Here is a rundown of the area 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)
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE - MEN
Friday, September 12
Colorado Christian 1-0 (OT) MSU-Billings
The Yellowjackets nearly handed the visitors their first blemish of the year, but a header on a corner kick in the 102nd minute decided the game. Prior to that Tom Lohmann had made three saves for MSUB as the hosts outshot the visitors 16-14. MORE [+]
Dominican 2-3 Northwest Nazarene
Sunday, September 14
Colorado Mesa 1-1 MSU-Billings
After Thorge Jess' initial touch to kick the game off Jorge Paez struck the ball directly into the visitors' goal to give the Yellowjackets the lead 12 seconds in. The hosts held onto that advantage but were unable to add to it, which proved unfortunate as the Mavericks were able to tie things up in the 85th and held on for the draw. Lohmann added another six saves. MORE [+]
NOTES: Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) needed one save in Seattle Pacific's 2-0 victory over Notre Dame de Namur Saturday.
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE - WOMEN
Thursday, September 11
Cal State East Bay 1-0 Central Washington
In a back-and-forth contest that saw the visitors narrowly outshoot the Wildcats 14-13, Kayla Lipston made five saves for the the hosts but it was not enough as a fluke chance by CSUEB in the 60th proved to be the difference in the contest. MORE [+]
MSU-Billings 2-0 Sioux Falls
Despite outshooting the hosts 10-2 in the first half, the game went well into the second before the Yellowjackets broke the deadlock. Keying the victory was freshman Jessica Spang (Billings, MT), setting up the opening goal from Alisa Sagdahl in the 67th minute. She added some insurance herself in the 84th off of a rebound. Goalkeeper Krystal Daniels only needed one save for the clean sheet as the Yellowjackets dominated with a 21-5 advantage in shots and 14-0 in corners. MORE [+]
Saturday, September 13
Both teams exchanged early goals and then went another 100-plus minutes in a stalemate. Eight minutes in the hosts took the lead when a corner from Lexi Fesenbek was brought down in the box by Sarah Blum (Troy, ID), allowing midfielder Sarah Jenkins to knock it home. Less than a minute later, however, a long ball ball into the box was finished by the visitors to pull even. From there the two sides were on an epic duel, posting a combined 38 shots (21-17 in favor of the visitors) with Daniele Ortiz making six stops for the Crusaders while the other keeper needed seven for the draw. MORE [+]
Lipston made another five saves for the Wildcats, and even kickstarted the scoring with her goal kick in the 36th minute connecting through Meghan Ward for the opening goal from Viktoriya Vasina. Dominican answered two minutes into the second half, but the Farrand sisters - daughters of coach Michael Farrand - propelled the hosts to their father's 100th CWU win and provided the team with its first offensive output beyond one goal this season. Keilin Farrand (Ellensburg, WA) combined with Bailey Martoncik to allow her sister Hadli (Ellensburg, WA) to split the defense and score from about 20 yards in the 61st minute. Hadli helped clinch the win 90 seconds from time when she delivered a through ball that put Mackenzie Nolte alone with the keeper for the insurance goal. After going 11-6-1 last year, Farrand missed out on the century mark for wins when they fell to Seattle Pacific in the GNAC tournament just days after getting his 99th against the same opponent. He then waited through three losses, two of them 1-0 decisions, to open this season. MORE [+]
DII NOTES: Rainey Pelzel (CC Spokane) set up the opening goal in New Mexico Highland's 2-0 win over West Texas A&M Thursday and had an assist on the final goal Saturday in a 4-0 win in which Alyssa Saucedo (Spokane Shine) scored the opening goal. Defender Allison Jordan (Spokane, WA) started both games... Goalkeeper Megan Wade (East Wenatchee, WA) came off bench with three-goal lead and set up fourth with long free kick in Humboldt State's 4-0 win over Academy of Art Thursday.
NORTHWEST CONFERENCE - MEN
Friday, September 12
Hamline 0-3 Puget Sound
Up by one from the first half, midfielder Stewart Miller (Helena, MT) put the game out of reach for the Loggers, setting up Lael Richmond (Bigfork, MT) with a cross in the 79th minute and scoring himself in the 86th minute from inside the box.
