD, but Gonzaga came back the next day to score three goals in a span of 17:58 late in the match to take a 3-2 victory. Current junior George Josten scored twice - at 68:57 and 74:41 - to tie the match, and then-freshman Chris Hoyd scored his first collegiate goal at 86:55 to complete the comeback. San Diego leads the all-time series 10-3-1.

ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home matches and most away matches can be followed via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Gametracker is a feature of CSTV, the official web provider for Gonzaga. Go to the schedule at the bottom of the Gonzaga home page and look for the Gametracker link.

THE THORARINSSON TALE OF THE TAPE: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is 95-89-15 in his 12th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 218-140-28 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.