Area roundup: Small’s goal lifts Vandals
Junior forward Chelsea Small scored a goal in the seventh minute and Caroline Towles and Morgan Porter made it stand up as the Idaho Vandals (6-8-3, 2-2-1) pinned a 1-0 loss on Louisiana Tech (8-5-4, 1-3) in Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer action Sunday in Ruston, La.
Small’s goal was the 30th of her career. The scoring play came when Jill Flockhart took a pass from Bailey Hewitt and booted a cross to Small who headed it in the net from 10 yards out.
Towles, a junior, was stellar in goal, making three saves in the first 68 minutes. But Towles received a red card for handing a ball just outside the box at the 67:21 mark, setting the stage for Porter.
Porter, a freshman forward, took over in goal for the Vandals for the first time in her brief career. She immediately saved a free kick and minutes later cleared a corner kick to help preserve the victory.
• Whitworth goalkeeper Callie Bergstrom tallied eight saves and the Pirates (6-4-3, 6-2-3) and the Puget Sound Loggers (9-2-2, 7-1-2) played to a 0-0 tie through double overtime in Northwest Conference play in Tacoma.
Senior Brent Richards scored a pair of goals – the first just before halftime to knot the score and the second in the 103rd minute – to lift the Washington Huskies (8-3-2, 3-2) to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the California Golden Bears (3-5-4, 0-3-2) in Pacific-12 Conference play in Berkeley, Calif.
Richards has nine goals this season.
• Nate Spangler netted a goal in each half and Robby Ubben capped the scoring in the 71st minute as the Whitworth Pirates (9-3-1, 7-2) breezed to a 3-0 win over the Puget Sound Loggers (6-5, 5-4) in Northwest Conference play in Tacoma.