Monday, October 16, 2017

HS Daily - 10.16.17: Kamiakin Survives Shootout to Remain Unbeaten

A long week full of tough opponents may have taken its toll as the Braves had to go the distance on Saturday against Hanford, the league's second best defense. In their first shootout of the campaign, though, Kamiakin prevailed for yet another win to remain perfect at 12-0 for the season.

The final week for the MCC should go without much drama as most of the contests feature top sides facing teams from the bottom with the exception of Hanford (7-5), which plays at Chiawana and hosts Richland, the two sides above them in the race for top 4A seed and second overall in the league. Those two contests, though, will likely determine whether Richland (9-3) or Chiawana (8-4) take the top seed as they face Pasco (1-11) and Kennewick (2-10), respectively, in the their other matches. In 3A, Southridge and Kennewick, separated by one win, will square off on Tuesday in a key matchup. The Suns won the first meeting at home 4-3.

Saturday also saw plenty of drama in the GNL as both contests went down to the wire. Cheney pulled even twice but Clarkston prevailed in a shootout to go top of the table on points while East Valley found a literal last-minute winner to edge one-win Pullman on the road.

Top Tweets 10.16.17

Here's some of the most interesting tweets from this weekend, including goal videos!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Big Sky Plus - 10.15.17 DI Round-Up: Eastern Washington Edges Montana, Clinch Playoff Spot


It was a bit of an odd one in Cheney Sunday as the Eagles rushed the Montana goal quickly and created an own goal in the first minute of play that would stand as the deciding tally despite Montana having the vast majority of shots thanks to another quality defensive effort, own goal aside. The victory assured the Eagles of a postseason spot and put them in a commanding lead atop the table as the lone unbeaten. Sunday's contest was the second of back-to-back games against the second place opponents with the Grizzlies having jumped into the spot after Friday's results, allowing the Eagles to create a four-point gap over Portland State, who they defeated Friday, with three games remaining.

Meanwhile in Idaho, Boise State was the lone side celebrating on Sunday following a 3-1 Mountain West win at Wyoming. Idaho State was easily dispatched by Northern Arizona and Idaho fell yet again.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NWAC East Tonight 10.14.17: Couple Close Ones, But Business As Usual

A few of the top sides played to some close results on the scoreboard Saturday, though the statistics and flow of the game were decidedly otherwise. Chief among them was Spokane's 2-1 win at Wenatchee Valley in the women's contest where a handful of shots went off the woodwork. Similarly, the Walla Walla men and women only got two in their games at Treasure Valley.

In the end, though, all the top teams prevailed on the pitch to maintain their place in the tables, which clinched the three postseason sides - Spokane and North Idaho joining Walla Walla - in the women's table and putting the top three in the men's table on the verge of clinching with NIC seven points back of third with three games remaining.

HS Daily - 10.14.17: Tigers Top Mead in Shootout; CV Clinches


Needing as many points as they can get to help their case for finishing second, Lewis & Clark had to settle for two in a closely-fought contest Friday evening at Mead, winning the contest in a shootout after giving up a late equalizer.

The result, though, muddied the waters a bit more in the GSL race for second as five teams now sit separated by just two points with 7-0 Central Valley having clinched the top spot on points with two games remaining due to 5-2 Gonzaga having dropped a point in a shootout. Prep and Mead are now level at 14 points with University one point back and LC at 12 in the 4A standings.

Mt Spokane is in that group, but also in command among the 3A schools with a four point lead over North Central.

Meanwhile, Ferris is beginning to climb out of the basement thanks to a rout of Rogers Friday that kicked off a three-game swing against 3A opponents to close out the season. Unfortunately it comes to late as it would only max their total to 12 for the season having gone 1-4 against their fellow 4A sides.

Key contests in the final week of play next week will see University at Mead Wednesday and at Gonzaga Prep Friday in a pair of matches while LC plays host to Rogers and Mt Spokane. With the Tigers chasing a better postseason position, their final game could help North Central if the Indians can take advantage of their showdown with Mt Spokane on Wednesday and can get a win against Ferris in their finale.

Top Tweets 10.14.17: Big Day in Big Sky and more

Check out these great tweets, including goal videos!

Big Sky Plus - 10.13.17 DI Round-Up: Eagles Win Big Sky Top-of-Table Clash


Unbeaten Eastern Washington took care of business in what proved to be fairly easy fashion in a first-place showdown with Portland State Friday afternoon, and with Montana claiming a narrow win via overtime at Idaho, they will face a second consecutive top-of-the-table clash Sunday against the Grizzlies. Montana's win also left Idaho, by virtue of other results, in last place in the Big Sky a year after winning the regular season title.

Friday, October 13, 2017

HS Daily - 10..13.17: Kamiakin Survives Tough Tests to Remain Perfect

Facing a tough slate this week, the Kamiakin Braves topped Chiawana handily and edged second-place Richland to remain perfect atop the MCC going into the final week of the season.

The GSL, meanwhile, has quite a race going for second place in the league with four teams tied at 4-2, including 3A Mt Spokane, and Lewis & Clark just one game back. The teams from second (Mead) to sixth (LC) are separated by three points with three game days remaining. Gonzaga Prep pipped Mead in a shootout Wednesday to pull the Panthers within reach and University snatched a shootout win against Lewis & Clark to remain in the picture.

The Great Northern League is much more of a wide-open race than the season looked in the early going as West Valley and Cheney have picked up some momentum. The Eagles, in particular, have climbed out of a hole to third in the league with the top four separated by five points with five gamedays remaining.