Saturday, September 13
Trinity Lutheran 1-8 Puget Sound
Though TLU equalized in the sixth minute, the game belonged to the Loggers the rest of the way. Miller added two more assists to his weekend tally, setting up the third and fourth goals. Richmond also got in to the scoring, recording on assist on the opening goal in the second half.
Walla Walla University 0-6 Whitman
The Missionaries thumped the unaffiliated city rivals that are headed to the NAIA's Cascade Conference beginning next year. Alex Barsher provided the opening goal in each half, finishing a ball from Paul Riley three minutes in. Eric Conte doubled the lead with a shot that deflected in off a defender in the 28th. Barsher netted his second in the 54th, heading in a cross from Noah Cavanaugh, who set up the next goal by Connor Welty off his corner in the 61st. Jacob Fritz (Bend, OR) and Daniel Kim combined for the final two with Fritz's ball being missed by the keeper and finished by Kim in the 78th and Kim finding Fritz on a corner in the 86th. Milo Cantor needed just one save as Whitman outshot WWU 30-5. MORE [+]
UC Santa Cruz 2-3 Whitworth (@ Willamette Univ)
The Pirates added another quality win to its resume to finish the non-conference schedule a perfect five for five, ending UCSC's four-game win streak with only their second loss. Whitworth jumped in front by three goals in 23 minutes on just five shots. Mike Ramos got on the scoring summary for the fifth consecutive game, finding the head of Eduardo Lopez four minutes in. In the 22nd minute Sam Jarrett found Colin Shockman, whose 24-yard effort took a slight deflection off a defender en route to the back of the net. Ramos then netted one of his own, fifth of the year, 22 seconds later inside the six on a ball from Kyle Cacoyannis. After an even first half in shots, the second half belonged to the Banana Slugs, who outshot the Bucs 9-1 for the period and pulled within one with goals in the 61st and 87th. MORE [+]
Monday, September 8
Cal Lutheran 2-1 (OT) Whitman
Friday, September 12
Northwest Christian 0-7 Willamette University
The Bearcats dominated in their final non-conference game. Kinsey Keene (Eagle, ID) set up the opening goal eight minutes into the game with McKenzie Andringa (Yakima, WA) finding Jill Phillips for her second in the 32nd minute. Phillips then turned provider, connecting with Veronica Ewers (Moscow, ID) four minutes later for the tap-in goal. Emma Sanders made it six in the 55th minute off a corner, heading it in off the keeper's hands. Ewers got a second goal, again from Phillips, with a shot that caromed in off the post.
Whitworth 1-2 Whitman
The two local rivals squared off to open the season once again with the Missionaries evening up the series at three wins apiece since the tradition started in 2009 (all but one held in Walla Walla). The two foes were scoreless through the first 45, but the hosts opened the scoring with de Guzman's cross finding Clara Merlina at the top of the six in the 59th minute. Freshman Alissa Soo created the second in the 74th with a great run along the end line toward goal, drawing in the Pirates and allowing her to dish the ball to the far side where Wieck finished into the open goal. With 15 seconds left Megan McCart spoiled Haley Case's bid for a clean sheet on a free kick that slipped in under the crossbar over the reach of the keeper, who had only one save in the contest as the hosts outshot Whitworth 19-5. WHITMAN MORE [+] WHITWORTH MORE [+]
NOTES: Ashley Cox (Jerome, ID) helped lead Lewis & Clark to two results, starting in a scoreless road draw against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in which they were outshot 29-4 Saturday and in a 3-1 victory the next day at Whittier.
DIII NOTES: Freshman JoLynn O'Kelley (Lewiston, ID) scored her first goal, giving LeTourneau the initial lead in a game they won 4-3 in overtime against Central Baptist Friday. She started both games as they also played University of the Ozarks to a scoreless draw Saturday.... Savannah Laursen (Boise, ID) set up the opening goal in a 2-0 University of Redlands victory over George Fox Sunday.