Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Division II & III Round-Up: Whitworth, NNU & MSUB men lead their conferences

A trio of area men's teams are off to leads in the GNAC and Northwest Conferences, but the single biggest result of the weekend came on the women's side where the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders ended a 14-year, 27-game losing streak against Seattle Pacific with a 1-0 GNAC victory over the 11th-ranked Falcons Thursday in Nampa, ID.

Meanwhile, the 22nd-ranked Crusader men continued their positive start to the campaign with a scoreless draw against the third-ranked Falcon men, who find themselves 1-0-2. NNU added a win against Saint Martin's for a 2-0-1 mark and a share of the conference lead with MSU-Billings. The Yellowjackets blanked Western Washington and played Simon Fraser to a draw on the week.

In the NWC, the focus was in Spokane, WA where the three early leaders squared off on the men's side. The Whitworth men moved to 4-0-0 with a sweep of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran on the weekend, shutting out both.

Here's a recap of Division II & Division III action for last week - Sept 14-20

GNAC MEN #############

Thursday, September 24

Western Washington 0 :: 1 MSU-Billings
The Yellowjackets picked up the narrow home win with a goal just three minutes into the match. A through ball from Julian Toenges set up Ricardo Palomino's ninth goal of the season. Tom Lohmann finished with four saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Northwest Nazarene 0 :: 0 Seattle Pacific
In a showdown of league contenders and solid defensive units, it was no surprise the game finished in a scoreless stalemate. Despite 31 shots combined, the defenses only allowed nine of them on target with Ryan Foo making a pair of saves for the visiting 22nd-ranked Crusaders and Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) stopping six at the other end for the third-ranked Falcons to maintain his perfect start to the year at six games without a goal allowed.  MORE [+]

Concordia 5 :: 1 Saint Martin's
Simon Fraser 0 :: 1 Mary

Saturday, September 26

Northwest Nazarene 2 :: 1 Saint Martin's
The Crusaders grabbed an early lead five minutes into the contest with Alex Mitrovic scoring off a ball from Jaime Verdin. The hosts pulled even in the 39th, but NNU grabbed the win with a second strike from Mitrovic in the 75th courtesy of Julio Castillo.  MORE [+]

Simon Fraser 1 :: 1 MSU-Billings
The Yellowjackets grabbed the lead when a long 45-yard free kick from Sam Butterworth was headed home by Rhys Lambert in the 24th minute, but a penalty in the 57th minute tied things up.  MORE [+]

Western Washington 3 :: 1 Mary
Adam Talley (Spokane Valley, WA) gave the Viking the initial lead and Eleazar Galvan provided the final goal of the match with a bicycle kick in the 54th minute.

Concordia 1 :: 1 Seattle Pacific
Lang allowed his first goal of the year as the newcomer Cavaliers have started to find their footing, grabbing the lead five minutes into the second half on a free kick that deflected in off the wall. Bryson Pavel (Boise, ID) knotted it back up in the 57th off a long through ball from Garrett Jones (Boise, ID).


Northwest Nazarene 2-0-1... MSU-Billings 2-0-1... Seattle Pacific 1-0-2... Concordia 1-1-1... Western Washington 1-1-1... Mary 1-2-0... Simon Fraser 0-1-2... Saint Martin's 0-3-0

Upcoming Games

Thursday, October 1
MSU-Billings @ Concordia 3:30
Mary @ Northwest Nazarene 5:00
Seattle Pacific @ Western Washington 7:00
Saint Martin's @ Simon Fraser 7:30
Saturday, October 3
MSU-Billings @ Northwest Nazarene 1:30
Mary @ Concordia 4:30
Saint Martin's @ Western Washington 7:00
Seattle Pacific @ Simon Fraser 7:30

GNAC WOMEN #############

Thursday, September 24

Seattle Pacific 0 :: 1 Northwest Nazarene
Ashley Cook-Cox (Spokane, WA) set up the deciding goal of the contest, a 30 yard strike from Sarah Jenkins that slipped in under the crossbar in the 58th minute, giving the Crusaders the win over the 11th-ranked Falcons despite being outshot 18-5 in the game. Daniele Ortiz made 11 stops for the shutout. The result was the first win over a ranked opponent in the program's NCAA history and ended a 27-game losing streak against SPU going back to 2001.  MORE [+]