In the Northeast A League, however, Lakeside is pulling away at 9-1 with Freeman suffering their first losses of the season recently as they took on a tough loaded schedule with make-up games. Deer Park and Medical Lake are in a race with Freeman for second in a league where matches among the league leaders are regularly featuring goalfests.

Top Tweets 10.13.17

Here's some of the most interesting tweets, including goal videos!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 7: Montana Duo Lead Grizzlies, Battlin' Bears to Wins

The University of Montana moved to 3-1-1 with a pair of key wins over the weekend to stay near the top of the table with a big trip coming up this weekend in which they will face current Big Sky leader Eastern Washington. Bozeman native Alexa Coyle played a role in both of the game-winning goals as they edged Sacramento State 1-0 and topped Northern Arizona in a comeback win in overtime.

On the men's side goalkeeper Cole Catlin of Billings led his hometown Rocky Mountain College to a pair of shutout wins on the road against mid-table Montana foes Carroll and Providence.

For games through Sunday, October 8

Lower Division Updates 10.12.17: Northwest Nazarene Women Climb to Third With Two Wins

The Northwest Nazarene ladies took care of business at home with a win over struggling Central Washington but it was a big 1-0 overtime win against Seattle Pacific Saturday that helped push them up to third in the GNAC table on a weekend that saw several upsets with three previously winless sides picking up victories. MSU-Billings was among that trio with 4-1 result against mid-table Simon Fraser. The results, however, left Central Washington as the lone side without victory.

In the Northwest Conference, the story remains the Whitworth women, who finished the first swing through opponents unbeaten for one of the best starts in program history. Midweek they won a squeaker against rival Whitman and on the weekend they topped Linfield on the road in a close contest. On a quiet weekend on the men's side the Pirates completed the sweep against the Blues in a back-and-forth affair to pull even with Whitman in the table. The defending champions, though, still sit three games back of the leaders.

In the Cascade Conference the Eastern Oregon women continue to reign supreme with two more victories pushing them to 6-0-0 in the league, giving them a two-game points advantage over the rest. Rocky Mountain, though, swept fellow Montana foes Carroll and Providence on the road for a 4-1-0 mark to keep within striking distance of the Mountaineers. The RMC men did the same to advance their record to 6-1-0, sitting three points back of the leaders as part of a top four that have one or no losses.

NWAC East Tonight 10.11.17: NIC Men Top WVC to Stay In Hunt for Postseason


With the postseason drawing closer and closer, the gaps between the top sides and the rest of the NWAC East division teams is looming large. Walla Walla, Spokane and North Idaho have a clear separation on the women's side, but the on the men's North Idaho is sitting in the middle of the gap.

On Wednesday, contenders Walla Walla and Columbia Basin (Spokane was idle) took care of business against two of the bottom teams in the region. North Idaho, meanwhile, needed to make sure to do the same to maintain the two-game point deficit between themselves and the top three to keep a playoff spot within striking distance. Despite an initial two-goal lead at home against Wenatchee Valley, it was not an easy task as the Knights rallied to tie things up in the second before the Cardinals finally pulled away with the win.

The result was huge for NIC, which has all three leaders for their final three games of the regular season, and all three of the leaders face one another in their final games.  The three match dates from Wednesday October 18 to Wednesday the 25th will be dynamic gamedays.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 6: Heroes Rise During Rivalry Week


A week that saw many rivals square off against one another produced quite a few standout performances. Chief among them may have been Chelsea Koker, who helped guide West Valley from near the bottom of the table to within striking distance of the leaders with wins against Cheney and rival East Valley. She provided the winner against Cheney and tallied a hat-trick while erasing a two-goal deficit at rival East Valley.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Big Sky Plus - 10.9.17 DI Round-Up: Montana, Eastern Among Big Sky Leaders as Idaho Gets First Win

The defending regular season champion Idaho Vandals finally picked up their first conference win this season in their fifth contest on Sunday with a 2-1 result at North Dakota. Meanwhile, Eastern Washington remains unbeaten in the top spot but are home to a pair of huge games next weekend, playing host to second place Portland State and third place Montana, which makes the relatively short trip west to play Idaho and Eastern.

Boise State also picked up a win Sunday with three first half goals holding strong against Colorado College, and a trio of locals from Spokane and Moses Lake scored goals around the nation.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Top Tweets 10.08.17

Here's some of the most interesting tweets from this weekend, including goal videos! Got a great tweet you want INWsn to see, tag us @INWsoccernews on Twitter. 

Gameday - Gonzaga Ladies Fall 2-1 to Santa Clara


In an evenly-fought affair, Gonzaga suffered their first loss at home this season in nine contests, dropping a 2-1 decision against a regular WCC power Santa Clara Sunday. In consolation, the goal was the Lady Zags' 35th of the campaign, setting a single season record for the program.

NWAC East Tonight 10.7.17: Spokane Men Jump to First, Walla Walla Women Still Perfect


The Spokane men jumped from third to first on the weekend as they topped the Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley duo while co-leader Columbia Basin played to a draw against Wenatchee Valley. The other former co-leader Walla Walla was idle. Meanwhile, North Idaho rebounded from last week's tragic trip south where they lost to Blue Mountain and tied Treasure Valley, beating both Friday and Saturday.

