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Men's Soccer Hosts USF, SMC

Nov. 1, 2007

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

BULLDOGS HOME FOR BIG WEEKEND: Gonzaga University, which fell into third place following last Friday's home tie with the University of Portland, remains home for two more matches this weekend. The University of San Francisco visits Friday at 2 p.m., with Saint Mary's College coming to Martin Field Sunday at noon. While nothing can be taken for granted in this West Coast Conference season, a pair of Bulldog victories might seem almost a must if the Bulldogs are to stay in the title chase. The Bulldogs are 3-1-3 in the WCC for 12 points and trail the University of San Diego (5-1-1, 16 points) and Santa Clara University (4-0-1, 14 points). The Bulldogs lost to USD at home and tied SCU on the road in the first half of WCC play. Gonzaga's next three opponents are bringing up the rear of the WCC - USF and SMC are tied for fifth at 2-4-1, while Loyola Marymount University, which hosts Gonzaga Nov. 9, is 0-7-0. Following the LMU match the Bulldogs are at USD and host SCU to end the regular season.

BULLDOGS KNOT PORTLAND: Gonzaga University came from behind twice at home last Friday and missed several solid opportunities to win the match before settling for a 2-2 double-overtime tie with the University of Portland. George Josten scored both goals for the Bulldogs, including the equalizer at 87:19 to send the match to overtime. Gonzaga had two excellent chances to win in overtime. Tye Perdido's shot from close range went just left, and Grant Lundberg hit the right top intersection of the crossbar/post.

JOSTEN DOUBLES UP: Senior George Josten had the first multiple-goal match of the season for Gonzaga University in the 2-2 tie with the University of Portland, earning him West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors. It was also the seventh two-goal match of Josten's career and tied him with Brian Ching for third on the all-time GU goals list with 34. His 16 assists tie him with current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson for third and his 84 career points rank fourth.

STILL RANKED: Gonzaga University's men's soccer fell two spots to 29th 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 received six votes in the NSCAA/adidas balloting and 2.5 votes in the SoccerTimes.com voting. The Bulldogs remained sixth in the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional rankings this week.

FIT TO BE TIED: Gonzaga University's three ties this year are one shy of the school record of four set in 2005. The only other time the Bulldogs have had three or more ties was 1984 with three. GU's four OT games this season (0-1-3) are one shy of the school mark of five in 2005 (1-0-4).

RPI LOOKS GOOD: The second of the national RPI rankings was released Tuesday and the Bulldogs remained solid in 17th. That bodes wells if the Bulldogs need to rely on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Santa Clara University (6), UC Santa Barbara (11), UC Irvine (27), University of Washington (28), Loyola College of Maryland (38) and the University of Wisconsin (42) are among the highly-ranked RPI teams on the Gonzaga schedule.

BULLDOGS VS. DONS: Gonzaga University won the first meeting this year 2-0 at the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs, who snapped a seven-match winless streak against USF with last year's 2-1 double-overtime victory in Spokane, now trails the series just 9-8-1. Tye Perdido scored 56 seconds into the second OT last year to give the Bulldogs the win over the 16th-ranked Dons.

BULLDOGS VS. GAELS: Gonzaga University holds a 10-7-1 lead in the series with Saint Mary's College after downing the Gaels 1-0 in Moraga, Calif., in this year's first meeting. Gonzaga has won the last four matches.

THE THORARINSSON TALE OF THE TAPE: Gonzaga University head coach Einar Thorarinsson is 109-98-19 in his 13th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 228-150-32 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 70 wins.