Monday, November 12, 2012

College Recap: Tournament time for INW teams

Three schools from the Inland Northwest (Idaho State, Washington State and Whitworth) and players from the region representing eight other teams (Arizona State, Santa Clara, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, Puget Sound, Concordia M&W and Rocky Mountain) advanced to their respective national tournaments. The NCAA schools have already kicked off their title chases - highlighted by Western Washington getting wins in the first two rounds of DII action - while the NAIA gets underway this weekend.


INW Teams: Idaho State (Big Sky), Washington State (Pac-12) – Teams with INW Players: Santa Clara (Pac-12), Arizona State (Pac-12)


Idaho State 0 :: 3 #1 Stanford
The defending NCAA champions struck three times in the first half and held on for the shutout victory. The Cardinal outshot ISU 31-7 in the match, forcing freshman keeper Sheridan Hapsic to make 10 saves, five in each half. – MORE 

Long Beach SU 1 :: 2 Santa Clara
Sofia Huerta (Boise, ID) helped create the opening goal as the Broncos moved onto the second round of the tournament. She set up the first by dribbling back outside the box in the 18th minute and sending a short ball to Meleana Shim, who sent her low shot through a sea of bodies screening the keeper and inside the left post from the top of the box. The Broncos added their second in the 37th and held on for the victory despite LBSU’s attempted rally in the second half. – MORE 

Washington State (5) 2 :: PK :: 2 (6) Portland
The Cougars took the lead in each only to see the draw go nine rounds in the penalty kick tiebreaker before the Pilots prevailed. Brandi Vega took a ball from Micaela Castain int eh 36th minute and chipped the keeper for the opener, but Kendall Johnson answered off an Amanda Frisbie heel pass in the 43rd. The second strike came off a corner kick created by a Korynn Blanksma (Wenatchee, WA) rip that was tipped aside. Mesa Owsley’s restart was initially cleared, but came to the head of Delaney Zalud (Colbert, WA), who headed it back into the box where Nicole Setterlund made a fantastic finish, knocking it in with her heel with her back to goal in the 54th. Michelle Cruz, however, tied it back up in the 62nd for the Pilots, who were denied a winner several times by Cougars goalkeeper Gurveen Clair. The teams both went four for five in the initial phase of the shootout in which the Cougars had a chance to win on the final round only to see defender Rachel Doyle stopped. In the ninth round Erin Dees made her third save of the tiebreaker with a miss from Lauren Previs sending the Pilots forward. – MORE  |  VIDEO   

Arizona State 1 :: 3 #3 Baylor
Senior forward Miah Mollay (Boise, ID) saw only 13 minutes of play in the loss.

Coming Up

Second Round - Friday
Santa Clara @ #1 Stanford


NCAA DII Tournament

First Round - Friday
#5 Western Washington 2 :: OT :: 1 #4 Cal Poly Pomona
Jamie Arthurs (Richland, WA) made six saves as the Vikings upset the higher-seeded California program in their home state, getting the winning strike in the 109th minute from Stephanie Hamilton. The match was a stalemate until the Broncos got on the board in the 75th minute, but it only lasted two minutes before defender Brianna Jones nodded in a poor header clearance off a free kick. – MORE 

Second Round - Sunday
#5 Western Washington 2 :: 1 #1 Sonoma State
The 10th-ranked hosts certainly tested the Vikings, but Jamie Arthurs was huge once again with 11 saves . Joana Houplin put the Vikings on the board nine minutes in, converting a penalty after Kristin Maris was taken down in the box. Sonoma State pulled even in the 74th to send WWU to another overtime contest where once again they found the winner. This time a scramble in the box led to the ball coming to Catherine Miles, who found Maris for the finish in the 103rd minute. – MORE 

Coming Up

Third Round - Friday
#5 Western Washington vs #2 UC-San Diego


NCAA D II Tournament

First Round - Thursday

Seattle Pacific (4) 1 :: PK :: 1 (5) Cal St LA
The Falcons fell victim to the Golden Eagles for a second straight year, coming up short in the tiebreaker shootout, 5-4. Looking to avenge last year’s 3-2 loss in Seattle, the Falcons got on the board first in a flurry of a finish to the first half. A Corey McGuire corner was one-timed past the keeper by Matt Merchant in the 42nd minute, but the California side evened terms in the final minute of the half on a shot from outside the box. The Falcons nearly found a winner in overtime with Christopher Morris firing a shot off the left post and another that was narrowly tipped over the crossbar. CSULA, would be on the other side of the coin after a 1-1 draw in the following round. Seattle Pacific INW Players: Bryson Pavel (Boise, ID), Kyle Peterman* (Boise, ID), Connor Meppen (Boise, ID), Graham Reid (Boise, ID), Garrett Jones (Boise, ID), Richie Evoy* (Bend, OR), Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) - * played  – MORE   

Conference foe Simon Fraser, the #1 seed, advanced from their second round opener, 2-1, against Cal State Stanislaus and will face second seed and host Grand Canyon in the Third Round.