Columbia Basin's surprise loss to Wenatchee Valley, who had one shot on goal in the contest, created a clear separation between the top three and the rest in the women's table as Spokane and North Idaho picked up a double dose of wins against Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley on the weekend. Walla Walla remains unbeaten thanks to a 2-0 road win at Yakima Valley.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Big Sky Plus - 10.7.17 DI Round-Up: Gonzaga, Santa Clara Win Big Before Sunday Showdown

In the Big Sky Conference the Eastern Washington ladies kept their lone unbeaten status intact with an overtime victory on the road at North Dakota and Montana also picked up a narrow win, 1-0, against Sacramento State. The bigger results on the day, though, came in the West Coast Conference where Gonzaga rolled to a huge 6-2 victory against visiting San Francisco ahead of Sunday's home contest against Santa Clara, who won 4-1 in Portland with a pair of goals from Spokane native Kelsey Turnbow.

Top Tweets 10.07.17

Check out some of these great Tweets from the past two days. Goal vids from area colleges/players... and of course in this first edition: All Four USA Goals!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

HS Daily - 10.6.17: West Valley Upsets Rival East Valley, Pasco Gets First Win

In a pair of upsets on the night, the West Valley Eagles surprised rival East Valley with a 4-3 victory in a dramatic back-and-forth GNL affair and the Pasco Bulldogs picked up their first win in the MCC, getting the better of Hanford in a shootout after a scoreless stalemate.

In another big contest, Lakeside handed Freeman its first NEA loss as the two title contenders squared off, rallying for a 2-1 victory.

PLUS... first edition of stats tables below!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 6: Rydeen Guides Mavericks in Pair of Shutouts

Goalkeeper Ryann Rydeen has been in a rotation with her teammate at Minnesota State, where the pair have been guiding a defense that had seven shutouts in eight games going into the weekend. She got the nod Friday against a winless Minnesota-Crookston, but more importantly was also chosen for a huge NSIC showdown against fellow unbeaten Bemidji State in which she recorded her fifth shutout of the campaign.

HS Daily - 10.5.17: Mead, CV & Shadle Edge Rivals

On a night full of rivalry contests, three of the four went down to the wire in one-goal or tiebreaker decisions. Mead nipped Mt Spokane on a last-minute strike, one goal gave Central Valley a win against University and a shootout was needed in a dramatic contest between Shadle Park and North Central.

Whitworth Women Edge Rival Whitman, Remain Unbeaten


The Whitworth ladies are still unbeaten after seven, posting their fifth shutout in conference play in a 1-0 victory against rival Whitman to move to 6-0-1. The defense has allowed just three goals against their conference opposition thus far with this Saturday's contest at Linfield being the final match of the first half of the season.

NWAC East Tonight 10.4.17: Warriors Sweep WVC, Spokane Unbeaten at North Idaho

The unbeaten Walla Walla Warriors posted another big win to move to 8-0-0 in the women's table while the men pulled even on points with Columbia Basin with their victory against the Wenatchee Valley Knights. Spokane, meanwhile, saw the ladies roll to a big win against the Cardinals while the defense led the men in a scoreless draw in which they did not allow NIC a single shot.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

HS Daily - 10.4.17: Upsets and More Across All Three Leagues


It was a dramatic night across all three leagues Tuesday evening as several contests featured title contenders squaring off and several others featured upset performances from the underdogs.

In MCC Chiawana kept its hot run with the presence of Summer Yates going, reeling in second-place Richland with a victory over the Bombers to pull within one win in the table. Hanford, which came into the night tied with Chiawana in third, attempted to hand Kamiakin it's first loss, but only manage to keep them from getting their max tally of bonus points for the first time.

In the GNL Clarkston won the top-of-the-table clash with East Valley, handing the Knights their first loss while West Valley jumped out of a tie for last with a narrow win over Cheney, who missed an opportunity to pull even with the leaders in wins.

Another contenders clash in the NEA saw Lakeside claim a shootout win against visiting Deer Park after a 2-2 affair. Meanwhile, Riverside stunned visiting Colville to register their first victory of the season.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 5: Comeback and Late Wins Net Weekly Honors


There were quite a few games last week that saw teams rally to wins with both Deer Park and Freeman rallying from two down for wins as well as a dramatic Mt Spokane win over an upper-class opponent from a one-goal deficit. Emmy Moore usually grabs the headlines for Deer Park now that Riley Martinson has graduated, but this week's Player of the Week selection Jessie Thomas has been going on a scoring spree of late. She scored seven goals and had an assist last week, but her nod for the award came from her involvement in all five goals in the Stags' comeback win against Colville.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lower Division Updates 10.2.17: Whitworth and Eastern Oregon Women Still Unbeaten

Three weeks into one of their best conference starts in program history the Whitworth women are atop the Northwest Conference with a 5-0-1 mark. Facing regular powers in the conference, they played Puget Sound to a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday and then edged fellow unbeaten Pacific Lutheran Sunday in a top of the table clash, recording their fourth shutout in six games with a 1-0 decision for the top spot in the standings.

The Eastern Oregon ladies are also on top of the Cascade Conference table after four games, sweeping a pair of visiting Montana foes to move to 4-0-0 on the season. They beat Carroll 2-0 and Providence 3-2 in a back-and-forth thriller.

