Aug. 31, 2016
Gonzaga (1-0-1) vs. (rv) Oral Roberts (2-0-0)
Sept. 1 | 6 p.m. | Luger Field | Spokane, Wash.
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LIGHT UP LUGER
- Gonzaga’s season opener against Bradley was the first-ever soccer match under the new lights at Luger Field. The Zags played the Braves to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 506. Thursday’s match will also be played under the lights with sunset predicted to be at 7:29 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT RECAP
- Gonzaga won its own four-team tournament with visiting Bradley, Illinois-Chicago and San Diego State. Each team played two games, with GU facing BU and UIC. Gonzaga tied Bradley on Friday 1-1, then beat UIC on Sunday 4-1 giving them a goal differential of +3. San Diego State was also 1-0-1 on the weekend, tying UIC 1-1 on Friday and beating Bradley 1-0 on Saturday for a +1 goal differential.
GIFTOPOULOS NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Redshirt sophomore defender Austin Giftopoulos was named the WCC Player of the Week after playing all 200 minutes and notching a goal and an assist in Gonzaga’s 1-0-1 weekend. He helped the defense hold both Bradley and UIC to one goal apiece. Against Bradley, he played all 200 minutes of an overtime draw, and then was instrumental on both ends of the field while playing all 90 minutes in a 4-1 win over UIC. He scored his first career goal and notched his first career assist against the Flames. It was the first WCC Player of the Week honor of the season, and also was Giftopoulos’ first-career weekly award.
ABOUT THE SERIES
- Gonzaga will face Oral Roberts for just the second time in school history. The last time the two teams met was 1993 in which the host Golden Eagles took a 2-1 victory. That was two years before head coach Einar Thorarinsson took over the program.
FIVE GOALS, FIVE DIFFERENT PLAYERS
- Gonzaga scored five goals in total last weekend in two matches, and those five were scored by five different players. Forward Jakob Granlund scored the lone goal Friday, and then defenders Jalen Crisler, Ben White and Austin Giftopoulos, and forward Denis Kalamar, netted GU’s four on Sunday.
SCORING FROM THE DEFENSIVE END
- Gonzaga’s back line came up big on the offense end, led by junior defender Ben White, who had a goal and an assist on Sunday. White, who led the team in goals with four last season, picked up right where he left off with the three-point game.
- In addition to White, defender Austin Giftopoulos netted his first career goal and picked up his first career assist in the UIC game, while, defender Jalen Crisler also scored a goal against UIC.
FOUR-GOAL GAME HISTORY
- Gonzaga’s 4-1 win over UIC on Sunday marked the first four-goal game since 2014, a span of 28 matches. That season GU had two four-goal games.
WHITE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC
- Ben White, a junior who also earned All-WCC First Team honors last season, was named to the 11-member preseason All-WCC team. White helped the team rank third in the league in goals-against average at 1.17 and tie for first in the league in fewest goals allowed at 21.
- On offense, White was a force, scoring a team-high four goals and ranking second on the team with nine points. His four goals ranked in a tie for sixth in the league.
CAREER RECORD WATCH
- Returning senior Jakob Granlund is tied for ninth all-time in assists in his career with 11. Last season, he tallied five total assists.
- Granlund also stands in 10 in shots with 107 in his career. He’s just six behind Grant Lundberg (2003-07) with 113.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
- Gonzaga’s defense kept the team in the game throughout the season, tying for the West Coast Conference lead in fewest goals allowed at 21 on the year. GU’s 1.17 goals-against average was third in the league.
- Gonzaga played in 14 games that were decided by one goal, going 6-8 in those games.
- Ben White was named to the All-WCC First Team, Jakob Granlund and Conner Bevans were named to the All-WCC Second Team and Garrett Wilson was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team. White, Granlund and Wilson all return to the pitch for the Zags this season.