The Kangaroos of UMKC, who took down #2 ranked Creighton a week sooner, got on the board fast with a sixth minute goal by Brian Harris. By the start of the second half, the Zags were down by two goals. Both UMKC goals were on beautiful thru balls which Gonzaga had little chance to stop.
Beautiful passes were the theme of the game. The Zags took control of the game in the second half as they abused the Kangaroo goalie. Overall, the Zags finished with a whopping 25 shots. In the 53rd minute, Ben Funkhouser beat the Kangaroo keeper for the first goal of the game for the Bulldogs.
From here on in was the Tye Perdido (right) show. In the 88th minute, with time dwindling down on the Zags, Perdido had an outstanding header to even the score at two and subsequently force overtime in Spokane. From there on out, the Zags dominated the pitch. Peppering the net from every angle it was only a matter of time until the Zags beat the opposing goalie. When the goal came, who better than Tye Perdido to finish the Kangaroo's off. The junior striker, who has a definite future in the MLS, finished off the Kangaroos with an exquisite header to beat the leaping Kangaroo keeper.
It was an outstanding game between two apt squads. Come out and watch the Zags men's soccer team as they will be facing Cal State Bakersfield in the championship of the Nike Soccer Classic. Bakersfield took down Oregon State in Friday's opening game. Good luck to the men's team as they attempt to defend Gonzaga Soccer Field in the first annual Nike Soccer Classic.
-- The women's soccer team had a tough opener in the Colorado Soccer Classic on Friday. Sophomore keeper Lauren Ames was beaten in the 85th minute as the lady Zags were defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes. The #21 Buffs, a formidable opponent, were given a tough challenge by the bulldogs but could not finish in Boulder, Colorado.
The ladies will play the University of Denver Pioneers on Sunday at 10 A.M. in their finale of the Colorado Soccer Classic.