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Clark Phillips, left, and James Matern teamed up for Gonzaga's lone goal Friday.
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Men's Soccer Suffers Heartbreaking Overtime Loss At UW

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 08/24/2012
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            SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of Washington tied the match in the 76th minute and went on to claim a 2-1 overtime non-conference men's soccer victory over Gonzaga University in the season opener for both teams Friday at Husky Soccer Field.

            The Bulldogs took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by Clark Phillips at 42:47, James Matern playing the ball into the corner and crossing to Phillips for the tally. But the Huskies, who have lost just once and been tied once in 25 meetings of this dog fight series, got the equalizer at 75:07 on a header by Dylan Tucker-Gangnes off a corner kick by James Moberg.

            The Huskies, who had a 4-1 shot advantage in the overtime and a 19-7 edge for the match, got the match-winner on another Moberg corner, Ian Lange converting at 96:06.

            Both teams had five shots on goal, the Bulldogs Ryan Caballero with three saves and UW keeper Spencer Richey with four.

            "We played well," Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said of the opener. "I don't think the shot totals were an indication of the match."

            Phillips, the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year last season, and newcomer Conner Bevans caught the attention of Thorarinsson.

            "Clark and Conner both played well. That's a good twosome to have out there," Thorarinsson said.

            Thorarinsson, entering his 18th season at the helm, said of the two UW corner kicks that resulted in goals that "the second one they beat us on, but the first one we should have done a better job. We let down defensively on the first corner."

            Thorarinsson said both keepers came up with big saves, Caballero denying the Huskies on a great early second-half save and Richey making a match-saving stop on Bevans in the 85th minute.

            "We just couldn't get to the rebound," Thorarinsson said of Bevans' effort. "And Ryan kept us in it as long as he could."

            Gonzaga will make its home debut Sunday at 3 p.m. against cross-state Jesuit rival Seattle University. The match will be the nightcap of a doubleheader which begins with the Zag women hosting Boise State University at 3 p.m. Seattle opened the season Friday with a 1-0 home victory over Cal Poly.

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