Wednesday, November 22, 2017

College Tourney Update: WSU, Baylor Reach Record Rounds

Wendlandt and the Bears celebrate advancement to Elite 8 (Baylor photo)
The second weekend of NCAA Tournament action was quite the time for area schools and players. Washington State reached the Round of 16 for the first time and Camryn Wendlandt (Coeur d'Alene, ID) helped Baylor reach the Elite 8 for the first time in program history. Featuring a trio of area players, Santa Clara also won its second round match on Friday away from home.

Meanwhile, Averie Collins (Bozeman, MT) and her top-ranked Stanford side are taking care of business and reached the Elite 8 with a pair of shutouts.

Wendlandt and Baylor will now face top-seeded Duke on Friday in the Elite 8, looking to clinch a spot in the Final Four in Orlando. After a close call in their opening match, 1-0 against UNC-Greensboro, the Blue Devils dominated against a pair of Baylor's Big XII peers Oklahoma State and Texas with 7-0 and 3-0 wins, respectively. After 1-0 overtime regular season losses to both, Baylor beat Texas, 2-1 in overtime, and Oklahoma State, 3-0, in the first two rounds of the conference tournament, respectively, en route to the league title and NCAA tournament. Stanford will host 10th-ranked Penn State.

In other tournaments, Western Washington's NCAA DII title defense came to an in the Third Round on the road in San Diego and all of the area Cascade Collegiate Conference sides were knocked out on the road in their opening round games of the NAIA tournament. The Martinson sisters - Riley and Ashtin - are still going in the NAIA tournament, however, with Embry-Riddle AU and a pair of players are still in the NCAA DI men's tourney with Stanford and Akron advancing to the second round.


Second Round - Friday, Nov 17 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Washington State 2-2 (3-1 SO) Tennessee [20] 
Morgan Weaver put the Cougars on the board 13 minutes with a 15-yard effort off an assist from Maddy Haro, but the Vols answered with a pair of goals in the 20th and 30th minutes to lead at the break. Shay Whieldon connected with Kelsee Crenshaw, who curled a 20-yard ball into the far upper corner in the 79th minute to send the match to overtime and penalties. In the shootout Ella Dederick became the star of the game. Tied 1-1 after the first round, she made three consecutive saves to send the Cougs to the Round of 16 for the first time. Maegan O'Neill (Spokane, WA) and Grace Hancock (Boise, ID) both started the match.

Santa Clara 3-1 Vanderbilt [RV] 
Leading 2-1 at the break on a pair of goals from Maddy Gonzalez, the Broncos got some insurance from Maria Sanchez (American Falls, ID) in the third minute of the second half. Kelsey Turnbow (Spokane, WA) and Kelcie Hedge (Post Falls, ID) also started the match.

Baylor [23] 1-1 (3-0 SO) (3) South Carolina [9]  
Camryn Wendlandt (Coeur d'Alene, ID) started again for the Bears as their fantastic postseason run experienced another marquee moment against the ninth-ranked Gamecocks. The match went scoreless for well over an hour before the hosts got on the board in the 72nd. It looked like the upset streak was coming to an end when the Bears scored with just 16 seconds left on the clock to force overtime and a shootout, which was decided in three-and-a-half rounds.

Auburn [RV] 0-2 (1) Stanford [1]
Averie Collins (Bozeman, MT) saw action off the bench for the Cardinal. The nation's top-ranked team scored twice in the second half to advance.

Arizona [RV] 0-2 (4) Florida State [RV] 
Back-up goalkeeper Jackie Bollinger (Wenatchee, WA) saw her Wildcat career come to an end as part of a group of seniors that were the only group to qualify for the NCAA tournament three times.

Clemson [RV] 1-1 (5-6 SO) (4) Texas [18]
The run for the Tigers under Associate Head Coach Jeff Robbins (Spokane, WA) came to an end against the ranked Longhorns. Despite being outshot 20-7 and falling behind in the 61st minute, they rallied to send the match to a shootout, where they were eliminated in the seventh round.

Third Round - Sunday, Nov 19 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Washington State 0-1 OT (3) Florida [16] 
Defender Grace Hancock and midfielder Maegan O'Neill both started again for the Cougars as they took another ranked opponent to overtime. Unfortunately, the host Gators found the winner in the 104th minute to end the Cougars' run.

Santa Clara 0-1 (1) South Carolina [5] 
All three area players - Kelcie Hedge, Maria Sanchez and Kelsey Turnbow - started the match, but they were unable to find an equalizer following a fourth minute goal from the top-seeded hosts off the rebound of a shot that hit the crossbar.

