Thursday, October 15, 2015

Catching Up: Round-Up for new-look Cascade Conference

Now officially conference foes, schools from the Frontier Conference now members of CCC
With the conference tournament coming up in about a month, the first year of the new-look Cascade Collegiate Conference has been quite intriguing with the new additions from the Frontier Conference playing a big role in the title chases. On the men's side two teams are in the top four and on the women's side three of the top four are newcomers.

In case you missed it, the CCC officially accepted teams from the smaller Frontier Conference into the fold in February as Associate Members for soccer and softball. Carroll College, Rocky Mountain College and the University of Great Falls had been competing among the unaffiliated groups in the NAIA for postseason and regular season.

After years of non-conference games - including the Red Lion Challenge held in Spokane in 2012 and 2013 - against their neighbors from the west, the trio from Montana became members of the league this season, creating a simpler and more robust conference schedule. The first official games between schools from the two conferences on September 11 marked the end of a lengthy process that began two years earlier.

"The conversations really began back in August of 2013 when the NAIA held a "West Coast Summit" to address issues NAIA schools face in the west," Cascade Conference Commissioner Robert Cashell told INWsoccernews in February. "From that a task force was developed and the legislation to allow for per-sport membership among conferences was crafted. Along with the legislation, conferences needed to to have the mechanisms in place through bylaws if they had a desire to accept associate membership applications.

"The CCC established the necessary processes last summer after the legislation passed. We received applications the end of October of 2014 and our AD's and others have been reviewing. Ultimately was up for a President's vote."

Cashell and Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson played key roles in making changes in the NAIA rules to pave the way for the changes.

"The discussions of Associate Membership for softball and soccer was a nearly three-year process," Paulson told INWsn in February. "Rob Cashell and I sponsored some initial legislation to the National Administrative Council some two-plus years ago that didn’t pass due to some legislation that was in place but it did pave the way for the legislative changes that were passed by the NAIA body at the 2014 National Convention. This legislation was co-sponsored by our conferences along with others and presented by Rob Cashell representing the CCC."

The move of the Frontier teams into the CCC could be the beginning of a wave of Affiliated Memberships throughout the NAIA, which features quite a large contingent of teams in sports outside of football and basketball that are considered unaffiliated due to a lack of teams in their home conference.

"I see this as a positive opportunity for the advancement of student-athlete’s in many conferences throughout the NAIA," Paulson said of the NAIA's rule changes. "I think that these positive arrangements will be utilized in a number of sports depending on the needs of the various conferences involved."

Though Cashell did not feel the Red Lion Challenge -- a series of non-conference soccer, basketball and volleyball games held in Spokane as a neutral location -- between the two conferences played a role in furthering the process, Paulson did feel it helped prepare for the upcoming change.

"I think it had a lot to do with shaping the foundation for our presentation of granting Associative Membership for other sports in addition to football within the NAIA. I know that it has also developed increased scheduling alliances between the FC and the CCC in other sports such as basketball and volleyball as well."

The merger came at a time when there were also several other changes for both conferences.

For the Frontier contingent, it's only the second year for the Carroll men's program and Westminster (Salt Lake City) departed for NCAA DII.

"Westminster College officially notified our league of their intention to leave the NAIA and the Frontier Conference in June of 2013," said Paulson. "Had they elected to stay, they too would have made application to be considered as part of our group seeking Associate Membership in the CCC."

Meanwhile, the membership in the CCC was already seeing some major changes. Powerhouse Concordia departed for the NCAA DII GNAC while Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon were adding men's programs. The conference had also approved the previous summer Walla Walla University and Multnomah University as new members. WWU and MU are only fielding men's teams for soccer.

Here is a look at the season up to this point:

MEN :: NON-CONFERENCE PLAY  #############

Carroll College

The Saints opened up with a two-game visit to Utah, where they fell 2-1 to The Master's College and then a 1-0 win against former conference foe and event host Westminster, which has moved up to Division II. A penalty from Jose Porras in the 50th tied up the first contest, but TMC converted from the spot as well five minutes later for the win, and then Porras set up Chris Brayton (Bozeman, MT) two days later for the deciding goal in the 49th versus the Griffins. Conor Smith (Spokane Valley, WA) made two saves in that shutout.

When Carroll returned home, Porras played a big role in a 4-1 win against Lethbridge, scoring three goals. The first was set up by Isaac Bostrom (Helena, MT) in the eighth, and after his penalty in the 37th reclaimed the lead, Jose Mena and Nathan Boone (Whitefish, MT) combined to set up his third in the 77th. Terry Cox (Spokane, WA) found Jake Gilbertson to cap the scoring in the 85th. The non-conference slate wrapped up with a 5-0 loss at DII side MSU-Billings.

College of Idaho

The Yotes had very little prep for conference play, playing just one contest - a one-sided 8-0 victory against Sierra Nevada. Joe Bolin (Payette, ID) scored three goals and an assist in the contest and the Selimovic brothers played a large role with Admir (Boise, ID) tallying a goal and an assist and Mehmed (Boise, ID) registering a goal and three assists. Also scoring were Jorge Brambila, Brandon Smith and Tyrell Johnson.

