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Men's Soccer Dips In National Polls

Oct. 2, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's soccer team dropped slightly in the national rankings following last Saturday's 1-1 West Coast Conference tie at the University of Portland.

The Bulldogs (5-2-1) fell three spots in the Soccer America Top 25 to 24th and dropped one spot to 30th in the College Soccer News Top 30.Gonzaga continued to receive votes in the SoccerTimes.com and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas and polls.

Despite falling in the national rankings, the Bulldogs moved up two spots to sixth in the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional rankings.

In related news, Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins has been named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. Higgins had 8 saves - one shy of his career high set as a freshman in 2003 - in the tie at Portland. It was his third 8-save match of his career. He is averaging 0.73 goals/match and is Gonzaga's career saves leader with 249. He shared the award with Portland's Michael Gavin, who scored the equalizer at 79:55 for his first goal of the season.

West Coast Conference play continues for the Bulldogs this week when they visit Saint Mary's College Friday at 4 p.m. and the University of San Francisco Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs return home Oct. 12 to face Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga's first home match since Sept. 7.