Wednesday, October 29, 2014

INW Best XI - Week 9: Talley and Hughes lead NIC, Northwest U to league titles

On the women's side, defense played a big role as teams looked to clinch postseason berths or keep themselves in the hunt, resulting in Patty Hughes (Kalispell, MT) taking the Player of the Week honor after yet another outstanding week in net for Northwest University. On the men's side, North Idaho College locked up the top spot in the NWAC East courtesy of Adam Talley (Newman Lake, WA)

Each week INWsoccernews will release lists of the week’s best performances for men’s and women’s soccer in the region, recognizing players at schools in the region or those from the area that play elsewhere in the nation. Established in 2012.

INW NAIA & NWAC College Recap – Week Nine: Playoff fields nearly set with just one spot still TBD in CCC

In the NAIA, the final weekend of women's play wrapped things up in the Cascade Conference with the College of Idaho ladies clinching a spot in the tournament with a fourth-place finish, confounding the preseason poll of eighth. On the men's side there are several games remaining, but Evergreen State has a commanding hold on the final berth.

The Frontier Conference still has a few games left for the ladies and the men, but the brackets for the Unaffiliated Group tournament which the Frontier teams participate in have been set for the following weekend at Rocky Mountain College.

In the NWAC, there are a few positioning details to be figured out, but the CC Spokane ladies clinched the division title with a win on the road plus other results and the North Idaho College men grabbed the top spot with a week to go at home Saturday. Treasure Valley and NIC round out the women's qualifiers and Wenatchee Valley and Walla Walla CC are the other men's entrants into the NWAC tournament.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

INW DII-III College Recap – Week Nine: Whitworth men reclaim control; Central Washington stuns Vikings

Among the Division II action this week in the GNAC, the Central Washington and MSU-Billings women were unbeaten on the road with the Wildcats posting the biggest result, ending ranked Western Washington's amazing home win streak with a draw. Amidst the Division III Northwest Conference was Whitworth's pair of dramatic home wins in overtime that kept them in the heated three-way race for the league title.

Here is a rundown of the area schools and their conferences as well as how players from the Inland Northwest performed around the nation in the past week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

INW DI College Recap – Week Nine: Eastern Washington clinches Big Sky berth, Montana to host tourney

Among the Division I action this week, the Big Sky Conference's postseason picture began to take shape with Montana sweeping the weekend to lock up the regular season title and opportunity to host the tournament. Although Eastern Washington slipped up Friday, a victory Sunday put them in the field with the Grizzlies and Portland State. Idaho State, with a split, are still in contention and Idaho, after two road losses, are done, sitting in the final spot needing everyone beneath them to come up short in the final weekend, including their state rivals.

After a slow start to conference play (2-5-0), Boise State used a weekend sweep to push their current win streak to three games and keep hopes alive for sixth spot. in the muddled Mountain West postseason picture. With their final game Friday against already qualified Utah State, they need to match or better San Jose State and Air Force's results to hold them off.

Meanwhile, in non-tournament conferences 24th-ranked Washington State picked up a pair of road wins to move to third in the Pac-12 and the Gonzaga women had a split of sorts dropping a game to struggling Loyola Marymount Friday before posting a draw against 11th-ranked Pepperdine Sunday.

Here is a rundown of the area DI schools and their conferences as well as how players from the Inland Northwest performed around the nation in the past week.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gonzaga women tripped up by struggling LMU

Unfinished chances left Bulldogs on wrong end of scoreline Friday
The Lady Bulldogs scored early and had a significant advantage of play in the first half, but two goals against the run of play for Loyola Marymount Friday was enough to snatch a 2-1 victory on the road Friday in Spokane.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

INW Best XI - Week 8: Williams and Alvarez lead Eastern Washington, Wenatchee Valley to sweeps

Sitting in eighth, Eastern Washington made a huge jump up the ladder as the majority of teams in front of them had bad outings on the week. Propelling the Eagles up to fourth on their two-game road trip against the teams sitting in fourth and third was Chloe Williams (Spokane, WA), who scored the game-winning tallies in both contests.

Meanwhile, the Wenatchee Valley College men solidified their foothold on a likely NWAC East playoff spot with a two-game sweep on the week, but needed a big outing from striker Josh Alvarez to do it. He tallied a hat-trick and assist in a 5-3 victory against Treasure Valley and then scored in a win against playoff contender Spokane.

Each week INWsoccernews will release lists of the week’s best performances for men’s and women’s soccer in the region, recognizing players at schools in the region or those from the area that play elsewhere in the nation. Established in 2012.

INW NAIA & NWAC College Recap – Week Eight: Mixed results in CCC & Frontier; Playoff picture coming into focus for NWAC East

In the NAIA it was a week of split results for the Eastern Oregon women and the College of Idaho's two teams. Meanwhile in the Frontier Conference the Carroll women returned from Texas and played a pair of close 1-0 decisions against conference foes, beating Rocky Mountain and falling to Westminster while Great Falls ladies won a pair of non-league games. On the men's side, Rocky Mountain drubbed Carroll and Great Falls and the Argos again swept a two-game set in Denver.

In the NWAC, the East races are started to become a little more clear. In the battle for the final men's spot Walla Walla and Spokane played to a draw mid-week, but the with Spokane falling on the weekend to Wenatchee Valley, who needed five to get past last-place Treasure Valley earlier in the week to keep in range of first-place North Idaho, which grabbed a victory over the weekend. Spokane continues to run away from everyone on the ladies side for the title with Treasure Valley slipping up Wednesday in a draw against last-place Wenatchee Valley. Third-place North Idaho picked up a pair of wins on the week to create some space in front of Walla Walla, who fell at Spokane before drubbing Yakima Valley.