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Portland State football looks to extend Big Sky win streak; Pilots men on road, women at home in soccer

PSU football: Portland State can stretch its win streak to three with a victory at noon PT Saturday on the road against struggling Northern Colorado.

The Vikings improved to 2-1 in conference and 4-3 overall with their 24-0 win at Hillsboro Stadium over a sagging Idaho team that was missing several key offensive players.

Northern Colorado is in even worse straits, having dropped to 1-6, 1-2 with a 54-21 loss at Eastern Washington. The Bears have scored only 113 points this season while allowing 277.

Portland State's defense has improved considerably since last year, when the Viks beat Northern Colorado 35-14 en route to a 4-7 season. And PSU quarterback Davis Alexander has led the offense, posting a pass efficiency rating of 150.10, up from his 125.3 last season.

• In the FCS coaches poll, Weber State is No. 5, Montana 6, Montana State 12, Sacramento State 17 and UC Davis 22. The STATS FCS Top 25 has Weber State fourth, Montana fifth, Montana State 12th, Sac State 15th and UC Davis 23rd.

Small-college football: Linfield is ranked 22nd by the coaches and is the only NWC team in the top 29, while Whitworth is 30th. Both are 2-0 in league and 3-1 overall. In the poll, Linfield is 25th, Whitworth 26th.

Lewis & Clark (1-1, 2-2), which lost 68-30 to Whitworth last week, will visit Pacific (1-1, 1-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Linfield, a 77-22 winner over Puget Sound last week, plays host to Willamette (0-2, 1-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Western Oregon leads the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 3-0 (4-2 overall), after its 26-14 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville. WOU visits Central Washington (1-1, 2-4) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

College men's soccer: The Portland Pilots will try to bounce back from a disappointing start to West Coast Conference play when they travel to Loyola Marymount for a 7 p.m. Saturday match.

Portland coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said that — other than a slow start — there was a lot to like about the Pilots' play in a 1-0 home loss to Pacific last weekend.

Portland outshot Pacific 12-6, had 59 percent of possession and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks, but couldn't score.

"I thought we played really well. We're still missing that detail (around the goal)," Carlin-Voigt said.

The lesson for his younger players, he said, is that every conference game is critical and requires a 90-minute performance to be successful.

• Oregon State (5-5-1, 2-2-1 Pac-12) was competitive but fell 2-1 on Sunday to No. 2-ranked Washington. The Beavers are idle until a Oct. 24 match at San Diego State. ... After a disappointing 2-0 loss last weekend at Western Washington, Concordia will play host to Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m. Thursday, then visit Saint Martin's on Saturday.

College women's soccer: The Portland Pilots (4-4-3, 0-2-1 WCC) play three West Coast Conference home games in a row starting with a 7 p.m. Saturday visit from 24th-ranked Santa Clara. Brigham Young (Oct. 23) and San Francisco (Oct. 26) follow.

The Pilots played a frustrating 1-1 draw at Saint Mary's last weekend. It seemed they would get their first WCC win of the season when Taryn Ries scored her fourth goal of the season with 2:20 left in the second half. But the Gaels tied it 13 seconds from the end.

• Oregon State (9-2-2, 1-2-2 Pac-12) plays host to Washington (8-3-2, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Corvallis. ... No. 2 Stanford beat Oregon 5-0 on Sunday, with most of the damage coming in the second half at Papé Field. The Ducks (4-4-5, 0-3-2 Pac-12) have another home challenge this week, with No. 15 Washington State visiting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

• After going 2-1 on a home stand at Hillsboro Stadium, Portland State is 4-10-0 and 3-2-0 in the Big Sky. PSU is in fifth place with four matches left. The top six teams make the conference tournament.

College volleyball: Portland State will play host to Northern Colorado at noon Saturday. ... Portland picked up its first West Coast Conference win of the year last week, downing Pacific 3-2. ... Oregon (1-5 Pac-12) and Oregon State (0-6) are at the bottom of the Pac-12. The Ducks are home at 6 p.m. Friday vs. UCLA and noon Sunday vs. USC, while the Beavers will welcome the Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday, then face the Bruins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

PGA Tour: Scott Harrington, the 38-year-old former Jesuit High golfer who has embarked on his first PGA Tour campaign, tied for second in the Houston Open last week, one shot back of Lanto Griffin. Harrington earned $667,500, which gives him $779,372 in four starts this season, good for 12th on the money list. He's also 12th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Harrington fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at the Golf Club of Houston and was tied for the lead at times on the final nine, where he made four birdies. A three-putt bogey dropped him out of the co-lead, and he just missed a 17-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

He earned $212,749 on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019, finishing second in the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge to secure his PGA Tour card.

Women's golf: Gigi Stoll, former Beaverton High star, is playing this week in Stage II of the LPGA Tour qualifying system — after barely missing a bye into Stage 1, which will determine spots on the 2020 circuit. Stoll finished 36th in 2019 Symetra Tour earnings, just $100 out of the top 35 for an exemption into Stage I. The 72-hole Stage II runs through Thursday in Venice, Fla. Stage I is Oct. 23 to Nov. 2 at Pinehurst, N.C.

Men's golf: The 71st Hudson Cup matches, created in 1949, will take place Wednesday through Friday at Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla. They put the 10 top Pacific Northwest PGA players against the 10 top amateurs. The 28th Senior Hudson Cup matches, using a similar format and 10-man rosters, will be played simultaneously there.

Women's football: The Portland Fighting Shockwave have scheduled tryouts for Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 7, both in the gym at Wilson High. Check-in is at 9:45 a.m., with start time 10 a.m.

Boxing: Portland-area boxer Koa Gabriel won his first professional fight on Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico.

At age 17, Gabriel is too young to box professionally in the United States. His father/manager, Leonard Gabriel, said he took the fight in Mexico because Koa was bored with amateur competition and ready for a new challenge.

He beat Jesus Sandoval (0-26 as a pro) by TKO with a series of body blows in the third of four scheduled rounds.

As an amateur, Koa won more than 80% of his 60 bouts, including multiple Oregon and Washington Junior Golden Gloves and Silver Gloves titles.

A senior at Union High in Vancouver, Washington, who lives in Damascus, Koa has trained at gyms around the Portland area, including at West Side Boxing Club and Molly McConnell's academy near the Rose Quarter.

Leonard Gabriel said he hopes to schedule another fight for Koa in Mexico before he turns 18 in July.

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