Efficient Winterhawks aim for division lead
Winterhawks: Coming off an efficient weekend, Portland will take aim at the top of the Western Hockey League's U.S. Division with games at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Everett and 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum, also against the division-leading Silvertips.
Joachim Blichfeld and Cody Glass continue to pile up points for the Hawks. In a weekend sweep of two home games against Kelowna, Blichfeld had three goals (he has 17 this season) and one assist. Glass provided a goal and four assists in the 3-0 and 4-2 wins over the Rockets.
Portland has won five in a row. At 12-6-0-1, the Hawks have 25 points in 19 outings. Everett leads the division with 28 points in 20 games.
Reece Newkirk scored once in each game against Kelowna and has 12 goals this season.
Goalie Shane Farkas stopped 55 of 57 shots in the victories over Kelowna.
After playing at Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Winterhawks will have seven of their next eight games at home.
PSU football: The promising improvement showed by the Vikings has run into the sobering reality of a difficult November schedule.
The Viks, who were 3-0 in October, will end their season 0-3 in November unless they can pull off a huge upset of Eastern Washington on Friday at Hillsboro Stadium (kickoff 7 p.m.).
The Eagles are flying high, having just knocked off UC Davis, 59-20, to move into a first-place tie in the Big Sky with the Aggies, both 6-1.
Eastern Washington is 8-2 overall and ranked third in FCS.
The Vikings fell to 4-6 (2-4 Big Sky) with a 17-10 loss last weekend at North Dakota (6-4).
The PSU defense gave coach Bruce Barnum's team a chance to win, and the Vikings led 10-7 after three quarters. But a tipped pass turned into a pick-six for the Fighting Hawks, who added a late field goal on what turned into a disappointing day for Portland State.
College women's soccer: When Quinn Williams scored 85:05 into Saturday's NCAA Division II second-round playoff match, Concordia was five minutes from victory and ahead of rival Western Washington by two goals.
One minute and 21 seconds later, the match at Concordia's Tuominen Yard was tied.
Eleven game minutes after that, the Cavaliers' season was over. Western Washington's stunning comeback ended another successful season for coach Grant Landy's program, which finished 15-2-3 and won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament championship.
"I'm not going to lie, I'm a little bit in shock right now," Landy said. "I think we did what we needed to do in the second half. Got two great goals. Four minutes left. Then kind of shut off a little bit. You've got to credit Western Washington for playing the whole half out and finding a way to get two in the net."
Senior midfielder Gabrielle Ewing had a goal and assist for Concordia, and Williams doubled the lead late for the Cavaliers. But 15 seconds after the ensuing kickoff, WWU defender Hattie North scored her first career goal from 23 yards, and 1:03 after that the game was tied. The winning goal came on a redirected header off a cross 7:19 into overtime.
This was the second season that Concordia has been eligible for the NCAA Division II playoffs and the second year in a row the Cavalier's season ended in the D-II west region semifinals. It happened a week after Concordia beat WWU in overtime to win the GNAC tournament.
"I know we ended up this year in the same spot, but I do feel like we did take a major step," Landy said. "The GNAC championship was something the players really wanted (and) put their heart and soul on the line for that."