Thursday, September 1, 2016

DI College Round-Up: Local schools start well

Preseason college soccer means non-conference opponents from around the nation and trips outside of the northwest. Area teams are handling those challenges well this year. Montana and Eastern Washington have both won three games with the Grizzlies starting 3-0-1 and the Eagles winning three before suffering their first defeat. Gonzaga is also off to a positive start at 2-1-1 with an impressive upset win against a Washington State side that had edged 13th-ranked Santa Clara and went to overtime in a 2-1 loss to 16th-ranked BYU.

Gonzaga's draw came on the road against the Idaho Vandals, who are 1-1-1 thus far and were picked to win the Big Sky this season. Eastern Washington was number two in that same preseason coaches poll while Montana was fourth. Washington State was only slated to finish seventh in the PAC-12 while Gonzaga was tabbed to finish next to last in both the men's and women's tables. Both Bulldog sides, though, are looking to exceed expectations and are off to good starts to do so with the men's team getting a draw and a win to start its campaign. The other DI Idaho programs also have low expectations for the season courtesy of their counterparts. Boise State was picked fifth by the MWC coaches and Idaho States was voted to finish bottom of the Big Sky.

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Friday, August 19

Washington 1 :: 2 Portland 
Larkin Russell (Spokane, WA) scored the opening goal of the contest in the 19th minute and the Pilots went on to get the winner in the second half.  MORE [+]

Gonzaga 1 :: 0 Nevada (at Univ of Hawaii)
Defender Sarah Carter provided the deciding tally in the 26th minute on a ball from Savannah Van Citters and Sarah Swanson went the entire 90 minutes in goal, needing just one save to post the shutout. MORE [+]

BYU 2 :: OT :: 1 Washington State 
The showdown between Cougars nearly resulted in an upset for WSU as Kaitlyn Johnson put the hosts on the board 29 minutes in. The 16th-ranked visitors, however, got a pair of goals from Ashley Hatch to avoid the upset. The equalizer in the 77th and the winner in the 105th.  MORE [+]

Grand Canyon 0 :: OT :: 1 Eastern Washington 
Stuck in a stalemate, Chloe Williams (Spokane, WA) struck for the deciding goal just over four minutes into overtime. Mallory Taylor made four saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Idaho 0 :: 1 South Dakota 
Torell Stewart made three saves, but it was not enough as the hosts were able to snare the decisive goal in the 86th minute. The loss snapped Idaho's 14-game unbeaten run that ranked best in Division I.   MORE [+] 

Montana 2 :: 0 Oakland 
Allie Lucas (Billings, MT) found Chanelle Pederson to put the Grizzlies on the board 17 minutes into the contest and Hallie Widner (Meridian, ID) doubled the lead, heading in a ball from Mary Gintz in the 27th. Kailey Norman registered the shutout with needing to make a save.  MORE [+]

Idaho State 1 :: 2 Boise State 
Raimee Sherle (Meridian, ID) worked her way through the Bengal defense to put the Broncos on the board first in the 36th minute. In the second half Sarah Taylor and Kayla Tucker combined to serve a ball in to Eva Herrera for a header that proved to be the winner in the 63rd minute as the visitors got on the board five minutes later when Tristen Spooner, just off the line, put away a Nikolina Musto corner that ricocheted.  MORE - ISU [+]  BSU [+]  

Sunday, August 21

Gonzaga 1 :: 2 Oregon (at Univ of Hawaii)
The Bulldogs gave up the opening goal three minutes in and saw the hole double in the 27th, but in the second half they tallied in the 59th when a Sarah Carter free kick was nodded in by Lauren Luke.  MORE [+]

Grand Canyon 1 :: 3 Idaho 
The Vandals got back on the winning track with three different players scoring in the victory. Olivia Baggerly opened things up off an Elexis Schlossarek free kick in the 22nd minute. GCU tied it up in the 29th and the two remained deadlocked until Madison Moore found Megan Goo in the 74th. Five minutes later Sophia French and Alex Chambers (Spokane, WA) combined to feed Josilyn Daggs for the final tally.  MORE [+]

