A pair of performances in the Cascade Collegiate Conference led the way this week as Rylee Rassier played a role in six of Northwest's seven goals on the weekend as they handed Corban its first loss and Sky Swenson similarly was a part of four of the five scored by Rocky Mountain as they downed a pair of quality opponents.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
In a showdown with rival Idaho, the Eastern Washington Eagles controlled the contest in Cheney and rolled to a 3-1 victory to move to 1-0-1, but Montana is also off to a hot start in the Big Sky Conference, posting a pair of one-goal wins on the weekend to remain perfect after three games.
Opening league play, the Gonzaga women smacked visiting San Diego 6-0 with the duo of India Jencks and Samantha Heilman lighting it up and MSU Billings earned a narrow 1-0 win at Northwest Nazarene on the opening day of GNAC men's play only to finish with a split on the weekend.
Washington State ran into the buzz saw that is second ranked Stanford, suffering a 5-0 loss. The Cougars, however, rebounded quickly with a 1-0 overtime win over #20 California on the weekend. The Washington men, however, faired differently with their trip to face Stanford - ranked number two as well - courtesy of Blake Bodily (Eagle, ID).
Finally kicking off league play this week are the Gonzaga men in the WCC Saturday.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Spokane gave Walla Walla a bit of a scare on Wednesday, but the Warriors took a 3-2 decision at home and then made a statement in the final game of the first half of the season, blanking Columbia Basin in convincing fashion Saturday.
On the men's side Spokane closed out the first half of the season unbeaten and a point ahead of CBC courtesy of a scoreless draw Wednesday at Walla Walla and a 2-0 win at rival North Idaho Saturday. In a shocker, a loss for Walla Walla Saturday combined with Blue Mountain taking the battle of the winless sides versus Treasure Valley allowed the Timberwolves to leap past the still winless (0-2-4) Warriors in the table.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Pacific Lutheran headed to the east side to take on the 'Whits' and midfielder Jackson Moore played a key role in guiding the Lutes to a pair of wins that put them in command of the Northwest Conference as Puget Sound slipped up, scoring two goals and adding three assists in a dominant 5-0 win at Whitworth and 3-1 victory at preseason favorite Whitman. On the ladies side midfielder Corynn Vigil broke out for five goals as they outlasted Treasure Valley 5-2 and slipped by Blue Mountain 1-0.
The MSU Billings women, last place finishers in the GNAC a year ago, got off to a great start with a sweep of Western Oregon and defending champion Concordia. In the Big Sky there's a bit of new hope in the new season, perhaps, as Idaho State showed a bit of fighting spirit. Though they are 0-1-1 after the first week, it was not for trying as they took Portland State to overtime and led twice in a draw against Sacramento State.
On the men's side of things, the powers of the east met the powers of the west in the Northwest Conference. It was Pacific Lutheran that laid the best hand out on the table with a huge win at Whitworth and another good result at Whitman whilst the 10th ranked Loggers fell in both games.
Monday, September 30, 2019
In a marquee matchup of unbeaten sides, Freeman and Deer Park were locked up in a tight, slow-paced contest Thursday on the thick wet pitch up north that saw the host Lady Stags prevail 1-0 to take command of the NEA.
Meanwhile, in the GNL Thursday was a day of comeback performances as West Valley rallied from two down to win in overtime and Clarkston bounced back from allowing the opener at home.
Friday's GSL contests saw a handful of close contests as Mead snatched a shootout victory against University, North Central topped Lewis & Clark in overtime and Mt Spokane nabbed a narrow 1-0 win against Shadle on a late goal.
In the marquee result of the weekend, North Idaho became the first side to shutout Columbia Basin in 12 games this season, battling to a scoreless draw against the Hawks.
In other women's action Wenatchee Valley and Blue Mountain played to a draw, giving both their first points of the season, but the Knights fell the next day at Treasure Valley, which earned their first win to move off the bottom.
Meanwhile, the WVC men used wins over BMCC and TVCC to catapult to the top, a point ahead of the idle Sasquatch.