Monday, December 9, 2013

INW College Recap - Final Edition: Concordia brings title back to NW

With only the DI men’s final four remaining as the final college soccer left this season in the nation, the action for the northwest has come to a close… and in fine fashion as the Concordia women captured the NAIA championship over the weekend. The Cavaliers were led by a handful of INW-area players as they posted four shutouts in the national tournament, knocking off the top two seeds along the way, including the defending champions, as they finally captured their first title in four tries.


Friday, November 22 - Second Round

Santa Clara 2 :: 1 Boston U (@ Virginia Tech)
Sofia Huerta (Boise, ID) scored the opening goal of the contest less than 90 seconds into the contest, and with the score level in the second half set up the game-winner in the 76th minute of the match. MORE

Sunday, November 24 - Third Round

Santa Clara (1) 1 :: PK :: 1 (3) Virginia Tech 
The two sides were scoreless in the first half, but the hosts went ahead in the 55th. Sofia Huerta (Boise, ID) notched the equalizer in the 64th for Santa Clara and later converted the only penalty in the shootout as the Broncos fell 3-1 in the tiebreaker. MORE


Saturday, December 7 - Elite Eight

New Mexico 1 :: 0 Washington
The Huskies, led by assistant coach Craig Waibel (Spokane, WA / Spokane Shadow PDL), fell in a tight contest on a close-range finish of a cross in the 37th minute. New Mexico, however, is led in part by midfielder Michael Kafari, a Ghana native that grew up and played high school soccer in Boise, ID as product of Boise Nationals SC. MORE


Puget Sound 0 :: 3 Washington (Mo.) 
The Loggers gave up a goal seven minutes in to Lillie Toaspern, who scored twice more in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put the St Louis school out of reach. Lauren Hamilton (Spokane, WA) and Lauren Swanson (Eagle, ID) both started in the loss.


Saturday, November 23 - Opening Round

Rocky Mountain 2 :: OT :: 3 Hastings (Neb.) 
Jack Clancy put the Battlin’ Bears in front just a little over a half-hour into the contest and RMC held the lead until the hosts equalized in the 55th. Oliver Gore put Rocky Mountain back in front in the 74th on a ball from Chris Jermy, but Hastings answered right back with immediacy less than a minute later and would find the winner eight minutes into extra time. MORE

Corban 0 :: 4 Concordia (Cal.) 
The year came to a close for the Warriors with Derik Chaney (Helena, MT), James Williamson (Coeur d’Alene, ID), Eliseo Santana (Idaho Falls, ID), Daniel Fredrickson (Boise, ID) getting starts in their postseason opener and Kyle Hammond (Missoula, MT) coming off the bench.


Saturday, November 23 - Opening Round

Westminster (1) 2 :: 2 (4) Westmont 
The Griffins saw their postseason come to a close with Abi Yanke (Boise, ID) making four saves in the game, but was unable to help as they fell in the tiebreaker while watching her counterpart make two stops. Maddie Lewis (Boise, ID) started in the back line and Carissa Cooper (Meridian, ID) came off the bench.

William Jessup 0 :: 3 Concordia
Ashley Ames (Liberty Lake, WA) set up the opening goal in the 28th minute and then scored herself in the 52nd minute. Maddie Aldrich (Spokane, WA) completed the scoring with a strike in the 85th minute. MORE

Monday, December 2 - Second Round 

St Thomas 0 :: 2 Concordia (@ Orange Beach, AL)
Erin Huisingh (Pasco, WA) set up the opening goal of the contest 26 minutes into the match and Samantha Johnson (Hailey, ID) set up the second in the 82nd minute. MORE

Wednesday, December 4 - Quarterfinals

Embry-Riddle 0 :: 1 Concordia (@ Orange Beach, AL)
The Cavaliers advanced on a goal in the 59th minute with Samantha Johnson (Hailey, ID) contributing among the back line in the shutout as they allowed only four shots. MORE

Friday, December 6 - Semifinals

Concordia 2 :: OT :: 1 Lindsey Wilson (@ Orange Beach, AL) 
The Cavaliers saw their shutout streak end at 1,045 minutes, but topped the top-seeded reigning champions in overtime on a goal set up by the free kick from defender Samantha Johnson (Hailey, ID) in the 103rd minute. The attempt from 35 yards was punched by the keeper only to see it go to Hannah Scott for the winning header. They initially took the lead in the 54th on a free kick from 22 yards only to see the champions pull even in the 70th with a shot banked in off the near post from close range. MORE

Saturday, December 7 - Championship

Concordia 1 :: 0 Westmont (@ Orange Beach, AL)
In the championship for a fourth time in nine years, the Cavaliers finally captured their elusive first championship by edging the second-seeded California school. Hannah Scott, who tallied in the 65th, scored her third of the tournament, but it was the defense which included Samantha Johnson (Hailey, ID) that stood out again, posting a fourth shutout in five games and allowing just four shots. She was named to the All-Tournament team with three other players from the squad, which won 18-consecutive to close out the season 22-1-1 overall. Erin Huisingh (Pasco, WA), Ashley Ames (Liberty Lake, WA), McKayla Madison (Bend, OR) all started with Maddie Aldrich (Spokane, WA), and Hannah Smith (Spokane, WA) on the bench. MORE