The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
See a few match recaps from October 20, 2012 local college action, along with scores/links below.
Air Force 1:0 Seattle U (M), Louisiana Tech 0:0 Seattle U (OT,W), Whitworth 3:1 Pacific (M), Whitworth 1:0 Pacific (OT, W), Central Washington 0:1 Saint Martin’s (W), Pacific Lutheran 3:1 Willamette (M), Pacific Lutheran 0:1 Linfield (W), Northern Arizona 0:0 Eastern Washington (W), Northwest Nazarene 0:2 Western Washington (W), Northwest Nazarene 3:4 Western Washington (M), NWAACC Men, NWACC Women.
McDonald Ties School Record As Loggers Shutout Linfield
TACOMA, Wash. – Chris McDonald tied the all-time school record with his 30th career shutout in a 2-0 win over Linfield. McDonald made two saves for his career-best 10th shutout of the season and third in a row.
McDonald’s first save came in the opening moments of the game when a Linfield free kick nearly snuck into the upper right corner. McDonald dove just enough to get his hand on the ball and flick it over the bar.
In the 37th minute, Oliver Field finally broke the Loggers (9-2-5, 5-1-4 NWC) scoring silence. After playing to two scoreless ties last weekend, Field finished a through ball from Carson Swope for a 1-0 Logger lead.
With just over one minute left in the match Swope dribbled around a couple defenders and made one touch past the sliding Linfield keeper for an insurance goal and a 2-0 lead.
Grant Loriaux made nine saves in the match despite allowing two goals. While Linfield made their runs and tested the Loggers back line, the Loggers never bent and limited the Wildcats to just seven shots in the match. Meanwhile, the Loggers took 22 shots in the win.
The Loggers broke a five-match winless streak in conference matches, which they went 0-1-4. McDonald can capture the all-time school record with one more shutout this season. The Loggers are back home tomorrow to face Willamette at 2:30 p.m.
Vieira Lifts Loggers To 1-0 Win Over Willamette
TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound women’s soccer team ran its winning streak to four matches on Saturday with a 1-0 win over visiting Willamette. Robin Vieira scored her fifth goal of the season to boost the Loggers (9-3-1, 8-1-1 NWC) to the win.
Vieira’s goal came in the 18th minute. Haley Rosenberg drove toward the end line and sent in a cross to the middle of the box. Vieira perfectly headed the ball past the keeper for the Logger goal.
Kara Merfeld made one save for the shutout. Nicole Price made five saves for the Bearcats (5-10-1, 2-8-1 NWC).
The Loggers held a 15-4 shot advantage in the match, including a 9-1 advantage in the first half as they spent most of the match in Willamette’s half.
The Loggers are on the road tomorrow for a crucial match at NWC-leading Linfield at noon.
SALEM, Ore. – With just 11 seconds remaining in regulation, junior Jeff Roland (Tacoma, Wash./South Puget Sound CC) put in the game-winner as the Evergreen Geoducks earned a 1-0 win over the Corban Warriors in a Cascade Conference men’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field in Salem, Ore.
The game-winner came at the 89:49 mark as Willie Spurr (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) sent in a corner kick in the closing seconds and Roland one-timed the attempted clearance from about 35 yards out, sneaking the ball into the upper-right corner for his third goal of the week and fourth of the season.
The Warriors dominated the game offensively, outshooting the Geoducks, 22-5, on the match but junior Mauricio Sanchez (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee Valley CC) was a wall in goal, making six saves to collect the shutout.
With the win, the Geoducks clinch a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2005. Evergreen also tied the school record for most conference wins in a season with nine, which was coincidently last achieved in 2005.
The Geoducks return home on Wednesday when they take on Warner Pacific on Evergreen Pitch, beginning at 3 p.m.
Geoducks Climb Past Mounties, 2-0, on Senior Day
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Taking the pitch for the final time at home, the Evergreen Geoducks earned their first win of 2012, defeating the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers, 2-0, in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer on Saturday afternoon at Evergreen Pitch in Olympia, Wash.
After a scoreless first half that saw EOU outshoot Evergreen, 7-3, the Geoducks went on the offensive in the second half and it paid off. The Geoducks took the lead in the 73rd minute as junior Bianca Flores (Yakima, Wash./Yakima Valley CC) dribbled up the right and shot from about 25 yards out to beat EOU keeper Kailey Moss.
After the Mounties pressed forward and looked for the equalizer in the closing minutes, the Geoducks were able to take advantage of the extra space on offense as Sophie Krauza (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial HS) crossed in a ball to Rayna Murphy (Longview, Wash./Mark Morris HS), who chipped it over Moss’s head for the 2-0 win.
Outshooting EOU 10-3 in the second half, the Geoducks finished with 13-10 advantage on shots. Moss made four saves for the Mounties while Kaitlin MacKenzie (Lake Stevens, Wash./Shoreline CC) made three stops to collect the shutout.
The Geoducks hit the road next week in the final weekend of play. Evergreen will head to Portland, Ore. to take on Warner Pacific on Friday at David Douglas High School.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Blaine Carver and Kyle Peterman each scored a second-half goal Saturday, lifting the ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific men to a 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference soccer win at the Sanford Sports Complex.
The Falcons (10-1-4) improved to 6-1-4 in league play. They completed the road portion of their regular-season schedule with a 5-1-3 record, including Thursday’s 1-1 tie at U-Mary.
