Two Inland Northwest schools held their nationally-ranked opponents to scoreless draws in midweek action. The ladies of Washington State netted the big result on the road versus #2 UCLA while Northwest Nazarene's men got the stalemate result at home against the second division's #2 Seattle Pacific University.
Washington State 0 :: 0 #2 UCLA
The Cougars will no doubt move up from the received votes list after playing to a scoreless draw on the road against the second-ranked UCLA. Gurveen Clair made seven saved to keep the Bruins off the board as the Cougars were outshot 18-5, marking the first time they have blanked a nationally-ranked opponent on the road since 2008 (#5 USC, 0-0). Korynn Blanksma (Wenatchee, WA) had one of WSU’s three shots on goal and Delaney Zalud (Colbert, WA) was among the defensive unit that helped preserve the shutout. - MORE
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
#14 BYU 1 :: 0 Utah State
WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Pacific 3 :: OT :: 2 Saint Mary’s
#12 BYU 1 :: 0 Utah State
Cal State Northridge 5 :: 0 San Diego
GREAT NORTHWEST CONFERENCE – DII
#2 Seattle Pacific 0 :: 0 Northwest Nazarene
The two sides played to a scoreless stalemate Thursday evening in Idaho with Zach Johnson making three saves for the visitors and Alfredo Ontiveros making four saves for the Crusaders to post the clean sheet against the #2-ranked Falcons. - MORE
Saint Martin’s 0 :: 3 MSU-Billings
Clifton Thomas (Boise, ID) set up the opening tally by Thomas Sheets 15 minutes into the contest with Landon Horst netting the first of his two strikes seven minutes later. Horst scored his second on a breakaway on the hour-mark. - MORE
Western Washington 1 :: 2 Mary
Simon Fraser 5 :: 1 Sioux Falls
Western Washington 1 :: 2 Seattle Pacific
The Falcons came from behind to upset their regional rivals in a game that featured a dramatic three-goal finish to the final 19 minutes of play. Western Washington took the advantage in the 72nd minute through Brianna Jones before Shayla Page answered in the 81st with a header off a corner. It looked as though the contest was destined for overtime when Kaylie Winston (Pasco, WA) struck from five yards out on the left side with only 15 seconds left on the clock.
Central Washington 3 :: 1 Simon Fraser
The visitors held a 1-0 lead at the break courtesy of a Kelsy Villegas goal in the 33rd minute with the Canadians evening terms in the 54th. A giveaway allowed Nicole Laughlin to reclaim the lead in the 65th and Carson McKole added some insurance in the 72nd.
Western Oregon 3 :: OT :: 4 Northwest Nazarene
Jenny Field (Nampa, ID) completed a hat-trick with the overtime winner for the Crusaders. The visitors took a two-goal lead into the intermission with strikes in the 15th and 24th minutes, but Field answered with her first of the game two minutes into the second half on some help from Autumn Yturbe (Buhl, ID). She added her second less than three minutes later to even it at two apiece. The Wolves, though, took the lead once against on the hour mark from a 30-yard effort, but the Crusaders were rescued by Celina Mortensen with a shot from the edge of the box with three minutes left. - MORE
Saint Martin’s 0 :: 1 MSU-Billings
The Yellowjackets kept their record perfect via a Jennifer Larsen penalty kick converted in the 76th minute while the MSUB defense allowed Aiko Johnson to claim a clean sheet without having to make any saves. - MORE
CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE - NAIA
Trinity Lutheran 4 :: 2 Oregon Tech
William Jessup 3 :: 0 Northwest Christian
Corban 1 :: 3 Evergreen
Brady Espinoza (Pasco, WA) capped off the scoring with a strike in the 57th minute on a 30-yard free kick in a game in which Evergreen took a two-goal lead in the first half hour on two Willie Spurr goals.
Warner Pacific 6 :: 0 Oregon Tech
Northwest Christian 1 :: 4 Northwest Univ