Oct. 4, 2006
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: After 40 days, three states, a coast-to-coast trip and seven matches, Gonzaga University's men's soccer team finally returns to Martin Field. The Bulldogs will face 17th-ranked Santa Clara University on Friday at 3 p.m. and then entertain Saint Mary's College on Sunday at 1 p.m. Gonzaga opened the season with back-to-back matches Aug. 25-27 and have not played at home since, taking to the road for seven straight matches the month of September. The Bulldogs heads to Annapolis, Md., to Corvallis, Ore., and had two trips to California in that stretch.
LOOKING TO CRACK WCC WIN COLUMN: Gonzaga University is still seeking its first West Coast Conference victory of the season. The Bulldogs have played their first three WCC outings on the road, falling to Loyola Marymount University 1-0, to the University of San Diego 4-0 and to 23rd-ranked University of San Francisco 2-1.
RANKED FOES: Santa Clara University is the second straight ranked foe Gonzaga University will face. The University of San Francisco was ranked 23rd last week in the College Soccer News poll. The Broncos are 17th in the Soccer Times rankings, 19th in both the Soccer America and College Soccer News polls and 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. Gonzaga played three ranked opponents last season - defeating No. 11 Santa Clara University 2-1 at home, losing to No. 9 Santa Clara 1-0 on the road and knotting No. 21 USF 1-1 in double overtime on the road.
SCORELESS STRING SNAPPED: Grant Lundberg snapped Gonzaga University's scoreless streak of 204:40 when he scored in the 2-1 setback at the University of San Francisco last Friday. The Bulldogs had been blanked in their first two West Coast Conference match of the season, and had gone the final 47 seconds at Oregon State University after getting a late goal against the Beavers. Lundberg's goal also prevented the Bulldogs from being blanked in three straight matches, something they hasn't happened since the 2004 season when Gonzaga lost its final three games via shutout. It was the second goal of the season for Lundberg, a junior from Spokane's Lewis and Clark High.
WEB CAST: Gonzaga University's match at Santa Clara University on Nov. 11 will be web cast on the West Coast Conference website. The WCC, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will web cast select contests throughout the year. The free streaming package is available at www.WCCsports.com.
JOSTEN STILL LEADS: Gonzaga University junior George Josten continues to lead the West Coast Conference in several categories. He tops the league in goals with 6, in points with 15, is tied for the lead in assists with 4 and in match-winning goals with two. The defense has clamped down on Josten in WCC play, holding him to just three shots in three outings and no shots on goal.
FINDING THE NET: In three West Coast Conference matches, Gonzaga University has generated just five shots on goal compared to 23 by the opposition. Gonzaga has been out shot 48-20 in WCC action. For the season Gonzaga has been out shot just 112-99 with opponents garnering 47 shots on goal compared to 42 for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga has been outscored 7-1 in WCC matches, 17-15 overall.
BULLDOGS VS. BRONCOS: Gonzaga University snapped a four-match losing streak to Santa Clara University with a 2-1 win over the 11th ranked Broncos in the second meeting of 2205. SCU took a 1-0 win in the first meeting of '05, the Broncos ranked ninth at the time of that meeting. Gonzaga trails the overall series 4-8-1, but has a 5-2-0 edge over SCU at Martin Field on the Gonzaga campus.
BULLDOGS VS. GAELS: Gonzaga University and Saint Mary's College are knotted 6-6-1 in their series. Gonzaga took a 2-1 win in Moraga last season in the second meeting of the season, the Gaels taking a 1-0 victory against the Bulldogs in the first meeting in a match played at Eastern Washington University because Gonzaga's field was unplayable due to weather conditions. Gonzaga is 4-1-1 against SMC at Martin Field.
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 95-92-15 in his 12th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 218-143-28 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.