Partee's Goal Not Enough As Gaels Rally For 2-1 Victory
MORAGA, Calif. - Gonzaga University's James Partee ended the Bulldogs scoreless streak at 324:20, but it wasn't enough as Saint Mary's scored two goals in a 4-minute span late in the first half and held on for a 2-1 West Coast Conference men's soccer victory Friday.
The match signaled the start of the second half of WCC play with the Bulldogs (4-10-0; 0-7-0) looking for their first conference victory while the Gales (8-3-3; 4-2-1) earned a season sweep of the Bulldogs after taking a 2-0 victory in Spokane two weeks ago.
Partee scored his first goal of the season and his second career marker at 14:45 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. He took a pass from Lars Ludwig and beat SMC keeper Andre Rawls to the lower left corner from 10 yards.
But it was the only shot the Bulldogs would get on goal among their nine shots for the match.
The Gaels got the equalizer at 36:21 when Michael Semenza scored his first goal of the season, flicking the ball from close range past Gonzaga keeper Ryan Caballero off a throw-in from Nathan Arambula.
Four minutes later Saint Mary's gained the lead when Trevor Newquist tallied his fourth goal of the season on a header from 5 yards on another throw-in from Arambula.
SMC held a 19-9 advantage in shots and Caballero was called on for seven saves to keep the Bulldogs within striking range.
"Ryan had a strong match in terms of coming out strong on crosses and punching in the second half," Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. "Clark (Phillips) had a shot late in the first half that went just wide."
Thorarinsson said the Bulldogs are continuing to fight despite being in the midst of a seven-match losing streak.
"It's a very disappointing result with the amount of effort the guys put forth," Thorarinsson said. "We just need that one break to turn things in our favor."
Gonzaga completes its Bay Area swing Sunday with a 2 p.m. match at Santa Clara University.