Nov. 2, 2006
BULLDOGS END SEASON: Gonzaga University will bring the curtain down on the season with a pair of road matches this weekend. The Bulldogs will travel to Saint Mary's College for a 2 p.m. match on Friday, then play the season finale Sunday against West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara University at 1 p.m.
UPPER DIVISION FINISH: With a pair of wins and a little help Gonzaga University could finish tied for second in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs would have 19 points if they can sweep Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara University this weekend. A Bulldog sweep, a University of San Diego win over the University of San Francisco and a USF win over Loyola Marymount University would leave Gonzaga and USD tied for second place with 19 points. SCU has 23 points entering the weekend and has clinched the WCC regular-season title and automatic berth into the NCAA College Cup with matches against Gonzaga and the University of Portland facing the Broncos this weekend. Gonzaga is seeing its highest finish in the WCC since 2001 when the Bulldogs tied for second with a 4-1-1 record, the schedule a single round-robin that season.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: Gonzaga University's match Sunday at Santa Clara University will be video streamed live on the West Coast Conference website as part of a webcast package with CSTV Online, the official website provider of Gonzaga and the WCC. The video streaming package, which can only be viewed on the WCC's official website www.WCCsports.com, will be made available for free throughout the year. Several volleyball and men's and women's soccer matches have already been seen this fall, with men's and women's basketball, and baseball on tap for the remainder of the season. Gonzaga's home women's volleyball match Saturday at 1 p.m. against the University of Portland is also part of the package.
PERDIDO MAKES MOST OF GOALS: Freshman Tye Perdido made the most of Senior Day last Sunday at Martin Field in the home finale for Gonzaga University. His goal 56 seconds into the second overtime gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 win over 16th-ranked University of San Francisco. It was Perdido's fourth goal of the season, but his second OT match-winner at home. He got the decisive goal in OT in a 2-1 win over the University of Portland.
PALLADINO SCORES: John Palladino netted goals in both of Gonzaga University's game last weekend, scoring the lone goal in a 2-1 loss at the University of Washington and getting the first goal Sunday against the University of San Francisco. His five goals are second on the team.
SCORING RACE: The chase for the West Coast Conference goals, assists and total points crown is going down to the wire. Gonzaga University junior George Josten is tied with the University of Portland Alex Elliott for the goals lead with nine, is tied with the University of San Diego's Ryan Guy for the points lead with 22 and the Bulldogs John Reha has a slim one-point lead in the assists chase with seven. Josten is the defending goals and points champion with 12 and 29, respectively. Josten is tied 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.
BULLDOGS VS. GAELS: Gonzaga University took a 7-6-1 lead in the series with Saint Mary's College with a 4-0 home victory earlier this season. 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.
BULLDOGS VS. BRONCOS: Gonzaga University played then 17th-ranked Santa Clara University to a 0-0 deadlock earlier this season in Spokane. The Bulldogs snapped a four-match losing streak to the Broncos 2-1 win over the 11th ranked Broncos in the second meeting of 2005. 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 4-8-2.
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 99-95-16 in his 12th season with the Bulldogs. His overall record is 222-145-29 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.