Sunday, October 25, 2015

NWAC East Round-Up: CC Spokane sweeps Wenatchee Valley; division races still tight

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The Bigfoot of CC Spokane dominated the competition Wednesday evening in a doubleheader that saw them outscore Wenatchee Valley by a combined 17-1 scoreline. The ladies kicked off the night with a 12-0 victory in which Alysha Overland broke the program's single-season scoring record and the men rallied in the second match for a 5-1 victory over the Knights.

After three great early chances went for naught, the Bigfoot women finally broke through in the 22nd minute when a quick counter off a long ball that Maddie Brown (Greenleaf, ID) ran down on the right side created the go-ahead goal. Brown collected the ball and sent a low cross into the six that the goalkeeper missed and Overland (Moses Lake, WA) knocked in at the line.

They added two more in the next four minutes with Sarah Melvin (Spokane, WA) finishing from a tough angle 10 yards out on a ball from Overland in the 24th. In the 27th a free kick from midfield from Sydney Weiler (Spokane, WA) at midfield floated over the defense and was deflected by Overland to Maddy Boyd (Spokane, WA), who finished for the goal with her first touch of the game.

Six minutes later Boyd had her second with a tap-in goal on a ball from Morgan Williams (Spokane, WA), who scored a minute later on what looked like a cross from the right corner that floated down and in off the far post.

Overland scored her second in the 36th beating the keeper to a low ball that had been fed in behind the defense, touching it past her and knocking it into the empty net for a six-goal Bigfoot half. She immediately came out and three minutes into the second period finished the hat-trick via a ball from Cali Moscrip (Lewiston, ID).

The third tally put her even with previous single-season CCS women record holders at 23. Lateashea Currie accomplished the feat twice, establishing the new mark in 2010 and then again in 2012 when she returned to the team. In the meantime, Alli Floyd (Spokane, WA) equalled it in 2011 and then Tasha Luu (Colville, WA) netted 23 in 2012 with Currie. The previous record of 19 was set in 2004 by Jill Giroux.

Boyd added a third in the 61st and then Moscrip scored in the 67th and 73rd before Boyd added her fourth of the game via Overland's third assist.

Looking to get the record out of the way, coach Jim Martinson put Overland back into the contest and she netted the final goal of the contest in the 79th, driving through the box and powering a shot past the goalkeeper from about nine yards, letting out a scream of jubilation at setting the new standard.

"Alysha breaks the record tonight, and does it in 13 games," noting how quickly she accomplished the feat. "She's a great player.

"Kind of wanted her to get it done tonight versus going down to Treasure and having it looming on her so - I don't know. What do you say," Martinson said, speechless about the night's performance by her and the team, but admitting that he hates running up the score and about the position he was in looking long-term regarding the record.

The bigger issue facing the squad after 13 games is that the team's attack has been so successful that it has created a lack of experience defensively for the Sasquatch, something that showed in the slow decision-making process a few times in the match that created anxious moments as the Knights took the ball into the attacking third.

"We are young; and we have some holes in the back. We have the quality players, but the system has some holes," Martinson said, noting that he told the players as they came into the program that they play with a three-back, attack-oriented system that may give up a few goals, but produce more. "Our last 30 minutes tonight we changed to a four-back system, trying to experiment a little bit with that, and a holding player - just changing things and trying to secure that a little better as we go into the postseason. We'll work on it in training over the next two weeks and see if we can get better keeping the ball out of our own net, which we did a good job of tonight."

Partial Highlights :: Women's second half & Men's match 

Things were not quite so easy for the Bigfoot men. After an early shot from Breno Rocha three minutes in skirted just wide of the left post from the top of the box, the visiting Knights took the lead in the fifth.

A ball pushed forward from the penalty arc to the top of the six was collected by Giovanny Soto (Wenatchee, WA), who took a touch and buried it inside the left post for a surprising lead by last-place Wenatchee Valley.

"That's kind of been our story - give up a goal and it seems to relax us and we decide that we'll play," said Head Coach Kenny Krestian.

A long ball into the right corner in the 20th minute was collected by Jared Davis, who proceeded to serve the ball in to Johnny Cortez (Moses Lake, WA) for the equalizer. The Sasquatch went in front nine minutes later when Rocha served the ball in from the left side to Cortez, who turned and fired into the lower left corner.

Rocha nearly pushed the lead to two in the 34th with a great run into the box only to see his shot far post smack off the frame, settling for a one-goal advantage at intermission.

As the match wore on, Spokane's control of the contest became more absolute with the Knights only good chance coming three minutes into the period with a nice shot from 24 yards, but Kevin Alvarez snatched the effort.

The Sasquatch wasted little time in adding some insurance with a short corner four minutes into the period. Kazuki Tateishi took the ball and crossed it into the area, finding the head of defender Kelly Kyllo (Spokane, WA).

Another four minutes later another short corner led to fourth for the Bigfoot. The service in from the left was headed down and found its was to Cortez, who spun and had just enough reach with his outstretched leg to put it away. It was the second hat-trick of the night for players from Moses Lake.

