Thursday, September 8, 2016

DI ROUND-UP: Zags continue to excel and Cougs rebound

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are showing they have quite a bit of bite to their bark this season thus far. The ladies followed up their upset win over Washington State with another victory this week (after a cancelled game against Eastern Washington in which they trailed), but it was the men grabbing the headlines with its results. On Thursday they edged visiting Oral Roberts and then followed it up with an upset victory over 16th-ranked Seattle University, giving them their first four-game unbeaten start (3-0-1) since they were 4-0-0 in 1997. Meanwhile, Washington State rebounded from their defeat in Spokane with wins over Montana and North Dakota State.

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Thursday, September 1

Oral Roberts 0 :: 1 Gonzaga 
Locked in a stalemate, Austin Giftopoulos delivered a long ball forward  four minutes into the second half and Nick Ulowetz (Spokane Shadow MFT) put it away from inside the box for what proved to be the game-winner. The Zags outshot the visitors 13-3 thanks to a defensive effort that allowed goalkeeper Ben Willis to record the shutout without making a save.  MORE [+]

San Jose State 0 :: 3 Oregon State 
After a scoreless first half, Timmy Mueller (Post Falls) did it all. In the 53rd he battled through a bunch of defenders for the opener and nine minutes later he took a through ball and doubled the lead. He capped the performance with the hat-trick goal in the 77th.

Sunday, September 4

(16) Seattle University 2 :: 4 Gonzaga 
Just as the Lady Zags had done the week before against WSU, the men showed no fear against the ranked Redhawks and grabbed a two-goal lead in the first half. Denis Kalamar combined with Colton Cavey in the 21st to set up Graison Le (Coeur d'Alene, ID / Spokane Shadow MFT) for the opener and then five minutes later block the visiting goalkeeper's long ball for the second tally. The Redhawks pulled even with back-to-back goals in the 61st and 68th, but Cavey answered quickly on a ball from Jakob Granlund, who added some insurance at the 88-minute mark via Christo Michaelson.  MORE [+] 

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Thursday, September 1

Idaho 0 :: 2 Hawaii 
The Vandals were deadlocked with the hosts until the final 10 minutes. Hawaii took the lead on a penalty just before the 80-minute mark and then added some insurance less than a minute later.  MORE [+]

Friday, September 2

Eastern Washington :: CANCELLED :: Gonzaga
The match was 2-1 in favor of EWU when play was suspended for lightning. After an hour-plus delay, the match was cancelled and ruled No Contest. During play, sophomore midfielder Allison Raniere delivered a looping shot from the right corner of the box that dropped in behind goalkeeper Sarah Swanson (Spokane Shadow WFT) in the fourth minute. Then three minutes later Karley Baggerly (Spokane Shadow WFT) broke behind the defense and beat goalkeeper Mallory Taylor one-on-one to send a slow roller to goal, which narrowly crossed over as a defender came sliding in to clear. In the 16th minute Jenny Chavez scored when a corner from Aimie Inthoulay found Chavez's head. Eastern also hit the woodwork on two occasions in the opening half.  PICS [+]  

Montana 1 :: 2 Washington State 
The Grizzlies stunned the Cougars for the opening goal when Allie Lucas (Billings, MT) set up McKenzie Warren in the 27th minute of the contest. The Cougars, coming off last week's upset at Gonzaga, made sure to not repeat with Alysha Overland (Moses Lake, WA / CC Spokane) scored twice in the span of just over a minute. She put away a cross from Jordan Branch in the 35th and then made a great drive up the field a minute later for what held as the winner.  MORE [+]

Boise State 1 :: 2 Oregon
Eva Herrera broke the stalemate on a ball from Kristina Serres 65 minutes into the contest, but the hosts answered with back-to-back goals in the 77th and 80th to come away with the win. MORE [+]

Sunday, September 4

Portland State 2 :: 5 Gonzaga 
The Zags got three from different scorers for a commanding first half lead. Karley Baggerly (Spokane Shadow WFT) dribbled through the defense for the first just over eight minutes in and Maddie Kincaid finished a cross from Madeline Gotta in the 25th. Sophia Viviano and Sydney Anderson combined to set up Lauren Luke (Spokane Shadow WFT) in the 38th minute. PSU reduced the lead to one with a pair of penalties in the 40th and 54th, but Anderson found Baggerly in the 76th and Taylor Kernion nodded in a deflected ball in the 87th to cap the night.  MORE [+]

Idaho 0 :: 0 Saint Mary's 
The two sides battled to the scoreless draw with Torell Stewart making eight saves for the Vandals in the shutout performance.  MORE [+]

Boise State 1 :: 2 Oregon State 
The Beavers took the lead in the 16th and doubled it in the 76th. Sarah Taylor set up Baylee Blaser (Boise, D) on a free kick in the 83rd to cut the deficit, but the Broncos were unable to complete the rally.  MORE [+]

New Mexico 4 :: 3 Idaho State 
Esmerelda Nunez gave the Bengals the lead at the nine-minute mark but the Lobos scored three in the next 13 minutes to grab a commanding lead. Michaela Didericksen, though, kept it close with a goal in the 36th for a one-goal deficit at the break. Then Jazmin Lopez found Samantha Rodriquez in the 56th to make things even once again. Four minutes from time, though, the Lobos struck for the winner.  MORE [+]  

North Dakota State 0 :: 5 Washington State 
Different game, different heroes. This time Morgan Weaver and Kaitlyn Johnson dominated the scoring frenzy. Johnson set up the first four goals of the contest, finding Weaver for the first in the second minute and Kailiana Johnson in the sixth. She found Weaver with another cross in the 39th and her through ball at the hour mark gave Weaver the hat-trick. With four minutes left Shayna Whieldon found Katie Jones with a through ball to cap the contest.  MORE [+]