Eastern Oregon University

Two of the brand new program's three foes in non-conference play were from the conference, but they opened things up against Sierra Nevada College in a 2-1 loss. Trailing since the first half, Robert Wilson (Boise, ID) tied things up in the 81st on a ball from Jovan Rojas (Pasco, WA), but the visitors scored the winner three minutes later. Wilson opened the scoring in their next outing, a 6-0 win against CCC newcomer Multnomah, courtesy of Aldo Rivas. Wilson went on to add an assist and Rivas a goal while Rojas netted two of his own along with another assist. Rene Gutierrez and Jesus Trejo also got on the board. In their last non-league game, the Mountaineers went 96 minutes with Alfredo Lara making 10 saves before giving up the 1-0 overtime decider.

University of Great Falls

In a back-and-forth opener, the Argos led twice against The Master's College with Anderson Cardoso getting the opener four minute in and Luis Torres scoring in the 68th on a ball from Renan Zampieri, but the visitors grabbed the win on a 94th minute corner for a 3-2 win. Facing their former conference foes in Utah, the Argos took the 1-0 win over Westminster with 12 minutes remaining when a cross from Jon-Eric Krans was put away by Jordan Byland as Henrik Sohn recorded the shutout on two saves.

The final non-league affair was against local rival Rocky Mountain, and the pair played an 11-goal overtime result in which the Argos come up short on the road. Krans and Rodrigo Souza gave the Argos a two-goal lead in the first 18 minutes before Jack Clancy answered for the Bears. The two sides exchanged goals with Christoffer Bisbo pushing the lead to two in the 56th and the Bears got one back via Matthew Thomas in the 76th. Byland made it two again in the 81st before the hosts rattled off three consecutive via Clancy, Tiago Ewald and Donovan Luce (Billings, MT) in the 83rd, 84th and 89th to go in front. The Argos denied the late win with a goal from Sam Howard with five seconds left, but the Bears grabbed the victory through Steven Forbes, who set up two earlier goals, in the 97th.

Rocky Mountain College

The Bears kicked things off with the wild 3-3 draw against local rival Great Falls (see above) before heading out to Kansas and North Dakota for a three-game sweep. They picked up a 2-1 win at Kansas Wesleyan and then a 3-1 win against Tabor College before departing Kansas. After falling behind in the first half, Luce tied it up early in the second half on a Forbes corner and less than a minute later Nolan Sherwood hit for the winner in the first contest. Sherwood then provided the opener, on a Forbes service, and the final goal in the team's win against Tabor with the winner provided on an own goal. At Jamestown, the Bears rolled to a four-goal lead before the break. An own goals started it off with Colin Gregory (Billings, MT) netting to make it two. Then Forbes set up both Ewald and Clancy to make it four.

Walla Walla University

The Wolves' lone non-conference match against hometown Whitman College was postponed and never made up before they kicked off league play.

Corban University

Dominant from the start, the Warriors were perfect in non-league play with wins over Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2-0), Trinity Western (4-0), George Fox (3-0) and Simpson University (4-0). Midfielder Nathaniel Cheney (Clarkston, WA) tallied three goals and an assist in the wins while defender James Williamson (Coeur d'Alene, ID) led the defense in all four shutout performances.

Evergreen State College

The Geoducks were 3-0-0 in non-league play, thanks in part to Tanner Williams (Sandpoint, ID), who played a role in the scoring in all three outings. He set up the final goal in a 3-1 win at Northwest Christian to open the season and then scored the opener in a 3-0 win against Doane and wrapped things up with an assist on the winner in the 2-1 victory at DIII Willamette. Connor Beck (Red Lodge, WA) also registered an assist in the opener and Crisantos Chavez (CC Spokane) scored the third goal against Doane.

Multnomah University

The Lions were drubbed 6-0 and 5-0 by EOU and Linfield before getting their first goal in an 8-1 loss to Trinity Lutheran.

Northwest Christian University

The Beacons were winless in their non-league campaign at 0-3-1.

Northwest University

The Eagles struggled in the beginning, falling in their first three non-league games before wrapping things up with a pair of victories.

Oregon Tech

The Owls split their non-conference slate with a 2-2-0 record. Among the results was a 5-1 win against Trinity Lutheran in which Casey Oltman (Ellensburg, WA) scored the first four goals of the match, three in the first half.

Southern Oregon University

In the program's first year, the Raiders kicked things off with a 4-0-0 record in which the defense allowed only two goals thanks, in part, to defender Brett Butler (Yakima, WA / CC Spokane), who also scored in the 10-1 win against Sierra Nevada.

Warner Pacific College

The Knights 2-3-0 in non-conference play with Mario Guizar (Kennewick, WA / Walla Walla CC) scoring in a 4-2 loss at Johnson & Wales in the opener.