"The guys picked it up; decided we are better than this and started putting balls into the back of the net.

"Great to see Johnny get back on the scoreboard today. And not only the work of putting balls into the back of the net, but its the work he did off the ball, defensive work - the tracking, blocking shots. I think the group on a whole really put together a performance."

Tateishi set up the final goal of the night, feeding Eric Sanchez-Flores in the 75th. After receiving the ball he drove forward and scored from about 14 yards out.


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Also on Wednesday night, second-place Walla Walla topped Treasure Valley 2-1 on a pair of goals from Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (Kennewick, WA) in a three-goal first half, and a goal two minutes from time by Danny Romero gave Columbia Basin a 1-0 victory over visiting North Idaho. Max Ramos (Sunnyside, WA) recorded the shutout.

On Saturday, things were a bit tougher on the road for the Bigfoot as they unable to hold onto their one-goal lead in the second half. Gerardo Bartolo's (Blackfoot, ID) goal in the 57th for Treasure Valley cancelled out Rocha's 31st minute strike for a 1-1 draw.

Anthony Arroyo (Kennewick, WA) added to Juan Sanchez's (Mountain Home, ID) first half goal for a two-goal margin in Walla Walla, giving the Warriors needed insurance as Macoy McLaughlin (Great Falls, MT) was able to score for North Idaho in a 2-1 decision that put Walla Walla back within two points of Spokane. Columbia Basin downed Wenatchee Valley 2-1 in the other contest.


Spokane 7-3-3... Walla Walla 6-3-4... Columbia Basin 7-6-0... Treasure Valley 4-5-4... North Idaho 3-6-4... Wenatchee Valley 3-7-3

Upcoming Games 

Wednesday, October 28
Columbia Basin @ Walla Walla 3:15
Treasure Valley @ Wenatchee Valley 5:15
North Idaho @ Spokane 7:15
Saturday, October 31
Treasure Valley @ Columbia Basin 1:15
North Idaho @ Wenatchee Valley 2:15
Walla Walla @ Spokane 2:15

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Elsewhere on Wednesday, Cassandra van der Mey posted a shutout at Columbia Basin for North Idaho as Megan Lowery (Hayden, ID) netted all three goals in the 3-0 victory. Haley White (La Grande, OR) had two assists.

The day before at Yakima Valley, Walla Walla rallied from an early Susana Arreola (Sunnyside, WA) goal to get a 3-2 win. Haley Berryman (Ephrata, WA) scored back-to-back in the 63rd and 66th on balls from Jaz Lemos (Richland, WA). With time winding down Lemos added a needed goal via Courtney Wells (West Valley, WA) in the 86th that proved to be the winner as Haylee Ashby (Zillah, WA) scored for the Yaks with a minute left.

After looking like they were going to run away with the division title a couple weeks ago and scoring a dozen on Wednesday, the Bigfoot still can't quite find the killer instinct to put things away, dropping their second match in three outings - both on the road. In Saturday's contest at Treasure Valley, Madison Taylor (Lewiston, ID) put the Chukars on the board in the 20th and Fernanda Rogel (Boise, ID) made three saves to hand Spokane their second loss of the year. The shutout also ended a 35-match scoring streak for the Bigfoot against all opposition dating back to a 1-0 loss to Peninsula August 27, 2014.

In other contests Saturday, Wenatchee Valley won a wild back-and-forth contest against Yakima Valley, 5-3, for their first win in a battle at the basement and North Idaho drubbed host Walla Walla 5-1 to move within two points of Spokane in the table.

Wenatchee Valley built a three-goal lead via Katie Michkiosky (Wenatchee, WA) tally in the sixth, an own goal in the 13th and a Freddie Ham (Moses Lake, WA) strike in the 36th, but Jessica Galvan (Sunnyside, WA) scored two minutes before the break and Ashby pulled the Yaks within one four minutes after. Michkosky tallied again in the 75th and Lupita Tejeda (Cashmere, WA) scored in the 80th to restore the three-goal margin. Ashby again scored late with two minutes left.

Lowery scored twice again for the Cardinals in the win, adding to Emily Aspen's 10th minute goal nine minutes later for a two-goal halftime lead. Lemos tallied for the Warriors in the 55th, but Lowery answered in the 60th and Corinne Ariss (Sandpoint, ID) put it out of reach two minutes later. Jessica Scott (Post Falls, ID) capped the scoring in the 68th. White registered two more assists in the game.


Spokane 8-2-0... North Idaho 7-2-1... Treasure Valley 6-3-1... Columbia Basin 5-4-1... Walla Walla 4-5-1... Yakima Valley 1-8-2... Wenatchee Valley 1-8-2

Upcoming Games 

Wednesday, October 28
Treasure Valley @ Yakima Valley 12:00
Columbia Basin @ Walla Walla 1:00
North Idaho @ Spokane 5:00
Saturday, October 31
Treasure Valley @ Columbia Basin 11:00
North Idaho @ Wenatchee Valley 12:00
Walla Walla @ Spokane 12:00

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