Houston Baptist 2 :: 4 Idaho State 
Surprised by the visitors with the opening goal in the 25th, the Bengals rebounded with two goals from Michaela Didericksen for the lead at the break. She scored the first in the 33rd on a cross from Meaghan Bare (Coeur d'Alene, ID) and drove toward the 18 for a long shot in the 39th. HBU again got the opening goal of the second half as well, but the script remained the same but with Brooke Kortekaas scoring twice on a pair of assists from Jazmin Lopez in the 76th and 78th.  MORE [+]

Montana 2 :: OT :: 1 Purdue
The hosts jumped in front six minutes into the contest, but were unable to put the Grizzlies away, allowing Hallie Widner to score the equalizer in the 84th minute, heading in a ball from Mary Gintz again. Widner then turned provider two minutes into overtime, finding McKenzie Warren for the deciding goal. Kailey Norman made five saves.  MORE [+]

Monday, August 22

Utah State 2 :: 3 Eastern Washington 
Tied at two each late in the game it looked liked the Eagles may go to overtime for the second time, but Savannah Hoekstra (Spokane, WA) scored her third goal of the game with just under two minutes remaining. She scored the opener nine minutes in on a play set up by Chloe Williams and Devan Talley. Ten minutes later she doubled the lead. The visitors climbed back into the match with a goal in the 31st and an equalizer in the 73rd. Hoekstra became the program's third player ever to record a hat-trick on a strike from the edge of the box.  MORE [+]

Tuesday, August 23

Wyoming 2 :: 0 Idaho State 
The visitors scored in the 35th and in the 55th to come away with the shutout despite ISU having 17 shots in the game that forced six saves.  MORE [+]

Thursday, August 25

Santa Clara 0 :: 1 Washington State 
Sophomore transfer Alysha Overland (Moses Lake, WA / CC Spokane) provided the lone strike of the night in the 38th minute for the upset win over the 13th-ranked Broncos. Kaitlyn Johnson took the initial shot with the ball rebounding off the crossbar to Overland, who sent her header off the bar as well. The rebound, though, came right back to her and she nodded the ball down into the corner on the second attempt.  MORE [+]

Idaho State 1 :: OT :: 0 BYU-Hawaii 
The Bengals needed a penalty in overtime to register a victory over the hosts despite outshooting them 22-3 in the contest. Nikolina Musto converted from the spot in the 96th. Shawna Hennings needed to make just two saves.  MORE [+]

Friday, August 26

Portland State 0 :: 6 Portland 
The Pilots opening the scoring early with Jess Kennedy (Spokane, WA) finding Boston Griffiths just over five minutes into the contest and set her up again in the 57th to complete a hat-trick for Griffiths.  MORE [+]

Gonzaga 2 :: 2 Idaho 
The Bulldogs held a 1-0 advantage at the break thanks to an Aliyah Miller header in the 33rd on an assist from a Sarah Carter free kick. Clara Gomez, though, evened things up three minutes into the second half via Megan Goo. Karley Baggerly became the program's third all-time scorer for the Zags with her 19th in the 78th minute with a great effort after receiving the ball from Sophia Viviano. Less than three minutes from time, however, Sophia French and Josilyn Daggs combined off a throw-in to feed Kayla Watanabe for the equalizer as the two remained deadlocked the rest of the way.  MORE - GU [+]  UI [+]      

Eastern Washington 3 :: OT :: 2 UC-Davis (at UNLV) 
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles quickly found themselves in a two-goal deficit just over five minutes into the second half. Things did not look good as more than 24 minutes elapsed before they got on the board via Jenny Chavez. Midfielder Aimie Inthoulay set up the goal and then found Lexi Klinkenberg six minutes later to bring Eastern even and force overtime, where Inthoulay again proved critical, finding Saige Lyons for the game-winner in the 104th.  MORE [+] 

