Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DI / DII ROUND-UP: Washington State just short of road upsets over ranked opponents

The Boise State Broncos moved to 3-0-0 in the Mountain West Friday before suffering their first defeat and Idaho State posted a remarkable turnaround in the Big Sky, but one of the marquee stories among the Division I schools in the region may have been Washington State's PAC-12 road trip. The Cougars left Pullman with two tough ranked opponents on their slate and nearly registered surprise results against top-ranked Stanford and 17th ranked California only come up on the wrong end of one-goal decisions.

At the Division II level, the Central Washington women posted a pair of victories to move up the Great Northwest Athletic Conference table. On the men's side of the GNAC five of the six matches went to extra time last week. MSU-Billings won both games on the road while Northwest Nazarene earned a win and a draw away from home.

DI WOMEN  ##############

Friday, September 30

Washington State 1 :: 2 Stanford (1) 
The Cougars started thinking upset when their PAC-12 road opener at top-ranked Stanford hit the hour mark scoreless just moments after Maegan O'Neill (Spokane, WA) made huge goal-line clearing header in the 59th minute. However, just over two minutes later the hosts grabbed the lead. Kaitlyn Johnson's possible EWU equalizer in the 64th hit the crossbar, and in the 78th minute Averie Collins (Bozeman, MT) struck for what proved to be the winning goal. Morgan Weaver beat a defender and fired from the edge of the box to score for the Cougs, but the 89th minute goal proved too late for them to complete the rally.  MORE [+]  

Boise State 3 :: 0 Colorado College 
The Broncos posted their third consecutive victory to open the Mountain West campaign with Raimee Sherle delivering an outstanding performance after a scoreless first half. She broke the deadlock 39 seconds into the second half on a ball from Baylee Blaser and then went on to score back-to-back goals in the 62nd and 66th minutes. Kayla Tucker set up the second goal for Sherle, who completed her hat-trick on a shot from just inside the box on a breakaway. Janelle Flores made five saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Loyola Marymount 3 :: 1 Gonzaga 
The Lions took the lead with goals in the 28th and 28th minutes, but Gonzaga's Mari Kneisel made the finish interesting when she battled through the defense to score in the 72nd for the Bulldogs. LMU, though, added some insurance in the 84th to secure the victory in the West Coast Conference opener.  MORE [+]

Eastern Washington 0 :: 0 Portland State
Northern Colorado 0 :: 2 Idaho
Montana 1 :: 1 Sacramento State
North Dakota 1 :: 2 Idaho State
Big Sky Tonight Round-Up [+]  

Sunday, October 2

Washington State 0 :: 1 California (17) 
Facing another ranked opponent on the road, the Cougars were left disappointed again after another hard-fought contest. Despite several chances to take the lead and a nearly even shot count for the match, the Cougs saw the Bears snag the win on a controversial penalty call in the 77th that was converted for the victory.  MORE [+]

Boise State 0 :: 2 Air Force 
The run for Boise State came to an end for Boise State despite outshooting the Falcons 15-8. The hosts scored in the 35th and added some insurance in the 62nd.  MORE [+]

(25) Pepperdine 5 :: 0 Gonzaga 
The nationally ranked Waves rolled past the Lady Zags, scoring four times on their nine shots in the first half en route to the result. The Bulldogs outshot Pepperdine 5-2 in the second half but were unable to get on the board in their first shutout loss at home this season.  MORE [+]

Northern Colorado 2 :: 6 Idaho State
Eastern Washington 1 :: 0 Sacramento State 
North Dakota 1 :: 5 Idaho 
Montana 0 :: 1 Portland State
Big Sky Tonight Round-Up [+]

Coming Up... 

Thursday, October 6
PAC-12 - Arizona @ Washington State 7:00
Friday, October 7
Big Sky - Weber State @ Montana 3:00
Big Sky - Northern Arizona @ North Dakota 3:00
Big Sky - Idaho @ Sacramento State 3:30
Big Sky - Portland State @ Idaho State 4:00
Big Sky - Southern Utah @ Northern Colorado 7:00
Saturday, October 8
WCC - Portland @ Gonzaga 6:00
Sunday, October 9
Big Sky - Northern Arizona @ Northern Colorado 12:00
Big Sky - Idaho @ Portland State 1:00
Big Sky - Weber State @ Eastern Washington 1:00
Big Sky - Southern Utah @ North Dakota 2:00
Big Sky - Idaho State @ Sacramento State 1:00
PAC-12 - Arizona State @ Washington State 11:00

ELSEWHERE:  Maryn Beutler (Bend, OR) set up the opening goal for Oregon in a 3-2 loss against UCLA...

DI MEN  #############

The Gonzaga men were idle prior to their upcoming WCC openers.

Coming Up... 

Sunday, October 9
WCC - Gonzaga @ Portland 2:00

ELSEWHERE:  Curran Edland (Whitefish, MT) scored the equalizer for Robert Morris in a 2-2 draw in the 86th minute in their final non-conference game.

