Friday, April 20, 2012

Northwest women’s soccer comes to Gonzaga Saturday

The Gonzaga University women’s soccer program hosts its third-annual 7-v-7 Tournament Saturday on campus, bringing together a number of schools from the region in the 12-team competition. Joining the Gonzaga and GU alumni teams at the tournament will be teams from Central Washington University (and CWU alumni), Eastern Washington University, the University of Idaho (2), the University of Montana (2), Spokane Community College and Walla Walla University (2).

The tournament splits the various squads into three groups of four, playing 40-minute matches on the stadium field (split in two) and the adjacent practice field. The action kicks off first thing in the morning at 9 am with schools from three different states in action as Gonzaga faces the Maroon Montana Grizzlies, the Black Idaho Vandals play the Eastern Eagles and an all-Washington showdown of Spokane CC and Walla Walla.

Group play continues through to approximately 1:30. After lunch, the Quarterfinals and placement matches will be held throughout the afternoon with the champion being crowned at approximately 5 pm with the 4:20 scheduled kick-off time for the Final. Groups A and B, projected as the more competitive, will see the top two teams advance with the top seed receiving a bye to the semifinals. The second place teams will square off in one quarterfinal while the winner of Group C (comprised of the two alumni teams, SCC and Walla Walla’s Black team) will play the wildcard from A or B.

Gonzaga’s side has won the previous two editions of the growing tournament, which has grown in popularity. It started as a simple eight-team tournament featuring CWU, EWU and GU alumni in 2010 paired with its Season Team Dinner to four outside schools in an eight-team event last year with UI, CWU, EWU and Walla Walla. Gonzaga topped one of the Eastern Washington teams, 4-2, in the first-ever final and defeated the University of Idaho, 2-0, in the 2011 final for the repeat (full tourney results).