Oct. 31, 2017
Gonzaga (6-7-2, 0-4-1 WCC) at Portland (8-6-1, 3-1-1 WCC)
SATURDAY, NOV. 4 | 7 P.M. | PORTLAND | MERLO FIELD
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The Last Meeting
October 9, 2016
Pilots Score Five Goals In 13 Minutes To Defeat Zags
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Portland Pilots scored five goals in a 13-minute stretch to defeat Gonzaga at Luger Field on Sunday afternoon in both teams West Coast Conference opener. Gio Magana-Rivera and Benji Michel connected to start the scoring at 52:28, and Eddie Sanchez recorded a hat trick combined with a goal from Michel to do the damage.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS:
- The Pilots non-conference was highlighted by a couple big wins over Seattle, Oregon State, and Western Michigan.
- In conference play, they fell at home to San Francisco, 1-3, in their last match and are 3-1-1.
- Two-time WCC Player of the Week Benji Michel leads the Pilots with 10 goals on the season. Fellow WCC Player of the Week Rey Ortiz has 13 assists. He is one shy of matching the single-season program record of 14, which was set by Joe Leone in 1991.
- The Pilots have made the NCAA Tournament 15 times in their history, including last season.
- Prior to the match on Sunday against Santa Clara, Gonzaga honored their seven seniors on this year’s roster.
- All seven are starters or have started games for the Zags this season.
- This is the largest senior class since 2014, when the Zags also honored seven seniors.
- In the match on Sunday, seniors Ben Willis, Christo Michaelson, Jalen Crisler, Nick Ulowetz, and Colton Cavey all played over 100 minutes in the 0-0 tie.
NO HOME NOVEMBER:
- The Zags will not play a home match in November this season, the first time that has happened since 2006.
- Since 2006, the Zags have played two home matches in November every year except last season.
PLAYING THE SPOILER:
- The Zags finish the season playing the teams atop the WCC standings.
- Both Pacific and Portland made the NCAA Tournament last season and both are vying for that and a conference championship this season.
- The Zags have played five matches into overtime this season. That is the most since 2011 when they played six.
- The Zags played four matches in overtime each of the last five seasons.
- GU is 2-2-1 in those overtime matches this year, matching the win total from 2014 and 2015.
ONE WEEK, ONE GAME:
- For the fourth-straight season GU will wrap the season by playing one game a week for the last two weeks.
FOUR ON THE ROAD:
- GU will play four of their seven conference matches on the road this season.
- Last season, they played four at home and three on the road.
- They played four WCC matches on the road in 2015 as well, going 2-2, as 2014 was the first year of the current conference schedule format.
- Gonzaga senior Ben White has had a great season, he is currently 93rd in the nation and eighth in the WCC in assists per game at .33. He has scored or given the assist on eight of GU’s 18 goals this season.