Outside of the region, Ryan Rydeen (Spokane, WA) and Megan Lowery (Hayden, ID / NIC) had outstanding performances for Minnesota State and the University of Mary, respectively.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Big Sky Plus - 10.1.17 DI Round-Up: Eags Remain Unbeaten, Cougs Blast Ranked Utah


Eastern Washington rolled to a big win over Southern Utah Sunday with a three-goal second half. The 4-0 result was their third consecutive shutout to start conference play and leaves the Eagles as the only unbeaten at 2-0-1. A little further south in Pullman the Cougars also posted a big victory, blanking 24th-ranked Utah 3-0 win.

NWAC East Update 10.1.17: Walla Walla Men Top Columbia Basin, Blue Mountain Get First Win

In the marquee contest of the week between two of the top sides in the men's side, Walla Walla moved to 4-2-0 on the season by handing Columbia Basin their first loss in a 2-1 decision, keeping the now 5-1-0 Hawks in striking range of the Warriors and 4-1-0 Spokane. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table the Blue Mountain men picked up their first win of the year with a victory over North Idaho.

All six games on the women's sides were one-sided affairs, but the highlight among them was Yakima Valley's first victory in divisional play against an opponent other than Blue Mountain. The Yaks were off to a great start with only two losses in five games, but aside from the 15-1 win over Blue Mountain the other three had been draws.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Whitworth Women Tie Puget Sound, Remain Unbeaten


The Whitworth women continued their fantastic start to the Northwest Conference season, moving to 4-0-1 with a 2-2 draw against Puget Sound Saturday. The Pirate men, meanwhile, saw their struggles continue into week three of the campaign, falling to Willamette 3-1.

HS Daily - 9.30.17: Mt Spokane upends Gonzaga Prep

The Wildcats of Mt Spokane picked up their second victory over a 4A opponent just four games into the season, giving the lower classification three in the first two weeks of the Greater Spokane League season.

Meanwhile, Mead edged Ferris in a close contest and Shadle Park put forth another hard-fought effort against a second 4A opponent this week, but Lewis & Clark pulled away in the second half thanks to their deep bench.

Big Sky Plus - 9.30.17 DI Round-Up: Idaho State edges Griz, Zag Ladies Win WCC Opener


Preseason top four favorites Montana and Idaho had rough trips on the road in which they vastly outshot the opposition only to end up on the wrong side of the scoreline against a pair of teams that were predicted to finish in the bottom four. Southern Utah, selected 10th, downed the defending regular season champion Vandals 3-1 while Idaho State, chosen eighth, edged the Grizzlies 1-0.

Meanwhile, the hot starts for ladies at Gonzaga and Boise State continued. The Zags won their league opener on the road at Pacific and the Broncos for just the second time in program history topped New Mexico.

Friday, September 29, 2017

HS Daily - 9.29.17: Hanford Survives Scare, Cheney Edges Clarkston

On a night of games that were primarily one-sided, there were two contests that went down to the wire. Walla Walla gave visiting Hanford a handful, but the Falcons managed to snare a victory through a tiebreaker shootout after the pair finished even at two apiece. In Cheney, the mid-table Blackhawks made a bid to remain with the leaders with a narrow victory over visiting Clarkston.

Though they trailed early, Freeman and Deer Park both rallied and pulled away in their contests for three-goal wins.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

HS Daily - 9.28.17: Prep, Ferris earn hard-fought wins as CV blanks LC


The 3A schools are looking like they may have an interesting race amongst themselves and create issues for the 4A teams in the table. After last week's performances by North Central against 4A opponents, the Highlanders gave Gonzaga Prep a scare Wednesday afternoon at Joe Albi only to come up short.

In another close-fought contest, Ferris prevailed in overtime in an odd affair in which all three goals came at the beginning of each period of play. Central Valley, meanwhile, took care of business in a key showdown between contenders with a shutout win at home against Lewis & Clark.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NWAC East Tonight 9.27.17: Walla Walla Women Edge Yakima Valley

The midweek slate was light with just three games Tuesday and Wednesday. Treasure Valley, not surprisingly, swept visiting Blue Mountain by a combined 13-2 scoreline and Walla Walla kept their record perfect at 6-0-0 in the women's table with a 2-1 decision against visiting Yakima Valley.

INW Best XI - Week 5: Defense Key in Week Five Contests

There were a number of outstanding defensive performances from teams around the region last week and several defenders also played key roles in their teams earning victories at the other end. From his midfield role Gonzaga's Christo Michaelson did both to earn Player of the Week honors while striker Lexi McQueary helped lead Corban to a comeback draw and a win on the road in Montana to earn the nod from INWsn on the women's side.

HS Daily - 9.27.17: Richland Edges Hanford as Comebacks Rule the Night

Three teams - Walla Walla, Clarkston and Freeman - picked up victories on the night despite allowing the opening goal and in a non-league affair West Valley rallied from three down to tie things up before falling in the final minute.

The highlight match of the day, though, was a Hanford at Richland, a contest that went down to the wire before Richland prevailed to stay within striking range of Kamiakin, which rolled to another big win to remain perfect on the season.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lower Division Updates 9.26.17: Whitworth Women Off to Hot Start


In their best start since 2012, the Whitworth women are on a roll in the Northwest Conference with four wins in as many games and a three-plus game shutout streak that goes back to their conference opener. This week they picked up a pair of 1-0 road wins at George Fox and Pacific.

Also picking up a pair of wins this week were the MSU-Billings men and the Eastern Oregon ladies. The Yellowjackets took a 3-2 thriller against Northwest Nazarene and topped Concordia 3-1. The Mountaineers were 2-1 winners against Northwest University and edged Evergreen 1-0.

