Bulldogs Kick Off Four-Game Home Stand With No. 20 Air Force
Sept. 19, 2017
Gonzaga (4-3-0) vs. No. 20/24 Air Force (6-1-0)
FRIDAY, SEP. 22 | 7 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | LUGER FIELD
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The Last Meeting
September 25, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Air Force Trips Up Visiting Zags 4-1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs fell 4-1 to Air Force on the road on Sunday afternoon, in their final non-conference tune-up before they start West Coast Conference play.
Gonzaga (4-3-0) vs. Utah Valley (3-3-0)
SUNDAY, SEP. 24 | 1 P.M. | SPOKANE, WASH. | LUGER FIELD
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- The Bulldogs faced both Air Force and Utah Valley on the road last season. Jake Kempf scored an unassisted goal against Air Force and the Zags held Utah Valley to one goal in a tight contest.
- The Zags defeated Air Force at home in 2002 and on the road in 2003, after playing four times since 1997. GU scored five goals in the 5-3 win in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2003.
- The Bulldogs will be looking for their first win against Utah Valley. The teams have played the last three seasons and GU has lost in 0-1 fashion the last two times.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS AND WOLVERINES:
- Air Force is off to a 6-1 start and ranked No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll and No. 24 in the Top Drawer Poll. The match against Gonzaga will be their first road match of the season. Air Force was picked fourth in the WAC and Austin Dewing, Tucker Bone, and John Wendt were Preseason All-WAC.
- Utah Valley began the season ranked but fell out after a 3-3 start. They were picked second in the WAC with Paul Hoffmeister and Giovanny Vazquez being selected to the preseason all-conference team.
- The Zags scored four goals in two of their first six games for the second-consecutive season after beating CSUB 4-1 Friday.
- The Bulldogs are beginning a four-match home stand, the longest since a six-match slate in 2015.
- The Bulldogs have won at least four non-conference games for the third-straight season.
- Gonzaga senior Ben White is off to a hot start this season, he is currently 13th in the nation in assists per game at .71. He has scored or given the assist on seven of GU’s 11 goals this season.
WHERE THERE IS A WILLIS THERE IS A WAY:
- Junior goalkeeper Ben Willis has already pitched two shutouts this season, good for 46th in the nation and third in the WCC.
- Willis is also climbing the career ranks at GU, already seventh all-time with five career shutouts, he is two away from moving to fifth. His 87 career saves currently rank eighth and his career 1.39 goals against average is fourth.
I’LL BE HOME FOR SEPTEMBER:
- The Bulldogs will play seven home matches in the month of September.
- That is the most home matches in September since 1987, but they only played one school outside the state that month.