Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sasquatch roll to easy 4-0, 6-0 wins against Shoreline CC Saturday

The Sasquatch had plenty to celebrate Saturday with 10 goals on the day | Photos: Gerald Barnhart 
The most difficult thing facing the CC Spokane Bigfoot Saturday afternoon at Spokane Falls Community College was the oppressive summer heat with temperatures in excess of 90 on the day as the ladies rolled to a 4-0 victory and the men cruised to  6-0 win against visiting Shoreline CC.

The defending NWAACC East Division champion Spokane women improved to 3-0-2 on the season and kept pace in the division, at 1-0-1, with the victory on the day with long-time division power Walla Walla CC (5-0-1 overall), which dominated in an 8-0 victory against Shoreline's fellow North Division member Green River. On the men's side, the Sasquatch, also 1-0-1 in the division, are 5-0-2 overall, making them one of three unbeatens remaining in the entire NWAACC.

Both sides got off to quick starts with the ladies scoring five minutes in and the men besting that with a strike in the first minute of action.

Laura Seymour | GALLERY
WOMEN - Shoreline CC 0 :: 4 CC Spokane

The Bigfoot ladies jumped on Shoreline right from the get-go with a long ball from Laura Seymour up the right side putting Kat Tsoukalas behind the defense. She finished her drive into the box and put it past the onrushing keeper into the far side netting with a low roller.

Things began to slow down significantly under the blazing sun for the rest of the half, but Taylor Strasser and Seymour had chances in the 21st and 30th minutes, respectively, that forced saves to keep the visitors within reach before Shoreline really had their first quality opportunity. Hayley Warren took a shot on the turn from about 13 yards that tested Emily Moscrip with a diving save in the 35th minute.

Seymour nearly broke through for the team's second in the 39th when a sequence off a throw on the right side worked its way to the center of the box before being slipped back wide right to the sophomore, but her shot past the keeper was stopped by a defender inside the six.

The second tally, did come however two minutes into stoppage time. A ball crossed in by Lindsay DeHaas from the left side was nodded in at the edge of the six off the bounce by Emily Fejeran.

Taylor Strasser
The game was put out of reach 10 minutes into the second half when a corner from Strasser came out to Seymour outside the area. Seymour drove into the area and put it past the keeper from about 16 yards.

Seven minutes later, though, Shoreline had its closest glimpse of a goal when a cross from Allison Shelton from the right end line across the six flashed in front of the crashing Warren, who was unable to make full contact with the ball to put it away near the far post.

The Sasquatch ladies capped the game with a fantastic strike from DeHaas from about 32 yards over the keeper on a ball from Strasser, though Sara Marro nearly scored with seven minutes left only to see her effort from the top right side of the box smacked the bottom of the far post.

"The last two matches we have struggled to score so we've been looking for different, more creative ways to get goals, and they came from different bodies today, different places on the field," said CC Spokane women's head coach Jim Martinson. "Shoreline made it really easy on us that they played real high, but yeah, it was nice to get goals without our leading goal scorer on the field, for sure."

The team was without sophomore Tasha Luu, who was sidelined with an ankle injury that may have her out for at least a week. After playing primarily midfield last season - earning INWsoccernews Best XI Second Team for the year - she has been moved up top this season and already has four goals and three assists for the season.

"Excellent. Kids are getting along," Martinson said of the dynamic among the team this year. "We try and press that we are a family; we do things together and we take care of each other, and they've just bought into it. From what I can see, everything's been great. They all like each other, they all get along. They do things outside of soccer and the road trips have been perfect behavior so no complaints."

MEN - Shoreline CC 0 :: 6 CC Spokane 

Devin Leon | GALLERY
As hot as it was, the men barely had time to break a sweat in match play before they found the back of the net, scoring on some great combination play just under a minute into the match. After getting the ball up top, it was dropped back to Devin Leon, who slipped it out wide to Jared Fretheim. The sophomore ran past the outside of the defender and drives at the near post before cutting the ball squarely across the six to Reece Jackson for an easy tap-in.

"After coming off the draw Wednesday in Everett we definitely wanted to come out early, set the tempo - a couple of things we put on the board for pre-match talk; setting the tone and those sort of things - and to get a goal 50 seconds into the match definitely makes it a little bit easier," said CC Spokane men's head coach Kenny Krestian.

"And then, it was nice to see them actually working on things and do the things we've set forth out in training."

It was pretty much easy going from there. Fretheim set up Leon in the 32nd minute and Leon added a second three minutes later, both coming on shots from the left side of the area. Carson Lamphere capped the half when he turned and fired from the arc, besting the goalkeeper at the left post.

"[Possession and moving the ball well] was a big focus of ours. Wednesday we just couldn't break Everett down and so training on Friday was all about moving the ball, finding the channels, combining and being positive with what we were doing. And it showed with some great goals today."

Defender Travis Hill got into the scoring literally seconds after the intermission, connecting with Chris Donich, who went on to add a second goal in the 69th minute when a ball past the defense put him through. He drove into the area and slipped it past the keeper to cap the scoring.

"You don't see that too often. I think it was 50 seconds in the first half and 20 seconds in the second half. Great ways to start halfs off, and we got a goal at the end of the first half also; so critical times of matches definitely getting some goals and really pleased for the boys."