Wednesday, November 12, 2014

INW NAIA & NWAC College Recap – Week Eleven: Rocky Mountain spoils Great Falls season; North Idaho men knock off Peninsula

It was a busy week of tournament action, for the most part.

In the NAIA's Cascade Collegiate Conference, the College of Idaho ladies saw their season come to an end at home in the opening round at the hands of Warner Pacific with the top seeds Northwest University and Concordia eventually moving onto the final.

In the NAIA Unaffiliated Group tournament featuring the Frontier Conference contingent, host Rocky Mountain College saw both sides reach the finals. The second-seeded ladies advanced past Carroll via penalties but came up short in overtime against top-seeded Westminster while the fourth-seeded Bears upset University of Jamestown in a thrilling comeback performance in the semifinal and spoiled the unbeaten conference season of Great Falls in the championship game.

In the Northwest Athletic Conference, the East's lower seeds had a tough time advancing. The Treasure Valley women were the lone survivors of the first round, courtesy of penalties. Overall, the division winners were the dominant teams on the week with all four moving on in the women's bracket and three of four in the men's, including the East's CC Spokane women, who blanked the league's top offense, and North Idaho College men, who ended the dominant run of reigning two-time champion Peninsula.

November 3-9 | Upcoming games PT & conference matches unless noted (NL)


Tuesday, November 4

Corban 2-7 College of Idaho
Having clinched a postseason berth previously, Corban's trouncing with a defender doing relief duty for their goalkeeper in the match had little effect on the postseason. The Yotes took advantage to the tune of four goals in the first half with Joseph Bolin (Payette, ID) setting up Tyler Lawton (Boise, ID / Walla Walla CC) in the 27th minute and scoring the third tally on a ball from Andres Idoeta (Boise, ID / Walla Walla CC) in the 34th after Joao Cardoso doubled the lead in the 29th. A Luis Gomez (Idaho Falls, ID) penalty made it four in the 39th. Bolin also opened the scoring four seconds into the second half, booming Lawton's initial touch past the keeper. Corban, though, scored less than a minute later when Daniel Frederickson (Boise, ID) headed in a Derik Chaney (Helena, MT) corner, and then tallied again in the 56th. Riley Smith (Helena, MT) scored off a blocked shot in the 58th and Bolin took advantage of a defensive error in the 71st to complete a hat-trick.  MORE [+]

Friday, November 8

Northwest Christian 1-2 Oregon Tech
Casey Oltman (Ellensburg, WA) scored the opening goal for the Owls from about 15 yards in the 19th minute as they went on to get the winner in the second half.

Warner Pacific 1-0 Northwest University
Evergreen State 0-2 Concordia

Final Standings: X-Concordia 11-2-0... X-Northwest Univ 10-3-0... X-Evergreen State 8-4-1... X-Corban 8-4-1... Warner Pacific 5-7-1...  College of Idaho 4-9-0... Northwest Christian 3-9-1... Oregon Tech 1-12-0...  [Season ends Nov 8 | Four playoff berths]


Tuesday, November 11
[3] Evergreen State College @ Northwest University [2] 1:00
[4] Corban @ Concordia [1] 4:00
Championship - Saturday, November 15 - TBD



First Round - Wednesday, November 5

[5] Warner Pacific 2-0 College of Idaho [4]
The Yotes outshot the visitors 14-11, but were unable to find the back of the net as defender Elle' Nelson (Missoula, MT) and the back line allowed only five on frame that needed to be saved. In their first-ever postseason appearance the Knights scored four minutes in and doubled it in the final minute of the first half.  MORE [+]

First Round - Thursday, November 6

[6] Southern Oregon 0-0 (5-6, PK) Corban [3]

Semifinals - Saturday, November 8

[5] Warner Pacific 1-2 (OT) Northwest University [1]
Patty Hughes (Kalispell, MT) needed to make just two saves as the Eagles held on to grab the victory, and nearly saved the opening goal from the Knights 16 seconds before the break.

[3] Corban 1-3 Concordia [2]
Defender Martha Heaps (Spokane, WA) opened the scoring just over five minutes into the contest and Ashley Ames (Spokane, WA) pushed the lead to three with a header on a free kick in the 59th minute and combining to set up the third in the 79th. Corban spoiled the shutout in the final minute with a penalty.