MEN :: CONFERENCE PLAY  #############

Friday, September 11

Southern Oregon 0 :: 4 College of Idaho 
The Yotes opened with a dominant performance against the brand new Raiders program. Joe Bolin (Payette, ID) put the hosts up less than three minutes in and set up Andres Idoeta for the second in the 17th before netting once more in the 35th. Admir Selimovic (Boise, ID) closed the scoring on a free kick in the 42nd with Grant Billings (Boise, ID) making three saves in the second half (four total) for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: 3 Rocky Mountain 
Nolan Sherwood scored twice, netting the first five minutes in via Jack Clancy and the final goal in the 70th. Donovan Luce (Billings, MT) tallied the second in the 16th and Cole Catlin (Billings, MT) made five saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Sunday, September 13

Southern Oregon 2 :: 3 Rocky Mountain
Luce set up Gregory Colin (Billings, MT) for the opening goal in the 27th and Clancy reclaimed the lead in the 32nd via a penalty kick after the visitors had pulled even. Steven Forbes pushed the lead to two in the 50th courtesy of Matthew Thomas.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: 4 College of Idaho
Bolin kept things going by combining with Joao Cardoso to set up Mehmed Selimovic (Boise, ID) in the first two minutes for the lead. He then scored in the 59th after Cardoso and Selimovic combined to deliver the through ball. Cardoso converted a penalty in the 67th and Tyler Sharp tallied via Kyler Auernhamer in the 80th.  MORE [+]

Friday, September 18 

Corban 2 :: 0 Great Falls
Up a goal since the 24th, Nathaniel Cheney (Clarkston, WA) clinched the result for the Warriors in the 88th minute.  MORE [+]

Northwest Christian 0 :: 4 Carroll
Jose Porras kept up the scoring pace from non-league play with two goals. The freshman netted in the fifth on a ball from Jonathan Taylor (Missoula, MT) and scored the final goal courtesy of Alessio Georgiades in the conference opener. Nathan Boone connected with Sam Malouf (Meridian, ID) in the 27th and Braden Wall (Helena, MT) made it three a few minutes before the break via Alex Piedra. MORE [+]

Evergreen State 1 :: OT :: 0 Eastern Oregon
The Mountaineers went to overtime in the new program's first league game, but came up short when Tanner Williams (Sandpoint, ID) set up the winning goal in the 97th minute. EOU's Alfredo Lara made 10 saves before the winner got by him.  MORE [+]

Walla Walla 1 :: 5 Southern Oregon 
Down four, WWU got its lone tally via a Raiders own goal.

Northwest 0 :: 2 Warner Pacific
Mario Guizar (Kennewick, WA / Walla Walla CC) broke the stalemate in the 56th minute for the Knights.

Multnomah 0 :: 11 Oregon Tech 
The Owls cruised to the win with six goals in the opening 18 minutes. Scoring three of them was Casey Oltman (Ellensburg, WA), who tallied three consecutive in a 79-second span for a five-goal lead in the 14th minute. Colton Grytness (Rathdrum, ID) set up the opening goal in the seventh minute and tallied his own a minute later, scoring once more in the 36th as they drubbed the Lions.

Saturday, September 19 

Northwest 1 :: 2 Eastern Oregon
After falling behind int he 52nd minute, the Mountaineers pulled even in the 75th when a throw-in from freshman Aldo Rivas went in off the hands of the Eagles goalkeeper. Rivas also set up the game-winner in the 85th, finding Fredy Rodriguez (Columbia Basin College) for the deciding tally.  MORE [+]

Northwest Christian 0 :: 3 Great Falls
It took nearly an hour before the Argos broke the stalemate when Cristoffer Bisbo found Jon-Eric Krans inside the box in the 59th. In the 65th, a rebound came to Mohamed Oulare for the second and Jordan Byland (Missoula, MT) capped matters in the 78th on a ball from Christopher Chavez. Marc Girones made five saves in the shutout.  MORE [+]

Walla Walla 0 :: 2 Oregon Tech
Oltman scored his fourth goal of the weekend in the 52nd to break a stalemate en route to the win.

Evergreen 4 :: 1 Warner Pacific 
Williams opened things up with the first two goals, scoring in the 19th via Crisantos Chavez (CC Spokane) and providing what proved to be the winner in the 36th. The Geoducks added two more before Geovanny Vazquez (Kennewick, WA / Walla Walla CC) helped set up the Knights' lone goal.

Multnomah 0 :: 6 Southern Oregon

Sunday, September 20 

Corban 2 :: 0 Carroll 
Saints goalkeeper Conor Smith (Spokane Valley, WA) denied a penalty in the 34th minute, but they fell behind in the 51st minute and the Warriors clinched the result with a second goal in the 90th.  MORE [+]

Rocky Mountain 2 :: 0 College of Idaho 
In their first official league confrontation, the Bears came away with the victory on a pair of second half goals. Clancy converted a penalty in the 52nd minute and clinched the win when Luce scored on a counter via a through ball from Tiago Ewald with just six seconds remaining. Catlin made three saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Wednesday, September 23 

Walla Walla 1 :: 12 Rocky Mountain 
The Wolves' lone goal came from Brook Fesler after the team was already trailing by seven. The Bears cruised to the win with two goals each from Clancy, Ben Carpenter and Chasen Lasure. Five others added goals along with an own goal from the visitors.

