Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wednesday Recap: Hosts unbeaten in Spokane vs Walla Walla x 3

Wednesday saw a tripleheader of Walla Walla visiting Spokane with the ladies of Whitman College facing Whitworth University followed by the CC Spokane ladies and men playing host to longtime rival Walla Walla CC. The Pirates grabbed a late 1-0 victory over the Missionaries early in the afternoon while the Bigfoot women downed the Warriors 2-0 to kick off the evening at The Falls with the Sasquatch men playing to a 2-2 draw in a battle for potential playoff position.

Friday, October 17, 2014

INW Best XI - Week 7: Defenders Leliefeld and Pavel lead Great Falls, Seattle Pacific in big wins

Defense continues to steal the spotlight across the northwest. Defender Kandace Leliefeld (Deer Park, WA) helped guide the University of Great Falls to a pair of victories last week, also contributing at the offensive end in an upset win over a ranked opponent. Meanwhile, Seattle Pacific University defender Bryson Pavel (Boise, ID) not only helped lead the Falcons to a pair of wins, but played a key role in both game-winning tallies, including one against a fellow ranked and unbeaten opponent.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

INW NAIA & NWAC College Recap – Week Seven: Great Falls and Rocky Mountain down ranked Westminster

Amidst the NAIA action this week, the Great Falls men saw their nine-game win streak come to an end while the Argo ladies ended their four-game winless run with a pair of victories, including an overtime win against 19th-ranked Westminster College, who also fell at Rocky Mountain. In the Cascade Collegiate Conference the College of Idaho women picked up a win and a draw on the road.

In the NWAC East, the Spokane ladies knocked off neighbor North Idaho College and completed a season sweep of second-place Treasure Valley to cement their place atop the division. On the men's side Walla Walla handed the NIC Cardinals their first loss while Wenatchee Valley drubbed Columbia Basin to keep the top spot within reach.

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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

INW DII-III College Recap – Week Seven: Pirates dominate in battle of Whits; MSUB women impress in Washington

Among the Division II action this week, the MSU-Billings women continued their fantastic start to the season, earning a hard-fought draw in a scoreless stalemate at Seattle Pacific Thursday and downing Central Washington two days later to conclude the trip. On the men's side MSUB and Northwest Nazarene swept Saint Martin's on the trip but came up short with one-goal losses at unbeaten and sixth-ranked Seattle Pacific.

In the Division III Northwest Conference, the light week was highlighted with a showdown of the Whits that turned out to be rather one-sided this time around. The neighbors to the north dominated at home in Spokane with a high-paced six-goal effort to give Whitworth the big win over Whitman of Walla Walla. On the ladies side, Puget Sound returned to their winning ways while Whitman and Whitworth, who surprised them last week, each lost at George Fox in rare defeats to the Bruins.

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 13, 2014

INW DI College Recap – Week Seven: Montana keeps Big Sky lead; WSU stumbles in PAC-12

Among the Division I action this week, the Big Sky featured a match of two unbeatens with Montana playing host to Idaho. The Grizzlies prevailed in overtime with the Vandals going on to rebound two days later at Eastern Washington.

Washington State returned home from their impressive PAC-12 trip to California, but suffered an atypical result in a loss to Arizona, rebounding for a draw against Arizona State with another outstanding defensive outing.

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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CC Spokane sweeps Treasure Valley Saturday; and for the season

The Sasquatch posted a pair of shutouts Saturday afternoon at Spokane Falls, giving them a clean sweep in all meetings against the Chukars for the season, all of them shutout victories. The ladies used a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes to grab a 2-0 victory while the men snared a 1-0 result in the second half against the visitors.

Friday, October 10, 2014

They're Back - North Idaho, Spokane rivalry renewed with split in Wednesday doubleheader

First official meetings between neighbors results in one-goal decisions
The Cardinals, officially back in the NWAC, made their first league trip to Spokane for the first time since they were soccer-only affiliate members of the league in 2004, the final year of their five-year stint that ended when the association required the school to commit at an all-sports basis. All four teams went into the doubleheader contenders for the postseason and the match-ups did not disappoint with the Bigfoot ladies coming away with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Cardinals and the men's match featuring a frantic finish to a dramatic affair in which the visitors rallied twice and came away with a 3-2 victory on a stoppage time winner.