WSU makes headway on road trip
Cara Wegner scored in the 27th minute and Washington State defeated Arizona State 1-0 in a Pac-12 women’s soccer match in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday.
The victory completed a weekend road sweep of the Arizona teams and moved the Cougars (11-3-3, 4-3-1) into a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference, one point back of Utah and two behind second-place Stanford.
Micaela Castain, who fed a pass to Wegner on the goal, notched her eighth assist of the season, tying the school’s single-season record.
Gurveen Clair posted her 31st career shutout, also tying a WSU record. She made six saves against the Sun Devils (8-7-1, 3-4-1).
• Washington (7-6-4, 3-1-4 Pac-12) blew a two-goal lead in settling for a 2-2 draw with Arizona (7-6-4, 2-5-1) at Tucson, Ariz. Kate Bennett and Havana McElvaine scored for UW, but Kaitlyn Lopez scored at 89:44 to tie the match.
• Alyssa Pease scored her third goal of the season in the 68th minute, and Idaho defeated New Mexico State (4-12-1, 1-8-1 Western Athletic) in Las Cruces, N.M. The victory keeps the Vandals (4-13-0, 4-6-0) in the running for a spot in the WAC tourney. Marina Siegl made seven saves for the shutout.
• Eastern Washington (3-15-0, 1-8-0 Big Sky) fell in its season finale, 2-0 to Northern Arizona (3-15-0, 1-8-0) at Cheney. An own goal at 84:47 put the Lumberjacks in the lead, and they scored again less than two minutes later.
• Tegan Grunwald tapped in the game-winner off a free kick in the 107th minute of overtime to give first-place Linfield (14-1-1, 10-1-1 Northwest) a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Whitworth in McMinnville, Ore.
The Pirates (6-7-4, 3-5-4) took a 2-1 lead on goals by Molly Smith at 43:16 and Jami Hegg at 48:24. Linfield tied the match in the 54th minute.
• Jenny Hoefel’s goal in the 24th minute gave the Gonzaga club team a 1-0 victory over North Idaho College, which rested some players in anticipation of its NJCAA Region 9 semifinal against Otero (Colo.) in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Friday.
Third-ranked Washington topped fourth-ranked USC 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 in Los Angeles to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12.
Krista Vansant had 22 kills, Lianna Sybeldon 15 on .462 hitting and Kaleigh Nelson 13 for the Huskies (17-1, 9-1). Katy Beals and Jenni Nogueras each contributed 26 assists. Cassie Strickland led UW with 16 digs.
Alexis Olgard (Mead) had 12 kills with a .429 hitting percentage for the Trojans (18-3, 8-2).
Six different Pirates scored – five in the first half – as second-place Whitworth (10-3-2, 8-2-1) scored a 6-0 shutout over George Fox (1-16, 0-11) in Newberg, Ore. Rylan Berriman scored 26 seconds into the match, and Spencer Wolfe, Matt Bray, Balin Larson, Karl Muelheims and Will Wren also scored.
Whitworth’s men’s and women’s teams finished fourth to close the fall season at the Northwest Conference Falls Classic at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore.
The men had 32-over-par total of 608, 21 strokes back of winner Williamette. Oliver Rudnicki led Whitworth at 6-over 150 over two rounds, good for an eighth-place tie, seven back of winner Ryan Kukula of Willamette.
The Whitworth women were led by Michal Schuster, 10th at 19-over 163, 17 strokes behind winner Sydney Maluenda of George Fox. The Pirates finished at 95-over 671, 57 strokes back of victorious Willamette.
The tournament counts 25 percent toward determining the conference’s team champion and automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Washington State women’s rowing team swept its races, including the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+, at the Portland Falls Classic on the Willamette River in Portland.
Third-period goals by Sean Collins and Tanner Stolz sent the host Spokane Braves (4-10-0-2) past the Osoyoos Coyotes (10-6-0-0) 3-2 in a KIJHL game at Eagles Ice-A-Rena. Tyler Peltram had the Braves’ other goal.