On the women's side, MSU-Billings is proving to be the best of the area trio but were only able to earn a split on the weekend, receiving their first loss courtesy of Simon Fraser as well. Central Washington broke through with six goals Thursday against Northwest Nazarene only to fall two days later against Western Oregon.
In the Northwest Conference, the Whitworth men continue to impress. The road trip to Oregon was a tough one to finish though as a 3-0 win at Pacific was followed by a nail-biter at George Fox that finished 1-1 in which they allowed their first goal in six league matches and dropped their first points.
On the women's side, the Whitworth women have joined Whitman in heartbreak. Both sides are doing well defensively, but are struggling to find the back of the net at the other end. They tallied one goal between them in four close contests against visiting Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound on the weekend.
Here's a recap of Division II & Division III action for last week
GNAC MEN #############
Thursday, October 1
MSU-Billings 3 :: 3 Concordia
In a back-and-forth affair, the Yellowjackets took the initial lead five minutes into the match when Ricardo Palomino netted his 10th of the season on a ball from Thiago Novis. The hosts tied things up in the 18th and then grabbed the lead five minutes into the second half, but Palomino struck again in the 59th to even it back up again. Six minutes later Niklas Schregel put away a loose ball deep in the box to put the Yellowjackets in front again, but a handball penalty in the 82nd allowed the Cavaliers to get the draw. MORE [+]
Scoreless through the first half, Julio Castillo put the Crusaders on the board just over four minutes into the second half on a cross from defender Luke Broz (Boise, ID. Castillo turned provider in the 68th minute after stealing the ball in the midfield, feeding Erik Anderson with a through ball. The defense limited Mary to six shots and Ryan Foo needed to make just one save for the clean sheet. MORE [+]
Seattle Pacific 2 :: 1 Western Washington
Adam Talley (Spokane Valley, WA) set up the opening goal to give the Vikings the initial lead seven minutes in, but the Falcons scored twice in the second half to get the win.
Saint Martin's 0 :: 4 Simon Fraser
MSU-Billings 0 :: 1 Northwest Nazarene
In a showdown of two unbeatens, the Crusaders snared the victory on a goal from Broz in the 19th minute off a cross from Castillo. The NNU defense was stout on the day, giving up just four shots and allowing Foo to claim the shutout without making a save. Tom Lohmann made five saves for the Yellowjackets. MORE - MSUB [+] -- NNU [+]
Saint Martin's 2 :: 1 Western Washington
Talley scored the opening goal of the match after intercepting a clearance from the goalkeeper in the 10th minute, but the opposition scored twice in the second half again to down the Vikings.
Seattle Pacific 0 :: 1 Simon Fraser
Mary 0 :: 2 Concordia
Northwest Nazarene 4-0-1... Seattle Pacific 2-1-2... Concordia 2-1-2... MSU-Billings 2-1-2... Simon Fraser 2-1-2... Western Washington 1-3-1... Mary 1-4-0... Saint Martin's 1-4-0
Thursday, October 8
Seattle Pacific @ MSU-Billings 4:00
Concordia @ Western Washington 4:00
Saint Martin's @ Mary 7:30
Northwest Nazarene @ Simon Fraser 7:30
Saturday, October 10
Saint Martin's @ MSU-Billings 3:00
Concordia @ Simon Fraser 5:00
Northwest Nazarene @ Western Washington 7:00
Seattle Pacific @ Mary 7:30
GNAC WOMEN #############
Northwest Nazarene 2 :: 6 Central Washington
Six minutes into the match the hosts took the lead when a through ball from Whitney Lowe set up Keilin Farrand (Ellensburg, WA) for the opener, but the Crusaders held the lead at the break. Hannah Holm (Spokane, WA) scored from distance on a ball from fellow Spokane native Ashley Cook-Cox to tie things up in the 20th and Kayla Williams tallied the go-ahead goal in the 38th after beating the keeper. The second half, though, belonged to the Wildcats as they rattled off five unanswered. Kaysha Darcy tied it back up four minutes into the second half via Jessica Haga and a penalty allowed Cassie Ripley to put the hosts in front in the 58th. Lowe scored in the 65th on a ball from Reilly Retz. Mackenzie Nolte and Shaina Mitchell combined to help Bailey Martoncik push the lead to three with Nolte capping the game with a strike in the 88th via Lowe and Stephanie O'Hara. MORE - NNU [+] -- CWU [+]
MSU-Billings 0 :: 1 Simon Fraser
The Canadiens scored in the 18th minute and held off the Yellowjackets for the victory. Chloe Hopps made seven saves in the loss. MORE [+]
Saint Martin's 0 :: 2 Concordia
Emma Chappell (Spokane, WA) set up the opening goal 42 minutes into the contest for the Cavaliers in the win.
