The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
TACOMA, WA — The University of Puget Sound men’s soccer team handed their cross-town rivals and fifth-ranked Pacific Lutheran Lutes their first loss of the season 2:1 at Peyton Field Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t even know if our players knew that they were undefeated and ranked top ten in the nation,” stated Puget Sound head coach Reece Olney. “We knew that if we worked hard and set our mind to what objectives we had for the day that we could get a result.”
A result is just what the Loggers got, earning a vital three points and keeping them atop the Northwest Conference standings while distancing themselves from the Lutes.
The win keeps Puget Sound a perfect 7-0-0 in conference play while Pacific Lutheran drops to 4-1-2 in the Northwest Conference.
TACOMA, WA.—After dominating the score sheet for 92 minutes, the Puget Sound women’s soccer team finally found its way on the scoreboard, besting Lewis & Clark 1-0 in overtime Saturday at Peyton Field.
Amalia Acorda-Fey scored the game-winner for the second straight game, finishing off a cross by Robin Vieira deep in the box. The goal was Acorda-Fey’s team-leading third of the season.
The Loggers expected to score earlier in the overtime period when Acorda-Fey was fouled in the box, earning a penalty kick with just over a minute gone. Vieira took the attempt, but Pioneer keeper Geena Fong made the last of her eight saves on the day, keeping the Pioneers alive.
“We’re playing well and we’re creating chances; then you just have to kick those in,” said Puget Sound head coach Randy Hanson. “Today was a little bit of the same, but we got the goal. We’ve tied this game before, so in a way we’re progressing and so we’ll keep going. What I’m encouraged by is that we’re playing well and creating chances. From there we’ll just work on kicking more of those in.”
McMINNVILLE, OR. – Returning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Emily Fellows scored two goals, including the game-winner to break a 1-1 tie in the second half, as 24th-ranked Linfield held off the Pacific Lutheran women’s soccer team 2-1 Saturday afternoon.
Pacific Lutheran takes its first loss of the conference season, falling to 3-1-3 and 5-3-3 overall. The Lutes were the last team in the NWC to take a loss this season, and Saturday’s match was PLU’s first defeat since a double-overtime 2-1 loss at Occidental on Sept. 7.
“It was the best effort that we’ve had against them in a long time, so overall I was really pleased with how we played,” PLU head coach Seth Spidahl said. “They’ve got a couple of special players. Emily Fellows is the conference player of the year, so I thought we did a pretty good job against her, but she still managed to score both goals. Molly McCool is also a really special player.”
ELLENSBURG, WA — Juniors Danielle Brandli (Bellevue/Interlake HS) and Savanna Moorehouse (Bonney Lake) scored two goals each, as the Central Washington University women’s soccer team improved to 6-2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a 4-1 win over visiting Simon Fraser University on Saturday.
The Wildcats, now 7-4-0 overall, completed a weekend sweep at home. CWU also defeated Seattle Pacific University, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon, and the Wildcats have won five of their last six. Simon Fraser remained winless, falling to 0-8-2 overall and 0-6-2 in the conference.
OLYMPIA, WA – The NU Eagles made good of their scoring opportunities and their defense held solid as they defeated Evergreen 3:1 this afternoon on the Olympia campus. NU goalkeeper Joe Galbraith steadied the defense with 10 saves in goal today. With the victory, Northwest renains tied for second place, one game behind league-leading Corban.
“This was a good road win for us today,” said Gary McIntosh, NU head coach. “The guys worked hard for this one and were rewarded for their efforts. Joe Galbraith was great between the posts today.”
Northwest host sNorthwest Christian at home on Tuesday and then travel for an important contest in Portland with Concordia on Saturday, October 19.
It looked as though the Eagles would score more than one goal as Acacia Johnson put NU up 1-0 just 56 seconds into the game. But, the Corban defense toughened and held NU scoreless for the next 109 minutes. With time running down and just 33 seconds remaining in the game, Corban’s Audrey Sullivan took a long shot from the near sideline which got past NU goalkeeper Patty Hughes and into the upper right corner of the net to knot the score at 1-all and sending the game into overtime.
