September 10, 2011 in Sports

WSU, No. 7 Virginia draw in women’s soccer

 
Chiefs blank Seattle 1-0

 KENNEWICK – The Spokane Chiefs earned a 1-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday at the Red Lion Hotels Preseason Tournament to move their record to 4-0 in the Western Hockley League preseason.

 Spokane outshot the Thunderbirds 42-22, including 34-10 through two periods, and rookie goaltender Zach Rakochy earned the shutout.

Eighteen-year-old Collin Valcourt scored the only goal 9:22 into the third period with Anthony Bardaro and Tyler King assisting. It was Valcourt’s second of the preseason.

 The Chiefs will play the host Tri-City Americans tonight in their final game of the weekend and then wrap up the preseason with two games next week, both against Tri-City.

The Washington State women held seventh-ranked Virginia scoreless, but the Cougars couldn’t come away with a win as the teams played to a scoreless draw on the first day of the Nike Soccer Classic Friday in Charlottesville, Va.

Washington State (4-1-1) managed just two shots on goal, but played well enough defensively to snap a six-game winning streak for the Cavaliers (6-0-1). Redshirt-freshman Gurveen Clair made four saves for the Cougars, including one in each of the two overtime periods.

Virginia entered the contest leading the nation in goals with 26.

The Cougars play Central Florida Sunday morning in their final game of the tournament.

• After seeing the offense come alive in its prior two matches, Idaho sputtered in its first match of the Montana Nike Cup in Missoula.

Utah Valley’s Haley Curtis scored in the 19th minute and the Wolverines shut down the Vandals in a 1-0 win.

Idaho (2-3-2) will take on North Dakota State Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Missoula.

• Callie Martin and Anna Valentine scored first-half goals as North Idaho beat Northwest College 2-0 in Powell, Wyo.

Martin’s goal came in the eighth minute and Valentine scored off an assist from Adrienne Moore in the 26th minute.

NIC will play Bismarck State today.

Volleyball

Washington State swept Manhattan College, then edged San Francisco at the Nike Cougar Challenge at Bohler Gym in Pullman.

The Cougars won the first two sets against the Dons, then had to rally for a 25-19, 25-15, 22-25, 16-25, 15-11 decision.

Meagan Ganzer had 23 kills and nine digs to lead WSU.

In their opening match, Ganzer had 14 kills and Ver’Leea Hardaway added 10 as the Cougars eased past Manhattan 25-23, 25-23, 25-11.

Shawn Lum had a match-high 10 digs and Camryn Irwin dished out 30 assists.

The Jaspers were led by Malia McGuinness’s 12 kills.

Washington State (7-2) will play Sam Houston State tonight at 7.

• Despite three players reaching double figures in kills, Gonzaga fell 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23 to Indiana (5-2) in an opening match at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.

Terran Poindexter had a team-high 13 kills, Meredith Crenshaw had 12 and Laura Day chipped in 10 to lead the Bulldogs (4-4). Gonzaga setter Denise Van de Mortel dished out 37 assists and had four kills and five digs.

Kelci Marschall and Samantha Thrower had 14 kills apiece for Indiana.

GU will take on Eastern Illinois and Niagara today in the final day of the tournament.

• Eastern Washington had 13 more kills than Cal State Northridge, but fell to the Matadors 29-27, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-10 at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Shelby Puckett had 19 kills, 13 digs, four assists and two blocks to lead the Eagles, who fell to 3-5.

EWU plays UNLV and Southern Utah today.

• Idaho swept Cal State Fullerton then fell to South Dakota in the first day of the Montana Invitational in Missoula.

In their opening match, the Vandals got 13 kills from Alicia Milo en route to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 win over the Titans, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

Allison Walker added 12 kills and Ryann Carter had her second double-double with 30 assists and 12 digs.

In Idaho’s second game, South Dakota regrouped after a second-set loss and beat the Vandals 25-20, 18-25, 25-15, 25-16.

South Dakota used 12 aces – compared to two by the Vandals – to take control of the match.

Idaho was led by Milo and Walker, who had 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Idaho (3-5) will play Montana today.

• After a tough five-set loss to Dominican, Whitworth fell in straight sets to Colorado College on the first day of the Molten Colorado College Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dominican won the final two sets and beat the Pirates 31-33, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12 in Whitworth’s opening match. Kaimi Rocha had 15 kills and 22 digs to lead the Pirates.

In the second match, Whitworth trailed off late and lost 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 to Colorado.

Bree Riddle handed out 23 assists and Whitney Santos had 11 digs for Whitworth (2-4).

The Pirates wrap up the tournament today against Whitman.

• Community Colleges of Spokane was swept by Linn-Benton, then beat Columbia Basin in three sets on the opening day of the Inland Northwest Communications tournament in Spokane.

Hannah Bell had 15 kills and 13 digs as Linn-Benton beat the Sasquatch 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 in the opening match. Jone Nagy had 11 assists and 15 digs to lead CCS.

In the second match, Brigitte Lowe had 13 kills and 14 digs to guide CCS past Columbia Basin 25-15, 25-20, 25-19.

The Sasquatch will take on Central Arizona today at 9 a.m. in their final pool-play match.

Also at the tournament, North Idaho College beat Big Bend 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 and Clackamas 26-24, 25-11, 25-16. The Cardinals will play Blue Mountain, which also went 2-0 on the first day, today at 9 a.m. for the No. 1 seed in their pool.

Men’s soccer

Northwest College scored three consecutive second-half goals and beat visiting North Idaho 4-1 in Powell, Wyo.

The Cardinals’ Eli Kesselheim scored off an assist from Matt Lieggi in the 50th minute to knot the game at 1, but the Trappers scored three more times to end the game.

NIC takes on Bismarck State College today in Powell.


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