Thursday, October 13, 2016

NWAC East Tonight 10.12.16: North Idaho men win at Walla Walla in race for playoff spots

There were no surprises on the night on the women's side, but the race for the second and third playoff spots in the men's division became more interesting with North Idaho picking up a road win against Walla Walla to move into a tie for third as Wenatchee Valley were only able to register a draw against Columbia Basin. Walla Walla's defeat allowed Spokane to increase the lead to eight points while the Knights and Cardinals moved within two of the Warriors.

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North Idaho 2 :: 1 Walla Walla 
The Cardinals scored back-to-back goals in the 24th and 29th minutes for a commanding lead in Walla Walla. Muganza Katanga (Boise, ID) provided the opener with Kade Murphree (Coeur d'Alene, ID) finding Jose Perez (Weiser, ID) for what proved to be the winner as Brenden Kenley (Meridian, ID) scored on a ball from Dan Mende (Chubbuck, ID)  in the 41st for the Warriors. The result helped North Idaho pull even with Wenatchee Valley, who dropped points on the day, for third place in the division.

Treasure Valley 2 :: 5 Spokane 
The Bigfoot were up four by the break as they cruised to the road victory, expanding their lead in the division with Walla Walla falling at home. Jonny Cortez (Moses Lake, WA) scored the opening two goals in the 18th and 33rd minutes, the first coming via Jared Davis (Shadow MFT). Eric Sanchez-Flores scored four minutes later and then fed Chase Reidt (Spokane, WA / Shadow MFT) for the final goal of the half in the 44th.

Jonny Cortez finished completed a hat-trick in the second half with another goal set up by Sanchez-Flores. For Treasure Valley Gerardo Bartolo (Blackfoot, ID) set up Connor Amsk (Livingston, MT) two minutes after the break to put the Chukars on the board and Zabe Covarrubias (Kuna, ID) fed Cristian Muniz (Twin Falls, ID) in the 89th.

Columbia Basin 2 :: 2 Wenatchee Valley 
The Hawks took the lead twice on the road but were unable to hold the lead as the Knights fought back to equalize both times as they looked to protect their position in the table. Jesus Delgado (Yakima, WA) scored the opener in the sixth minute but the hosts answered 11 minutes later via Dylan Avey (Wenatchee, WA) on an assist from Dilan Calva (Yakima, WA). The match remained even until the 56th when Juan Licea (Yakima, WA) put the Hawks back in front but Christian Nyanfore (Yakima, WA) struck for the second equalizer in the 71st.

Coming Up... 

Saturday, October 15
North Idaho @ Treasure 12:00
Columbia Basin @ Spokane 7:15
Sunday, October 16
Walla Walla @ Wenatchee Valley 12:00

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North Idaho 3 :: 0 Walla Walla 
Not even the third place Warriors could make a dent on the co-leading Cardinals, who took the lead eight minutes in via Jocelyn Cook-Cox (Spokane, WA). The game remained a tight contest for well over an hour before the visitors put things out of reach in the final 10 minutes. Monique Queen (Coeur d'Alene, ID) found Sadie Schmeling (Post Falls, ID) in the 80th and then scored herself six minutes later on a ball from Megan Lowery (Hayden, ID). Tiegan Hortan (Dalton Gardens, ID) made six saves for the shutout.

Spokane 6 :: 0 Yakima Valley
Jenna Sullens (Spokane, WA) registered a hat-trick before the first half was over. She scored the opener on a ball from Maddy Boyd (Spokane, WA) six minutes in and Anisha Nicholson (Post Falls, ID) scored just a minute later for a quick two goal lead. Then Sullens scored the next two in the 27th and 34th for a four goal lead at the break. She pushed her personally tally for the night to four and the divisional campaign 15 with a goal in the 57th and Boyd found Erica Simpson (Post Falls, ID), who celebrated her return from injury with the final goal in the 69th. Molly Webster made three saves in the shutout.

Columbia Basin 1 :: 3 Wenatchee Valley 
After a scoreless first half, the Knights broke the stalemate three minutes into the second half when Gabriella Flores (Quincy, WA) scored on a ball from Katie Michkiosky (Wenatchee, WA), who doubled the lead in the 57th. Ellen Mann (Pocatello, ID) put the Hawks on the board in the 59th, but Flores netted her second in the 64th to restore the two goal advantage.

Treasure Valley 13 :: 0 Blue Mountain 
Lindsey Williams (Twin Falls, ID) struck for the opener three minutes in and added three tallies in the second half for a game-leading four goals. Madison Wells (Nampa, ID) hit for three goals with Amber Spaulding scoring twice. Others getting on the board were Chelsea Entrambasaguas, Kiana Fudala, Taylor Anthony (Gooding, ID) and Cassi Villavicencio (Glenns Ferry, ID). Taeler Torres (Idaho Falls, ID) posted the shutout.

Coming Up... 

Saturday, October 15
Blue Mountain @ Walla Walla 12:00
Yakima Valley @ North Idaho 12:00
Columbia Basin @ Spokane 5:00

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Trailing by two against Everett, Christian Zavala (Wenatchee, WA) scored twice in the final 14 minutes to give Skagit Valley a draw... Maddy Parton (Leavenworth, WA) set up Peninsula's second goal in a 4-0 win at Edmonds.