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Portland puts end to GU women’s winning streak

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The Gonzaga University women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the second-ranked Portland Pilots in a West Coast Conference opener on Sunday in Portland.

The loss ended a school-record seven-match winning streak for the Bulldogs (9-3-1, 0-1).

The Pilots (13-0, 1-0) jumped out in front in the 10th minute of play on the first of two goals by Christine Sinclair.

Sinclair capped the scoring for Portland on a penalty kick at the 62:36 mark with her NCAA-leading 24th goal of the season.

Portland outshot Gonzaga 13-6.

•The California Golden Bears (9-2-1, 2-0) found the net three times in the second half en route to a 3-0 win over the Washington State Cougars (7-5-1, 0-2) in Pac-10 play at Berkeley, Calif.

Tracy Hamm scored twice in an 11-minute span to give Cal a 2-0 lead and Katie Ratian notched the final goal in the 80th minute.

•Kristin Donati scored in the 77th minute to lift the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (6-8, 2-0) to a 2-1 victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles (3-8-3, 1-1-1) in Big Sky conference play in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Eastern grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute on a goal by Beth Russell.

Dani Davis scored in the 39th minute to pull the Lumberjacks even.

•The San Jose State Spartans (1-10-2, 1-1) scored a goal in each half to pick up their first win of the season at the expense of the Idaho Vandals (2-11, 0-2) in Western Athletic Conference play in San Jose, Calif.

Idaho has now lost nine straight matches, its longest skid since a 12-match slide in 1998.

•The Whitworth Pirates (4-4-3, 3-3-2) used a quick start to cruise to a 4-1 victory over the Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-6-2, 2-5-1) in Northwest Conference play at Whitworth.

Kara Tisthammer netted a shot just 5:29 into the match and Meghan Hudson headed in a goal at the 8:20 mark to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Stephanie Thurin scored in the 36th minute to pull the Pioneers within a goal at the half.

Katy Jones got the Pirates off and running in the second half, scoring a goal just two minutes in and Ashley Fisk capped the scoring for Whitworth in the 53rd minute. Marissa Williams picked up her third assist of the match on the play.

Whitworth outshot Lewis & Clark 21-2 for the match.

Men’s soccer

Alex Christlieb tipped in Carlos Diaz’s corner kick in the 62nd minute and the Saint Mary’s Gaels (6-4-1, 3-1) made the goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-5-2, 0-2) in West Coast Conference play in Cheney.

The match was moved to the Eastern Washington University Sports and Recreation Center because heavy rains last weekend left Gonzaga’s Martin Field unplayable.

The Bulldogs held a 10-6 advantage in shots for the match, including a 6-3 edge in the second half.

Saint Mary’s goalkeeper Brian Mason earned his sixth shutout of the season.

•The Washington Huskies (6-3-1, 0-2-1) and 15th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs (7-1-3, 1-1-2) battled to a double overtime scoreless draw in Pac-10 play at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.

It was the third straight match that the Huskies have failed to score. Last year’s leading scorer, Kevin Forrest, is out for the season with a foot injury.

Washington goalkeeper Chris Eylander made five saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season.

San Diego State keeper Tally Hall made six saves en route to his eighth shutout.

Washington travels to Stanford and California next weekend in search of its first Pac-10 win of the season.


Buff Kobs of Coeur d’Alene finished second in the Motorcycle Class race at the NHRA Division Six season finale on Sunday in Medford, Ore.

Jerry Stinson of Medford, Ore., rode his 1984 Ninja to a 9.388-seconds elapsed time at 135.90 miles per hour to top Kobs’ effort of 7.743 and 159.01.

Kobs, a quicker qualifier on his 1995 Kawasaki, had a nearly 1 1/2 -second handicap at the start.

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