Soccer Wins WCAC Championship

On Sunday, November 6th, Gonzaga Soccer defeated Bishop McNamara 1-0 to win the WCAC Championship. The Eagles entered the WCAC playoffs as the number one seed. Gonzaga had a record of 10-0-1 in WCAC play and 20-0-1 overall and defeated St. John's to reach the final. McNamara had a record of 16-1-1 in the regular season and defeated Good Counsel in their semifinal match. The teams tied their regular season game on October 11.

Neither team would budge in the first half, both the Eagles and the Mustangs played strong. Gonzaga's back four of Kiernan Mulcahy '23, Daniel Colucci '23, Stefan Gately, and Andre Barrett '23 were stout the entire game. Keeper Thomas McKinnon '23 made crucial saves in big moments. In stoppage time, Leander Marques da Costa '23 found Thomas Gabay '25 who hit the crossbar. Gonzaga had opportunities, but could not find the net. Regulation ended 0-0.

Enter golden goal overtime. Gonzaga would get a free kick with 1:29 remaining in the first overtime. Kevin Coffey '23 juked three McNamara defenders and got a shot off. Daniel Bollman '24 found the rebound and buried the shot in the back of the goal. See video below. You can find the entire game here.

This is Coach Waller's 9th WCAC Championship as head coach at Gonzaga, the most among active WCAC coaches.

We asked Athletic Director Joe Reyda, his thoughts on the season. "Congratulations to the 2022 Gonzaga Soccer Team, to Coach Waller, and his staff on another fantastic season. To go undefeated in any sport at any level is hard to do.  This has been a fun team to watch.  We are hoping to get two more wins and finish this season with a DC State Championship this weekend."   

After Sunday's game, the Eagles entered DCSAA Tournament as the number 1 seed. On Wednesday, November 9th Gonzaga defeated Sidwell Friends 3-1. Today, November 11th, the Eagles will host Maret in the DCSAA Semifinals. If they Eagles win, they will play Sunday, November 13th, at Catholic University at 7:00pm. Check Gonzaga Sports Twitter for details.

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