Western Washington 1 :: 0 Seattle Pacific
MSU-Billings 4 :: 1 Saint Martin's
The Yellowjackets rebounded from the loss north of the border, putting three on the board in the first half en route to the win. Jessica Spang (Billings, MT) fed Bailey Griglio nine minutes in and found Alycia Wright in the 27th. Dana Lubieniecki pushed it to three just over a minute before the break. Griglio scored her second of the match in the 58th via Sarah Coughlan (Billings, MT) with the hosts spoiling the shutout in the 85th when Hannah Frakes (Boise, ID) put away the rebound of a saved shot. MORE [+]
Northwest Nazarene 1 :: 3 Seattle Pacific
The Crusaders rallied to tie it up in the first half again on another assist from Cook-Cox, who found Nicole Nsa for the equalizer in the 13th minute on a through ball. The hosts had the initial lead in the eighth and grabbed the win with back-to-back goals in a three-minute span that put them up two in the 73rd minute. MORE [+]
Central Washington 1 :: 2 Western Oregon
The Wildcats took the initial lead in the 20th minute when a through ball from Farrand found Ripley for the finish, but the hosts answered with goals in the 57th and 64th to post the win. MORE [+]
Concordia 3 :: 1 Simon Fraser
Madison McKayla (Bend, OR) converted a penalty at the hour mark to put the Cavaliers back in front as they picked up the win.
Trinity Lutheran 1 :: 7 Western Washington (NL)
Sandy Hanses (Yakima, WA) scored in the 40th to give the Vikings a four-goal lead and set up the team's final goal in the 75th. Malia Maack (Spokane, WA) set up the fifth in the 63rd.
Western Washington 4-0-0... Concordia 3-0-1... MSU-Billings 3-1-1... Seattle Pacific 2-2-1... Simon Fraser 2-2-1... Western Oregon 1-2-1... Northwest Nazarene 1-3-1... Central Washington 1-3-0... Saint Martin's 0-4-0
Tuesday, October 6
Concordia @ Western Oregon 3:00
Thursday, October 8
MSU-Billings @ Northwest Nazarene 4:00
Saint Martin's @ Simon Fraser 5:00
Central Washington @ Western Washington 7:00
Concordia @ Seattle Pacific 7:00
Saturday, October 10
Saint Martin's @ Central Washington 11:00
Seattle Pacific @ Western Oregon 11:00
MSU-Billings @ Western Washington 1:00
Simon Fraser @ Northwest Nazarene 1:00
NWC MEN #############
Tuesday, September 29
Trinity Lutheran 0 :: 2 Pacific Lutheran (NL)
Friday, October 2
The hosts took the lead 18 minutes in, but Marcos Medina (Walla Walla, WA) put things back level on a ball from Daniel Kim in the 32nd. The Bruins, though, scored twice in the second half for the victory. MORE [+]
Whitworth 3 :: 0 Pacific
The Pirates posted their fifth consecutive shutout to open conference play with Timmy Costa making three saves among the five shots allowed by the defense. Rylan Berriman delivered a through ball to Karl Muelheims (Spokane, WA) for the opening goal in the 18th minute and found Jonah Syder in the 64th to double the lead. Sam McKay (Missoula, MT) used Austin Cassity in a give-and-go in the 79th to put the game out of reach. MORE [+]
Saturday, October 3
Willamette 3 :: 4 Puget Sound
Sebastian Mortimer (Moscow, ID) provided an early equalizer in the 13th minutes for the visitors.
