SPOKANE, WA—(Gonzaga release) The Gonzaga Bulldogs stayed unbeaten at home this year (6-0-1) and got back on the winning track with a 2-0 win over UNLV at Luger Field on Friday night.
Colton Cavey broke the draw at 52:03 with a bending shot that found the left corner, as Isaiah Jackson was on the assist and it marked Cavey’s second of the season. Jalen Crisler scored his second of the year at 69:54 as he connected beautifully with Brayden Sullivan’s free kick with the header to the open slot.
The first half was marked by a slick, wet field, from the rain that started about 30 minutes before the match started.
Gonzaga continued to probe the 10-man UNLV defense looking for the opening, and outshot the Rebels 9-8 in shots in the second half. Gonzaga dominated in corner kicks 8-2 and kept on the offensive. Jakob Granlund had a great look at 70:48, but UNLV made the save and kept it at 2-0. The Rebels took four good shots over the final 15 minutes, but the Gonzaga defense was able to retain the shutout.GU had chances in the first half with four shots on goal with Graison Le getting two good looks and Colton Cavey had a bending shot at 30:51 that just missed. A red card on UNLV at 37:49 gave GU the man advantage for the remainder of the match. Rebels keeper Enrique Adame made four impressive saves to keep it at zeros at half.
“It was important for the guys to get the win after two losses, and win a game against a scrappy team with one of the best forwards we have faced,” head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. “It took us a while to realize where they would play a man short, but we took advantage of that in the second half. We are ready for WCC play, but not healthy, and hopefully we will be healthy when that time comes.”
Crisler and Cavey are both now tied for second on the team with two goals apiece. Ben Willis made three saves for GU, one impressive backing up and tipping it over the goal to secure his second shutout of the year. His six wins this year already rank as the eighth best single-season mark since 1999.
Gonzaga improved to 6-2-1 on the year and UNLV fell to 2-7.
The Zags will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. and the U.S. Air Force Academy this Sunday for a 12 pm match against the Falcons. Live stats and live stream links can be found at gozags.com.