Winterhawks earn individual honors going into three-game weekend; PSU faces huge football game with Montana

Winterhawks: Jake Gricius was named Western Hockey League player of the week after posting three goals and four assists in two games last week. The 20-year-old Colorado Springs native had two goals and three assists in a win at Spokane that improved Portland to 8-3-0-1 (17 points).

• Former Winterhawk Shane Farkas was named WHL Goaltender of the Week after stopping 34 of 35 shots in a 2-1 win over Kamloops. It was his 50th WHL win.

• After playing only three times over the last half of October, Portland will play three days in a row this weekend, including home games at 6 p.m. Saturday against Seattle and 5 p.m. Sunday against Kamloops at Memorial Coliseum. That starts a busy November that includes 13 games over 30 days, eight of them at home.

PSU football: Portland State had to be kicking itself after Saturday's 31-29 road loss to Northern Arizona. The Vikings' bid for a Big Sky title took a huge blow when PSU couldn't get into the end zone in the first half and then couldn't stop the Lumberjacks on their final drive.

Portland State was in the game largely because of kicker Cody Williams, who made five of six field goals, and hit a 21-yarder with 1:26 remaining that gave the Viks their only lead — after a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a missed attempt.

PSU did a lot of things well enough to win, including run the ball (Sirgeo Hoffman, 23 carres, 140 yards). The Vikings also brought tight end Charlie Taumoepeau into the game plan for this one, and he picked up 127 yards on five receptions. But the Viks had to play from behind all day, and wound up falling to 3-2 in conference, 5-4 overall.

Portland State is fourth in the the Big Sky, trailing two 4-0 teams — Sacramento State (sixth in the FCS coaches poll) and Weber State (third-ranked), and Montana (3-1 and eighth-ranked).

PSU has three games remaining in the regular season. The Viks will play host to Montana at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, then welcome UC Davis to Hillsboro on Nov. 9, before going to Eastern Washington on Nov. 23.

Small-college football: With its NCAA-record streak of winning seasons now up to 64, the Linfield Wildcats will play at home on Saturday, taking on Lewis & Clark at 1:30 p.m.

Linfield took care of host Pacific Lutheran 42-10 last week, while L&C beat struggling Willamette 49-34 at Griswold Stadium.

The Wildcats raised their record to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Northwest Conference. They also took over sole possession of first place in the NWC, with Whitworth (4-2, 3-1) falling 34-23 at Puget Sound (5-2, 3-1). Linfield beat UPS 77-22 at McMinnville on Oct. 12.

Lewis & Clark is 3-3, 2-2.

Linfield will visit Whitworth on Nov. 9, then end the regular season at home Nov. 16 against George Fox. The Wildcats are ranked 20th by the Division III coaches and 24th by

College men's soccer: The Portland Pilots will play their final regular-season home match against San Francisco at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Portland played host to Gonzaga on Wednesday looking for its second West Coast Conference win after a 2-0 victory last Saturday over Santa Clara. The win over Santa Clara followed an Oct. 22 2-1 win over California and meant Portland (7-5-1) was one of four teams with a 1-2 WCC record entering its midweek battle with the Zags. Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount were 3-0 and Gonzaga 2-1 three games into the seven-match conference schedule.

Saturday's game is a return to Merlo Field for USF head coach Leonard Griffin, who was an assistant to Portland's Nick Carlin-Voigt the previous three years. The Dons were 2-10-1/0-3-0 WCC entering a Wednesday game at Santa Clara.

This week's two games cap a stretch of five games in 15 days that is testing the Pilots' depth. The return of freshman forward Kevin Ogudugu, who scored his first goal in the win over Santa Clara, provided speed up top the Pilots missed while Ogudugu sat out eight games with an ankle injury.

Carlin-Voigt said "nothing is decided yet" in the WCC. The Pilots will finish their regular season at San Diego on Nov. 9 and at Saint Mary's on Nov. 16.

• Oregon State is in second place in the Pac-12 after wins at San Diego and at UCLA. The 7-5-1 Beavers will play their final three games at home, beginning Nov. 7, when Stanford visits for a key match.

Washington has all but wrapped up the Pac-12 title, but OSU (4-2-1) and Stanford (3-1-1) figure to fight for second place. The Cardinal can move ahead of OSU this week with games against San Diego State and UCLA.

• A goal with 17 seconds left by Brendan Laun and an overtime winner from Nicholas Denley lifted Concordia to a 4-3 win at Seattle Pacific on Saturday. The Cavaliers (7-5-0 overall, 4-3-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) visit Montana State Billings on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. The Cavs' final three games are at home, beginning Nov. 7.

• Warner Pacific (8-5-2) enters the final week of the regular season seventh in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The top eight teams make the CCC tournament. The Knights (5-4-2 in league) will visit Eastern Oregon on Saturday and College of Idaho on Sunday.

College women's soccer: Portland's first WCC win of the season was a dramatic one. Taryn Ries scored a close-range header in the 103rd minute on Saturday to lift the Pilots to a 2-1 overtime victory over San Francisco at Merlo Field.

The sixth goal of the season for the junior forward came when she was first to a ball delivered by Larkin Russell.

Portland (5-5-4, 1-3-2 WCC) plays Friday at Pacific. The Pilots also visit Loyola Marymount on Nov. 6, before closing the season Nov. 9 at home against San Diego.

• Oregon State and Oregon play home matches Thursday and Sunday against the Los Angeles schools. USC, ranked seventh in the nation, plays at Oregon at 7 p.m. Thursday and at OSU at 1 p.m. Sunday. No. 18 UCLAis at Oregon State at 7 p.m. Thursday and at Oregon at 1 p.m. Sunday.

OSU is eighth in the Pac-12 at 2-4-2, and Oregon (1-5-2) is 11th.

• Portland State finished its regular season with a 1-0 loss to Idaho on Saturday. But the Vikings (4-14-0 overall, 3-6-0 Big Sky) finished sixth in the conference, meaning they will face the third-place team in a conference tourney on Nov. 6 at Greeley, Colorado.

• Concordia renews its rivalry with Western Washington at 7 p.m. Thursday at Tuominen Yard, though it won't determine the GNAC title like it did in recent seasons. The Vikings are ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II and lead the GNAC. The young Cavaliers have won three of four to improve to 5-8-1, 3-4-0 GNAC.

College cross country: The Pac-12 championships are Friday at Monmouth. The West Coast Conference meet is the same day at Van Nuys, Calif. The Big Sky championships are Saturday at Greeley, Colo.

Lewis & Clark will be in the NWC meet Saturday at Lakewood, Washington. The Cascade Collegiate Conference championships, to include Multnomah and Warner Pacific, are Nov. 8 at Cottage Grove.

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