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No. 22 Utah cruises past Idaho

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The 22nd-ranked Utah Utes scored three goals in the first 38 minutes to breeze to a 4-1 victory over the Idaho Vandals in non-conference women’s soccer action Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Utah (4-0) outshot Idaho (1-2) 23-10 for the match.

The Vandals’ lone goal came with 15 seconds remaining in the first half when Adriane Kehl headed in a pass form Eija Hodgin.

“We will never face a team this quick and technically skilled again,” said Vandals coach Pete Showler.

•The Washington State Cougars (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season, losing 1-0 to the Vanderbilt Commodores in non-conference play in Nashville, Tenn.

The lone goal of the match came in the 62nd minute when Meghan Habig headed in a deflection of a shot by Katie Shulz.

•The Whitworth Pirates earned a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the Chapman Panthers on the final day of the Whitworth Invitational.

The Pirates (0-1-1) took a 1-0 lead at the 13:07 mark when Meghan Hudson took a pass from Ashley Fisk and floated a shot over the head of Chapman keeper Jaclyn Burris into the left side of the net.

Chapman knotted the score 12 minutes later on a goal by Shari Lambert.

In the other game, Whitman edged Cal State East Bay 2-1 in overtime.

•Mount Sac College scored a pair of first-half goals and held on to defeat the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch 2-1 at the Seabreeze Invitational in Oxnard, Calif.

The Sasquatch, who finished 1-1 in the tourney, averted a shutout when Alexis Deleo took a pass from Ashley Imes and scored in the 91st minute.

Men’s soccer

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and University of Detroit played to a scoreless draw on the final day of the Fr. Leo Sweeney Jesuit Cup hosted by Loyola University in Chicago.

Goalkeeper Vito Higgins earned his third career shutout for Gonzaga (1-0-1).

•The North Idaho Cardinals got goals from three different players and cruised to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Columbia Basin Hawks.

Garga Caserta, with an assist from Lamar Kumangai-McGee, scored NIC’s first goal in the 41st minute. Sean Person fed Mike Vredanbarg for the Cardinals’ second goal in the 47th minute and Tyson Murrill capped the scoring with an unassisted netter in the 76th minute.

Volleyball

The Washington State Cougars split a pair of matches on the final day of the Howard Johnson Aggie Invitational in Davis, Calif.

The Cougars (2-2) opened with a 30-28, 34-32, 30-25 victory over eventual champion Toledo.

In the second match, WSU fell to host UC Davis 21-30, 30-27, 27-30, 32-30, 11-15.

Jen Barcus and Kelly Rosin combined for 40 kills on the day to pace the Cougars.

•Loyola Marymount showed why it was a vote-getter in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I volleyball poll, defeating Idaho 30-20, 28-30, 30-26, 30-22 to win the LMU Four Points Classic in Los Angeles late Saturday night.

Senior Kati Tikker (Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls) led the Vandals (4-2) with 14 kills, and Meghan Brown added 13 kills and 13 digs. Saxony Brown recorded her second double-double of the day with 46 assists and 12 digs.

The Vandals went 2-1 in the tournament, led by All-Tournament team members Erin Curtis and Saxony Brown.

Hockey

Goalie Kevin Opsahl stopped all 28 shots on goal to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on the final day of the Everett preseason tournament.

Derek Ryan scored the only goal of the match 12:53 into the second period.

Spokane finished the three-day tourney with a 2-1 record.

The Chiefs return to the ice on Saturday at Tri-City in the Americans’ preseason tourney. Spokane will play Vancouver on Sunday.

Golf

Denny Larue parred the second hole of a three-way playoff at The Creek at Qualchan to win the Spokane City Championship.

Larue shot a final-round 1-over-par 73 to tie Kevin Braegger (76) and Bill Witte (74) at 218 total.

Dustin Garber (221) and Scott Adams (222) rounded out the top five in the three-day event.

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