Championship - Saturday, November 15
[2] Concordia @ Northwest University [1] - 12:00

Final Standings: X-Northwest Univ 8-0-1... X-Concordia 7-1-1... X-Corban 5-3-1... X-College of Idaho 4-2-3... X-Warner Pacific 4-4-1... X-Southern Oregon 4-4-1... Evergreen State 3-5-1... Eastern Oregon 1-5-3... Northwest Christian 2-7-0... Oregon Tech 0-7-2  [Six playoff berths]


Unaffiliated Tournament (@ Rocky Mountain College)

First Round - Thursday, November 6

[5] Carroll College 2-3 (OT) Rocky Mountain College [4]
After finishing the season without any wins in conference play, the Saints nearly registered one of the biggest postseason upsets in the Northwest. Zach Wall put the Bears on the board seven minutes into the contest in a dominant first half, but the Saints fought back in the second half. Arturo Valle stunned the hosts to even things up in the 57th minute. Jack Clancy put the Bears back in front in the 76th, but a handball in the box with two minutes remaining sent Valle to the spot, and the game to overtime. Six minutes into extra time though, a handball gave RMC the victory with Clancy sending it in off the fingertips of goalkeeper Conor Smith.  MORE [+]

[6] Presentation College 1-1 (5-3, PK) Westminster College [3]

Semifinals - Friday, November 7

[6] Presentation College 0-5 Univ of Great Falls [1]
The Argos rolled to the win, propelled by a Danny Delgadillo hat-trick in the first half. Renan Zampieri also scored in the first period and Christoffer Bisbo capped the scoring in the second half.  MORE [+]

4] Rocky Mountain College 4-3 Univ of Jamestown [2]
The Bears found themselves down by two at the break, but Tanner Wolff went wild after intermission, scoring three goals in a 14-minute span early in the second period. to take the lead. The visitors tied it up with 10 minutes to go but Matt Thomas finished a corner kick with three minutes to go for the victory.

Championship - Sunday, November 9

[1] Univ of Great Falls 0-1 Rocky Mountain College [4]
The Argos' fantastic season, unbeaten in the Frontier Conference, came to a heartbreaking close at the hands of their rivals. Jack Clancy scored on a scramble off a corner kick 29 minutes in and held on for the victory.  MORE [+]

Final Standings: Great Falls 6-0-0... Westminster 3-3-0... Rocky Mountain 3-3-0... Carroll 0-6-0


Unaffiliated Tournament (@ Rocky Mountain College)

First Round - Thursday, November 6

[5] Univ of Jamestown 1-2 (OT) Univ of Great Falls [4]
The Jimmies scored less than two minutes into the second half, but an own goal knocked in off a Dani De La Vina cross in the 19th minute evened things up until overtime when freshman Kelsey Goodwin scored off a cross from Katie Bennett seven minutes into extra time.  MORE [+]

[6] Presentation College 1-3 Carroll College [3]
Lexi Pyette (Great Falls, MT) set up Michaela Keuffler (Billings, MT) 10 minutes into the contest and scored herself nine minutes later. The visitors got on the board just before the half-hour mark but Katey Friedt (Eagle, ID) scored on a ball from Cassie Baldwin in the 41st to restore the two-goal margin.  MORE [+]

Semifinals - Friday, November 7

[4] Univ of Great Falls 1-3 Westminster College [1]
The Griffins scored in the 22nd and doubled the lead just over a minute into the second half. The Argos cut into the deficit when Katelyn Duncan scored off a Lauren Ozdowski corner in the 70th, but Westminster locked it up in the 84th.  MORE [+]

[3] Carroll College 0-0 (2-4, PK) Rocky Mountain College [2]
The wind played the largest factor in the match as the two sides went scoreless, but in the shootout it was Bears goalkeeper Missy Schultz, who made two saves on the four shots she faced.  MORE [+]

Championship - Sunday, November 9

[1] Westminster College 2-1 (OT) Rocky Mountain College [2]
Gabi Heflin put the hosts on the board first when a ball from Alex Harvey in the 32nd minute bounced over Abi Yanke (Boise, ID), allowing her to tap it into the open goal. The Griffins tied it up in the 36th on a corner and eventually got the winner three minutes into overtime, surprising the home crowd.  MORE [+]

Final Standings: Westminster 4-2-0... Carroll 3-2-1... Rocky Mountain 3-2-1... Great Falls 1-5-0



First Round - Wednesday, November 5

[N3] Whatcom CC 2-2 (3-2, PK) Walla Walla CC [E2]
The Warriors grabbed the initial lead 16 minutes in on a goal from Leo Pedroza (Walla Walla, WA), but the visitors pulled even three minutes before the break. Vincente Flores (Touchet, WA) found Jose Vazquez (Kennewick, WA) to claim the advantage 16 minutes into the second half as well, but the Orcas leveled terms again in the 74th, ultimately taking it to the tiebreaker, where Whatcom advanced 4-3.