Monday, September 25, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 4: Flannery Shutouts Stand Out Amongst Lots of Scoring


With plenty of scoring throughout all of the leagues this season and the past week, the pair of shutout performances from North Central's Payton Flannery against a pair of 4A opponents for a win and shootout loss stood out for the Player of the Week nod, which could have just as easily gone to Summer Yates of Chiawana. Yates' reversal of the Riverhawks' results upon her return from international duty was stark.

Big Sky Plus - 9.26.17 DI Round-Up: Pair of Shutouts Gives EWU Four Points


The defending Big Sky champion Eastern Washington was stymied for a scoreless draw in their Big Sky opener by Sacramento State, but they were not alone as the Hornets did the same to regular season Big Sky champion Idaho two days later. The Eagles, though, bounced back with a big 4-0 win against Northern Arizona, which was coming off a win against the Vandals.

After a thrilling win against a ranked opponent and a drubbing of a vastly short-handed side last week, the Vandals were unable to find the form that led them to a pair of regular season titles the last two years. Idaho came up short against Northern Arizona and then suffered that stalemate with Sacramento State.

DI action around the rest of the region was highlighted by the Gonzaga women earning another victory as their hot start continues and their counterparts on the men's side earning a draw against 20th-ranked Air Force and a win on the weekend.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

HS Daily - 9.24.17: Hanford Tops Walla Walla in Thriller

In a thriller, Hanford got back on the winning track against a valiant Walla Walla side that rallied from two down before falling to the Falcons. In a battle of two of the bottom sides, the Pasco Bulldogs were unable to get their first win, falling in a tight contest against Southridge.

NWAC East Tonight 9.23.17: Columbia Basin Men, Walla Walla Women Still Perfect in Division

Fifth with a 4-6-5 record a year ago, the Columbia Basin men are enjoying a fantastic start to this season. They picked up their fifth win in as many games Saturday with a 4-2 result against North Idaho to surpass last year's win total. On the women's side Walla Walla is looking like the powerhouse of old after having not finished top two in the division since winning the title in 2013, grabbing a 2-1 win against reigning three-time champion Spokane Saturday to move to 5-0-0.

It was an odd weekend on the ladies side as there was only one first half goal in the four non-Blue Mountain matches. All four games were close matches with North Idaho's win at Columbia Basin the biggest margin of victory at two goals.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

HS Daily - 9.23.17: NC, Mt Spokane Raise Eyebrows; Chiawana on a Roll

The 3A duo of North Central and Mt Spokane are making things interesting in the Greater Spokane League for their 4A opposition this season. Following up on their 1-0 overtime surprise against Lewis & Clark on Wednesday, NC went the distance again with a 4A side before falling in a shootout to University. For the second time this week, however; a 3A side did post an upset as Mt Spokane got the better of Ferris on Friday.

Meanwhile, the return of Summer Yates is the storyline of the Mid-Columbia Conference. She scored two more for the Riverhawks as Chiawana gave Hanford its first loss of the campaign. At the other end of the table, Southridge and Kennewick played a thriller in which the Suns made an amazing comeback for the win in the final 22 minutes.

In the NEA, the Scotties are the definition of #FreemanStrong. In their return to play they posted two big shutout victories, tallying 11 goals.

Friday, September 22, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 4: Comebacks & Overtime Thrillers Highlight Weekly Honors

It was quite a week around the region for big comeback performances and overtime victories. Players of the Week selections Lauryn Gamache and Luca Battistotti led Montana schools Rocky Mountain College and MSU-Billings to overtime victories this week. RMC rallied from two down for their win. Also registering surprising comeback victories were the Idaho Vandals and Central Washington.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HS Daily - 9.21.17: NC stuns LC on GSL's Opening Day

Expected to be one of the contenders for the Greater Spokane League title, the Lewis & Clark Tigers suffered a setback Thursday afternoon against North Central that will force them to now be perfect the rest of the way in what is always a tight race for the league championship.

In a matchup of two title contenders, the Bullpups showed they will be a tough side to top as they put four on the board before Ferris answered in a two-goal victory. The rest of the league's slate went as expected.

Also, in a rare Wednesday GNL showdown, East Valley prevailed in a back-and-forth affair against rival West Valley. Both return to the pitch Thursday.

NWAC East Tonight 9.20.17: Walla Walla takes four in three days

Three days, three doubleheaders for this edition of the update. The action started with a Walla Walla sweep at Wenatchee Valley Monday and finished with another Warrior sweep Wednesday at North Idaho. On Tuesday Spokane and Columbia Basin split.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HS Daily - 9.20.17: Kamiakin routs Richland in top of table MCC clash

The two unbeatens atop the Mid-Columbia Conference squared off Tuesday, but it was a one-sided affair in which the visiting Braves rolled to a five-goal victory. Meanwhile, Chiawana gleefully welcomed back Summer Yates from international duty with a win that ended a three-game losing skid.

In other league play, the most dramatic contest of the night was Medical Lake's visit to Deer Park where the Cardinals came away with a late victory on a goal two minutes from time.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 3: Freshmen playing big roles

A pair of freshmen led the Richland Bombers in a huge three-win performance last week and another posted a pair of shutouts for Gonzaga Prep. Three sophomores also played key roles for Colville, Ferris and Freeman.