Friday, September 25 

Carroll 1 :: 1 Warner Pacific 
Isaac Bostrom (Helena, MT) put the visiting Saints on the board in the 21st minute by heading in a ball sent across the box by Terry Cox (Spokane, WA). The Knights evened things up in the 37th.  MORE [+]

Great Falls 2 :: OT :: 1 Eastern Oregon 
A free kick from Anderson Cardoso went in off the keeper's hands in the 28th minute to give the visitors the initial lead, but the Mountaineers tied it up in the 62nd on a strike from Cristian Anguiano (Burley, ID / Treasure Valley CC). Luis Torres provided the Argos with the winning tally in the 103rd.  MORE: UGF [+] -- EOU [+]

Multnomah 0 :: 14 Rocky Mountain
The Bears dominated the contest with Luce, Forbes, Ewald, Clancy and Sherwood each scoring twice.  MORE [+]

Southern Oregon 0 :: 1 Corban 
With the two sides locked in a stalemate, a corner from Cheney decided the contest when it was headed home in the 65th minute.

Walla Walla 2 :: 6 College of Idaho 
The Wolves answered twice to tie the game up before the Yotes ran off four unanswered for the win. Bolin's opener on a Brandon Smith through ball in the second minutes was cancelled out by a penalty in the ninth. A penalty put away by Admir Selimovic in the 13th was equalled in the 19th by the visitors, but Mehmed Selimovic's scored two minutes later on a through ball from Idoeta gave them the lead at the break and held to be the winner. Bolin set up Auernhamer in the 55th and Cardoso scored via Smith in the 62nd. Auernhamer found Tyrell Johnson for the final goal.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 1 :: 0 Northwest Christian 
The deciding goal came in the 33rd minute on a corner from Grytness, that was nodded home.

Saturday, September 26 

Carroll 2 :: OT :: 1 Eastern Oregon 
Osvaldo Martinez (Columbia Basin College) put the Mountaineers on the board first 28th minutes in on a penalty, but Porras guided the Saints to the win. He combined with Malouf in the 73rd to set up Bostrom for the equalizer and then scored the winner three minutes into overtime via Cox.  MORE: CC [+] -- EOU [+]  

Great Falls 1 :: OT :: 0 Warner Pacific 
The Argos snared a second consecutive win in overtime with Torres providing the winner from about eight yards on a ball from Bisbo in the 100th minute. Girones made six saves in the shutout.  MORE [+]

Northwest 2 :: 1 Evergreen 
Jacob Weaver (Spokane, WA) gave the Eagles the lead in the 17th minute after after the visitors had a two-goal advantage late, the hosts answered with a goal set up by Williams.

Oregon Tech 0 :: 2 Corban 
Southern Oregon 2 :: 0 Northwest Christian

Sunday, September 27 

Multnomah 0 :: 4 College of Idaho 
The Selimovic brothers gave the Yotes a two-goal advantage in the first half. Mehmed combined with Bolin to set up Cardoso for the opener 14 minutes in and then scored himself on a ball from his brother eight minutes later. Cardoso delivered a cross to Miguel Nunez (Caldwell, ID) in the 69th and Zuva Donduro finished the scoring the 86th via Ryan Geist.  MORE [+]

Friday, October 2 

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 3 Great Falls
The Argos trailed after a third minute goal from Sherwood, but rallied in a contest that was far from the 11-goal affair in non-conference play between the two rivals. Cardoso scored on a free kick from 35 yards in the 22nd to tie it up and Torres delivered a cross that Byland finished five minutes later to take the lead. Fifteen seconds into the second half when Rasmus Madsen's ball from kick off deep into the Bears end created a chance for Krans, who capitalized on the newly inserted keeper and a moment of defensive confusion for the winner.  MORE [+]

College of Idaho 0 :: 1 Carroll 
The game was a stalemate that nearly went to overtime before a 35 yard free kick by Jonathan Taylor (Missoula, MT) decided the match in the 86th minute. Conor Smith made three saves in the shutout while Billings made four for the visitors in the loss.  MORE [+]

Eastern Oregon 1 :: 2 Oregon Tech 
Oltman scored the opener in the 57th minute after beating three defenders and then Grytness set up what proved to be the game-winner in the 87th to push the lead to two. Chris Gianandrea (La Grande, OR) delivered a cross to Rodriguez in the 89th minute for the Mountaineers, but the rally came too late for the visitors.  MORE [+]

Northwest 5 :: 0 Walla Walla 
Jake Morse (Spokane, WA) put the Eagles up two in before the brea, setting up the opening in the 25th minute and scoring the second three minutes later. Weaver pushed the lead to three in the 61st.  MORE [+]

Evergreen 7 :: 0 Multnomah 
Williams set up three of the four goals in the first half as the Geoducks rolled to the victory.

Warner Pacific 4 :: 1 Southern Oregon
The Knights were on the board first via Guizar in the 14th minute.

Saturday, October 3 

Rocky Mountain 4 :: 1 Carroll 
James Lamont put the host Saints on the board two minutes in off a cross from Alessio Georgiades. Eight minutes later Forbes tied it up for the Bears and then Clancy scored back to back goals in the 23rd and 26th to grab control for the visitors, the first set up by Sherwood. Luce put the match out of reach in the 65th.  MORE [+]

Eastern Oregon 0 :: 1 Southern Oregon
The hosts found the winner in the 57th minute to down the Mountaineers.  MORE [+]

Evergreen 11 :: 0 Walla Walla 
Williams tallied three goals and a pair of assists in the victory with Connor Beck (Red Lodge, WA) also getting on the board. Angel Guerra (Wenatchee, WA) and Martin Ramirez (Pasco, WA / Walla Walla CC) had an assist each.  MORE [+]

Northwest 5 :: 0 Multnomah 
The Eagles added four goals in the second half to roll to the win with Morse, Weaver and Mikias Repisold (Spokane, WA) each setting up a goal.