[E3] Wenatchee Valley College 0-2 Skagit Valley College [N2]
Riding a seven game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) coming into the game, the hosts may have had the inferior record but used their resurgent form in dominating the Knights. They posted 14 shots on goal to Wenatchee's five in the game, getting a pair of second half goals to advance. Having already fallen behind by two a minute earlier, a Skagit Valley red card in the 70th came too late for the Knights to capitalize for a rally.

[W3] Tacoma CC 3-0 Chemeketa CC [S2]
[S3] Pierce College 0-3 Peninsula College [W2]

Second Round - Saturday, November 8

[W2] Peninsula College 0-2 North Idaho College [E1]
The newcomers proved their might in the East was not to be overlooked throughout the league as they blanked the Pirates, champions three of the past four years, to deny them of a chance to three-peat. Braden Ridgewell (Coeur d'Alene, ID) scored at the half-hour mark on a ball from Alec Johnson (Coeur d'Alene, ID) and Brady Ulen (Post Falls, ID) added some insurance in the 68th. Mitchell Markovetz (Boise, ID) made five saves for the clean sheet, handing the Pirates only their second shutout of the season.  MORE [+]

[W3] Tacoma CC 0-2 Edmonds CC [N1]
[N2] Skagit Valley College 2-1 Clark College [S1]
[N3] Whatcom CC 2-4 Highline College [W1]

Semifinals - Saturday, November 15
[N1] Edmonds CC v North Idaho College [E1] 3:30
[N2] Skagit Valley College v Highline College [W1] 6:00

Championship - Sunday, November 16 - 5:30

Final Standings: X-North Idaho College 13-1-1... X-Walla Walla CC 9-3-3... X-Wenatchee Valley College 9-3-3... CC Spokane 8-6-1... Columbia Basin College 5-6-4... Treasure Valley CC 3-11-1 [Three postseason berths]



First Round - Wednesday, November 5

[N3] Edmonds CC 2-2 (1-3, PK) Treasure Valley CC [E2]
The Chukars took the lead 29 minutes in when Brooke Thomas (McCall, ID) scored on a ball from Sierra Martinez (Boise, ID), but the Tritons stormed ahead before the break with back-to-back goals in the 37th and 38th minutes. Seven minutes from time Cassandra Clarke (Blackfoot, ID) helped save them from an upset when she found Madison Johnson (Idaho Falls, ID) for the equalizer, sending the game ultimately to a penalty kick tiebreaker. Tessa Pitzer (Eagle, ID) made saves in the opening and third rounds of the shootout to send the Chukars through to the next round.  MORE [+]

[E3] North Idaho College 0-1 Shoreline CC [N2]
The Cardinals had fewer losses on the season than their hosts, but the scoring struggles caught them again with Shoreline getting the winner two minutes into the second half.  MORE [+]

[S3] Clark College 0-3 Highline College [W2]
[W3] Bellevue College 3-1 Chemeketa CC [S2]

Second Round - Saturday, November 8

[W2] Highline College 0-1 CC Spokane [E1]
Facing the highest scoring team in the league, the Sasquatch defense stood their ground with Samantha Burmester needing to make only three saves for the shutout. Sarah Melvin (Spokane, WA) scored the winner with a nice play in the 59th minute on a ball from Jessica Geibel (Spokane, WA). It was only the third time the Thunderbirds had been shutout this season, both previous times by their division winner Peninsula in a 2-0 loss and 0-0 draw.

[W3] Bellevue College 0-3 Everett CC [N1]
[N2] Shoreline CC 1-2 Lane CC [S1]

Second Round - Sunday, November 9

[E2] Treasure Valley CC 0-1 Peninsula College [W1]
The Chukars challenged the reigning two-time champions with Pitzer making five saves in the contest, but a goal in the 73rd minute proved the difference as the Pirates advanced to the final four for the fourth consecutive year.

Semifinals - Saturday, November 15
[N1] Everett CC v CC Spokane [E1] 10:30
[S1] Lane CC v Peninsula College [W1] 1:00

Championship - Sunday, November 16 - 3:00

Final Standings: X-CC Spokane 15-1-2... X-Treasure Valley CC 12-3-3... X-North Idaho College 8-2-8... Walla Walla CC 7-6-5... Columbia Basin College 6-8-4... Yakima Valley CC 4-12-2... Wenatchee Valley College 2-13-3 [Three postseason berths]

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