HS Daily - 9.19.17: Eagles soar for West Valley, Lakeside

In rare Monday league contests the West Valley Eagles and Lakeside Eagles both picked up victories. West Valley needed a shootout to top Clarkston for a victory in their league opener while Lakeside rolled to a big win at Deer Park.

Monday, September 18, 2017

HS Daily - 9.17.17: Richland rolls to 4-0 with rout of Chiawana

In Saturday's league play, Hanford and Richland both picked up wins to remain unbeaten in the Mid-Columbia Conference. For Hanford it was just their second, but the Bombers' victory put them top of the table at 4-0.

College Update 9.17.17: Three leagues kick off seasons; Williams sets Big Sky record

The GNAC, Northwest Conference and Cascade Conference all started their league campaigns this week. On Saturday and Sunday there were quite a few interesting storylines in those leagues, but the bigger headlines came out of the non-league affairs among the DI sides.

In the GNAC Northwest Nazarene squeaked out a narrow win over MSU-Billings and Central Washington played Concordia to a draw as the women began play - the men's side, which saw MSUB upset 12th-ranked Upper Iowa, kicks off league play next week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

NWAC East Tonight 9.16.17: Yakima Valley earns 1-1 draw with Spokane

In a pair of tight contests on the women's side of the division, Yakima Valley College earned an unexpected 1-1 draw at home against CC Spokane Saturday and Columbia Basin snared an extremely late 1-0 victory over visiting Treasure Valley.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - Sept 15: Vandals rally in stunner, CCC kicks off league play

In what will probably go down as the most thrilling contest of the year in the region, the Idaho Vandals scored four unanswered late at home to erase a three-goal deficit for a win against Memphis.

Meanwhile, the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference kicked off league play Friday and saw a similar comeback performance from the Rocky Mountain College women in an overtime victory against Southern Oregon.

Friday, September 15, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 3: Murfitt leads Carroll women in non-league play

It was a good week for a number of NAIA teams in the Cascade Collegiate Conference as they took on opposition from neighboring teams in the DII and DIII leagues. Among them was Carroll College women, which posted a pair of shutout victories on the road in Spokane against Northwest Conference (DIII) foes thanks to Devan Murfitt. Meanwhile, Northwest Nazarene traveled to California and grabbed a pair of victories led by Michael Bryant.

HS Daily - 9.15.17: Big wins for unbeatens Kamiakin, Richland

The smoke returned to the greater-Spokane area and yet again put high school action on hold. In the Mid-Columbia Conference, meanwhile, the season rolled on with a pair of big victories for Kamiakin and Richland that put them firmly at the top at 3-0-0, and a tight contest that went to overtime between cellar sides Kennewick and Pasco.

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 11-14

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boise's Sofia Huerta approved by FIFA to join USA

Boise native Sofia Huerta has been approved to play for the US Women's National Team by FIFA as announced by US Soccer Thursday afternoon. She could play for the USWNT as early as September 15 and 19 for friendlies against New Zealand.

HS Daily - 9.14.17: Prep, CV win GSL non-league contests

With the start of official league play still a week away for the Greater Spokane League, Wednesday evening was another slate of non-league affairs. Two of them, however, featuring all-GSL pairings with Gonzaga Prep slipping past Mt Spokane and Central Valley downing Ferris.

GAMEDAY - NWAC East Tonight 9.13.17: Big Wins for Columbia Basin & Spokane


On the first full day of divisional play in the NWAC East Wednesday evening there were plenty of one-sided affairs with CC Spokane and Columbia Basin College posting sweeps of visiting Wenatchee Valley and Blue Mountain. It was the second sweep of the week thus far for CBC, which took two in against Wenatchee Valley Monday in a pair of rescheduled games.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HS Daily - 9.13.17: Goals, goals and more goals

Defense is still a hard item to come by in the Mid-Columbia Conference. The second round of action in the league saw 27 goals produced in four games Tuesday evening. Things were nearly the same in the Great Northern League and Northeast A League where 23 goals were tallied in five combined league games.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 2: Plenty of goals leads to list full of strikers

One-sided non-league games with opponents from different classifications is not a surprise, but the opening day of the Mid-Columbia Conference also featured blowout scorelines, leading to a rare INWsn Best XI filled with forwards and midfielders.

HS Daily - 9.12.17: Deer Park outlasts Colville as NEA opens play

Mondays are usually very quiet, but air quality postponements have pushed plenty of matches around. With that, yesterday became Opening Day for the Northeast A League. Deer Park and Colville played a wild contest that finished 4-3 and Makayla Geiger had a monster Monday with five goals for Medical Lake.

Monday, September 11, 2017

GAMEDAY: Eastern Oregon at Whitworth


In a rare Monday contest, the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers came north to face Whitworth in a non-league affair. The third-year program was going up a perennial Northwest Conference contender and DIII tournament team. They kept the contest close, trailing by just a penalty at the break, but in the end were unable to contain the Pirates as they rolled to a 4-1 win.

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 10

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

HS Daily - 9.11.17: One-sided Affairs on MCC Opening Day

With two match days earlier in the week wiped away by the smoke, Saturday became the new Opening Day for the Mid-Columbia Conference. And it opened with a boom as the winning three teams outscored the opposition 21-2. In addition, Walla Walla tallied 10 in a non-league affair.

In the continuation of non-league play elsewhere, the GSL schools were nearly unbeaten against primarily lower classification opposition. The lone school to register an upset was East Valley with the Knights blanking North Central in a one-sided scoreline.

