Oct. 25, 2006
BULLDOGS STAY IN STATE: Gonzaga University will venture away from Martin Field for just the second time in the month of October, but the Bulldogs don't have far to go when they travel to the University of Washington for a 7 p.m. match on Friday. Then it's right back home for the Bulldogs as they face two-time defending champion University of San Francisco Sunday at 2 p.m. in the 2006 home finale. Gonzaga ends the regular season on the road Nov. 3 at Saint Mary's College and Nov. 5 at Santa Clara University.
TITLE HOPES JOLTED: Gonzaga University isn't out of the West Coast Conference title chase, but last weekend's two home setbacks hampered the Bulldogs chances. Gonzaga lost 2-1 to the University of San Diego and 4-1 to Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs surrendered three goals in the first 6:48 Sunday against the Lions to dig a hole too deep to climb out of. The Bulldogs find themselves seven points behind WCC-leading Santa Clara University with three conference matches remaining. The Broncos are 5-1-2 in the WCC for 17 points, while Gonzaga is 3-5-1 for 10 points.
JOSTEN SCORES AGAIN: Junior George Josten scored his ninth goal of the season Sunday against Loyola Marymount University, knotting him for eighth on the Gonzaga University single-season goals list with Jeff McAllister (1995) and Brett Fink (1998). Josten is also tied for fifth on the single-season list with his 12 goals last season. His four assists are one shy of matching the five he recorded last season that put him in a multi-player logjam for eighth on the single-season list. His 26 career goals are fourth all- time, his 10 assists tie him for eighth and his 62 career points are fourth.
FUNKHOUSER'S FIRST POINT: Freshman Ben Funkhouser scored his first career point in a Gonzaga University when he assisted on Tye Perdido's third goal of the season last Friday against the University of San Diego as the two freshmen hooked up for Gonzaga's only goal. Funkhouser prepped at Spokane's East Valley High.
LUNDBERG SIDELINED: Junior midfielder Grant Lundberg missed both Gonzaga University matches last week nursing a hamstring injury. He was injured early last week in practice. His status for this week is doubtful as Gonzaga travels to the University of Washington on Friday and hosts the University of San Francisco on Sunday. Peter Peterson got the starts in Lundberg's absence. Lundberg has four goals and two assists for 10 points this season. He's second in the team in goals and third in points.
REHA ON HONOR ROLL: For his three assists in a weekend sweep of the University of Portland two week's ago, Gonzaga University junior John Reha was named to the SoccerTimes Honor Roll for the week of Oct. 9-15. He assisted on both goals in a 2-1 comeback win at Portland, then assisted on the overtime goal two days later in another 2-1 Bulldog victory over their Pacific Northwest rivals.
SCOTT OUT FRIDAY: Gonzaga University will be without the services of junior defender Daniel Scott on Friday. Scott picked up a red card late in the first half Sunday against Loyola Marymount for a hard tackle and under NCAA rules must sit out the next match which is Friday at the University of Washington.
BULLDOGS VS. HUSKIES: Gonzaga University has never defeated the University of Washington, the Huskies holding a 17-0-1 edge in the series dating back to 1981. The closest the Bulldogs came was a 2-2 overtime tie at home in 1999. Perhaps the most memorable match was 1997 when Jeff McAllister's penalty shot in the waning seconds hit the crossbar/post and UW escaped with a 1-0 win in front of a crowd estimated at more than 1,000
BULLDOGS VS. DONS: Gonzaga University is winless in the last seven meetings with the University of San Francisco, the Dons leading the series 8-6-0 after a 2-1 home win earlier this fall. The teams played to a 1-1 tie at USF in the first meeting last season. Gonzaga hasn't won since a 2-0 road victory in 2001, the last of six straight wins against USF.
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 98-94-16 in his 12th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 221-145-29 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.