Thursday, October 20, 2016

NWAC East Tonight 10.19.16: Spokane men repeat as division champs, Bigfoot women alone in first

There was nothing particular special about the results at Wenatchee Valley, but it was a good day for both the CC Spokane teams. The victory for the ladies put them alone in first with North Idaho surprisingly playing to a draw against Columbia Basin. For the gents, the victory provided the lone point that they needed to repeat as the NWAC East Division champions, marking the first time the Bigfoot have done that since the current format of the league was adopted in 2005.

The race for the other two seeds in the men's division is still wide open with Walla Walla, North Idaho and Wenatchee Valley separated by just four points with three games remaining in the season. On the women's side, the door was closed for the postseason. Spokane and NIC had already clinched playoff spots and Walla Walla locked up the third and final playoff berth - seeding still to be determined - from the division with a nine point advantage and the head-to-head tiebreaker (win and draw) against Treasure Valley.

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Spokane 4 :: 1 Wenatchee Valley

It was a huge night not only for the Bigfoot, but for Breno Rocha, who played a role in all four goals for Spokane. He set up Eric Sanchez-Flores for the opening goal in the 20th minute and in the second half he tallied two goals of his own along with setting up Jonny Cortez (Moses Lake, WA / Shadow MFT) for the other. Christian Nyanfore (Yakima, WA) spoiled the shutout with seven minutes remaining.

Treasure Valley 1 :: 4 Walla Walla 

The Warriors kept their second place standing with a relatively easy victory over the Chukars. Missael Lopez (Tieton, WA) scored in the fourth and 25th minutes to give them the early lead. JeanClaude Abide brought the visitors back within one in the 37th, but Lopez found Dan Mende (Chubbuck, ID) in the 57th to restore the two goal advantage and Alex Sotelo (Kennewick, WA) capped the scoring in the 80th on Shambel West's (Pasco, WA) second assist of the night.

Columbia Basin 2 :: 2 North Idaho

The Cardinals grabbed a two goal lead at home with Muganza Katanga (Boise, ID) scoring in the 19th minute and Alec Maldonado (Coeur d'Alene, ID) doubling things in the 28th. Jesus Delgado (Yakima, WA) pulled one back for the Hawks in the 35th and Jorge Mann scored four minutes into the second half to even things up, giving CBC the surprise draw away from home. It was the fifth tie of the season for the Hawks, who have two more than any other team in the entire NWAC.

Coming Up... 

Saturday, October 22
Walla Walla @ North Idaho 2:15
Wenatchee Valley @ Columbia Basin 2:15
Treasure Valley @ Spokane 2:15

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Columbia Basin 1 :: 1 North Idaho 

Megan Lowery (Hayden, ID) put the Cardinals in front five minutes into the second half and were headed to a victory when the Hawks, only one spot off the bottom of the table, stunned their hosts with an 88th minute goal from Fatima Romero (Mattawa, WA) that cost NIC their share of the top spot in the standings. Kelsey Kerker (Helena, MT) and Emily Trumbull (Pasco, WA) combined for eight saves to keep CBC in the match.

Spokane 5 :: 0 Wenatchee Valley

Erica Simpson (Post Falls, ID) returned from injury and has been on fire. Two games ago she scored in the final minutes after entering the match and last time out she netted the lone goal in a 1-0 win against CBC. At Wenatchee Valley she hit full stride and had a hat-trick before the first half was over. Jenna Sullens (Spokane, WA) scored the other two goals for the unbeaten Bigfoot as they claimed sole possession of first in the division courtesy of NIC's draw. Molly Webster and MacKenzie Schmidt combined for the shutout.

Yakima Valley 1 :: 9 Walla Walla 

All the Warriors really needed on the night was two goals as the win clinched their postseason berth. Haley Berryman (Ephrata, WA), though, tore up the Yaks from the get-go, scoring the first three goals of the game in the second, fourth and 23rd minutes. She went on to finish with four goals and two assists in the match. Hannah Thompson (Richland, WA) scored twice and also getting on the board were Sam Filingeri-Oleson (Yakima, WA), Tate Kautzky (Richland, WA) and Jessica Garcia (Eltopia, WA). Biviana Rivera (Grandview, WA) scored Yakima's lone goal two minutes into the second half.

Blue Mountain 0 :: 11 Treasure Valley 

Lindsey Williams (Twin Falls, ID), Taylor Anthony (Gooding, ID) and Kylie Hicks (Twin Falls, ID) each scored twice in the contest. Chelsea Entrambasaguas set up the first two contests in the 11th and 13th minutes by Madison Wells (Nampa, ID) and Williams before scoring her own in the 18th. Also getting on the board was Melissa Glanzmann, Maris Mortensen and Samantha Patterson (Meridian, ID).

Coming Up... 

Saturday, October 22
Blue Mountain @ Columbia Basin 12:00
Walla Walla @ North Idaho 12:00
Wenatchee Valley @ Yakima Valley 12:00
Treasure Valley @ Spokane 12:00

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Michelle Czarapata (Spokane, WA) recorded the shutout for Pierce in a 12-0 route of Grays Harbor... Tayler Lime (Yakima, WA) scored the opening two goals for Shoreline and Taylor Simmons (Yakima, WA) scored two others as they blanked Skagit Valley 6-0.