Monday, September 15, 2014

INW DI College Recap – Week Three: Gonzaga, Idaho give Washington State challenge

Among the Division I action this week, the unbeaten Washington State women had a difficult go of things with local foes, rallying to defeat an upset-minded Gonzaga squad and going well into the second half to find a winner at neighboring Idaho. In the Big Sky, Montana gave Missouri a run on the road in an overtime loss and Idaho State made two big comebacks to defeat Hawaii.

Here is a rundown of the area DI schools and their conferences as well as how players from the Inland Northwest performed around the nation in the past week.

(September 8-14 / Photos: Gerald Barnhart)


Friday, September 12 

Washington State 2-1 (OT) Gonzaga
The hosts came out fighting and scored the opening goal, surprising the daunting defensive unit of the Cougars that had allowed just one goal in its five-game unbeaten start to the season. Brittany Doan put the Bulldogs in front 17 minutes in off a cross from Katey Pennington (Boise, ID). The Cougars quickly replied via Jocelyn Jeffers, who nodded in a cross from defender Jordan Branch. After an even first half, the visitors dominated in the second but suffered through miss after miss. A minute into overtime, though, the winner came quickly when Jeffers dished the ball wide to Kourtney Guetlein whose cross inside the box was one-timed home by Kailiana Johnson.  INWsn REPORT [+]

Sunday, September 14

Washington State 1-0 Idaho
Winless through their first six and goalless since their 2-1 season opening loss at Seattle, the Vandals were not expected to be much of a test for their neighbors on the other side of the state line. Instead, the Vandals stood strong with numerous blocked shots and crosses along with goalkeeper Torell Stewart making 10 saves as the Cougars dominated, finishing with a 24-3 and 15-1 advantage in shots and corners, respectively. It took an hour for the Cougars to finally break through... after two blocked attempts by Beau Bremer and Cara Wegner on the play. After Wegner's was knocked away, it came to Bremer who was able to put it in under the bar.  WSU MORE [+] - IDAHO MORE [+] 


Sunday, September 14

Duquesne 1-2 Oregon State
After playing a half-hour off the bench Friday in a 1-0 win over Siena, Timmy Mueller (Post Falls, ID) started and provided the game-winner for the Beavers. Level going into the second half, Mueller's goal came in the 58th when he stole the ball at the top of the box and put it away into the bottom left corner.  MORE [+]


Friday, September 12

Gonzaga 0-2 Utah Valley
The struggles continued for the Bulldogs, who went into the second half before allowing a pair of goals by the hosts out of the WAC.  MORE [+]

Sunday, September 14

Gonzaga 0-1 California 
Though the winless run continued, the performance was good considering they held the 17th ranked Bears scoreless until the 74th minute of the match with goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore making six saves.  MORE [+]


Friday, September 12

Washington State 2-1 (OT) Gonzaga
See recap above or INWsn REPORT [+]

NOTES: Trailing by two late in the game, freshman Jess Kennedy (Spokane, WA) gave Portland a last-minute glimmer of hope at a comeback.


Friday, September 12 

Montana 3-4 (OT) Missouri
Facing the national poll vote getting Tigers, the Grizzlies went toe-to-toe with the contenders and held the lead twice. Chloe Torres scored just over four minutes in off a Hallie Widner corner with the hosts pulling even 20 minutes later. The Griz reclaimed the lead when Mackenzie Akins connected with Tyler Adair in the 70th minute and Widner found Allie Lucas nearly two minutes later to push the lead to two. The Tigers roared back though with a goal in the 76th and an equalizer from the spot in the 81st, and grabbed the win with five minutes left in overtime.  MORE [+]

Idaho 0-3 Saint Mary's 
The Vandals couldn't stop Hannah Diaz, who scored the opener and set up two others, giving the hosts a two-goal halftime lead and helped put it out of reach four minutes into the second half.  MORE [+]

Sunday, September 14

Hawaii 4-5 Idaho State 
The Bengals posted two big rallies in the contest to claim the victory in what was arguably the most thrilling contest in the region over the week. Down two after seven minutes, Madeline Gochnour found the head of Katherine Roberts in the 11th minute. Amanda Ellsworth tied it up on a penalty in the 14th, but the visitors re-created the two-goal margin with tallies in the 26th and 57th. The hosts mounted another comeback with Maria Sanchez scoring in the 64th after a deflection off the goalkeeper and Ellsworth making a great individual play, driving up from midfield and firing from the top of the area in the 75th. The pair combined for the winner with Sanchez finding Ellsworth mid-run down the middle in the 84th, setting up the shot from inside the box to complete only the second-ever hat-trick in program history.  MORE [+]

Washington State 1-0 Idaho 
See recap in PAC-12 section above.

NOTES: Defender Ashlynn Curnow (Boise, ID) helped lead Northern Arizona to a pair of shutout wins, starting in a 1-0 win over Wright State Friday and setting up the second goal with her throw-in for a 2-0 win against Grand Canyon... Riley Richardson (Spokane, WA) scored on a curling free kick with two minutes left to send the game to overtime for Grand Canyon University, which fell 2-1... Defender Torie Morris (Bend, OR) and combined with five saves from goalkeeper Caitlin Plese (Spokane Shine) to down Oregon 1-0 in overtime.

OTHER DIVISION I NOTES: Goalkeeper Sarah Wood (Spokane, WA) made one save in a 4-0 shutout for Cleveland State at Canisius Friday and made eight stops in a scoreless stalemate at (3-1-2) Niagara in a game in which they were outshot 15-7 Sunday.