Zags Play Tigers To Draw On Senior Night
Nov. 12, 2016
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrated their seven seniors, Jakob Granlund, Nick Ulowetz, Graison Le, Dustin Ferger, Zach Hudson, Alec Johnson, and Thomas O'Brien on Saturday night at Luger Field, and then played a great match in a 1-1 draw against a very good Pacific team that had hopes of clinching a WCC Championship.
The Tigers jumped out 16 minutes in with a goal by Julio Cervantes when he finished a ball into the far post on an assist from Anthony Orendain. The would be the only goal for the Tigers in the match, and Gonzaga found the neutralizer at 61:07 when Jakob Granlund stole the ball and chipped a perfect pass into the box that Nick Ulowetz headed home to claim the team lead in goals with five.
The Zags kept attacking from there and Johnson had two shots miss high late in the second half, and Ulowetz had a steal and almost opportunity with the clock winding down. Ferger fired a nifty shot in the first overtime that was saved and Granlund took two second overtime shots that were also saved. Gonzaga outshot the Tigers 12-7 and 6-2 in shots on goal, but Curtis Goldsmith made five saves for Pacific. Ben Willis made one save and finished the season 8-7-2 in goal for GU.
"This was a bittersweet game," Gonzaga seniors Granlund and Ulowetz said afterward. "We played well tonight, and felt we deserved a better result, but we are excited to see this team carry momentum into next year."
The Zags end the season 8-8-2 and the season ended in a double overtime tie for the first time in school history. Pacific moved to 12-3-2 and will wait to see if they are awarded an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Zags lose their seven seniors, but return 20 underclassmen including eight starters.
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