Friday, November 17, 2017

Maria Sanchez Helps Lead Santa Clara to Third Round

The Santa Clara Broncos advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament with a 3-1 road win versus Vanderbilt on the road Friday in South Carolina.

Cougars Advance on Three Dederick Saves in Shootout

In a back-and-forth affair in Florida that finished 2-2, it was Ella Dederick that quickly became the star of the contest as the keeper made three consecutive saves in rounds 2-4 to give the Cougars a 3-1 victory in the tiebreaker to send them onto the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

College Tourney Update: Cougars Post First Round Upset; Baylor & Santa Clara Advance

The opening weekend of the major collegiate women's tournaments saw some great results and performances from area teams and players ranging from the Washington State and Western Washington women advancing to a near-stunner from Eastern Washington at USC.

Meanwhile, the NWAC crowned its champions and the NAIA tournaments were set for later this month.

Monday, November 13, 2017

HS Daily - 11.13.17: Area Sides Advance to State Semis

A team from eastern Washington will be making a trip west later this week for the state semifinals in nearly every classification with Central Valley (4A), Kamiakin (3A), West Valley (2A) and both Saint George's (B) posting victories over the weekend. A side from central Washington is guaranteed to play for the 1A title with Cascade and La Salle facing one another in their tournament.

Nearly every quarterfinal match-up was a thriller on the weekend with all but one being decided by one goal. After a 4-0 district title win earlier in the week, the rivalry showdown for CV against University was a much different affair in the state tournament with a second half goal deciding the outcome. Kamiakin, meanwhile, needed overtime down at Lampson to move forward and West Valley (Spokane) rallied from two down to win in a dramatic overtime result, continuing a fantastic postseason run from an Eagles squad that finished the season fourth in the Great Northern League. Deer Park was eliminated in a close 1A contest by La Salle while in the B tournaments St George's blanked their visiting opponents in contrasting fashion with the girls winning 1-0 and the boys 4-0.

Friday, November 10, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 11: Michkiosky, Rodriguez Lead Sides to Playoff Upset Wins

Midfielder Katie Michkiosky helped lead six-seed Northwest University to the championship game of the Cascade Conference tournament and a berth in the NAIA tournament, scoring two goals along the way. Walla Walla CC, the third seed out of the NWAC East topped a pair of higher seeds to reach the Final Four, scoring key goals in both matches for the Warriors.

For games through Monday, November 6 (Conclusion of CCC tourney)... Final edition will be after national tournaments

Lower Division Updates 11.10.17: Concordia, Western Washington Split GNAC Women's Titles

DII powerhouse and defending champion Western Washington avenged their streak-breaking loss in the season finale at the hands of Concordia with a victory in the conference tournament final against the Cavaliers. The result gave the Vikings the automatic berth back into the tournament, but the regular season Cavs were also happy to learn on Monday that they were awarded an at-large spot as well.

In the Northwest Conference the Whitman men topped local rival Whitworth on the final day to move third in the standings, a change in the table that had far-reaching implications as it determined the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament between co-champions Willamette and Pacific Lutheran.

In a surprising turn of events, the Cascade Conference women's tourney saw the seventh, sixth and fourth seeds advance to the semifinals with top seed Eastern Oregon, which went on to capture the title. Both tops seeds prevailed in the postseason with Southern Oregon going on to win the men's CCC tourney. By virtue of NAIA automatic berths going to the regular season champions EOU and SOU, the Northwest University women and Corban University men also earned NAIA berths as finalists.

DI Round-Up 11.09.17: Eagles and Cougars Headed to NCAA Tournament; Lands of Disney

Separated by 67 miles on US-195, the Eastern Washington University and Washington State University women are departing the frigid conditions of the Inland Northwest for warmer weather on opposite coasts. Both, coincidentally, are also headed to Disney destinations with the Eagles heading to Los Angeles, home to Disneyland, and the Cougars on their way to Orlando, home of Disney World.

Several other area players are also preparing for NCAA tournament matches this weekend by virtue of conference championships or at-large berths.