NCAA DIII Tournament

First Round – Saturday
Puget Sound 0 :: 1 Trinity
A 26th minute strike from the hosts was all they needed to knock the Loggers out of the tournament. Inland NW defenders Lauren Hamilton (Spokane, WA) and Lauren Swanson (Eagle, ID) both played in the loss.  – MORE 


NCAA DIII Tournament

First Round – Saturday
Whitworth 0 :: 1 Mississippi College
In a defensive stalemate in which there was only seven shots, the Choctaws found success on one of their three, beating Kyle Novak in the 53rd minute for the lone tally of the match. Meanwhile, Robby Ubben had three of Whitworth’s four shots with defender Will Wren adding the other. Mississippi College was knocked out in the next round by Trinity, 4-1 in penalties, after a scoreless draw. – MORE 


CCC Conference Tournament

Championship - Saturday
Concordia 2 :: OT :: 1 Northwest-U
The Cavaliers avenged their earlier loss a few weeks ago to the Eagles, but had to rally to do so after Micah Wenzel gave the regular season champions the lead in the 33rd minute. With 10 minutes remaining in the contest Kaylynn Winwood (Nampa, ID) scored from 17 yards out, sending the contest to overtime. In the ninth minute of overtime  Ashley Ames (Liberty Lake, WA) sent a ball to McKayla Madison (Bend, OR), who fired it home from 22 yards out to send Concordia back to the NAIA tournament for the 13th straight season. Tori Talbutt (Boise, ID) made three saves in the win. Concordia has the third most appearances of the full tournament field, trailing only Westmont (16) and Lindsey Wilson (15) and 17 of the 31 teams are returning from a year ago.  – MORE 

Coming Up This Week

NAIA Tournament

First Round – Saturday
Cal State San Marcos @ #8 Concordia

Note: CSU-SM was unbeaten in two games at Frontier Conference’s Westminster, beating the hosts 3-0 and finishing in a scoreless draw with Carroll.


CCC Conference Tournament

Semifinals – Tuesday
Northwest 0 :: 4 Concordia
Warner Pacific 1 :: 4 Evergreen

Championship – Saturday
Evergreen 1 :: 2 Concordia
Tanner French (Sandpoint, ID) started both games for Concordia and had two shots in each to send the Cavaliers to the national tournament for the third consecutive year and eighth time overall.

Coming Up This Week

NAIA Tournament

First Round – Saturday
Embry-Riddle @ #16 Concordia

Note: Embry Riddle was 1-1-1 against Frontier Conference competition, losing 4-3 at home to league champion Rocky Mountain and picking up a 4-0 win at Great Falls and 1-1 draw at Carroll.


Frontier/TranSouth Unaffiliated Group Final - Saturday
Rocky Mountain 2 :: 6 Martin Methodist College
The Battlin’ Bears women fell on the road (Lipscomb University) in the opposition’s home state. RMC took the initial lead an a quick goal from Mandi Achten (Billings, MT) just under two minutes into the contest, tapping in a ball bobbled by the keeper. The lead, though was short-lived before Mor Efraim went on a rampage, setting up the equalizer in the 12th minute and scoring the next two and three in all as 10th-ranked MMC scored six consecutive times. Kirsty Montignani found a little consolation with a blast into the upper left corner in the final minute. – MORE  
Jack Clancy, Rocky Mountain College


Frontier/TranSouth Unaffiliated Group Final - Saturday
Martin Methodist College 1 :: 2 Rocky Mountain
Jack Clancy scored twice to send the fourth-year program onto the national tournament for the first time. Mikey Wall (Billings, MT) helped set up the opening strike 17 minutes in and, with the score knotted at 1-1 after intermission, Nick Heffernan found him with 15 minutes remaining to claim the victory. – MORE   

Coming Up

NAIA Tournament

First Round – Saturday
Jamestown (ND) @ #15 Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain won both earlier meetings between the two this season, picking up a 3-1 victory on the road and taking a 2-1 overtime decision at home just two weeks ago. Brandon Loeffler (Butte, MT) scored the equalizer and Oliver Gore scored two more in the first win and Mikey Wall (Billings, MT) scored both goals in the second win.