Wednesday, October 8, 2014

INW Best XI - Week 6: Defense leads the way in impressive performances from the ladies against ranked opponents

Usually, these lists are dominated by strikers and midfielders with plenty of goals on their ledgers. This week, particularly on the ladies side, that was not an option, and very little searching was needed to put them on the list. Teams represented by players on the list faced a combined six opponents in their respective national polls - and several others that are conference powers - and came away with impressive results.

Among them was Player of the Week choice Hailey Woods (Meridian, ID), who guided the College of Idaho at both ends of the pitch to an upset win over top ranked Concordia that snapped several streaks.

On the men's side, the eye-catching performance was another upset win as Timmy Mueller (Post Falls, ID) tallied a hat-trick and assist in a stunning 6-2 victory over the 13th ranked California, which also saw its ninth ranked women's side fall to Washington State this week... netting some recognition on the list as well.

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G - Sasha Holt (Boise, ID) - Walla Walla CC :: Made eight saves in a 1-1 draw at Columbia Basin Tuesday, allowing a late equalizer. She rebounded with a pair of shutouts, blanking visiting contender Treasure Valley with seven saves in a 1-0 win Friday and getting the clean sheet in a 1-0 win at Wenatchee Valley Saturday. Second selection; both this year.

G - Kayla Lipston - Central Washington :: Made 11 saves for a 1-0 victory at Seattle Pacific in which they were outshot 24-8 and made another six stops in the scoreless draw against Western Oregon Saturday. Second selection all-time. (Federal Way, WA)

D - Allison Jordan (Spokane, WA) - New Mexico Highlands University :: Helped the Cowgirls to a scoreless draw Friday against unbeaten fourth ranked Colorado School of Mines and then helped post a 1-0 road victory against unbeaten 25th ranked Western State Colorado University.

D - Kari Kastelic - MSU-Billings :: Scored the deciding goal and led shutout effort in a 1-0 victory against Northwest Nazarene Thursday in which they did not allow a single shot, and helped lead the team in a narrow 1-0 defeat to unbeaten power Western Washington Saturday in which they only allowed three shots. (Phoenix, AZ)

D - Malia Maack (Spokane, WA) - New Mexico Highlands University :: Helped the Cowgirls to a scoreless draw Friday against unbeaten fourth ranked Colorado School of Mines and then helped post a 1-0 road victory against unbeaten 25th ranked Western State Colorado University. Second selection; both this year.

D - Susie White - Washington State :: Led the back line for the Cougars in an impressive road trip versus two teams ranked in the top 10, beating ninth ranked California 1-0 Friday and narrowly losing late 1-0 at third ranked Stanford Sunday. Second selection; both this year. (Highlands Ranch, CO)

INW WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK :: D - Hailey Woods (Meridian, ID) - College of Idaho :: The freshman set up the game-winner Thursday with a cross in a 3-1 victory over Warner Pacific and her corner found the head of her sister for the deciding goal in a 1-0 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Concordia Sunday, handing them their first shutout in 33 games.

M - Savannah Laursen (Boise, ID) - University of Redlands :: Scored the first equalizer in a 3-2 overtime victory against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wednesday, and went on to setup the equalizer and first go-ahead goal in a 40-second span in the 18th minute Sunday as well as scoring the game-winner in the 4-3 victory against La Verne Saturday.

M - Tori Lee - Gonzaga University :: Scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Saint Mary's on Friday with an olympico in the second half and scored the lone goal in Sunday's 1-0 win over University of the Pacific in the Zags' first-ever 2-0-0 start in the WCC. Second selection all-time. (Kirkland, WA)

M - Courtney Wells (Yakima, WA) - Walla Walla CC :: Scored the go-ahead goal in a 1-1 draw at Columbia Basin Tuesday and the deciding goal in a 1-0 victory at Wenatchee Valley Saturday.

M - Savannah Witt (Billings, MT) - Montana :: Scored the game-winning goal in both road victories, guiding the Grizzlies to a 2-1 win at Sacramento State and a 1-0 win at Portland State. It was their first at PSU since 2006 and marked the first sweep of the SSU-PSU road trip since 1998 and first 4-0-0 start since 1997.


G - Tyler Blackmer (Boise, ID) - Wright State :: Guided his defense in a 3-0 victory Wednesday against Belmont and made three stops for his second shutout of the week in a 3-0 win over Milwaukee Saturday.

D - Bryson Pavel (Boise, ID) - Seattle Pacific University :: Set up the game-winner and scored insurance tally from 25 yards in a 3-1 victory Thursday against Western Washington. Second selection all-time.

D - Brady Ulen (Post Falls, ID) - North Idaho College :: Scored two goals and had an assist in a 4-1 comeback win against Treasure Valley Tuesday and helped guide the defense in a 1-0 shutout win at Wenatchee Valley College Friday. Second selection; both this year.

D - Juan Valderrama - Great Falls :: Scored the equalizer and then set up the winner with a free kick for a 2-1 overtime victory at Rocky Mountain College Saturday to push win streak to nine games. Second selection all-time. (Bogota, Colombia)

M - Derik Chaney (Helena, MT) - Corban University :: Scored the deciding goal for their first win, 1-0, at Concordia in eight years Thursday, and then set up the second goal 2-0 win against Warner Pacific Saturday.

F - Erik Anderson (Boise, ID) - Northwest Nazarene University :: Tallied a goal and two assists in a 5-1 victory over South Dakota School of Mines Thursday, setting up the opener and scoring the third. Provided the second goal in a 2-0 victory Saturday against University of Mary. Second selection; both this year.

F - Mario Guizar (Kennewick, WA / Walla Walla CC) - Warner Pacific College :: Scored all three goals in a 3-1 comeback victory at Northwest Christian Wednesday. Eighth all-time selection; second this season and for WPC.

INW MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK :: F - Timmy Mueller (Post Falls, ID) - Oregon State :: Set up the opening goal in the first minute, scored the second and added two more late to complete the hat-trick and clinch the Beavers' stunning 6-2 victory over 13th ranked California Sunday. Second selection; both this year.

F - Nate Pacheco - Gonzaga University :: Helped set up both equalizers and scored a goal in a back-and-forth 4-3 road victory at the University of the Pacific Friday. Second selection all-time. (Albuquerque, NM)

F - Mauricio Perez (East Wenatchee, WA) - Wenatchee Valley College :: Scored twice in a 3-3 draw against Walla Walla CC.

F - Francisco Sanchez (Walla Walla, WA) - Walla Walla CC :: Scored the first goal in the two-goal comeback and then scored the second equalizer in the 90th minute for a 3-3 draw at Wenatchee Valley College.

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