“A disappointing game for us today,” stated Val Seid, Eagle head coach. “We had a lot of opportunities to finish the game and came up just a little short. Corban was tough but our ladies kept at them and were relentless the entire game.”
In a game that was far closer on the scoreboard than what the possession and opportunities could have led to, the Whitworth women earned a narrow 1-0 victory against visiting George Fox University Saturday afternoon. The Pirates had chance after chance throughout the contest, but it was Kristin Wucherer’s tally in the 49th minute that stood as the deciding tally.
The Pirates improved to 6-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the NWC, ending a three-game winless streak in conference road matches. The Missionaries dropped to 4-7-2, 3-3-1.
Whitworth returns to action next Saturday when the Pirates host league-leading Puget Sound.
BILLINGS, MT. - In similar fashion to the previous meeting it was the Saint Martin’s University women’s soccer team that struck first but once again MSU-Billings came back scoring twice to earn a 2-1 victory in GNAC action on Saturday afternoon.
Nikki Roberts put SMU ahead in the 24th minute of the game with her second goal of the season. Jessica Christian tallied the assist on the play.
The Saints (3-8, 2-6 GNAC) will return home to face #2 Western Washington on Thursday, Oct.17th at 3:00 pm.
SEATTLE, WA – Freshman Jordan Kollars assisted on the first two goals Saturday, leading Seattle Pacific to a 3-0 men’s soccer victory over Saint Martin’s in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Interbay Stadium.
The Falcons (7-1-2) extended their unbeaten streak to nine games, having not lost since the season opener on Sept. 7. They stayed undefeated in league games with a 5-0-2 record.
Eric Owen made four saves for SMU, which was outshot by a 13-6 margin. Saint Martin’s (3-7-1) dropped to 3-3-1 in GNAC play.
The SPU men hit the road for two games next week, beginning on Thursday at Northwest Nazarene. Their next home game at Interbay Stadium is Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. against U-Mary.
SEATTLE, WA – Ali Martin scored the equalizer late in the first half Saturday, but the Seattle Pacific women committed an own goal five minutes later and lost 2-1 to second-ranked Western Washington in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference soccer game at Interbay Stadium.
The Falcons (8-4) lost their second straight outing to drop to 5-3 in league play.
The first-place Vikings (11-0) remained undefeated overall and are 8-0 in GNAC games. They swept the season series from SPU, including a 2-1 win in Bellingham on Oct. 3.
The Clan came out firing in the match, outshooting the Vikings 12-3 in the first half and 16-6 overall. Eight of the Clan’s shots were on goal.
In the 12th minute, Alexander Kleefeldt (Frankfurt, Germany) opened the scoring for the Clan when he scored on a header off a cross from Alex Rowley (Maple Ridge, BC).
That was all the scoring that would take place in the first half, as the two sides went to the locker rooms with SFU leading 1-0.
The Clan added to their lead in the 60th minute when Jules Chopin (Kaslo, BC) gave the Clan an insurance goal, scoring unassisted off a giveaway.
Brandon Watson (Victoria, BC) got the start in net for the Clan, earning the shutout.
The win improves the Clan’s record to 6-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, 10-1 overall.
(W) Northwest Christian 0:3 Evergreen State
SPRINGFIELD, OR – Playing their sixth straight match on the road, the Evergreen Geoducks earned a decisive 3-0 win over the Northwest Christian Beacons in a Cascade Conference women’s soccer match on Saturday evening at Mike Kelly Field in Springfield, Ore.
The Geoducks (2-6-0, 1-2-0 CCC) opened up the scoring in the 17th minute with a little help from the Northwest Christian (3-8-1, 1-2-1 CCC) defense as the Beacons put in an own goal after an NCU defender booted the ball into her own net for the 1-0 Evergreen lead.