Nov. 9, 2016
Pacific game notes (11/9)
Gonzaga (8-8-1, 2-4-0 WCC) vs. Pacific (12-3-1, 4-1-1 WCC)
6:00 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 12 | Luger Field
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The Last Meeting
November 14, 2015
Men's Soccer Rallies for Road Win
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The Gonzaga men's soccer team rallied for a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory to finish their regular season schedule Saturday.
- The Zags will honor six seniors in this year’s edition of Senior Night. Dustin Ferger, Zach Hudson, Jakob Granlund, Alec Johnson, and Graison Le will have completed their eligibility at the end of the season, and Nick Ulowetz is graduating in May and will be taking advantage of career opportunities.
- Jakob Granlund came to Spokane in the summer of 2013 from Ikast, Denmark. He adjusted well as his aunt and uncle were already living in the city. Granlund has had quite the career for the Zags. He scored four goals his freshman year, three his sophomore season, two last year, and three this year while battling nagging injuries. He has 16 career assists and 40 career points. His 16 career assists rank him fourth all-time in the GU record books and his 40 points are 10th. He has had great success against Pacific in the past, dishing three assists on the road in Stockton in 2015. Granlund is a business administration major with a 3.66 GPA. He was selected to the WCC All-Freshman Team in 2013 and was All-WCC Honorable Mention last year. He has been WCC All-Academic twice and on the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll twice. He hopes to continue playing soccer professionally after the conclusion of this season.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Gonzaga Bulldogs gave up two second half goals to fall to Saint Mary’s, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Saint Mary’s Stadium. In the match, Gonzaga took 17 shots compared to 13 by SMC, and 7-3 in shots on goal, as all three Gaels shots found the net. Jakob Granlund tied the team lead for goals with his fourth of the season just before half at 42:48 when he headed home a combo play from Connor Ourada and Christo Michaelson.
WCC NEWS AND NOTES
- Gonzaga leads the conference in assists at 27 and ranks third in the WCC in points (81) and goals (27).
- Jakob Granlund, Nick Ulowetz, and Christo Michaelson are all tied for possession of the team lead in goals with four, which ranks seventh in the WCC. Jakob Granlund leads the squad with five assists, which is fourth in the conference. Granlund also leads the team with 13 points, good for seventh in the WCC.
- Giftopoulos, Ulowetz, and Colton Cavey all have two game-winning goals, good for fifth in the conference.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- The Pacific Tigers are chasing their first WCC Championship in school history, as they topped the visiting Portland Pilots 1-0 on Sunday. The Tigers will need a win against the Bulldogs to stay alive in their WCC Championship quest while Portland, who remains in first place, will need a loss or a tie against Saint Mary’s on Saturday night.
- Even though there are no WCC teams ranked in the official NSCAA NCAA Division I Coaches Poll, Pacific is ranked No. 23 in the latest Soccer America Poll and No. 20 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer Poll. Portland is ranked No. 22 as well in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll.
- The Tigers started the season on a three-match winning streak, but really kicked it into gear with a seven-match win streak in September into early October. Their lone hiccups include a 1-2 loss to Saint Mary’s at home and a 1-1 tie at home to Santa Clara, both in October.
ABOUT THE SERIES
- Pacific launched their men’s soccer program in 2014 and Gonzaga has never lost to the Tigers. GU won 4-3 on the road in the inaugural match in 2014, and the last two matches have gone to overtime. The Zags won 1-0 in double overtime at home later in 2014 and 3-2 in overtime in Stockton last season. Jalen Crisler scored the game winner last year off Jakob Granlund’s corner kick that bounced off the keeper in the 93rd minute. The Zags had rallied back to tie the match with a goal in the 89th minute. In the 1-0 win in 2014 Zach Hamer scored the lone goal four minutes into the first overtime and in the inaugural match Nick Ulowetz, Conner Bevans, and Clark Phillips scored goals for GU, with the last two coming in the final six minutes.
SENIOR NIGHT SUCCESS
- The Bulldogs lost 0-1 to Saint Mary’s on Senior Night last year, but in 2014 had an exciting 2-1 overtime win over Portland to celebrate Senior Night. In the last 10 years Gonzaga is 5-3-2 on Senior Night and 2-1 in games that have gone to overtime. Nine of the matches have been decided by one goal, with a 3-1 win over Saint Mary’s being the only outlier. The Zags have played five different opponents over that stretch and have played San Francisco three times in the last 10 Senior Nights. The Zags have needed more than one goal for their wins, going 0-2-2 when scoring one or less, but they are 4-1 when scoring two, and 1-0 when netting three.
PUTTING A CAP ON IT
- In addition to the opportunity to play spoiler, the Zags are motivated on Saturday night to secure a winning record on the season with a win. The last winning season for the Zags came in 2013 when they went on a 10-6-3 campaign. The last time a winning record was decided by the final match was in 2006, when Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara on the road 2-1 in overtime to secure a 9-8-2 record on the year.