Warner Pacific 1 :: 0 Oregon Tech 
The Knights picked up the road win on a 20-yard goal from Guizar with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Corban 3 :: 0 Northwest Christian
Cheney opened the scoring for the Warriors in the 10th minute and defender James Williamson (Coeur d'Alene, ID), who has led the defense to five consecutive shutout wins to start the conference campaign, helped set up the final tally.

Friday, October 9

Eastern Oregon 2 :: 0 Multnomah 
Rodriguez put the Mountaineers on the board in the 51st on a ball from Anguiano and Gutierrez doubled things eight minutes later.  MORE [+]

Rocky Mountain 5 :: 1 Northwest Christian 
The Bears tolled to the win with three goals in the opening 25 minutes. Nico Cordero (Billings, MT) struck from five yards on a cross from Matthew Thomas nine minutes in and Clancy converted a penalty in the 22nd. Thomas set up another by Ewald three minutes later. Sherwood pushed it to four in the 55th before the hosts answered and Chasen Lashure rounded out the scoring on a through ball from Ben Teasdale.  MORE [+]

College of Idaho 1 :: 2 Corban 
The Yotes fell to the seventh-ranked Warriors, but did something no one else had done this year - score. Mehmed Selimovic accomplished the feat and gave the Yotes the lead on the road 17 minutes in on a ball from Brandon Smith, but the advantage was short-lived with the hosts answered two minutes later. Cheney would later provide the winner in the 76th.  MORE [+]

Warner Pacific 3 :: 0 Walla Walla 
The Wolves allowed a goal at the half-hour mark for a one-goal deficit at the break, but a massive deficit in shots continued into the second half as they allowed two more goals in a match in which they were outshot 44-8.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: 3 Northwest 
Weaver set up the opening goal in the 35th minute and scored the final goal on a ball from Hunter Madich (Kalispell, MT) in the 54th.

Southern Oregon 0 :: 2 Evergreen 
Williams added some insurance with a tap-in goal in the 84th minute.

Saturday, October 10 

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 0 Corban 
In a showdown of two nationally-ranked sides, the 20th-ranked Bears came away with the upset of the seventh-ranked Warriors, who gave up only their second goal of the year in the loss. Locked in a stalemate, Sherwood provided the deciding goal in the 73rd minute when he collected a cleared ball and beat a defender at the top of the box before sending a low, driven shot past Jordan Farr, who had five saves in the match. The Warrior defense did well to limit the visitors to six shots on target after seeing midfielder Armando Guevara sent off just 15 minutes into the match. The extra man allowed the Bears to limit Corban to 11 shots, none on target for a no-save shutout for Catlin.  MORE [+]

College of Idaho 1 :: 0 Northwest Christian 
Mehmed Selimovic provided the deciding tally from the penalty spot, converting in the 64th minute as Billings made three saves for the shutout at the other end for the win.  MORE [+]

Warner Pacific 8 :: 0 Multnomah 
Guizar scored two of the first three goals as the Knights rolled to the win against their neighbors.

Southern Oregon 0 :: 3 Northwest 
Weaver added two more assists to his tally for the weekend, setting up the opener in the eighth minute and the final goal in the 71st.

Oregon Tech 0 :: 4 Evergreen
Williams set up the lone goal in the first half in the 37th minute as the Geoducks cruised to the win.

Sunday, October 11

Great Falls 2 :: 3 Carroll 
Porras gave the Saints the lead 13 minutes on off a cross from Georgiades and looked headed to a narrow win over their local foes when Torres scored with less than a minute left amidst a scrum on a corner. Torres tallied again for the road win when he beat a defender in front of goal in the 102nd minute.  MORE [+]

Eastern Oregon 4 :: 1 Walla Walla 
The Mountaineers got on the board early when Robert Wilson (Boise, ID) headed in a ball from Steven Beaudry five minutes in. Despite outshooting their hosts 18-6 for the half, they were unable to get on the board again until the second half when they put the match away. Alex Gutierrez tallied in the 52nd via Uriel Torres and then Rodriguez scored less than a minute later to put the match out of reach. Martinez made the lead four. Edwin Munoz spoiled the shutout, tallying with 75 seconds remaining.  MORE [+]


Rocky Mountain 8-1-0... Corban 6-1-0... Evergreen 6-1-0... Great Falls 4-1-0... Northwest U 5-2-0... Warner Pacific 5-2-1... College of Idaho 5-3-0... Carroll 3-2-1... Southern Oregon 4-6-0... Oregon Tech 4-6-0... Eastern Oregon 3-5-0... Northwest Christian 0-7-0... Walla Walla U 0-8-0... Multnomah 0-8-0


Carroll College

The Saints opened with a win on their two-game jaunt to Calgary, but went winless in the next three before wrapping up non-conference play with a win over DIII Whitman. Lexi Pyette (Great Falls, MT) scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Mount Royal University in the opener on a ball from Cassidy Hammons (Boise, ID) while Jamie Carter registered the shutout with eight saves. Carter made nine more stops in their second game north of the border only to see a 60th minute penalty decide the contest for host University of Calgary.

