Sunday, September 25, 2016

NWAC East Tonight 9.24.16: Leaders Spokane, North Idaho avoid upsets

The Spokane and North Idaho women remain perfect despite tests from Treasure Valley and Yakima Valley Saturday while on the men's side both the Bigfoot and Cardinals also avoided upsets against the Chukars and Walla Walla Warriors, respectively.

The Spokane men continue to play great defense. After giving up three goals in their second game of the season and only loss, the Bigfoot have not allowed a goal, extending the streak to three-and-a-half games with a narrow victory at Treasure Valley. Meanwhile, the lady Sasquatch trailed for the first time in divisional play against the Chukars but came away with the win to remain perfect.

The North Idaho men rallied to their win at home while the women were held in a stalemate in Yakima before pulling away for their win to remain unbeaten.

MEN  ##############

Saturday, September 24

Spokane 1 :: 0 Treasure Valley 
Breno Rocha gave the Bigfoot the lead on the road 19 minutes in and that is all the league-leaders would need. It was the third consecutive goal for Spokane from Rocha. The Chukars chances at a rally took a hit in the 36th minute when Hadir Saad was sent off, allowing Kevin Alvarez to register his third shutout in divisional play.

Walla Walla 1 :: 2 North Idaho 
Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (Pasco, WA) tallied the lone goal of the first half on a ball from Missael Lopez (Tieton, WA) to give the Warriors the halftime advantage, but it did not hold. Morgan Olson (Twin Falls, ID) found Jose Perez (Weiser, ID) in the 61st minute of the contest and with two minutes remaining Hal Pence gave the Cardinals the victory to keep Spokane within striking distance in the table.

Wenatchee Valley 0 :: 2 Columbia Basin 
Victor Valencia (Grandview, WA) and Juan Licea (Yakima, WA) gave the Hawks the win. Licea fed Valencia for the opening goal in the 17th minute and the two reversed roles on the second goal with six minutes left to give CBC some insurance down the stretch. Osvaldo Alba (Warden, WA) made four saves in the shutout.

Coming Up... 

Wednesday, September 28
Treasure Valley @ North Idaho 3:15
Wenatchee Valley @ Walla Walla 7:15
Columbia Basin @ Spokane 7:15

Saturday, October 1
Treasure Valley @ Walla Walla 12:00
North Idaho @ Columbia Basin 2:15
Spokane @ Wenatchee Valley 2:15

WOMEN  ##############

Friday, September 23

Walla Walla 10 :: 0 Blue Mountain 
Another blowout of the Timberwolves, the Warriors were led by three goals from Haley Berryman (Ephrata, WA) and two from Hannah Thompson (Richland, WA). Tate Kautzky (Richland, WA) set up two in the first half and scored one in the second half. Jeanette Alvarado (Moses Lake, WA) posted the shutout.

Saturday, September 24

Spokane 3 :: 2 Treasure Valley
The Bigfoot found themselves trailing 15 minutes in on the road with Chelsea Entrambasaguas scoring her third goal in divisional play. Sydney Weiler (Spokane, WA), though, tied the contest up in the 22nd and Maison Stults (Spokane, WA) fed Jenna Sullens (Spokane, WA) for her seventh goal in divisional play in the 33rd to give Spokane the lead. Madison Wells (Nampa, ID) tied the match up for TVCC in the 63rd, but Weiler turned provider and fed Maddy Boyd  (Spokane, WA) for what stood as the winning strike. It was Boyd's fourth goal in the division and Weiler now has four goals and four assists.

North Idaho 3 :: 0 Yakima Valley
After a scoreless first half the Yaks were thinking upset against the unbeaten Cardinals, but things slipped away from them in the final 23 minutes. Sterling Healy (Sandpoint, ID) scored her third goal in divisional play in the 67th minute to put NIC in front and Aliea Son (Pocatello, ID) pushed the lead to two in the 78th. Monique Queen (Coeur d'Alene, ID) found Healy for her second with two minutes left to cap the contest. Tiegan Horton (Dalton Gardens, ID) made four stops for the shutout.

Wenatchee Valley 0 :: 1 Columbia Basin
Zaira Villanueva (Moses Lake, WA) and Alyne VanWinkle combined to set up Madison Gatherum's (Richland, WA) strike in the 27th minute that stood as the winner with Kelsey Kerker (Helena, MT) making five saves at the other end for the shutout.

Coming Up... 

Wednesday, September 28
Treasure Valley @ North Idaho 1:00
Columbia Basin @ Blue Mountain 2:00
Wenatchee Valley @ Walla Walla 2:00
Yakima Valley @ Spokane 5:00

Saturday, October 1
Blue Mountain @ Wenatchee Valley 12:00
North Idaho @ Columbia Basin 12:00
Treasure Valley @ Yakima Valley 12:00

ELSEWHERE ##############

Brianna Huggins (Missoula, MT) tallied two assists in Bellevue's 2-1 victory over Lower Columbia... Taylor Simmons (Yakima, WA) set up Shoreline's equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Whatcom... Fredy Ruiz (Quincy, WA) scored the equalizer for Skagit Valley in a 1-1 draw against Everett with Raphael Jimenez (Wenatchee, WA) making six saves in the match for Skagit Valley.

STATS & STANDINGS  ##############