Zags Head To Overtime Again, But LMU Wins On Early Goal
Oct. 30, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. – In a match that felt like one goal would be the difference from the very beginning, it ended in just that fashion, as Loyola Marymount scored one minute and 25 seconds into the first overtime on Sunday to beat Gonzaga at Luger Field.
Adrien Perez took a pass from Lucky Puengrod in the middle of the field and worked to the right side before sending a low laser into the right slot of the goal for the game-winner. Gonzaga finished with the 14-10 advantage in shots on goal and certainly had chances as well. They put seven of those on target but LMU keeper Collin Partee was up for the challenge on each occasion. The Zags also took a 6-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Alec Johnson led GU with six shots, three on goal, and he had a flurry of chances midway through the second half.
Neither team put a real good shot on goal in the first half, but in the second stanza Brandon Wright had an early chance at 48:46, and from 53:28 to 57:25 Johnson had three shots in the box, two of which went high. The Zags created a great chance late when Colton Cavey got setup for a header in the box at 88:40, but it sailed wide.
“Overtime can be cruel, the ups are high and the downs are really down,” Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. “We have to keep our heads up and our moral is still strong. We know we could have won this one and we put everything we had into it.”
Three of the Zags last four matches have gone to overtime, and they have fallen in two of them. The last time they played that many extra periods in a stretch like that was 2013 when they tied all three of the overtime contests.
The Zags (8-6-1, 2-3 WCC) will go on the road next week for their final home contest at Saint Mary’s at 1 pm on Sunday, November 6.
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