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Area roundup: Eastern Washington women’s soccer knock off Gonzaga

From staff reports

Allison Raniere scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute, her second goal of the season and sixth in her career, to help Eastern Washington (4-3-0) beat visiting Gonzaga (4-1-1) 2-1, dealing the Zags their first loss of the season in a nonconference game on Friday.

It’s the first win for Eastern over Gonzaga since 2002 and the first time in program history the Eagles defeated the Zags in Cheney.

Gonzaga’s India Jencks scored in the 83rd minute to halve the deficit but the Zags couldn’t find the equalizer.

Savannah Hoekstra added a 15th-minute marker for the Eagles. EWU generated 17 shots with seven on goal. Goalie Emily Busselman made a key save in the 85th minute to keep the Eagles ahead.

The Eagles play host to California State Northridge on Sunday.

Oregon 1, Idaho 0: Marissa Everett scored in the 59th minute – her third of the season – to lift Oregon (4-1-0) over visiting Idaho (2-4-1) 1-0 in a nonconference matchup in Eugene.

Halla Hinriksdottir made three saves in the shutout, while Makayl Presgrave made six saves for the Vandals.

Washington State 3, Cal State Northridge 0: Morgan Weaver and Makamae Gomera-Stevens both had first-half goals and Washington State (4-1-1) shut out visiting Cal State Northridge (2-1-4) in a nonconference game.

Brianna Alger added a goal in the 50th minute and Ella Dederick made one save for the clean sheet.


McKenna Woodford had 11 kills, Ashley Brown added 23 assists and Washington State (7-1) downed host Fairfield (3-5) in three games (25-20, 25-20, 25-17) at the Fairfield (Connecticut) University Tournament.

Casey Schoenlein and Taylor Mims each added nine kills each, while Ella Lajos led the match with six blocks.

In their early game of the day, Mims had 11 kills and Brown chipped in with 14 assists and the Cougars swept New Hampshire (25-15, 25-22, 25-13). Jocelyn Urias contributed six kills on eight attacks, served a career-high three of WSU’s seven aces and led the match with seven blocks.

Charlotte 3, Eastern Washington 0: Tatyana Thomas had eight kills with five block and Charlotte (7-3) handled Eastern Washington (1-6) in three games (25-20, 25-23, 25-15) in the Canisius Tournament in Buffalo, New York.

Ashley Seiler had 21 kills, third in program history for kills in three sets, recording her sixth double-digit kills match of the season. Regan Harr added 24 assists and 10 digs for the Eagles, her second double-double of the season, while Catelyn Linke contributed a career-high 15 digs.

Eastern faces Bucknell at 9 a.m. and hosts Canisius 3 at p.m. on Sunday.

Idaho 3, Gonzaga 0: Sarah Sharp and Kaela Straw had 12 kills apiece and Idaho (2-4) beat Gonzaga (2-5) in three games (25-12, 25-16, 25-18) in the Grand Canyon University Tournament in Phoenix.

Kaylie Loewen had seven kills and a pair of blocks for the Zags.

Cal Lutheran 3, Whitworth 1: Cassandra Mendoza had 15 kills with nine digs but Whitworth (3-3) fell to Cal Lutheran (4-3) in four sets (25-12, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22) in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational in Thousand Oaks, California.

Emiko Kahle registered a double-double with 11 kill sand 12 digs, while Gracie Meiners contributed 42 assists.

In the day’s early game, Whitworth swept Pomona-Pitzer (25-21, 25-22, 25-20). Madison Douglas had 12 kills and Meiners added 32 helpers.

CC Spokane 2, Linn-Benton 1: Joelle Mahowald had 10 kills, Kendall Collins added 30 assists and CC Spokane (8-2) topped Linn-Benton (12-4) 2-1 (19-25, 25-21, 15-7) in the Preseason Spokane Invitational at Spokane CC.

Kaitlin Ramsey contributed 16 digs and five service aces.

The Sasquatch swept Olympic in the tourney opener and beat Yakima Valley 2-1 in their second game of the day.

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