GAMEDAY: Carroll at Whitworth x 2, plus Corban v Whitman


It was a NAIA v DIII tripleheader Sunday at Whitworth University in Spokane where the host Pirates took on the Saints from Carroll College and their regional Northwest Conference foe Whitman played host to the Corban Warriors. All three of the Cascade Collegiate Conference sides came away victorious on the day.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 9

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

NWAC East Tonight 9.9.17: Divisional Slate Finally Kicks Off

It was just one match, but the NWAC East season has now officially started amidst a continuation of air quality postponements throughout the region while the rest of the league is in full swing.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 5-8

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

GAMEDAY: Gonzaga at Eastern Washington


A year later, the Eagles finally end their losing streak against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. A 2-1 decision Friday was the first win in the series since 2002 and the first-ever in Cheney. The victory over a previously unbeaten Zags squad (4-0-1) was a much-needed one for the reigning Big Sky champs that are off to a slow start (3-3-0).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

INW Best XI - Week 2: Haro honored for Cougs shutouts, win against ranked Nebraska

Facing their second Top-25 opponent of the non-league campaign, the Washington State Cougars earned their second shutout against ranked opposition and third of what is now four shutouts in five games (two goals allowed total). Helping lead the way was defender Maddy Haro, who guided the defense and the Cougars to a 1-0 victory against #14 Nebraska. Two days later she also helped on the offensive end as WSU blanked Georgia Southern, setting up two goals in the 5-0 win.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

INW HS Best XI - Week 1: Peak performers highlighted from early preseason contests

Before the smoke returned to the region and forced numerous cancellations and postponements, there were a handful of non-league preseason contests for the Greater Spokane League, Mid-Columbia Conference and Great Northern League with one another and other regional opponents. Here's a look at the top performers thus far.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 3 & 4

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere. Matches are all from Sunday unless noted 9/4.

Monday, September 4, 2017

HS Daily - 9.4.17: CV Bears blank Wenatchee on the road

In a match-up of the second place teams from the GSL and Big Nine a year ago, the Bears picked up the non-league win on the road with Kaelyn Barnes tallying a goal and assist. Meanwhile, Kamiakin upended the defending GSL champions.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 2

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

HS Daily - 9.2.17: Tigers romp against MCC champs

It is just non-league action, but a massive blowout of Mid-Columbia Conference champion Southridge by Lewis & Clark will certainly raise quite a few eyebrows around the region. The Suns lost a dozen seniors from last year's squad, which included their two leading scorers Morgan Nelson and McKaley Goffard (22 combined goals in league play) and starting goalkeeper Tiara Valadez, who led all of eastern Washington among 3A/4A schools in shutouts with eight. In contrast, the Tigers only featured three seniors on its squad last year - one of the smallest group of graduating players among the Greater Spokane League's regular contenders along with Central Valley (2), Mt Spokane (4) and University (4).

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - September 1

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

Friday, September 1, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - August 31

Results and notes for matches played by schools around the INWsn region and INWsn area players elsewhere.

INW Best XI - Week 1: List returns with freshman Havana Johnson dominating in Louisiana

After a two-year absence, INWsoccernews.com has brought back it's weekly list of the top players from or playing at schools in the INWsn coverage area. Area goalkeepers did well in the opening two weekends of non-league play for the ladies, but it was a freshman from Coeur d'Alene all the way out in Louisiana that made a splash. Havana Johnson scored all three goals for McNeese State as it avenged losses from a year ago.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

INWsn's Must-See Matches of the Week

Here are Inland Northwest Soccer News' picks for the best games to head out to see this week in the greater-Spokane area.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

COLLEGE SCOREBOARD - Early Preseason

Here's a round-up of all the area non-league games thus far in the opening days of the collegiate season (does not include exhibitions).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MCC and CBBN 2017 Boys honors

Here's a round-up of the league-issued honors Mid-Columbia Conference and the Columbia Basin Big Nine.

Spokane-area HS Boys Awards for 2017

Here's a round-up of all the league-issued honors for the Spokane area that were announced by the Greater Spokane League, Great Northern League and Northeast A League.

State HS honors announced

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association announced its honors for the 2017 Spring High School season on Tuesday. The following honors were voted on by members of the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Brian Ching eligible for National Soccer Hall of Fame


The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced Wednesday the official voting ballot for the 2017 induction class. Among the players added to the list for their first year of eligibility is Spokane legend Brian Ching, who was a standout player for Gonzaga University and the Spokane Shadow.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

HS Update - 5.03.17: Playoffs, Playoffs, Playoffs

The postseason kicked off Monday around eastern Washington with a few opening round games for the Greater Spokane League and Mid-Columbia Conference with the first round of the 1A district tournament for the Northeast A League following on Tuesday. Wednesday evening is a big night as everyone else in the GSL and MCC get into the mix.

Friday, April 21, 2017

HS Daily - 4.21.17: First-place showdowns highlight huge week in GSL


As the playoffs near, this week is proving to be a huge week for Greater Spokane League sides. Teams at the top of the table - as well as 3A contenders - squared off Monday and Wednesday in races to finish as the top team in their respective classifications.

