October 1, 2013 in Sports

Cougs disappointed in draw

From Staff Reports

The Washington State women’s soccer team is still unbeaten, but the Cougars figure they should have done better than a scoreless tie at Oregon last week in their Pac-12 Conferece opener.

The Cougars (7-0-3 overall), had a 17-7 advantage in shots and created the more dangerous chances in the match – none better than senior Micaela Castain’s header in the first minute of overtime.

But Castain’s header hit the crossbar and junior Nicole Setterlund’s rebound attempt was stopped at the near post by the Oregon goalkeeper. Oregon is 2-4-3 overall.

“The chance in overtime was a great one,” WSU coach Keidane McAlpine said. “But we created plenty of chances in the first half and should have finished more than one of them.

“We are disappointed, but earning a point on the road in the conference is a positive,” said McAlpine, whose team extended its school-record unbeaten streak to 14 matches, the second-longest active streak in the country.

The points will be tougher on Friday at seventh-ranked UCLA (9-1 overall).

Gonzaga women

The Bulldogs had a goal scored against them for the first time in 296 minutes, and multiple goals against them for the first time in eight matches, as Cal State Fullerton squeaked out a 2-1 victory Sunday in Fullerton, Calif.

With the Bulldogs trailing 1-0 midway in the second half, sophomore reserve Sila Tuiofea scored in the 70th minute, only to see the Titans score the match-winner two minutes later.

The Bulldogs, 4-5-1 overall, open West Coast Conference play on Oct. 11 at Pepperdine, then play on Oct. 13 at Loyola Marmount.

EWU women

The Eagles dropped both matches and failed to score in the first weekend of Big Sky Conference play.

The Eagles (2-9 overall) had four shots on goal in a 1-0 loss at Idaho State on Thursday, then fell 3-0 on Saturday at Weber State.

After a month on the road, Eastern is home Friday against Portland State and Sunday against Sacramento State.

Idaho women

The Vandals withstood cold, rainy conditions on Sunday, but couldn’t hold off the Kangaroos of Kansas City and fell 2-1 in overtime.

Idaho (2-8 overall, and 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference) took the lead in the 21st minute when a Katie Baran pass sent former Mt. Spokane star Alyssa Lloyd in to put the ball in the net.

Next up is a road game Friday at Utah Valley. Idaho returns home on Oct. 18 to play CSU Bakersfield

Whitworth women

The Pirates dropped two home matches over the rainy, windy weekend to drop to 5-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the Northwest Conference.

League-leading Linfield downed Whitworth 2-0 on Saturday, and Pacific outlasted the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday after the hosts took a lead in the 17th minute on a goal by Tiara Pajimola.

Whitworth is 5-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the NWC.

Gonzaga men

Jakob Granlund and Clark Phillips each scored their second goals of the season to help the Bulldogs defeat Seattle 2-1 in the last non-conference match of the season.

After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs got on the board in the 55th minute when Granlund took a pass from Nick Hamer and drilled a hard shot to the right side from 16 yards off the right flank.

 Phillips provided an insurance goal in the 68th minute for the Bulldogs (5-2), who start WCC action Friday at Saint Mary’s followed by a Sunday match at San Francisco.

Whitworth men

The Pirates scored nine goals in two home matches, winning both to improve to 5-2-1 overall and 3-1 NWC.

Zach Walder scored twice and Sam Selish added his team-leading fourth goal of the season in a wild 5-3 win over George Fox on Saturday. Waldher put in two more in a 4-1 win over Pacific on Sunday.

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