Sioux Falls (1-11-2) dropped to 1-8-2 in GNAC games.
Carver (Soldotna, Ak.) started the scoring at 59:18 on SPU’s third shot after halftime.
Senior Christopher Morris (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island HS) assisted on the play with a cross into the box from the right flank. Carver received the ball on his chest and, before it hit the ground, delivered a 16-yard volley across the goal and into the upper left corner.
That was the team-leading seventh goal for the junior forward and his fifth game-winning strike.
Carver was the GNAC Freshman of the Year after scoring eight goals in 2010. An injury-plagued sophomore season limited him to just two goals last year.
“Blaine has been very clutch for us,” said SPU coach Mark Collings. “He had a very, very good freshman year and last year battled some injuries. The biggest key for him this year is that he’s been healthy.
“His athleticism is going to be a problem for a lot of teams and he’s burying his chances when he gets them. Probably the biggest improvement has been his awareness on the field. The runs he’s making now are so dangerous and he’s putting himself in a position to use his athleticism.”
Peterman (Boise, Idaho) netted an insurance tally with 1:36 left to play for his third goal of the season. He raced to the left post and headed in a short cross from Sean Russell (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS).
Senior goalkeeper Zach Johnson (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS) denied one USF shot en route to his seventh shutout. The Falcons have surrendered just one goal over the last 433 minutes.
Kyle Simons had five saves for the Cougars, who were outshot by a 15-6 margin.
The road-weary Falcons have played seven of their last nine games on the road, concluding with this week’s visit to the newest GNAC men’s soccer members from Bismarck, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D.
The SPU men return home for their final three regular-season games, beginning on Thursday against Western Washington. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Interbay Stadium.
“We’re pretty excited to be coming home and done with travel for a bit,” Collings said. “We were a little tired today. This trip is difficult with all of the travel and changing two time zones. Any of those things could have been excuses, but I thought the guys really dug down and didn’t allow for that tonight.”
Lindsay Sustains Scoring Spree in SPU Win
SEATTLE – Saturday was designated as “Senior Day” at Interbay Stadium as the final regular-season home game for the Seattle Pacific women’s soccer team. A senior forward turned it into “Megan Lindsay Day.”
Lindsay tallied two goals for the second straight game, helping SPU extend its winning streak to seven games with a 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference home victory over Western Oregon.
The Falcons (12-2-2) remain in second place with a 9-1-2 league ledger. They trail GNAC-leading Western Washington (11-1-0) by four points with two regular-season games remaining.
SPU finished its home slate with an 8-0-1 record and stretched its undefeated streak to 11 games, posting a 9-0-2 record during that span.
After a scoreless first half, Lindsay (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) put the Falcons on the board with an unassisted strike at 64:49. She fired a shot from the right side of the box that was blocked by WOU goalkeeper Hillary Lutz. Lindsay gathered the rebound and slipped a low, 10-yard shot between Lutz and the right post that carried across the goal and into the left side-netting.
She struck again 14 minutes later after sophomore Ali Martin (Beaverton, Ore.) dribbled into the left side of the box before dropping off a back-pass. Lindsay collected the ball and lofted a shot over Lutz from 14 yards out at78:35.
Lindsay increased her team-leading goal total to 10. Seven of those scores came during the last six games.
The senior forward nearly notched a hat trick Saturday. Her diving header in the 69th minute was disallowed due to an offside call and another header, with 3:48 left to play, was denied by a diving save from the WOU goalkeeper.
Lutz had several impressive stops among her total of six saves for WOU (7-8-1), which dropped to 5-6-1 in conference play.
Starter Alexa Hughes (Everett, Wash./Archbishop Murphy HS) and substitute Natalie Harold (Vancouver, Wash./Heritage HS) combined for SPU’s fifth shutout. Each played a half in goal and neither needed to make a save as their team outshot the Wolves 18-6, including 10-1 in the second half.
The recent hot streak continued for Lindsay, who accounted for at least one goal or assist in each of the last seven games. She compiled seven goals and three assists during that stretch.
Lindsay ranks third among all-time SPU scorers with 39 career goals and needs three more to reach 42 and tie Shannon Lovejoy (2002-05) in the No. 2 spot. Sarah Martinez (2004-07) is the school record-holder with 49 goals.
“Megan played brilliantly today. She’s just making really great decisions with the ball and coming up with different finishing ideas,” Sekyra said. “She’s making good decisions all over the field, when to take on, when to pass, when to shoot. The game is coming easier for her right now.”
Before the game, Lindsay shared the spotlight with classmates Brittany Langdon (Irvine, Calif.) and Kendall Thoreson (Seattle,Wash.), who were honored with a pregame senior ceremony.
Sekyra praised his trio of seniors.
“It’s a group of character. It’s a group of strong women who have done a lot for this program. I have a ton of respect for them.”
All three seniors were in the starting lineup, including Thoreson, who has been sidelined the last two seasons with an injury. The opening kick-off was immediately booted out of play, enabling Thoreson to be replaced.
“We obviously would have like to get Kendall on the field longer,” said Sekyra. “It was neat to see the other two contribute. Megan had a great game and Brittany got us off to a great start as far as winning balls and fighting out there.”
The Falcons close out the regular season on the road next week. They travel to Burnaby, B.C. to play Simon Fraser on Thursday before visiting Bellingham on Saturday for a clash with first-place Western Washington. Both games start at 7 p.m.