Meanwhile, the Wenatchee Valley College men solidified their foothold on a likely NWAC East playoff spot with a two-game sweep on the week, but needed a big outing from striker Josh Alvarez to do it. He tallied a hat-trick and assist in a 5-3 victory against Treasure Valley and then scored in a win against playoff contender Spokane.
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For games October 13-19
BEST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST XI - WOMEN
D - Brooke Moody - Montana :: Played the entire match at center back as the Grizzlies played to a scoreless draw at Northern Arizona in which the keeper needed to make just two saves. (Parker, CO)
M - Lena de Guzman - Whitman College :: Scored both goals in a 2-1 comeback win Saturday at 25th-ranked Pacific Lutheran. (Vashon Island, WA)
M - Whitney Peterson (Meridian, ID) - Idaho State :: Helped build a two-goal lead for the Bengals with a pair of assists at Idaho in a 2-2 draw against the Vandals Sunday.
M - Hannah Sanders (Kennewick, WA) - CC Spokane :: Scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory against Walla Walla CC and set up the first two goals in a 3-0 win at Wenatchee Valley.
F - Olivia Baggerly - Idaho :: Set up two equalizers in the Vandal's 3-2 overtime loss at Weber State. She then scored the first goal in a two-goal comeback for a 2-2 road draw against Idaho State Sunday. (Canby, OR)
F - Kylie Gorton (Moscow, ID) - Walla Walla CC :: Recorded a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory against Yakima Valley.
F - Clara Merlino - Whitman College :: After playing well in a narrow 1-0 late loss at Whitworth Wednesday she helped guide the Missionaries to a 2-1 comeback win at Pacific Lutheran Saturday with a pair of assists. (Seattle, WA)
F - Mickie Piechowski (Boise, ID) - Regis University :: Scored the 2-1 overtime winner in the victory Wednesday against unbeaten Colorado School of Mines, who suffered their first defeat in 34 games dating back to 2012. She went on to record a pair of assists in a 5-0 victory against Colorado Mesa Sunday.
INW WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK :: F - Chloe Williams (Spokane, WA) - Eastern Washington :: Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory at fourth-place Southern Utah Friday and netted the deciding goal in a 1-0 victory at third-place Northern Arizona Sunday.
BEST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST XI - MEN
G - Angel Guerra (Wenatchee, WA) - Evergreen State College :: Made four saves in a 3-0 victory over Warner Pacific after making five stops in a narrow 1-0 loss to Northwest Christian.
M - Kyle Emerick (Billings, MT) - MSU-Billings :: Scored the opening goal and set up the game-winner in a 3-2 victory at South Dakota School of Mines.
M - Mario Guizar (Kennewick, WA / Walla Walla CC) - Warner Pacific College :: Scored the equalizer and the game-winner in a 2-1 victory Wednesday at College of Idaho.
M - Graison Le (Coeur d'Alene, ID) - Gonzaga :: Scored the opening goal off a free kick and then set up the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Santa Clara in the conference opener Friday.
INW MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK :: F - Josh Alvarez (Leavenworth, WA) - Wenatchee Valley :: Scored three goals and had an assist in the Knights' 5-3 comeback victory against Treasure Valley and then tallied the opening goal in a 2-1 victory against Spokane.
F - Diego Diaz Sanchez - Treasure Valley :: Scored all three goals in the team's 5-3 loss to second-place Wenatchee Valley. (Madrid, Spain)
F - Sam Engle - Whitworth :: Scored two goals in a 4-3 victory at Pacific Lutheran Sunday after setting up the equalizer on the road in a battle for first with Puget Sound that ended 1-1. (Eugene, OR)
F - Alex Opland (Rathdrum, ID) - CC Spokane :: Scored the first equalizer and set up the second in a 2-2 draw against Walla Walla.
F - Tanner Wolff (Billings, MT) - Rocky Mountain College :: Scored twice in a 4-1 victory at Carroll College.
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