Area roundup: WSU edges Washington in women’s soccer
Washington State freshman Kaitlyn Johnson scored the first goal of her career in the 81st minute to lift the Washington State women’s soccer team past Washington 1-0 in Pac-12 Conference play Friday in Seattle.
The Cougars (14-3-3, 7-3-1 Pcc-12) will wait and see if they are selected as one of 64 teams to play in the NCAA Division I Championships. They’ll find out Monday.
The win kept WSU unbeaten against the Huskies (7-9-4, 3-4-4) in the teams’ last 10 meetings. The Cougars are 7-0-3 against Washington since 2004.
It was also WSU’s fifth straight conference victory, four coming away from Pullman, and gave the Cougars sole possession of second place in the Pac-12.
• Top-ranked Seattle (15-2-2) scored three first-half goals and eased past fourth-seeded Idaho (4-16) 6-1 in a Western Athletic Conference tournament game in Las Cruces, N.M.
Chelsie Brown scored the Vandals’ lone goal. The loss ended Idaho’s season.
San Diego (5-8-4, 1-5-3 WCC) scored three goals in the opening minutes and held on to beat Gonzaga 3-1 in a West Coast Conference match in San Diego.
The Bulldogs (8-5-3, 3-3-3) shored up their defensive deficiencies after the Toreros’ early onslaught, but couldn’t get back in the match.
Nick Hamer tallied GU’s lone goal in the 54th minute.
• Mason Robertson and Ian Lange scored goals to guide No. 3 Washington (12-1-4, 5-1-2 Pac-12) past Stanford (7-6-3, ,1-5-2) 2-0 in a Pac-12 Conference match in Seattle.
North Idaho won both its matches and will play today in the Region 18 tournament title match.
The Cardinals swept Colorado Northwestern 25-13, 25-6, 25-6 in their first match. NIC’s Larissa Claassen had 13 kills and Russia Robinson, who was named the Scenic West Athletic Conference Libero of the Year, had 15 digs. In the semifinals, North Idaho thwarted Southern Idaho’s comeback effort and beat the Golden Eagles in five sets. Scores were 26-24, 25-16, 18-25, 25-19 and 15-7.
Claassen had 21 kills, Allison Meehan dished out 50 assists and Leeta Grap contributed 17 kills and 19 digs for the Cardinals, who will play Salt Lake in today’s title match.
• Kelsey Julian tallied a match-high 15 kills and Eastern Washington (9-18, 6-10 Big Sky) racked up a school-record 16 aces in a Big Sky Conference win over Southern Utah (3-24, 2-14) at Reese Court in Cheney, 25-14, 24-26, 25-11 and 25-16.
Lindsay Niemeier added 43 assists and five aces for the Eagles.
• Ashley Christman had 18 kills and 13 digs to lead Idaho (15-10, 8-5 WAC) to a Western Athletic Conference win over Seattle (11-18, 8-6) in Moscow, Idaho. Scores were 25-15, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-16.
Jessica Hastriter added 12 kills for Idaho, which played its final home match of the season.
• Jalana White had 22 kills and 10 digs as Whitworth (15-13, 9-7 NWC) responded after dropping the first set to beat visiting Linfield (7-15, 3-12) in a Northwest Conference match.
Scores were 23-25, 25-17, 28-26 and 25-20.
Kristine Kardell had 14 kills and Nicole Leonard had 12 kills and 23 digs for the Pirates, whose season ended.
• Dana Norris had 11 kills and Brittany Evans added 12 digs as Community Colleges of Spokane (31-13, 11-2 NWAACC) swept Columbia Basin (13-26, 5-8) in an NWAACC match at Spokane Falls Community College. Scores were 25-17, 25-19, 25-15.