Thursday, October 24, 2013

CC Spokane soars past Wenatchee Valley in evening doubleheader

The Bigfoot are back in action at home Saturday with doubleheader starting at noon | Photos: Gerald Barnhart
The Sasquatch ladies kicked things off in a rare NWAACC East doubleheader under the lights at Spokane Falls CC Wednesday evening with a rout of visiting Wenatchee Valley College that finished 8-0 while the men were unable to break down the last-place Knights until the second half in a 2-0 victory.

Wenatchee Valley College 0 :: 8 CC Spokane - WOMEN 

The match was over before it really even began as the Bigfoot dominated from the opening whistle. On a third successive corner in the fourth minute, the hosts hit on a theme of the match as Taylor Strasser connected for the first of three goals scored directly off of her restarts from the right corner. The first was a bit off the mark as it soared well out into the area, but fell to where Tasha Luu, the team's aerial master, starts her runs. Luu rose and perfectly placed a quality header just under the bar from about 15 yards out.

The two repeated the feat six minutes later when Strasser found Luu crashing in at the far post, rising above the ball and nodding it down into the goal.

The lead was pushed to three in the 19th when a throw-in from Toni Tapplin created the third. The defender sent it over several players into the center of the area where Laura Seymour got a touch to it as it found its way to Rainey Pelzel, who was all alone on the far side for an easy finish from 10 yards.

Luu finished her hat-trick on the day in the 25th on a fantastic breakaway from the center circle sprung by Kat Tsoukalas. Luu drove into the area and had little trouble finishing from close range against goalkeeper Kirsten Flones, who chose to stand her ground around the six. The goal finished the first half scoring, though it could have easily been twice the margin as the Bigfoot had at least five other near-certain goals either denied or missed near the six or go off the woodwork.

Just as the first half started, it was Strasser from the corner kicking things off in the second period as the Bigfoot gave most of the sophomores the half off as things progressed. She midfielder found defender Sydni Thomas inside the six at the far post in the 58th minute.

From there, it was the freshmen pretty much running the show. Two minutes later at the hour mark Sarah Marro fed Rashelle Fisher, who sent a high shot from the right side of the area by that went through the hands of the goalkeeper and fell into the goal.

In the 75th minute a shot stopped by Flones slipped out of her grasp and rolled to the left post where Madison Pelzel was available to bang it in off the scrambling goalkeeper. Two minutes later Courtney Hossfeld found Fisher for her second.

The result kept Spokane within a point of Walla Walla, who downed Treasure Valley 3-0.

Wenatchee Valley College 0 :: 2 CC Spokane - MEN 

Though they came into the game with just two victories, the Knights proved to be a difficult opponent to break down and had a few moments where they nearly stunned the Bigfoot, including a pair of close calls in the first six minutes where goalkeeper Curtis Hill was called upon to keep the Knights off the board.

After the first 15 minutes passed, however, the Sasquatch took firm control of the match, holding the majority of possession in the attacking half of the field. Unfortunately, the Knights did well to limit any good opportunities to find the back of the net, keeping things at a stalemate.

That changed after the break with Spokane ending the deadlock just a little over two minutes into the return to action. Devin Leon struck from the right side of the area on a ball from Xavier Day.

The stalemate returned again, though, until a wild swing in action came with nearly a quarter-hour remaining. In the 78th minute Wenatchee Valley nearly pulled even on a close-range second chance shot, but Hill made a huge save. A minute later, Spokane locked up the win at the other end when a lofted ball from the right wing by Alex Opland floated over the keeper and dropped into the far side netting. Chris Fitzner was credited with the assist.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Walla Walla locked up the division title with a 3-0 win against third-place Treasure Valley.