Central Washington 0 :: 1 Simon Fraser
Outshot 19-7 north of the border, the defense did well to hold off the hosts, but the Wildcats gave up the deciding tally in the 66th off a rebound. Amanda White made nine saves in the loss.  MORE [+]

Western Oregon 1 :: 2 MSU-Billings
The Yellowjackets rallied to the victory on a pair of goals from Jessica Spang (Billings, MT). Trailing since the 26th, she scored the first on a ball from Hayley Warren, sending it in off the crossbar in the 49th. Warren also set up the winner in the 65th with a through ball that allowed Spang to beat a defender for the decider.  MORE [+]

Saint Martin's 0 :: 3 Western Washington
Sophia Kallas (Boise, ID) helped set up the opening goal in the 58th minute as the Vikings rolled to the win.

Saturday, September 26

Concordia 0 :: 0 MSU-Billings
Outshot 18-11 on the day, the Yellowjackets kept former NAIA power Concordia off the board with four saves from Chloe Hopps.  MORE [+]

Western Oregon 2 :: 2 Northwest Nazarene
The Crusaders equalized twice in the contest to come away with the draw and an unbeaten weekend. After falling behind in the 13th, Lexi Fesenbek set up Rachel Ball (Ucon, ID) in the 38th to even things up and then scored the second equalizer herself with just over a minute left on a ball from Hannah Holm (Spokane Valley, WA).  MORE [+]

Seattle Pacific 2 :: OT :: 1 Saint Martin's
Western Washington 5 :: 0 Simon Fraser


Western Washington 3-0-0... MSU-Billings 2-0-1... Simon Fraser 1-1-1... Concordia 1-0-1... Northwest Nazarene 1-1-1... Seattle Pacific 1-1-1... Western Oregon 0-2-1... Central Washington 0-2-0... Saint Martin's 0-2-0

Upcoming Games

Thursday, October 1
Northwest Nazarene @ Central Washington 3:00
MSU-Billings @ Simon Fraser 5:00
Western Washington @ Seattle Pacific 7:00
Saint Martin's @ Concordia 7:00
Saturday, October 3
MSU-Billings @ Saint Martin's 12:00
Central Washington @ Western Oregon 1:00
Concordia @ Simon Fraser 3:00
Northwest Nazarene @ Seattle Pacific 7:00
Trinity Lutheran @ Western Washington 4:30 (NL)

NWC MEN #############

Saturday, September 26

Puget Sound 0 :: 2 Whitworth
The Pirates grabbed a two-goal advantage in the opening half-hour with Sam Engle finding the back of the net with a long shot in the 14th minute on a ball from Samual Jarrett and Jonah Snyder completing a nice run from Aaron Yanagi up the right side with a tough-angle shot in the 27th minute. The hosts dominated from the beginning with a 14-1 shots advantage that saw Timmy Costa only need one save for the shutout.  INWsn REPORT [+]

Pacific Lutheran 2 :: 0 Whitman
The Missionaries fell behind on a penalty in the 28th minute and the Lutes added some insurance in the 36th minute. The hosts nearly got on the board in the 77th minute when Bridger Sellegren (Bozeman, MT) put a shot off the top of the crossbar.  MORE [+]

Linfield 1 :: 2 George Fox
Joab Logan (Sandpoint, ID) scored both goals for the Bruins. He tallied the opener off a cross in the 12th and then provided the winner by beating the goalkeeper in the 86th minute.

Willamette 0 :: 1 Pacific

Sunday, September 27

Pacific Lutheran 0 :: 1 Whitworth
Yanagi provided another great ball for the second consecutive day, finding Engle for his fifth goal of the year just under three minutes into the match. The showdown for first was a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way, but the Pirate defense withstood the pressure for its fourth consecutive shutout to start the league campaign and sixth in eight games overall. Costa registered the clean sheet with four saves.  INWsn REPORT [+]

Puget Sound 3 :: OT :: 2 Whitman
The Missionaries grabbed an early two-goal lead only to see the visitors rally to the win. Daniel Kim converted a penalty in the sixth minute after a handball blocked a shot from Park Harmon. The advantage doubled 11 minutes later when a deflection off a Logger defender led to an own goal. The visitors began its comeback five minutes before the break its first goal and evened matters in the 72nd to force overtime, where the Loggers came away with the winner in the 103rd minute.  MORE [+]

George Fox 1 :: 2 Willamette
Logan set up the opening goal in the 13th minute, but it was not enough as the hosts rallied for the win.

