The Idaho Vandals and Montana Grizzlies posted big victories Friday over Sacramento State and Weber State, moving the Vandals past idle Eastern Washington into first place in the Big Sky Conference. Idaho State, meanwhile, overcame a deficit against Portland State twice before grabbing their third win in a row in overtime.
Idaho 5 :: 1 Sacramento State #####
The Vandals found themselves trailing on the road early in the contest, but rallied to post their second consecutive 5-1 victory with Emma Eddy hitting for a hat-trick in the second half.
Rachel Leonard scored on a free kick in the 16th minute to give the Hornets the early advantage, but Clara Gomez put away a cross from Josilyn Daggs in the 29th minute to even things up. Seven minutes later Gomez converted a penalty to give Idaho the lead going into halftime.
Eddy took over in the second half, scoring off a rebounded save of a Megan Goo shot in the 52nd minute. She added two more in the final minutes of the contest. Kavita Battan sent her on a breakaway in the 82nd and combined with Gomez in the 90th to set up a long shot from Eddy with 14 seconds left. MORE [+]
Portland State 2 :: OT :: 3 Idaho State #####
The Bengals posted their third consecutive victory Friday rallying twice at home to earn the victory in overtime on a cross from Nikolina Musto that Katherine Roberts headed in at the 118th minute.
Krystal De Ramos put the Vikings in front in the 15th minute and the visitors stayed in front until the hour mark when Musto tied things up from a long angled shot from outside the box. Aurora Bodenhamer put the Vikings back in front seven minutes later. With just over five minutes left Michaela Didericksen gathered a blocked Makena Bambei shot and put it home to ultimately send the match to overtime where Musto found Roberts for the win. MORE [+]
Weber State 0-3 Montana #####
The Wildcats came into the game with a 3-1-0 record, but their three-game win streak consisted of wins against the bottom two sides in the Big Sky and mid-table Northern Arizona. They were given a dose of reality in Montana where the preseason championship contender Grizzlies dominated the contest.
Montana outshot the visitors 10-5 in the first half, but the lone goal of the half came from Madison Adams in the 11th minute when she headed in a cross from Chanelle Pederson. In the second half Adams combined with Ashlee Pedersen in the 67th to set up Kaitlin Crowell, who nodded in another cross to double the lead. Janessa Fowler put the match out of reach in the 79th with a penalty. Kailey Norman needed just one save for the shutout. MORE [+]
Northern Arizona 2 :: 1 North Dakota #####
Heather Donais (Kennewick, WA) set up Lindsay Doyle's opening goal in the 31st minute to give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead at halftime. Asia Laudal tied things up for the hosts in the 57th minute but Adrian Nixt scored the winner for NAU six minutes later.
Southern Utah 1 :: 3 Northern Colorado #####
Mariel Gutierrez scored in the 45th and again in the 84th with Sydney Schroeder tallying in between in the 48th to give the Bears a commanding three goal lead late in the contest. Devri Hartle spoiled the shutout with a goal in the 85th for the Thunderbirds.
Coming Up #####
Sunday, October 9
Northern Arizona @ Northern Colorado 12:00
Idaho @ Portland State 1:00
Weber State @ Eastern Washington 1:00
Southern Utah @ North Dakota 2:00
Idaho State @ Sacramento State TBD