The next three outings were tests against NCAA opposition, playing DII MSU-Billings and the DIII duo of Whitworth and Whitman in the span of four days. The series started with a 3-2 defeat in Billings, where the Saints tied it up twice before falling in overtime. After giving up an own goal in the 13th, Tayla Vaira (Great Falls, MT) tied it up in the 38th on a ball from Katey Friedt (Eagle, ID). At the hour mark Kristyn Bohlander (Kennewick, WA) evened it up again, chipping the keeper from 25 yards. The hosts would get the winner in the 100th minute. On their trip to Walla Walla, the Saints fell 1-0 to Whitworth and then topped host Whitman the following day by the same score with Pyette feeding Kayla Bayer on a cross in the 59th. Carter made three saves in each game.

College of Idaho

The Yotes opened things up at EOU with a 2-1 win against UBC-Okanagan. Jamiece Yizar (Pocatello, ID) opened the scoring in the 26th via Aurora Ostolasa (Boise, ID) and Camas Curran (Meridian, ID) doubled the lead in the 71st courtesy of Hailey Boyd (Boise, ID). After a 2-0 exhibition loss at Northwest Nazarene, the Yotes returned home and registered a pair of shutout wins. 9-0 win against Sierra Nevada College in which eight different players scored. The other goalscorers were Hailey Woods (Meridian, ID), Sabrina Mallett, Julia Fretwell (Meridian, ID), Mariah Dean (Caldwell, ID), Reilly Coyle (Boise, ID), Summer Jackson (Boise, ID) and Katelyn Benavidez. They then edged DIII Whitman with a 105th minute overtime goal that Jackson scored off a Woods shot that rebounded off the crossbar. Brittany Houghton made four saves in the 1-0 overtime win.
Yizar tallied two goals and an assist as they registered a

The Saints wrapped non-league play with a pair of games in Oregon, winning 3-1 against Trinity Lutheran and falling 1-2 to host Linfield. Erika Thompson (Boise, ID) scored the first two goals less than a minute apart for a two-goal lead in the sixth minute and completed the hat-trick at the hour mark to win the first contest. Trailing at the break, Yizar pulled the Yotes level in the 58th, but it was not enough.

Eastern Oregon University

Infused by a new coach and a number of transfers, the Mountaineers kicked off their campaign with a perfect 5-0-0 record in non-conference play. It started off with a narrow 1-0 road win over fellow CCC program Northwest Christian in which defender Allison Jordan (Spokane, WA) set up Crystal Schuder for the winner in the 27th and helped lead a back line that allowed Jessica Parker (Boise, ID) to record the shutout on one save. Jordan got another assist in a 13-0 drubbing of Sierra Nevada in the next outing. Zoe Anderson had three goals and two assist in the contest Amanda Durrant and Morgan Delay each had two goals and Lisa Clausen (Spokane Shine) had a pair of assists. Also scoring were Makensie Forsyth (Prosser, WA), Haley Hill (Boise, ID), Kendall Loreth, Alexandria Cuaresma, Abri Cardenas and Maddi Cillay (Pullman, WA), who also had two helpers.

The Mountaineers then ventured to California where they had a close contest with Menlo College, grabbing a 3-2 win, and a blowout result at Mills College. Forsyth found Schuder four minutes in for the opener but Menlo rallied to move ahead before the break. Then Loreth and Schuder combined for Anderson's equalizer in the 63rd and Schuder found Cillay with 69 seconds left for the win. Anderson and Schuder kept things going at Mills, scoring twice each to build a four-goal lead. Forsyth added the fifth and then set up Cuaresma in the final seconds. The road trip took a swing to Nevada to round things out with another meeting with SNC. Ten different players scored in the 10-0 contest.

University of Great Falls

The lady Argos kicked off their non-league slate against local conference rival Rocky Mountain, and the two played to a wild 3-3 draw. The host Bears took the lead with goals from Leah Hippauf (Borsfleth, MT) and Janell Cabrera (Billings, MT), but the Argos got one back just before the break via Lauren Ozdowski. Mandi Achten (Billings, MT) restored the two-goal margin at the hour mark, but Jessica Watts and Kaylee Bartley completed the comeback for the Argos.

The Argonauts then headed west where they picked up a 1-0 win at Evergreen State and a 2-1 decision at Trinity Lutheran. Katie Bennett put a 20-yard effort under the bar in the 40th for the first win as Kyra Dorvall made three saves in the shutout.

Rocky Mountain College

After a wild 3-3 draw against rival UGF in a non-league bout (see above), the Bears fell in a close 1-0 contest at Kansas Wesleyan and picked up a 2-0 win at Tabor College on goals from Evelina Aberg and Emily Browne. They wrapped things up on the road in North Dakota with a 3-0 win over longtime foe Jamestown. After a goal from Chez Keehn (Billings, MT) in the 49th, Hippauf set up Ashley Flanigan in the 57th before adding the third herself in the 85th. Lia Unterholzner made four saves for the shutout.

Corban University

The Warrior women got off to a decent start, rebounding from a 3-2 overtime loss to University of Fraser Valley with wins over DII Saint Martin's and DIII Willamette before being shutout in the next three by Menlo College, UC-Merced and Linfield. Sadee Kallis (Yakima, WA) scored in each of the first three games with the go-ahead goal in the loss to UFV, the 3-2 game-winner against SMU and the last-minute lone goal in the 1-0 victory at Willamette. Freshman Lexi McQueary (Kennewick, WA) also scored the equalizer in the comeback win against SMU.

