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Men's Soccer Hosts Portland Friday

Oct. 24, 2007

Men's Soccer Match Facts
Fri., Oct. 26 - vs. Portland, 2 p.m.Fri., Nov. 2 - vs. San Francisco, 2 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4 - vs. Saint Mary's, Noon

BULLDOGS HOST PILOTS TO OPEN SECOND HALF: The second half of the West Coast Conference men's soccer season opens Friday at Martin Field when Gonzaga University hosts the University of Portland at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs are in the thick of the WCC title race, a 1-1 tie last Sunday at third-ranked Santa Clara University costing the Bulldogs a shot at sole possession of first place. Gonzaga is 3-1-2 in the WCC, SCU 4-0-2. A Bulldog win over the Broncos would have knotted the two teams for the lead, SCU currently holding a 3-point lead over the Bulldogs, 14-11.

THE FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga University and the University of Portland played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie on Sept. 29 to open West Coast Conference play. Tye Perdido's shot in the 107th minute bounced off the post that would have given the Bulldogs the victory. Ben Funkhouser gave the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, and the Pilots got the equalizer at 79:55.

SOLID STREAK: Gonzaga University is one of the hottest teams in the West Coast Conference, the Bulldogs 6-1-2 over the last nine outings. The only loss was a 1-0 double-overtime home setback to the University of San Diego and the ties came at the University of Portland and at third-ranked Santa Clara University.

STILL RANKED: Gonzaga University's men's soccer team moved up one spot to 27th in the College Soccer News Top 30 this week and is receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas and SoccerTimes.com polls. Gonzaga is the second team receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas balloting with 22 points, one-half point behind the University of Louisville. Gonzaga garnered 14 points in the SoccerTimes.com voting. The Bulldogs remained sixth in the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional rankings this week.

JOSTEN HELPS: Gonzaga University senior George Josten has tied current assistant coach Mike Thompson for third in career assists with 16, and is tied for 5th in single-season assists with six this season.

FIRES ALTER WCC SCHEDULE: The fires raging in southern California have forced the West Coast Conference to alter this week's men's soccer schedule. None of the changes impact Gonzaga University. The University of San Diego-Loyola Marymount University series has been impacted. Instead of playing Thursday in San Diego the teams will play at noon Friday at LMU. The Lions will return the visit to USD on Monday at 7 p.m.

RPI LOOKS GOOD: The first of the national RPI rankings was released Oct. 15, and Gonzaga University is 26th. The Bulldogs are the third-rated team on the West Coast, Santa Clara University at No. 12 and defending College Cup champion UC Santa Barbara at No. 16 the two western teams ahead of the Bulldogs. GU downed UCSB 1-0 this season.

BULLDOGS VS. PILOTS: Gonzaga University is undefeated in its last four meetings wit the University of Portland, including this year's 1-1 tie at Portland. The Bulldogs won both meetings a year ago, 2-1 in Portland and 2-1 in overtime at home. The teams tied the final meeting of 2005 2-2 in overtime at Portland. The Pilots lead the overall series 17-8-2.

THE THORARINSSON TALE OF THE TAPE: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is 109-98-18 in his 13th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 228-150-31 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 45 wins and is second among active coaches, Seamus McFadden of the University of San Diego atop both lists with 68 wins.