Baylor [23] 3-2 OT Notre Dame [RV]
Facing one of the nation's premier college soccer programs, the Bears grabbed a two-goal lead with goals in the 42nd and 47th minutes on a goal and assist from Lauren Piercy. The Irish answered with back-to-back goals in the 54th and 58th, and the two remained deadlocked until Piercy set up the game-winner with a shot that rebounded to Precious Akanyirige in the seventh minute of extra time. Camryn Wendlandt started again.

(4) Florida State [RV] 0-1 (1) Stanford [1]
Though Averie Collins did not see any time off the bench, the Cardinal advanced to the Elite 8 with a deciding goal in the 79th minute.

Elite Eight - Friday, Nov 24 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Baylor [23] @ (1) Duke [3] 5:00 

Penn State [10] @ (1) Stanford [1] 2:00 


Third Round - Friday, Nov 17 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

(2) Western Washington [7] 0-2 (1) UC San Diego [3] 
Darby Doyle (Spokane, WA) and senior Malia Maack (Spokane, WA) both saw action off the bench, but the season came to close in San Diego with the hosts scoring late in each half for the win.


Women's First Round - Saturday, Nov 18 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Science & Arts [23] 1-3 (15) Embry-Riddle [16]  
Trailing since the early going, Riley Martinson (Spokane, WA) scored the equalizer for the Eagles in the 62nd minute and tallied the game-winner in the 78th.

Eastern Oregon [RV] 0-1 (7) Westmont [9]
Facing the ranked opponent, the Mountaineers were outshot 14-6 in the match but kept the match close after giving up a goal in the 26th minute, allowing just four shots on goal in the game.

Northwest University 0-4 (5) Vanguard [5]
The hosts scored twice in each half for the win. Senior Brianna Sillivan (Spokane, WA) came on for the final minutes to close out her career with the Eagles, entering for Rylee Rassier (Spokane, WA), who who started along with Sharaya Roberts (Spokane, WA) and Stephanie Wilson (Kalispell, MT). Katie Michkosky (Wenatchee, WA) and Whitney Weaver (Spokane, WA) saw action off the bench.

Hastings [RV] 0-1 (14) Ottawa [13] 
Both seniors Kylie Stephens (Boise, ID) and Sarah Toney (Meridian, ID) started in their final game as the ranked hosts made a 15th minute goal hold up for the win despite being outshot by the visitors 11-7.

NAIA Women's Championship - Orange Beach, Alabama

Second Round - Tuesday, Nov 28 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

(15) Embry-Riddle [16] v (2) Spring Arbor [3]  8:00 PT 

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Nov 29 
Semifinals - Friday, Dec 1
Final - Saturday, Dec 2

Men's First Round - Saturday, Nov 18 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Saturday, November 18

Southern Oregon [RV] 2-3 (8) Georgia Gwinnett [9]
Kelly Gieber (Bend, OR) set up the opening goal for the Raiders for the lead five minutes in on the road. The hosts, though, were in front within eight minutes. SOU reclaimed the lead in the 62nd, but fell to the ranked side on a 74th minute goal.

Corban [14] 1-2 OT (15) Hastings [7]
The Warriors equalized in the second half, but the hosts advanced with a goal three minutes into overtime. Senior Nathaniel Cheney (Clarkston, WA) started the match and senior Kazuki Tateishi (CC Spokane) saw time off the bench.


11/16 - First Round - Seattle University [23] 3-2 OT Washington [20]
Blake Bodily (Boise, ID) set up the opening goal for the Huskies in the 24th minute, but Seattle scored the next two and went on to win eight minutes into overtime.

11/19 - Second Round - Seattle University [23] 0-3 (5) Akron [7]
The Zips scored early and added a pair of late goals to lock up the win. Back-up keeper Tor Saunders (Spokane, WA) did not see action.

11/19 - Second Round - Pacific [RV] 0-0 (1-4 SO) (9) Stanford [3] 
Midfielder Sam Werner (Bozeman, MT) started and led the the Cardinal in shots with three in the game, but Pacific, featuring Tyson Fox (Meridian, ID) off the bench, kept the ranked Cardinal in a scoreless stalemate despite being outshot 21-11 by the hosts. Stanford won the shootout handily in three-and-a-half rounds.

Second Round - Saturday, Nov 15 - Games of Note (seed) / [rank]:

Wisconsin [RV] @ (5) Akron [7] 1:00 

Coastal Carolina [RV] @ (9) Stanford [3] 5:00 


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