The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Seattle Pacific University Falcons soccer programs were in Belmont, California on Thursday August 30th to open their seasons against Notre Dame de Namur. Meanwhile the Western Washington Vikings were on the road against ranked Chico State.
BELMONT, Calif. – Senior Caleb Nyone played a part in two goals for 11th-ranked Seattle Pacific, which started its 2012 men’s soccer season with 4-2 road victory over Notre Dame de Namur at Koret Field.
The four-goal outburst was the highest season-opening scoring output in 10 years for the Falcons (1-0). They routed Northwest Nazarene 7-0 in the first 2002 game.
“I’m certainly happy about the four goals we were able to put away, now we’ll get to work on not giving up goals.” said fifth-year coach Mark Collings, who led SPU into the NCAA Division II West Regional championship game last year.
The Falcons have won five of six all-time meetings with Notre Dame, but suffered a 3-1 setback last season in Seattle. Read the rest at SPUFalcons.com
Notre Dame de Namur 1:3 Seattle Pacific (W)
BELMONT, Calif. — Senior forward Megan Lindsay scored one goal and assisted on another during the first-half Thursday, leading the 19th-ranked Seattle Pacific women to a 3-1 non-conference soccer road win over Notre Dame de Namur to start the 2012 campaign.
The Falcons (1-0) improved their record to 9-1-2 in all-time season-opening contests, including four straight victories.
Lindsay (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) picked up where she left off last season when she netted a team-leading 12 goals en route to third-team 2011 All-America accolades.
On Thursday, she set up the inaugural goal just 3:30 into the contest at NDNU’s Koret Field. Lindsay served a far-post cross to sophomore Heather Young (Lacombe, Alberta), who quickly smashed it into the back of the net from eight yards out. Read the rest at SPUFalcons.com.
CHICO, Calif. – Western Washington University gave a good account of itself in a 2-1 loss to nationally ranked Chico State University on Thursday in a West Regional men’s soccer match-up at University Soccer Stadium.
The non-conference contest was the season opener for both schools.
“We played hard and it was a great game,” said WWU coach Travis Connell. “I told the team afterward that it’s the little things that determine games sometimes when two good teams are playing. Tonight they did the little things better and it turned out being a win for them.”
“But we showed a lot that we can build on and I’m looking forward to our next game.” Read the rest at WWUVikings.com.
Chico State 1:0 Western Washington (W)
CHICO, Calif. – Facing a huge test in its season opener, Western Washington University fell 1-0 to nationally ranked Chico State University in a West Regional women’s soccer match-up Thursday at University Soccer Stadium.
Scoring the game’s only goal for Chico State, ranked No.4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, was Gail Bassett. She found the net in the 36th minute on a volley of a headed corner kick with Danielle Leiva and Jennie Barto receiving assists.
Chico State outshot WWU, 12-3. Vikings’ goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs(Sr., Richland) made five saves,
“We’ve got a good team, so we purposely wanted to have a big test,” said WWU coach Travis Connell. “But we were unfortunate enough not to get a goal, especially in the second half when we had a couple of great chances to equalize. But sometimes it goes that way and we did learn a lot about ourselves.”
“The goal was a mistake on our part on a free kick that left a player open and she scored.”
WWU next travels to Notre Dame de Namur University for a non-conference game Saturday (1:30 p.m.).
LACEY, Wash. - The Saint Martin’s University women’s soccer team opened up the 2012 regular season with a tough game against nationally-ranked California State University-Stanislaus falling to the 25th-ranked Warriors by a score of 3-0 on Thursday afternoon at the SMU Soccer Field.
Early in the match CSU-Stanislaus looked to use its pace up top and get behind the Saints defense doing so in the 15th minute when Katelyn Nebesnick and Alexia Poon connected near midfield playing Karenee Demery into space for the first goal of the game.
Poon intercepted a ball in the box in the 28th minute to put the Warriors up 2-0 as CSU-Stanislaus tallied 10 shots in the first half.
The Saints looked dangerous on back-to-back corner kicks from Clarissa Strayer in the 41st minute. Strayer’s first ball just missed Sasha Dini on the back post. Strayer put her second corner inside the six-yard box but the ball was cleared by the Warriors defense.
SMU had an opportunity to cut its deficit in half when Karli Nestler was whistled for a handball in the box in the 44th minute resulting in a penatly kick. Dini stepped up to take the kick and drilled her shot off the cross bar.
The Warriors added their final goal of the game in the 88th minute on the Bernie Bettencourt header off the cross from Jordan Moineau. Read the rest at SMUSaints.com
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A corner kick off the foot of Andrew Cota found the crossbar before bouncing to the waiting forehead of Alex Vukic, who guided the ball in as the Menlo Oaks defeated the Evergreen Geoducks, 1-0, in a non-conference NAIA men’s soccer match on Thursday evening at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.
After two unsuccessful shots early in the period, the Oaks got on the board in the ninght minute as Cota fed the ball into the box, skimming the kick off the middle of the crossbar and Vukic found it to score what would end up being the only goal of the game. Despite allowing the goal, Evergreen keeper Mitch Treend (Vancouver, Wash./Prairie HS) made a pair of nice saves to keep the Geoducks competitive at halftime.
In the second half, the Geoducks turned up the offensive pressure, unleashing three shots on goal that Alex Palomarez was forced to stop. Evergreen’s best opportunity came with less than a minute left on the clock as Jeremy Novack (Lake Forest Park, Wash./Shorecrest HS) dribbled around Palomarez and fired a shot on net but a Menlo defender was able to clear the ball of the line to preserve the win.
Menlo held a slight advantage in shots at 8-6 while each team finished with three saves on the evening. The Geoducks were whistled for offsides twice, compared with just one for Menlo.
Evergreen will look to bounce back on Monday afternoon when they play host to Rocky Mountain in the second game of a men’s/women’s doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. The Oaks return to the pitch on Saturday when they travel up to Kirkland to take on Northwest University, beginning at 1 p.m.