No. 20 Bulldogs Look To Ride Momentum Against No. 19 Utah Valley
Sept. 14, 2016
Utah Valley Game Notes (9/14)
No. 20 Gonzaga (5-0-1) vs. No. 19 Utah Valley (4-1-0)
4:00 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 15 | Clyde Field
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The Last Meeting
September 18, 2015
Men’s Soccer Falls 1-0 to Utah Valley
Despite seven saves from senior goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore, the Zags couldn’t capitalize on offensive opportunities in a 1-0 loss to Utah Valley on Friday at Luger Field.
ENTER THE RANKINGS
- For the first time since 2007, Gonzaga entered the NSCAA NCAA Division I Poll, coming in at No. 20 this week. GU was unranked the week prior and received 110 points in the poll, and are one of only 11 unbeaten teams in the top-20.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
- Gonzaga got a win in comeback fashion, 2-1 over George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia. GU entered the second half trailing 1-0, but a goal from Christo Michaelson in the 60th minute and score from Ben White in the 73rd minute gave the Bulldogs the win.
2ND BEST START
- Gonzaga moved to 5-0-1 through six games with the win over George Mason, making the Zags unbeaten through six games for the first time since 1980. It's just the second time in school history, as the Zags were unbeaten through eight matches in 1980.
TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
- Gonzaga traveled cross country last week to defeat American, 3-1, on September 9th in Washington, D.C., and then traveled 50 minutes east to defeat George Mason on September 11 in Fairfax, VA.
WCC NEWS AND NOTES
- Gonzaga is the lone unbeaten team left in the West Coast Conference.
- Gonzaga leads the WCC in goals (15) and assists (14), and is second in shots (15 per game) and third in goals-against average (0.96) and corner kicks (16).
- Head coach Einar Thorarinsson’s squad is led in goals by Jakob Granlund and Denis Kalamar at two, which ranks fourth in the West Coast Conference. Colton Cavey, Granlund, Ben White, and Austin Giftopoulos all have recorded two assists, good for second in the WCC. In goal, Ben Willis is third in the conference with 18 saves
ABOUT THE SERIES
- Gonzaga will face Utah Valley for the third time in program history and third-straight year. GU lost 0-2 in Orem in 2014 and 0-1 at home last season.
LIMIT THE DAMAGE
- Only Seattle U scored more than one goal against Gonzaga’s defense this year, giving the WCC-leading offense plenty of room to work with. GU shutout Oral Roberts and has held their opponent to one goal in the other four matches.
CAVEY, GIFTOPOULOS SWEEP FIRST TWO WCC AWARDS
- Junior midfielder Colton Cavey won the second week’s WCC Player of the Week award following in teammate Austin Giftopoulos’ footsteps from a week prior. Cavey scored two goals and added an assist in weekend victories over No. 16 Seattle and an Oral Roberts team receiving votes in the latest NSCAA rankings. Against the Redhawks, Cavey hit the game-winner to break a 2-2 tie in the 71st minute after 16th-ranked Seattle came back from a 0-2 deficit to tie the game. He also assisted on Gonzaga’s first goal of the game, sending a long ball ahead to teammate Denis Kalamar, who found Graison Le for the goal. In Friday’s win against Oral Roberts, the midfielder played a crucial role in preserving the 1-0 win with his play on the pitch.
- 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 opening 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.
ATTACK THE NET, KEEP YOUR COOL
- Gonzaga has led their opponent in shots on goal this season in all but one match (Seattle U). GU has averaged 6.5 shots on goal per game. The Zags have taken 90 total shots, compared to 54 by their opponents.
- The Zags have also had less yellow cards than their opponent in every match.