Evergreen State College

The Geoducks were 0-3-0 in non-conference with no goals scored.

Northwest Christian University

The Beacons were 0-3-1 in non-league play, getting their only goal in the final contest for a draw.

Northwest University

The Eagles dropped their first four contests in non-conference play before playing three consecutive overtime affairs in which they went 1-1-1 to finish 1-5-1 in non-league play.

Oregon Tech

After a road loss to UC-Merced, the Owls won the next three non-conference games in prep for the season.

Southern Oregon University

In a busy non-conference slate, the Raiders went 1-3-2.

Warner Pacific College

The lady Knights went 1-2-2 in their non-conference schedule with 'Elle Nelson (Missoula, MT) leading a defensive unit that gave up just one goal or less in four of the five matches.

WOMEN :: CONFERENCE PLAY  #############

Friday, September 11

Southern Oregon 1 :: 2 College of Idaho 
The Yotes grabbed a two goal lead in the first half and held on for the win. Jamiece Yizar (Pocatello, ID) scored both, netting the first on a through ball from Summer Jackson (Boise, ID) in the 20th and then doubled it off a long ball from Hailey Boyd (Boise, ID) seven minutes later.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: 3 Rocky Mountain 
The Bears led by one at the break on a 14th minute goal from Leah Hippauf set up by Ashley Flanigan. Mikale Miller doubled the lead in the 50th and Alex Harvey (Billings, MT) capped matters in the 83rd. Lia Unterholzner made five saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Sunday, September 13

Oregon Tech 1 :: 4 College of Idaho 
A hat-trick from Yizar gave her five goals on the weekend. Sydney Woods (Meridian, ID), though, got the opener on a ball from Hailey Woods in the 37th for the halftime lead. Then Yizar scored twice on balls from Mallory Cripps (Boise, ID) and Victoria Cerda (Meridian, ID) in the 49th and 57th before OIT answered. Erika Thompson's (Boise, ID) through ball capped the three-goal outing for Yizar in the 87th.  MORE [+]

Southern Oregon 1 :: 2 Rocky Mountain 
Goals from Mandi Achten (Billings, MT) in the 10th and 44th gave the Bears enough for the win as the visitors could only muster one in the second half.  MORE [+]

Friday, September 18

Corban 3 :: 2 Great Falls 
Lexi McQueary (Kennewick, WA) gave the visitors the advantage seven minutes in on a ball from Sadee Kallis (Yakima, WA) but the hosts pulled even when Jessica Watts and Chelsea Roughsedge combined to set up Sarah Howell (Polson, MT) in the 43rd. Corban netted two in the first nine minutes of the second half with the Argos only finding one in response in the 70th when Alejandra Guzman finished off a cross from Ashley Klepec (Moses Lake, WA).  MORE [+]

Northwest Christian 0 :: 2 Carroll 
Michaela Kueffler (Billings, MT) led the Saints to the win, scoring the opening goal via Natalie Johnston in the 12th minute and setting up Talya Vaira (Great Falls, MT) for the second in the 38th. Jamie Carter made six saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Evergreen 0 :: 5 Eastern Oregon
The re-born lady Mountaineers got off to a roaring start in conference play with four first half goals, two from Maddi Cillay (Pullman, WA). Megan Dimmler (Spokane, WA) opened the scoring in the 20th and then Cillay doubled the lead on a ball from Crystal Schuder two minutes later. Defender Allison Jordan (Spokane, WA) pushed it to three in the 38th with Cillay scoring with a minute left in the half via Charli Torres. Zoe Anderson and Alexandria Cuaresma combined to set up Haley Hill (Boise, ID) in the 62nd. Jessica Parker (Boise, ID) needed just one save for the clean sheet.  MORE [+]

Northwest 3 :: 2 Warner Pacific
Annie Shellerud (Spokane, WA) scored the winner in the 61st minute for the Eagles.

Saturday, September 19

Northwest 0 :: 3 Eastern Oregon 
Anderson opened the scoring via Schuder five minutes in and doubled the lead courtesy of Cuaresma at the half-hour mark. Schuder added the third a half-hour later on a ball from Lisa Clausen (Spokane Shine). Parker made two saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Northwest Christian 1 :: 2 Great Falls 
Howell guided the Argos to the win with an assist on Klepec's opener three minutes in and then tallied on a ball from Serafina Robles in the sixth for what proved to be the winner.  MORE [+]

Evergreen 2 :: 1 Warner Pacific

Sunday, September 20

Rocky Mountain 2 :: 1 College of Idaho 
Another brace from Achten decided another contest. She struck from 25 yards in the 27th minute and doubled the advantage in the 52nd before the Yotes answered via Thompson in the 58th on a long shot.  MORE [+]

Corban 0 :: 2 Carroll 
Carissa Yedica (Spokane, WA) put the Saints on the board seven minutes in on a free kick from Ylena Gazdik (Boise, ID) with Johnston doubling the advantage in the 18th courtesy of Cassidy Hammons (Boise, ID). Carter made four saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Friday, September 25

