Among the early action was a series of games between the Division I trio in Idaho and another set featuring the Washington foursome of Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Seattle and Washington State.
In the Evergreen State, the action kicked off Friday with Gonzaga posting a 1-0 victory 17 miles down the road in Cheney against Eastern Washington. Mikayla Anderson (Spokane, WA) scored the lone tally in the 41st minute [MORE]. Meanwhile, Washington State had made the trek across the state to face Seattle University, who took the initial lead via a Julia Besagno penalty 21 minutes in. The Cougars pulled even at the half-hour mark through Kailiana Johnson and grabbed the win with a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the second half, both set up by Kourtney Guetlein. Jocelyn Jeffers tallied in the first minute back in action and Micaela Castain added the second in the 49th [MORE]. Two days later the Redhawks traveled across the state themselves to face Eastern Washington. After a scoreless first half, Spokane native Julia Moravec collected the ball from Stephanie Verdoia and fired it in for the lead with Verdoia adding the second via Mary Hill in the 77th for a 2-0 victory [MORE].
Schools in Montana also hit the pitch last week. The regular season Big Sky co-champion Grizzlies got off to a good start with a pair of draws. On Friday Montana played to a 1-1 draw at home with a Mary Makris (Emigrant, MT) corner finding the head of Ashley Robertson in the 63rd minute for the go-ahead goal only to see Air Force answer five minutes later [MORE]. On Sunday, the Grizzlies played another 110 minutes, this time with goalkeeper Kendra McMillen making three saves in the scoreless draw against Wyoming [MORE].
Also getting their season under way this week from the Gem State was North Idaho College. The Cardinal men won two in Wyoming against Dodge City CC and Northwest College. Shane Stanley (Sagle, ID), Isaiah Van Voorhis (Liberty Lake, WA) and Adam Garman (Coeur d'Alene, ID) scored in a 3-1 victory against the DCCC Saturday and edged host Northwest Sunday, 3-2 in overtime [MORE]. Jamaican Rodger Bucknor was key in the second win with the opening goal and the assist on the overtime winner from Robert Wilson (Boise, ID). John Ray (Boise, ID) scored the second goal. The ladies dominated in the first contest, drubbing DCCC 7-3 with Tiffany Draper (Meridian, ID) notching a hat-trick; Jaimee Hulst (Helena, MT) tallying twice; and Meghan Pagano (Sandpoint, ID) and Keilin Farrand each finding the back of the net once. The second game was the complete opposite from the 10-goal opener as they finished in a scoreless stalemate with Northwest in a game in which the Cardinal players hit the woodwork five times, including two from Taylor Peterson (Missoula, MT). Whittni Mundel (Spokane, WA) was in goal for the first half.
Headlining a number of exhibitions and scrimmages this week was a 1-1 draw between the Gonzaga men and Whitworth, a pair of Spokane programs that had not played one another in quite some time. The Division I Zags took the initial lead only to see DIII Whitworth answer in the second and hold on for the draw despite being outshot 17-1 [INW REPORT].
Other exhibition results:
Aug 16 … W … Univ of Oklahoma … 0 :: 0 … Idaho … Exhibition [MORE]
Aug 18 … W … Univ of Oklahoma … 1 :: 2 … Gonzaga … Exhibition
GU: Sarah Carter (Tori Lee) 82, Tori Lee 89
UO: GU Own Goal 74 [MORE]
Aug 20 … W … College of Idaho … 0 :: 9 … Idaho State … Exhibition
ISU: Lanie Ward (Amanda Ellsworth) 5, Laura Benson 13, Allysa Kenney (Mikaela Carrillo) 38, Kiley Godfrey 40, Whitney Peterson 43, Amanda Ellsworth 51, Amanda Ellsworth 51, Jessica Sanchez 61, Lauren Bermudez (Allyssa Kenney) 75 [MORE]
Aug 23 … M … Northwest Nazarene … 0 :: 6 … Oregon State … Exhibition
Aug 24 … W … Rocky Mountain … 0 :: 3 … Univ of Mary … Exhibition
Aug 24 … W … Columbia Basin CC … 0 :: 3 … Eastern Oregon … Scrimmage
Aug 25 … W … Carroll College … 0 :: 3 … MSU-Billings … Exhibition
MSUB: Chelsea Shuman 28, Alisa Sagdahl 36, Dana Lubieniecki (Alisa Sagdahl) 68 [MORE]