Tuesday, November 25, 2014

INW NCAA College Recap – Week Thirteen: Concordia women last team standing in postseason

It has all come down to one. The Concordia Cavalier ladies, featuring several players from the Inland Northwest, posted a 3-0 victory in their opening round match of the NAIA tournament Saturday to advance to the week-long Sweet 16 tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama the first week of December. The Cavs, who have reached the final four times in the previous 10 years, will be aiming to repeat as national champions.

The playoff runs for several hopefuls teams in the area, unfortunately, came to an end this past week. Most notably was the Whitworth men, who lost in a hard-fought Sweet 16 contest of their own while the Rocky Mountain College men were knocked out in their opening round NAIA match. Here's a quick round-up of the area schools, players from the INWsn region and a couple other scores for teams around the northwest.

November 17-23 - Games of Note | Upcoming games PT


Second Round - Friday, November 21

Seattle University 0-0 (1-2, PK) South Carolina [3] (@ North Carolina) 
[4] Washington 1-0 (OT) Missouri (@ Stanford) 

Third Round - Sunday, November 23 

[4] Washington 0-1 Stanford [1]

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First Round - Thursday, November 20

Univ of Denver 0-1 Oregon State 

Second Round - Sunday, November 23

Oregon State 0-1 Creighton [12]
Furman 0-0 (5-6, PK Rd 8) Washington  [14]

Coming Up - Sunday, November 30
Third Round - [14] Washington @ Michigan State 10:00am


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Third Round - Sunday, November 23 (@ Kenyon College | OH)

Whitworth University 2-3 Christopher Newport  
Originally slated for Saturday, the 12th-ranked Pirates saw the first of two potential back-to-back games pushed back to early Sunday morning (Pacific time) in Ohio. It certainly didn't hurt the effort behind their attack as they outshot the 17th-ranked Captains 13-5 in the first half. The nation's fifth-best offense, though, took advantage of their few chances and scored in the 12th and 17th to grab a strong advantage. Karl Muelheims (Spokane, WA) scored from inside the box in the 37th to cut into the deficit. Aside from Muelheims' goal, the Pirates were denoted by goalkeeper Sam Lesko, who made a handful of great stops, and the crossbar, which denied Austin Cassity's header in the 45th. Seven minutes into the second half the Captains restored the two-goal margin and held on, limiting the chances for the Bucs, who were reduced to 10 men following a second yellow to defensive captain Matt Bray (Spokane, WA) in the 68th but still managed to push matters with a goal from Colin Shockman (Spokane, WA) on a rebound in the 71st. Christopher Newport would be knocked out the following day on penalties after a 2-2 draw with 14th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan, who upset sixth-ranked weekend host Kenyon 2-0.  MORE [+]


Third Round (Regional Finals) - Thursday, November 20 

West - [3] Cal State Los Angeles 1-0 (OT) Seattle Pacific [1] 
Outshot 17-4 by the visitors, Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) made four saves to take the match to overtime scoreless. Unfortunately, the 14th-ranked Golden Eagles registered the upset of the fourth-ranked Falcons 62 seconds into extra time when a loose ball was fired into a scrum of players in front of goal and knocked past Lang from about seven yards.

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Saturday, November 22

Rocky Mountain College 1-2 Univ of Texas-Brownsville [9]
The Bears put forth a valiant effort and second-ranked and unbeaten Texas at Brownsville, but an the hosts got goals in the opening and closing minutes for the win in very blustery wind conditions. The Ocelots scored in the sixth minute with the two sides battling in a deadlock the until back-to-back goals late in the game. The nation's second-leading scorer, Ricardo Diegues, pushed the lead to two at the 87-minute mark and Jack Clancy scored 30 seconds later to keep it within one , but no equalizer came. It was a busy day for Sean Flynn in goal, making nine saves as the hosts outshot the Bears 19-8.  MORE [+]

Corban University 1-4 Ashford University [2]
After giving up goals in the 18th and 21st, the Warriors cut into the deficit quickly with Derik Chaney (Helena, MT) tallying a minute later, taking a cross from Arsinio Walker and making a nice move before finishing. The hosts, though, locked up advancement with two early goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

McPherson College 1-2 Grand View University [3] 

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Saturday, November 22

Menlo College (CA) 0-3 Concordia University [4]  
Ashley Ames (Spokane, WA) gave the Cavaliers the only goal they would really need 11 minutes into the contest from about eight yards out on a ball from Bobbi Eckler that she beat a defender to. A free kick from Shannon McMahon doubled the lead in the 63rd and Eckler scored the final goal in the 72nd to lock up the win.  MORE [+]

Westminster College 0-3 Northwood University [2] 

NAIA Championship Tournament -- December 1-6 (@ Orange Beach, AL) 

SECOND ROUND - Monday, December 1
CSU-San Marcos v Concordia [4] - 4:30
QUARTERFINAL - Wednesday, December 3 - 11:30
SEMIFINAL - Friday, December 5 - 10:00am
CHAMPIONSHIP - Saturday, December 6 - 1:00

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