DII GNAC WOMEN  ##############

Thursday, September 29

MSU-Billings 2 :: 1 Northwest Nazarene
The Crusaders grabbed the initial lead at home just before the half-hour mark when Hannah Holm (Spokane, WA) delivered a cross to Madi Taylor (Lewiston, ID / Treasure Valley CC). The lead held for over an hour before Kari Kastelic delivered a through ball that Jordan Devoto (Wilsal, MT) finished for the equalizer in the 62nd. The Yellowjackets grabbed the lead in the 75th on a corner from Dana Lubieniecki that Kastellic flicked on. Alycia Wright knocked he loose ball in for what held as the winner.  MORE:  NNU [+]   MSUB [+]   

Western Oregon 1 :: 4 Central Washington
A penalty converted by Reilly Retz put the Wildcats in the lead in the 26th minute and Kaysha Darcy beat three defenders to double the advantage five minutes before halftime. Four minutes into the second half Keilin Farrand (Ellensburg, WA) delivered a corner that Molly Mortensen nodded in. The visitors scored in the 62nd but Michaela Wallace restored the three goal lead in the 74th on a ball from Allie Bohnett.  MORE [+]

Seattle Pacific 2 :: 1 Simon Fraser
Saint Martin's 1 :: 4 Western Washington 

Saturday, October 1

MSU-Billings 0 :: 3 Central Washington
The Wildcats grabbed the lead with four minutes left before intermission when Lexsi Manning finished a cross from Allie Bohnett. A ricochet in the 70th minute found its was to Bailey Martoncik to double the lead and Whitney Lowe cleaned up on a rebounded save in the 81st to put the match out of reach. Emily Holt needed to make only two saves for the shutout.  MORE:  CWU [+]   MSUB [+]    

Saint Martin's 0 :: 2 Northwest Nazarene
In a battle of two winless GNAC sides, the Crusaders scored twice early in the contest to grab the home victory. Hannah Holm (Spokane, WA) set up both goals, giving her three assists on the week. As she did Thursday, she delivered a cross to Madi Taylor (Lewiston, ID / Treasure Valley CC) in the ninth minute for the lead and found Ashley Cook-Cox (Spokane, WA) for some insurance in the 12th. Daniele Ortiz made eight saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Western Oregon 0 :: 6 Simon Fraser
Concordia 1 :: 2 Western Washington

Coming Up... 

Tuesday, October 4
Seattle Pacific @ Central Washington 3:00
Thursday, October 6
Western Oregon @ Saint Martin's 2:00
Concordia @ Seattle Pacific 4:30
Northwest Nazarene @ Simon Fraser 4:30
MSU-Billings @ Western Washington 7:00
Saturday, October 8
MSU-Billings @ Simon Fraser 12:00
Saint Martin's @ Concordia 6:00
Northwest Nazarene @ Western Washington 7:00

DII GNAC MEN  #############

Thursday, September 29

Northwest Nazarene 3 :: OT :: 2 Saint Martin's 
It was a game of two completely different halves. It was a scoreless stalemate for the first 45, but in the second half the two sides fired back-and-forth to the point of going to overtime. The Crusaders broke the deadlock in the 55th via Alex Mitrovic, but the hosts answered seven minutes later to pull even. Logan Wood put NNU back in front in the 76th, but the lead again only lasted five minutes. Extra time, however, did not last long with Michael Mollay (Spokane Shadow MFT) finding Mitrovic just 15 seconds after kickoff for the game-winner.  MORE [+]

MSU-Billings 1 :: 1 Seattle Pacific
The Falcons grabbed the lead early int he 11th minute and held onto the advantage until the Yellowjackets pulled even in the 68th minute when Julien Dragomir scored from about 12 yards after a corner was punched away by Cody Lang (Spokane, WA), who had 10 saves as the Yellowjackets outshot the hosts 26-12. It was MSUB's first positive result in Seattle since 2008.  MORE [+]

Concordia 1 :: 5 Simon Fraser

Saturday, October 1

MSU-Billings 2 :: 2 Saint Martin's 
The story was nearly the same for the hosts who fell in a similar contest Thursday. After a scoreless first half the Yellowjackets took the lead three minutes after intermission when Ricardo Palomino finished a ball from Flavio Colasanti. The Saints evened things up less than a minute later, but Julien Dragomir scored off a Niklas Schregel free kick in the 56th minute. SMU tied it up in the 72nd and managed to hold on for the draw.  MORE [+]

Northwest Nazarene 0 :: 0 Seattle Pacific
Ryan Foo made four saves to help the Crusaders register a scoreless draw at Seattle Pacific, which was led by Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) in goal with two saves.  MORE [+]

Concordia 1 :: OT :: 2 Western Washington
Eleazar Galvan (Chelan, WA / Wenatchee FC) delivered a corner that set up the opening goal in the contest.

Coming Up... 

Thursday, October 6
Simon Fraser @ Northwest Nazarene 4:30
Saint Martin's @ Concordia 7:00
Western Washington @ Seattle Pacific 7:00
Saturday, October 8
Simon Fraser @ MSU-Billings 3:00
Western Washington @ Northwest Nazarene 3:00
Concordia @ Seattle Pacific 7:00