Sunday, October 9, 2016

NWAC East Tonight 10.8.16: Unbeatens Spokane, North Idaho women battle to draw

Both sides were 7-0-0 going into the first-place showdown at Spokane Falls Stadium Saturday evening, but in the end the CC Spokane women and North Idaho College had to settle with a 1-1 draw. Later in the evening in the second half of the doubleheader, a goal in each half from Jonny Cortez gave division-leading Spokane a 2-0 victory.

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North Idaho 1 :: 1 Spokane 
The two division powers collided and Spokane controlled the opening half of play. After a few early chances for the Bigfoot Anisha Nicholson (Post Falls, ID) delivered a cross from the left side that Maddy Boyd (Spokane, WA) knocked home her eighth in the division for the lead just five minutes into the contest. Spokane continued to put the Cardinal goal under pressure throughout, but were unable to find a second before the break.

NIC came out in the second half and had quite a few periods of control and earned an equalizer in the 54th minute via Sterling Healy (Sandpoint, ID), her fifth goal in divisional play. The two sides continued to fight for a winner but had to settle for the tie filled with disappointment, but some relief for a Bigfoot side that came in with a short bench and lost another player player to injury during the contest.

Wenatchee Valley 2 :: 1 Treasure Valley 
The Knights went in front 18 minutes into the contest on Brenna Whitney's (Warden, WA) third goal in divisional play. The one goal margin stood well into the second half when WVC added what proved to be an important insurance goal in the 75th minute from True Downey (Okanogan, WA). Five minutes later Chelsea Entrambasaguas fed Lindsey Williams (Twin Falls, ID) to make things interesting, but the Chukars were unable to complete the rally at home.

Walla Walla 11 :: 1 Yakima Valley 
In a the kind of blowout that typically has only been seen leveled on Blue Mountain, the Warriors rolled to an easy win in Yakima with Haley Berryman (Ephrata, WA) scoring three of the team's seven first half goals before going on to add two more in the second half. Six different players accounted for the other five goals with Jessica Garcia (Eltopia, WA), Daisy Nateras (Walla Walla, WA), Sadie Blaisdell and Brittany Hanson (La Grande, OR) netting in the first half and Kylee Platt and Erin Leseberg (Kennewick, WA) getting tallies in the second.

Coming Up... 

Tuesday, October 11
Treasure Valley @ Blue Mountain 2:00
Wednesday, October 12
North Idaho @ Walla Walla 2:00
Columbia Basin @ Wenatchee Valley 2:00
Spokane @ Yakima Valley 2:00
Saturday, October 15
Blue Mountain @ Walla Walla 12:00
Yakima Valley @ North Idaho 12:00
Columbia Basin @ Spokane 5:00

Wednesday, October

MEN  ##############

North Idaho 0 :: 2 Spokane 
Jonny Cortez (Moses Lake, WA) struck for both goals in the contest, giving him eight on the season in divisional play. Oswal Lopez (Pasco, WA) found Cortez 23 minutes in for the lead in the first half and he nodded in a cross from Jared Davis in the 54th minute to provide some insurance. Kevin Alvarez made five saves, including one on a late free kick, to record his division-leading sixth shutout - the only clean sheet of the night in the NWAC East for men or women. The Bigfoot have registered shutouts in seven of their nine divisional matches, allowing just five goals in the other two games.

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Wenatchee Valley 2 :: 1 Treasure Valley 
Luis Orozco (Brewster, WA) put the Knights on the board in the 18th minute, but Zabe Covarrubias (Kuna, ID) tied things up 10 minutes later on a ball from Gerardo Bartolo (Blackfoot, ID). Things remained level until Dylan Avey (Wenatchee, WA) found the game-winner in the 70th minute of the contest.

Walla Walla 2 :: 1 Columbia Basin
Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (Pasco, WA) scored in the 14th minute for the Warriors, who snared the victory in the final moments of the game when Missael Lopez (Tieton, WA) found the back of the net in the 90th minute.

* NWAC table does not include WWCC v CBC

Coming Up... 

Wednesday, October 12
Treasure Valley @ Spokane 4:00
North Idaho @ Walla Walla 4:15
Columbia Basin @ Wenatchee Valley 4:15
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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Alain Murhula (Boise, ID) scored a 90th minute equalizer for Whatcom at division-leading Peninsula in a 1-1 draw between the North Division's top two sides... Taylor Simmons (Yakima, WA) set up the equalizer for Shoreline two minutes before halftime in their 3-1 victory against Everett.