SPOKANE, WA — (GoZags.com) The Gonzaga Bulldogs controlled the majority of the game in a 2-1 win over Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon at Luger Field.
The Zags took the lead in the 23rd minute when Joe Corner sent a cross in front of the keeper as Christo Michaelson snuck in front for the header goal, his third of the year. The Wolverines tied the match five minutes before half when a goal kick sailed over everyone’s head and Diego Serna’s one-touch goal found the left slot.
The game-winner came in the 70th minute when Michaelson sent a free kick into the box and Sam Olson headed it into the top shelf for this second of the year. With five minutes left, Jalen Crisler saved a shot from UVU at the goal line that would have tied the match.
“We finished better today around the goal,” Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. “Christo Michaelson was in great form and Ben Willis, Jalen Crisler, and Ben White led a great defensive effort.”
Willis made three saves in goal for GU and improved to 5-3-1 on the year. The Zags led in shots 14-10 and 9-4 in shots on goal.
The Zags improved to 5-3-1 on the year and will continue the four-match home stand on Saturday at 7 pm against Denver, who advanced to the NCAA Semifinals last year.
Gonzaga-2 Seattle-1 (OT)
SPOKANE, WA — (GoZags.com) The Gonzaga women’s soccer team scored goals in the second and 102nd minute in a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime win over Seattle Sunday.
The victory gave the Zags (8-1-1) their best-ever finish to non-conference play, and kept GU unbeaten at home so far this season.
Gonzaga’s Callie Best recorded her third game-winning goal of the season, which tops the West Coast Conference. She dribbled through the Seattle defense, around the keeper and slid a ball into the net. It was her fourth goal of the season.
The Bulldogs’ Madeline Gotta opened the scoring just over a minute into the match. She received a beautiful pass from India Jencks and curled a ball, low to the far post for her third goal of the season. It was Jencks first assist of the season, and while her streak of a goal in each of the last five games came to an end, she now has a point in each of the last six outings. Jencks tops the WCC with 19 points this season.
Jennifer Plummer scored the equalizer for Seattle in the 40th minute. She chipped a ball over the GU keeper for her third goal of the season.
Isabel Jones made three saves in her eighth win of the season for the Zags. Mackenzie Curry finished with seven saves for the Redhawks (4-5-1).
Gonzaga remained perfect on Sundays this season (6-0-0), behind a 19-8 advantage in shots against Seattle. The Bulldogs place nine on frame, compared to SU’s four on goal.
The Zags open conference play at Pacific (3-6-2) Friday. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live video and stats will be available on GoZags.com.