Montana 1 :: 1 Wyoming 
The two sides went scoreless through nearly an hour before the hosts took the lead in the 57th minute. Wyoming outshot the Griz 13-4 in the contest, but six saves from Kailey Norman kept Montana in the contest, allowing Hallie Widner to come up big yet again with the equalizer in the 87th minute with a header off an Ashlee Pedersen (Spokane, WA) cross. It was their first shot of the second half.  MORE [+]

Seattle 1 :: 0 Boise State 
Janelle Flores and the defense kept the visitors at bay nearly the entire contest (making one save), but the Redhawks were given a penalty (converted) with just two seconds remaining on the clock on a controversial call as Flores, defender Jessie Vogel and striker Karli White converged on a loose ball.  MORE [+]

Saturday, August 27

Idaho State 0 :: OT :: 1 Hawaii 
Things were reversed for the second match in the Pacific. The Bengals were outshot by the hosts 23-12, but the Rainbow Warriors needed overtime to get past the Bengals. Shawna Hennings made 11 saves before the winner got past her in the 96th minute.  MORE [+] 

Sunday, August 28

Washington State 0 :: 1 Gonzaga 
The Bulldogs were winless in the first 24 meetings (0-23-1) against their nearby foes, but playing beneath the new lights at Luger Field proved to be historic for the Zags. Callie Best (Spokane, WA) nodded in a cross from Madeline Gotta 19 minutes into the affair and Sarah Swanson held on for the shutout in goal with five saves. INWsn REPORT [+]

Eastern Washington 1 :: 3 UNLV 
The best start in program history came to an end against the tournament hosts, who scored twice in the opening 10 minutes. Delaney Romero (Yakima, WA / Walla Walla CC) cut the hole in half with a goal in the 14th minute but the Eagles were unable to find an equalizer before the Rebels added some insurance in the 85th.  MORE [+]

Montana 1 :: 0 Denver
The Grizzlies' excellent road campaign continued as the wrapped their second weekend away from home unbeaten at 3-0-1. Mary Gintz and Warren McKenzie combined to create the Ellie Otteson game-winner in the 30th minute that proved to be enough with four saves from Kailey Norman in goal.  MORE [+]

UC Irvine 1 :: OT :: 0 Boise State 
Another frustrating defeat for the Broncos, who kept the visitors off the board with four saves from Janelle Flores before the deciding tally in the 96th minute of the contest.  MORE [+]

ELSEWHERE: Junior defender/forward Dani Crawford (Moses Lake, WA) has led Hawaii to a great start to the season at 3-0-1, playing all but 22 minutes in the four games. The Rainbow Warriors tied Oregon 1-1 to opening the season and then posted 2-1 wins against Nevada and Portland State, and a 1-0 win against Idaho State. The last two came in overtime... Kara Marbury (Spokane, WA) socred the second goal for Illinois in a 3-2 overtime road loss to Missouri on August 26.

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Friday, August 26

Bradley 1 :: 1 Gonzaga
Jakob Granlund gave Gonzaga the lead three minutes into the second half in a game in which the Bulldogs thoroughly dominated with chance after chance. Missed opportunities, though, proved costly as Bradley took advantage of a free kick chance in the 61st minute to earn the draw.  INWsn REPORT [+]

Sunday, August 28

Illinois-Chicago 1 :: 4 Gonzaga 
The scoring that should have come two nights earlier was on the mark this time. Austin Giftopoulos set up Ben White in the fourth minute and after a UIC equalizer tallied a goal of his own in the 14th via Sam Olson. Denis Kalamar doubled the avantage on a service from White in the 27th and Jalen Crisler nodded in a Jake Kempf corner in the 51st.  MORE [+]

Wright State 0 :: 4 Oregon State
Timmy Mueller (Post Falls, ID) helped set up the opening goal in the 38th minute of the contest.