Caballero Makes Nine Saves But Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 At USF
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's men's soccer team ended the season Friday night with a 1-0 loss at the University of San Francisco in a West Coast Conference match, but head coach Einar Thorarinsson was far from unhappy with the effort.
With Ryan Caballero making nine saves and the Bulldogs coming close several times, Thorarinsson couldn't fault his troops for the loss.
"We played awesome. One shot beat us and it was deflected. We played well, and we had so many chances" he said.
The deciding shot came at 60:56 when Mauricio De Leon, who had both goals in USF's (6-7-4; 4-5-2) 2-1 win over the Zags (4-14-1; 0-11-1) in Spokane, scored on a free kick from 30 yards.
"The shot was deflected. There were three or four guys the ball had to go through. I think Ryan would have made the save had it not been deflected," Thorarinsson said.
But Thorarinsson had the most praise for Caballero.
"Ryan probably had the best game of his career; the way he played on corners and free kicks. He saved a couple of really high corner shots." Thorarinsson said.
Thorarinsson said despite the record the players never gave up.
"They just came back and back and back. There was no give-in in these guys. The schedule wasn't favorable and we showed some real fatigue at the end," Thorarinsson said.
The Zags played four matches in eight days, including a home match Wednesday with Portland and Friday's match at USF.