Carroll 1 :: OT :: 0 Warner Pacific
The Saints outshot the hosts 18-2 in the match, but they needed the two saves from Carter to keep things going until Lexi Pyette (Great Falls, MT) finally broke the stalemate by finishing a loose ball from close range in the 106th minute.  MORE [+]

Great Falls 1 :: 3 Eastern Oregon 
Makensie Forsyth broke the deadlock in the 54th minute on an assist from Jordan. Cillay doubled the lead in the 67th and Schuder put it out of reach in the 86th before Guzman got the Argos on the board a minute later.  MORE: EOU [+] - UGF [+]  

Southern Oregon 1 :: 0 Corban
Oregon Tech 2 :: 1 Northwest Christian

Saturday, September 26 

Carroll 2 :: OT :: 1 Eastern Oregon 
Kueffler put Carroll in front on a ball from Pyette after 71 minutes of scoreless action, but the Mountaineers answered in the 82nd through Anderson, forcing overtime. In the extra frame, Katey Friedt (Eagle, ID) scored in the 103rd minute to give the Saints the win.  MORE:  CC [+] -- EOU [+]   

Great Falls 0 :: 0 Warner Pacific 
Outshot 9-5 by the hosts in a defensive stalemate, Kayla Gray made six saves for the Argos in the scoreless draw.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 1 :: 0 Corban 
Alyssa Stewart (Eagle, ID) provided the deciding goal for the Owls in the 52nd minute.

Northwest 3 :: 1 Evergreen
Southern Oregon 1 :: 0 Northwest

Friday, October 2 

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 0 Great Falls 
Achten turned provider for the winner this time, delivering a cross in the 21st that Gabi Heflin (Billings, MT) nodded in for the lone goal. Unterholzner made two saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

College of Idaho 1 :: 0 Carroll 
A Thompson cross for the Yotes was unable to be corralled by Saints keeper Carter, allowing Yizar to put it away three minutes into the contest. Houghton then made nine saves to make the goal stand as the winner.  MORE: CoI [+] -- CC [+]  

Eastern Oregon 1 :: 0 Oregon Tech
The deciding goal for the Mountaineers came in the 28th when Forsyth struck from about 30 yards out. Parker went on to finish with four saves for the clean sheet.  MORE [+]

Corban 0 :: 1 Northwest Christian
Warner Pacific 1 :: 5 Southern Oregon

Saturday, October 3

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 4 Carroll 
Pyette put the Saints in front by two, finding Kueffler for the opener in the fifth and scoring on a cross from Hammons in the 26th. The Bears responded with a goal from Hippauf in the 58th, but Hammons restored the two-goal margin with a free kick in the 70th and Yedica put it out of reach in the 83rd.  MORE [+]

Eastern Oregon 1 :: 0 Southern Oregon
Nine minutes into the match Morgan Delay put Anderson in a one-on-one scenario for what held as the deciding goal with Parker making two saves en route to the shutout.  MORE [+]

Warner Pacific 1 :: OT :: 2 Oregon Tech

Friday, October 9

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 0 Northwest Christian 
Hippauf provided the deciding tally eight minutes into the second half from about five yards on a cross from Emily Browne despite being outshot 14-6 and only getting two shots on target in the game. At the other end Unterholzner made six saves for the visitors.  MORE [+]

College of Idaho 2 :: 0 Corban
The Yotes scored twice in the first half and held on for the win with Houghton only needing to make two saves in the game. Yizar scored the opener in the 26th on the rebound of a saved shot by Sydney Woods. Five minutes before the break Bailey Watson (Boise, ID) put Brianna Blair (Nampa, ID) on a breakaway for the insure goal.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: 3 Northwest
Southern Oregon 5 :: 0 Evergreen

Saturday, October 10

College of Idaho 4 :: 2 Northwest Christian 
Yizar's outstanding season continued with a two-goal performance. She tallied the opener on a breakaway five minutes in on a through ball from Aurora Ostolasa (Boise, ID), who doubled the lead via Allie Swanson (Eagle, ID) in the 16th, and then pushed the lead to three from 10 yards in the 18th on another breakaway created by Jackson. The hosts got on the board int eh 55th, but Jackson scored a goal in the 74th as the Yotes locked up the result.  MORE [+]

Rocky Mountain 1 :: 1 Corban
McQueary put the hosts on the board in the 40th minute, but the Bears answered in the second half on a penalty converted by Flanigan at the hour mark.  MORE [+]

Oregon Tech 0 :: OT :: 1 Evergreen
Southern Oregon 2 :: OT :: 1 Northwest

Sunday, October 11 

Great Falls 0 :: 0 Carroll 
Outshot 16-5 by the hosts, Kyra Dorvall (Helena, MT) made a dozen saves for the Argonauts in the scoreless draw while her counterpart for the Saints, Carter, made three stops at the other end.  MORE:  UGF [+] -- CC [+]


Rocky Mountain 5-1-1... Eastern Oregon 5-1-0... College of Idaho 5-1-0... Carroll 5-1-0... Southern Oregon 5-3-0... Northwest U 3-2-0... Oregon Tech 3-5-0... Evergreen 2-3-0... Great Falls 1-3-1... Corban 1-5-1... Northwest Christian 1-6-0... Warner Pacific 0-5-1

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