Monday, November 4, 2013

INW College Recap - Boise State, Idaho prep for MWC & WAC tournaments; Big Sky tourney set

A pair of victories propelled Boise State to third in the MWC in the final week of the season, placing them in the Second Round of their tournament and the University of Idaho found a bit of fortune in other results, allowing them to hold onto the fourth seed in their final season in the WAC, setting up a third consecutive match in the period of two weeks with Northwest foe Seattle University, who won this weekend's matches by 3-0 and 3-1 to finish perfect on the year in conference.

Both the Broncos and Vandals will be in action in the state of New Mexico this week as the MWC is holding its championship at the University of New Mexico (seed #4) and the WAC tournament is at New Mexico State (did not qualify). Fans from the Gem State can catch both teams in action as the schedules have the two tournaments playing on alternate days. BSU kicks it off with a match Tuesday and after an off-day Wednesday, it is four consecutive days of games for the two conferences.

Meanwhile, the Montana Grizzlies finished the year on the road with a non-conference contest while the Big Sky's top four prepare for the postseason. The tournament will be hosted by Portland State, which features INW players Lexi Greenwood (Spokane, WA), Maggie Coleman (Hermiston, OR), Torrie Morris (Bend, OR) as well as former Spokane Shine goalkeeper Caitlin Plese and former Eastern Washington player Melissa Bishop.


Wednesday, October 30

Air Force 1 :: 3 Boise State 
In a game rescheduled due to the government shutdown, the two sides were also in a stalemate going into the second half before the Broncos jumped in front with two goals in a three-minute span. Gabby Garcia put the hosts in front off a rebound from point-blank range in the 51st minute and a little over two minutes later Brooke Heidemann connected with Kayla Tucker, who put it in from about 15 yards in the 53rd. Air Force answered in the 67th, but that was all they could muster in the rally attempt before Heidemann helped clinch the win by finding Baylee Blazer inside the six for a close-range finish in the 90th minute. MORE

Friday, November 1 

Boise State 1 :: 1 Utah State
In a deciding game for fourth place and a bye to the Second Round in the conference playoffs, the Broncos did just enough with the draw to edge out the Aggies. Kayla Tucker scored her second of the week off of a rebound, putting the visitors on the board in the 21st minute. The Broncos had the better of play in the match and a 19-7 advantage in shots, but the Aggies found an equalizer just before halftime. Maddy McDevitt made two saves in the second half to keep the Broncos in front in the playoff race and the defense allowed just one Aggie shot, off the mark, in overtime to advance to the postseason as the third seed. MORE

Other Results
Friday, November 1 - San Diego State 1 :: 1 New Mexico… Nevada 1 :: 2 UNLV… Northern Colorado 2 :: 2 Colorado State (NL)… Wyoming 1 :: 3 Air Force… Fresno State 1 :: 0 San Jose State

Final Standings
San Diego State 9-1-0… Fresno State 7-2-1… Boise State 6-3-1… New Mexico 6-3-1… Utah State 5-3-2… UNLV 5-5-0… Wyoming 4-4-2… Nevada 3-6-1… Air Force 2-7-1… San Jose State 2-7-1… Colorado State 1-9-0

2013 Mountain West Women’s Championship (@ New Mexico)

Monday, November 4 - First Round (Times PT)
A - No. 6 UNLV (2) 1 :: PK :: 1 (4) No. 7 Wyoming
B - No. 5 Utah State vs. No. 8 Nevada

Tuesday, November 5 - Second Round
C - No. 3 Boise State vs. Wyoming 3:00
D - No. 4 New Mexico vs. Game B winner 6:00

Thursday, November 7 - Semifinals
No. 2 Fresno State vs. Game C winner 3:00
No. 1 San Diego State vs. Game D winner 6:00

Saturday, November 9 - Championship - 12:00 


Friday, November 1 

Katie Baran
Idaho 0 :: 3 Seattle
The Vandals were blanked on the road in the home-and-home series against their Northwest foes in Seattle, giving up two goals in the first half and a third in the second half as they were outshot 15-4 in the contest. MORE

Utah Valley 2 :: OT :: 1 New Mexico State
Haley Curtis scored the winning tally on a free kick with just over two minutes remaining in overtime

Sunday, November 3 

Seattle 3 :: 1 Idaho 
In the return match, the Vandals got on the board first when a cross sent in from Kavita Battan deep in the left corner found Katie Baran at the far post in the final second of the first minute. The Redhawks, however, rallied with three unanswered, pulling even in the 25th and adding two in the second half, including an own goal that proved to be the winning tally. Despite the loss, the Vandals reached the postseason tournament as the fourth seed with as fourth-place Division I newcomers Grand Canyon were not eligible and with Bakersfield losing twice over the weekend by just one goal, including in overtime Sunday. MORE

Other Results
Friday, November 1 - Bakersfield 0 :: 1 Kansas City
Sunday, November 3 - Utah Valley 0 :: 3 Kansas City… Bakersfield 1 :: OT :: 2 New Mexico State

Final Standings
Seattle 12-0-0… Kansas City 8-4-0… Utah Valley 7-4-1… Grand Canyon 4-7-1… Idaho 4-8-0… Bakersfield 3-8-1… New Mexico State 2-9-1

2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship (@ New Mexico State)

Friday, November 8 - Semifinals (Times PT)
#1 Seattle U vs. #4 Idaho 10:30
#2 Kansas City vs. #3 Utah Valley 1:00

Sunday, November 10 - Championship - 11:00


Friday, November 1 

Montana 4 :: 0 UC Riverside (NL)
The Grizzlies finished out the year with a non-conference win in California. Maddey Frey found India Watne nine minutes into the contest for the opener and Aspen Peifer doubled the lead just before the break on a ball from Chloe Torres. Torres scored herself seven minutes into the second half and Taylor Rhodes converted from the spot in the 62nd to round out the scoring. Kendra McMillen and Kailey Norman each had a save in the shutout. MORE

Colorado State 2 :: 2 Northern Colorado (NL)

Final Standings
Portland State 8-0-1… Northern Arizona 7-2-0… Weber State 5-2-2… Northern Colorado 5-2-2… Idaho State 4-3-2… Sacramento State 3-5-1… Montana 3-5-1… Southern Utah 3-5-1… Eastern Washington 1-8-0… North Dakota 1-8-0

2013 Big Sky Conference Championship (@ Portland State)

Thursday, November 7 - Semifinals (Times PT)
#3 Weber State v #2 Northern Arizona 12:00
#4 Northern Colorado @ Portland State 3:00

Saturday, November 9 - Championship - 3:30