Pacific 0 :: 1 Linfield


Whitworth 4-0-0... Pacific Lutheran 3-1-0... Puget Sound 3-1-0... Linfield 2-2-0... George Fox 1-3-0... Pacific 1-3-0... Willamette 1-3-0... Whitman 1-3-0

Coming Up

Tuesday, September 29
Trinity Lutheran @ Pacific Lutheran 7:00 (NL)
Friday, October 2
Whitman @ George Fox 6:00
Whitworth @ Pacific 7:00
Saturday, October 3
Willamette @ Puget Sound 12:00
Linfield @ Pacific Lutheran 2:30
Sunday, October 4
Whitman @ Pacific 2:30
Whitworth @ George Fox 2:30
Linfield @ Puget Sound 2:30
Willamette @ Pacific Lutheran 2:30

NWC WOMEN #############

Saturday, September 26

Whitworth 1 :: 0 Linfield
Arielle Van Peursem and Kelly Wucherer combined for the deciding goal 34 minutes in when Van Peursem, inside the area, dropped the ball back to Wucherer at the corner of the area. Wucherer sent the ball back to goal, finding the head of Van Peursem for the finish.  Andrea Stump made five saves for the clean sheet.  MORE [+]

Whitman 0 :: 2 Willamette
Andringa McKenzie (Yakima, WA) set up both goals late in each have for the Bearcats, putting the hosts on the board off her corner service in the 41st minute and adding some insurance in the 88th.  MORE [+]

George Fox 3 :: 4 Lewis & Clark
Emma Weme (Sandpoint, ID) scored the opening goal for the visiting Bruins nine minutes into the match only to see the hosts rally claim the lead twice and hold on for the win.

Puget Sound 0 :: 0 Pacific

Sunday, September 27

Whitworth 0 :: 1 Willamette
The 25th minute loomed large on the result as a handball in the area by Megan McCart (East Wenatchee, WA) resulted in her send-off and a converted penalty by the hosts. Stump would go on to finish with seven saves in goal as the Pirates battled to keep a draw within reach.  MORE [+]

Whitman 0 :: 5 Linfield
The Missionaries defense suffered a tough day, giving up four goals in the first half as they were outshot 13-9 on the day.  MORE [+]

Pacific 0 :: 3 Lewis & Clark
Pacific Lutheran 1 :: 0 George Fox


Willamette 3-1-0... Whitworth 3-2-0... Pacific Lutheran 2-1-1... Linfield 2-1-1... Puget Sound 1-0-3... Lewis & Clark 2-2-0... George Fox 1-3-1... Pacific 1-3-1... Whitman 1-3-1

Coming Up

Saturday, October 3
Pacific Lutheran @ Whitman 12:00
Puget Sound @ Whitworth 12:00
Lewis & Clark @ Linfield 12:00
Willamette @ George Fox 12:00
Sunday, October 4
Pacific Lutheran @ Whitworth 12:00
Puget Sound @ Whitman 12:00
Willamette @ Lewis & Clark 12:00
Linfield @ Pacific 12:00


  • After falling behind in the 36th, Caylin Cathey (Billings, MT) gave University of Mary the lead only to see host Sioux Falls rally to win 4-3 September 26. Trailing after a goal 27 seconds in, Cathey scored again for the Marauders, providing the equalizer in the 11th minute in a 2-1 road win at Southwest Minnesota. September 27. 
  • Finn Townsley (Boise, ID) tied things up for Westminster in the 59th minute September 25, but the Griffins fell 3-1 at Colorado Mesa. 
  • Freshman Natalie Wheelock (Coeur d'Alene, ID) started in defense for Adams State for 2-1 win against Westminster and a 1-0 victory against Colorado Mesa. 
  • Joe Wilkes (Spokane, WA) scored the lone goal as Colorado Christian fell 4-1 September 25 against host UC-Colorado Springs. 
  • Rikki Fix (Boise, ID) put Regis in front in the 41st minute and Akina Fujimoto (Meridian, ID) doubled the lead in the only to see visiting Colorado School of Mines rally for a 3-2 overtime win September 24. Fujimoto went on to set up the final goal September 27 in a 3-0 home victory against Colorado Christian. 

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