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KIRKLAND, WA -The Northwest University Eagles are flying high tonight after they upset the nationally-ranked Concordia Portland Cavaliers 3:2 on the school campus in Kirkland late Tuesday afternoon. The perennial Cascade Collegiate Conference powerhouse Cavaliers had been ranked as high as 11th in the country going into the season. Josh Guerrero’s 83rd-minute goal stood as the match-winner for Northwest.
Dale Garvey was at the match and shares the photos in this recap, with a gallery at Facebook.com/goalWA.
The Eagles took the lead 1:0 in the 14th minute on a strike from Edgar Equivel, whose shot from eight yards out deflected off of Concordia goalkeeper Scott Gross. Taylor Young was credited with an assist. That was all of the scoring in the first half, setting up a back-and-forth second stanza that featured four goals.
Concordia drew level in the 50th minute when Michael Chamberlain finished in the lower right corner from six yards out on an assist from Radcliffe McDougald.
In the 66th Josh Guerrero unleashed a 35-yarder that caught the Cavs defense by surprise and lifted the Eagles back into the lead, 2:1. Hunter Madich fed the ball to Guerrero on the goal.
Concordia fought back in the 68th to get even on a goal from Quinn Sinser which beat an Eagle defender on the weak side and netted in the far side.
The elements were all in place for a dramatic winner, and Guerrero stepped up to the challenge late on. In the 83rd minute Ryan Gamache slotted the ball to Guerrero, who took another deep chance, this one from about 30 yards out. It flew inside the right post and provided the Eagles with an upset victory.
Concordia (3-2-0, 0-1 CCC) outshot Northwest 18-7, but many of the CU shots just missed their mark sailing wide or high. Joe Galbraith earned the win for NU with 3 saves in goal while Scott Gross took the loss with 2 saves for the Cavaliers.
Said NU head coach Gary McIntosh, “I’m proud of the team today! We wanted to come out and take our game to them and that’s exactly what we did. Joe (Galbraith) and the defense played well in the back and limited their chances. Josh stepped up and scored two great goals each time we needed them. We played with grit and composure today.”
Northwest now travels to Idaho to play the College of Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 21 while Concordia travels to Eugene to play Northwest Christian on Saturday.
The Eagles improve to 3-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in conference.
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