Linfield 2 :: 3 Pacific Lutheran
Joe Sammartino (Boise, ID) opened the scoring in the 52nd minute.
Sunday, October 4
The Missionaries earned the draw on an equalizer in the 60th minute when Gabe Jacobsen put away his own rebound inside the box. The hosts had taken the lead in the 37th minute when Josh Napoles (Boise, ID) picked up the rebound of a blocked shot and poked it home. MORE [+]
Whitworth 1 :: 1 George Fox
Despite being outshot by the Pirates, the host Bruins held the lead at intermission on a 24th minute strike. Whitworth dropped their first points of the year, but kept their unbeaten status intact with Sam Engle converting on a penalty in the 78th after a foul in the box left the Bruins a man down for a second yellow. Whitworth finished with a 29-16 advantage in shots, but had to settle for the draw with Costa making seven saves. MORE [+]
Linfield 1 :: 3 Puget Sound
Willamette 1 :: 0 Pacific Lutheran
Whitworth 5-0-1... Puget Sound 5-1-0... Pacific Lutheran 4-2-0... George Fox 2-3-1... Linfield 2-4-0... Willamette 2-4-0... Pacific 1-4-1... Whitman 1-4-1
Saturday, October 10
Pacific Lutheran @ Puget Sound 2:30
Whitman @ Whitworth 3:00
Linfield @ Willamette 7:00
George Fox @ Pacific 7:00
NWC WOMEN #############
Pacific Lutheran 1 :: 0 Whitman
The defense continues to be impressive, but the Missionaries were unable to counter the lone strike from the Lutes in the 70th minute. MORE [+]
Puget Sound 1 :: 0 Whitworth
The Pirates had two excellent chances to score in the first half via Tiara Pajimola (Spokane, WA), but her first attempt rang off the woodwork and the second inside the six was saved by the face of a defender off the line. The missed chances were costly as the Loggers scored five minutes after the break and kept the hosts from getting any further quality looks. INWsn REPORT [+]
Willamette 3 :: 0 George Fox
Kinsey Keene (Eagle, ID) set up the opening goal 29 minutes in for the visitors.
Lewis & Clark 1 :: 3 Linfield
Sunday, October 4
Pacific Lutheran 2 :: 0 Whitworth
The Lutes grabbed the lead in the 40th minute. Andrea Stump made a penalty kick save in the 50th minute to keep the Pirates in the game, but the visitors clinched the win with just under two minutes remaining in the contest. MORE [+]
Puget Sound 1 :: 1 Whitman
The unbeaten Loggers headed in a corner for the lead in the 20th minute, but Whitman found an answer just under two minutes into the second half, ending a three-game scoreless streak with a shot from just outside the box by Lena de Guzman. MORE [+]
Willamette 1 :: 0 Lewis & Clark
Linfield 0 :: OT :: 1 Pacific
Willamette 5-1-0... Pacific Lutheran 4-1-1... Puget Sound 2-0-4... Linfield 3-1-1... Whitworth 3-4-0... Pacific 2-3-1... Lewis & Clark 2-4-0... Whitman 1-4-2... George Fox 1-4-1
Saturday, October 10
Whitworth @ Lewis & Clark 12:00
George Fox @ Puget Sound 12:00
Linfield @ Pacific Lutheran 12:00
Pacific @ Willamette 12:00
Sunday, October 11
Whitman @ Lewis & Clark 12:00
Linfield @ George Fox 12:00
Willamette @ Puget Sound 12:00
Pacific @ Pacific Lutheran 12:00
ADDITIONAL DII NOTES #############
- Defender Maison O'Neill (Boise, ID) provided the opening goal for Regis in a 1-1 draw at Colorado Mesa Friday and helped lead the squad to a 1-0 win at Westminster Sunday.
- Abi Yanke (Boise, ID) made three saves for Westminster in a 2-0 win against MSU-Denver Friday and made four in a narrow 1-0 loss to Regis Sunday.
ADDITIONAL DIII NOTES #############
- Summer Norquist (Boise, ID) scored the opening goal for Redlands in the 21st minute and Savannah Laursen (Boise, ID) put them back in front in a 2-2 draw at La Verne Saturday.
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