Friday, March 31, 2017

HS Daily - 3.31.17: Colville lone NEA unbeaten after Lakeside loss


Thursday's light slate of action was eventful in the Northeast A League with Lakeside suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of Medical Lake while Alberto Cisneros added yet another three goals to his tally.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HS Daily - 3.30.17: Eastmont ends Wenatchee win streak

It was a night of thrillers in the Columbia Basin Big Nine on Tuesday as all three games finished 3-2. Drama continued to unfold Tuesday in the parity-filled MCC and GSL action Wednesday played out much as expected.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

HS Daily - 3.28.17: Pasco, Wenatchee win top of table clashes


On Friday, the Columbia Basin Big Nine and Mid-Columbia Conference both had a pair of early season contests between teams sitting atop their respective tables. Wenatchee came out narrow 3-2 winners against Eisenhower while Pasco manhandled Hanford to the tune of a 4-0 victory on three goals and an assist from Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez.

Friday, March 24, 2017

HS Daily - 3.24.17: Talent gaps painfully clear in GNL, NEA


On the third gameday for the Great Northern League and the second for the Northeast A League, it became rather obvious who the contenders were going to be for the season as the closest game of five was a 3-1 victory by Cheney over West Valley.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

HS Daily - 3.23.17: North Central rallies to top Shadle


Opening day in the Greater Spokane League was filled with a slate of one-sided contests for the most part with the exceptions being a 1-0 decision for Ferris on a penalty against Gonzaga Prep and a rally from North Central to grab a 2-1 victory against rival Shadle Park at Joe Albi Stadium.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HS Daily - 3.22.17: Eisenhower, Walla Walla make early waves

The bottom two sides in the Mid-Columbia Conference and Columbia Basin Big Nine in 2016 ago are off to great starts this spring. Walla Walla, with a win over Kamiakin Tuesday, has already picked up two wins in three games to start the season after going winless a year ago. Eisenhower, meanwhile, topped last year's co-leader Davis to sit atop the CBBN with Wenatchee at 2-0.

Monday, March 20, 2017

HS Daily - 3.20.17: Wenatchee tops champ Sunnyside in CBBN opener

Third-place finishers in the regular season a year ago, Wenatchee nabbed a 2-0 home victory Friday evening on the Columbia Basin Big Nine opening night against reigning regular season champion Sunnyside while Davis, runners-up last season, eeked out a 1-0 result against visiting West Valley, who were second from bottom in 2016.

Friday, March 17, 2017

NE Oregon school Hermiston hoping to join MCC

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This weekend a major groundbreaking decision for high school athletics in Washington could be made when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's executive board convenes for a meeting at its Renton headquarters. One of the items on the agenda for the March 18-19 meetings is the application from northeastern Oregon's Hermiston High School to join the Mid-Columbia Conference, featuring the seven Tri-Cities area schools and Walla Walla.

Facing a significant boost in its enrollment in the coming years, the already travel-burdened school is facing a rise to the highest classification in the Oregon School Activities Association that would put the school in the Mt Hood Conference, which is currently comprised of eight Portland-area schools that are an average of approximately 180 miles away. The change would double its annual mileage and significantly increase the number of academic hours missed - potentially up to a third of their classes in a month.

HS Daily - 3.17.17: Rogers tops North Central


It was a rather quiet day for a Thursday, but there were a few interesting results in a series of non-league affairs.

Perhaps tops of the list was a narrow 1-0 victory for Rogers in a preseason showdown with fellow 3A GSL side North Central. Rogers had the better of the attack throughout the game and finally broke through with just three minutes remaining with a goal from Omar Muse. The Pirates continue to improve each season and could be a handful throughout the 2017 campaign - and given other results thus far in preseason matches - could perhaps contend within the 3A if they can stay consistent.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

HS Daily - 3.16.17: Kamiakin takes showdown of top teams

Last year, the 4A Pasco Bulldogs finished atop the entire table while Kamiakin finished as the top 3A school, ranking third overall. On the opening day of the season Tuesday, it was the Braves nabbing the victory with a goal just minutes from the end of regulation.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Opening Week for HS Boys Soccer

Weather and facilities permitting, this is the opening week for high school boys soccer in Washington. Many, many teams will be heading outside for the first time this weekend after spending the majority of the past couple weeks training indoors.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fall 2016 HS League & State Awards

The high school boys season kicks off in about two weeks in Washington state. While the snow still covers most of the area fields, and before we begin preparation for the 2017 boys campaign, here's another look at the girls' season with a round-up of all the area honors handed out throughout central and eastern Washington, including the announced All-State awards after the conclusion of the season.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coming Up: Testimonial for Gonzaga's Zach Scott


In 2016, the Seattle Sounders finally captured the long-awaited MLS Cup Championship. It was a perfect ending for the career of former Gonzaga University product Zach Scott, who spent 15 years with the club following his graduation. On March 1, he will be honored with a testimonial match put on by the Emerald City Supporters and Seattle Sounders FC that will feature many of his previous teammates, including his younger brother and fellow Zag Dan Scott, Spokane Shadow player/coach Chad Brown and former Yakima Reds players Jake Sagare and Santa Maria Rivera.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Region’s youth players making 2017 NLI college declarations

It is that time of year. High school athletes are making their final decisions on which schools they are going to attend once they graduate this summer. A large number of players and schools make their announcements on National Letter of Intent day on Wednesday, February 1.  Announcements also include intercollegiate transfers.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Results for the NW at Region IV ODP Championships

Region IV held its ODP championships on the first full weekend of the new year. Several sides from the northwest performed well at the event in the Phoenix with Washington seeing three teams reach the finals and two others advancing to the final four. Eastern Washington also saw a team advance to the semifinals, but it was Oregon claiming the lone title for the NW with the 2000 Boys winning a Region IV championship.