Monday, September 17, 2012

Cascade Recap: Men open conference play with home sweep

It was a rough week for the road teams on the men's side as they were swept over the course of six games. The ladies, meanwhile, played a number of ranked opponents in continued non-conference play.

Cascade Collegiate Conference - Men

Oregon Tech lost 3-0 to Northwest Friday and 5-0 to Evergreen State College Saturday with Brady Espinoza (Pasco, WA) and Albert Anabtawi (Yakima, WA) talling an assist each for ESC. College of Idaho, meanwhile came closer to a result, falling 2-1 at Evergreen Friday and 2-0 to Northwest Saturday. Joe Galbraith (Whitefish, MT) was in goal for Northwest's two shutouts, getting the full clean sheet against the College of Idaho. C of I took the initial lead against ESC on a 56th minute Yak Gioseffi penalty, but Evergreen answered with a Willie Spurr equalizer in the 72nd and the winner from Brandon Wood (Coeur d'Alene, ID) in the 86th.

In the other two men's matches Saturday, Corban edged Warner Pacific 1-0 and Concordia dropped Northwest Christian 3-1 with Tanner French (Sandpoint, ID) setting up the first of two Michael Chamberlain goals in the third minute of play against NCU. 

Cascade Collegiate Conference - Women

The women's teams continued non-conference play, highlighted three teams playing ranked opponents.

Southern Oregon took a trip to California to face Westmont and Menlo. After giving up two first half goals to eighth-ranked Westmont, the SOU Raiders pulled one back through Elise De Jesse only to see Westmont add two in the final eight minutes to lock up the win Friday. Two days later things started well for the Raiders against Menlo. Sydney Paulsen scored eight minutes in and Julie Zamzow (Boise, ID) doubled the lead in the 17th, but the lead was not enough as Menlo tallied once in each half to force overtime, where they found a winner just over four minutes into extra time.

For the second time this season, the Concordia women, currently ranked first in the nation, played two ranked opponent in the same weekend. Unfortunately, the tough slate may have finally caught up to them as they played to a pair of draws in Alabama.

On Friday, top-ranked Concordia took the lead in the 39th minute against sixth-ranked Mobile, but gave up the equalizer in the the 72nd minute and were forced to hold on for the draw when they lost goalkeeper Tori Talbutt (Boise, ID) to a red card for a foul that stopped a breakaway just with just under three minutes to play.

Concordia fell behind the following day at the same venue to 17th-ranked William-Carey in the 32nd minute but Indigo Recker, with assistance from Jasmin Ayala, tied things up in the 62nd. The two sides played to a stalemate from there to finish 1-1.