|Photos: Gerald Barnhart - GALLERY|
|Selisch heads to celebrate with bench|
Don't tell that to the Division III Pirate players though. When Sam Engle beat his defender in the far left corner, drove to the edge of the area and delivered the ball to Selisch for the one-time finish from about 12 yards out to tie it up just before the hour mark, the bench erupted from their seats in celebration.
The game started out as a slow methodical affair as both teams, both in their first week back together on the field, felt one another out and tried to work on possession-based fundamentals, prodding the opposition for space as they moved the ball into the final third.
"I think for us, a preseason match for us, it was very much just about ourselves and how we wanna play. We've only been in camp three days so we obviously couldn't touch on every part of the game or every phase of the game. But, for us it was really looking at what we've been working on in the first three days and how we can do that well, which is very much how we build in phase one to phase four in the game. I thought our guys really did well there throughout the game and really, for us, did good things against their pressure.
Gonzaga was first to break through in the contest when a ball from Nate Pacheco in the midfield popped over to the right side where an open Bevans (pictured top left) took the ball in stride against a high Whitworth back line and drove nearly 30 yards to the box before slipping it narrowly inside the far post just out of goalkeeper Shane Nishioka-Healy's reach from about 17 yards out.
"They tried to press us and I thought we played out in the right way and we got ourselves into good positions and committing numbers forward, but just from there I think there was a little bit of a breakdown. It could be it was the second game of the day for us [having scrimmaged CC Spokane mid-morning] and again we've been in camp three days, they've been in camp seven days. They haven't played a game, they didn't play a game today so I think maybe it was the fitness level and when you're physically fatigued, I think you're mentally fatigued as well. So, I think just our ability to make good decisions in the final third was kinda the downfall for us today. But everything we have been working on, the guys did really, really well so I was extremely pleased with that."
|Cathey shakes hands with starters prior to kickoff|
"It was my first game as a collegiate head coach, it was good. I think the guys responded well, they've been responding well to the things, the small things I've been implementing," said Cathey. "Obviously, I am taking over for an extremely talented, gifted head coach [Sean Bushey] that him and I have very similar philosophies, very similar views on the game and obviously the team and so its just little new concepts for the guys.
"I could probably just come out here and just sit, and they'd probably still go out and get a good result.
"The boys here, it is just a pleasure to coach. they are extremely intelligent; anything you throw at them they just eat up and they can tangibly make the change on the field while they are playing, which is incredible. I've never coached a team that has such an ability to mentally adapt to the game and to change and to just be intelligent players on the field, and take the emotion out of it. The guys are very, very good guys and very, very capable players so hats off to them; they make my life very, very easy.
The former four-year starting goalkeeper for Azusa Pacific University (DII) was the top assistant at CSU-Stanislaus (DII) the past two years (23-11-5) after a brief career playing and coaching abroad.
"I think we'll get there and our aim always is to win the NWC and I think we've got now almost a month before that starts so this is just kind of step one. We've got a month of hard work and dedication - these guys are gonna improve dramatically over the next month. So, I'm thrilled at the start, at the base, and I'm absolutely beside myself in excitement at what's gonna happen in the next few weeks."