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Vikings finish with UC Davis, Eastern Washington; Linfield heads to Whitworth; Pilot men keep NCAA soccer hopes alive

PSU football: Portland State beat Montana in 2018, but the Grizzlies turned the tables last week at Hillsboro Stadium, dominating the fourth quarter for a 38-23 win.

Montana, now ranked fifth in FCS by the coaches, did it with a backup quarterback, Cam Humphrey, going all the way in place of Dalton Sneed, although the Vikings were without their top running back, Sirgeo Hoffman.

Elsewhere in the Big Sky, No. 3 Weber State won 36-17 at No. 8 Sacramento State to take sole posssession of first place. The Wildcats knocked Sac State quarterback Kevin Thompson out of the game late in the first half, with the Hornets trailing 16-10.

Weber State is 5-0 (7-2 overall), Sac State and Montana are 4-1, and No. 14 Montana State and Eastern Washington are 3-2. Then comes PSU at 3-3 going into its 2 p.m. Saturday home game at Hillsboro Stadium against UC Davis, which is 2-3 and fell by 25 to Montana on Sept. 28.

The Vikings are 5-5 overall, but with two wins over NAIA teams.

After meeting UC Davis, the Viks will have a bye week and then conclude their regular season at unranked Eastern Washington on Nov. 23.

Small-college football: Linfield (5-0 in the Northwest Conference) will visit Whitworth (4-1) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a battle for first place. The Wildcats, ranked 18th and 23rd in NCAA Division III, improved to 6-1 overall with their 54-7 home win over Lewis & Clark last week. The Pioneers (3-4 overall, 2-3 NWC) will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at George Fox, which went to 4-4, 3-2 with a 61-13 victory at Willamette.

College men's soccer: Wins in their final two home matches kept alive the Portland Pilots' very slim postseason hopes, and came thanks to two complete performances and four of the best goals of the season.

In a 3-0 win over Gonzaga on Oct. 30, Alejandro Pereira and Rey Ortiz scored wonderful goals from outside the 18-yard box and Luke Hendel converted a one-timer from 12 yards after a lengthy Pilots possession. In a 1-0 Saturday win over San Francisco, Gio Magana-Rivera scored from outside the box in the second minute.

Portland is 9-5-1 and third in the West Coast Conference at 3-2-0 (9 points). The Pilots will take a four-match win streak into a Saturday game at San Diego.

Trouble is, the Pilots have only two games left and need to jump 30 spots in the NCAA RPI rankings (from No. 70) for a shot at an at-large NCAA bid. A game on Nov. 16 at Saint Mary's, 18th in the NCAA RPI at the start of this week, is the best chance to improve the ranking.

Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount meet this week, with the winner claiming the WCC title.

• Oregon State, No. 65 in the RPI, is better situated. After spending all of October playing away from Corvallis, the Beavers' push for an NCAA tournament berth will feature three home games over the next nine days — starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, when Stanford visits Paul Lorenz Field.

Idle since an Oct. 27 win at UCLA, Oregon State is third in the Pac-12, three points back of second-place Stanford.

With games against the Cardinal (No. 12 in RPI), California on Sunday and Washington (No. 7 in RPI) on Nov. 15, the Beavers have a shot to improve their No. 65 spot.

• With nine injured players missing the trip, Concordia lost at Montana State Billings and Northwest Nazarene. The Cavaliers (7-7, 4-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) are eliminated from league title contention. their only home match this week is at 4 p.m. Thursday against Saint Martin's. … Warner Pacific (8-7-2) ended its season with losses at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho.

College women's soccer: The Portland Pilots will wrap up their season at 7 p.m. Saturday at Merlo Field against San Diego. After two WCC wins in a row, the Pilots were 6-5-4 (2-3-2 league) entering a Wednesday match at Loyola Marymount. Taryn Ries scored twice and Lucy Davidson scored her first career goal on Nov. 1 as Portland won 3-0 at Pacific.

The Civil War match is 7 p.m. Thursday at Paul Lorenz Field as Oregon State (10-6-2, 2-6-2 Pac-12) and Oregon (5-8-5, 1-7-2) wrap up their seasons. … Concordia (5-10-1, 3-6-1 GNAC) wraps up its season with home matches at 7 p.m. Thursday against Saint Martin's and 2 p.m. Saturday against Simon Fraser at Tuominen Yard. The Cavaliers led No. 7 Western Washington 1-0 at halftime on Oct. 31, but the Vikings rallied to win 2-1. … Warner Pacific (3-12-0, 3-9-0 Cascade Collegiate Conference) finished the season with four consecutive shutout losses.

College volleyball: PSU has key matches Thursday at Southern Utah and Saturday at Northern Arizona. The Vikings and SUU are tied for seventh in the Big Sky at 5-7; NAU is tied for fourth at 7-5. The top eight finishers advance to the Big Sky tournament Nov. 28-30 at Sacramento State.

College men's basketball: Former University of Portland head coach Eric Reveno has been promoted to associate head coach at Georgia Tech. Reveno, 53, went to the Yellow Jackets in 2016 after being relieved of his Pilots position.

Pickles: Baseball season — Portland Pickles style — is less than seven months away.

The Pickles and the West Coast League are set for a Friday, June 5, start to their 2020 season of college wood-bat baseball.

Portland will open on the road with three games against the Bellingham Bells.

The Pickles then will be at home at Walker Stadium for six games, playing the Ridgefield Raptors June 9-11 and the Cowlitz Black Bears June 12-14.

The regular season ends Aug. 9, and the WCL playoffs are set for Aug. 11-18.

Timbers 2: The Portland soccer club's new partnership with the Hillsboro Hops and relocation to Hillsboro makes sense on multiple fronts.

Portland's entry in the second-division United Soccer League Championship did not have a home field advantage playing at Providence Park in front of a couple thousand fans.

The move to Hillsboro also will give a break to the Portland game operations and ticketing departments, which this year staged 42 matches from May 25 to Oct. 18. The Hops will handle promotions and ticket sales for T2.

As part of the agreement, Hillsboro Stadium will get a new FIFA-certified CORE surface identical to the field at Providence Park.

Thorns: Portland exercised contract options on nine players and made new offers to 10 players for 2020.

Players whose 2020 options were picked up: forwards Midge Purce, Simone Charley and Tyler Lussi; midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Gabby Seiler, Emily Ogle and Madison Pogarch; defender Emily Menges, and goalkeeper Bella Bixby.

The club made offers to forwards Hayley Raso and Caitlin Foord, midfielders Andressinha, Celeste Boureille, Kelli Hubly and Angela Salem, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Katherine Reynolds and goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom.

Canadian international Christine Sinclair and U.S. national team players Adrianna Franch, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett remain on the Thorns roster.

The Thorns previously announced a contract extension for defender Ellie Carpenter

MLS: The new single-elimination format for the MLS Cup playoffs is a winner. The 12 matches leading to this week's final produced 49 goals (more than four per game). There were late, deciding goals. Three first-round games needed extra time. Home teams were 8-2 in the first two rounds before impressive come-from-behind wins for Seattle and Toronto on the road in the conference finals.

Here's hoping Sunday's noon final — Toronto at Seattle — lives up to the drama the tournament has produced. It's bound to be better than Seattle's 2016 title win at Toronto in a match that featured zero shots on goal from either team.

Women's golf: Yealimi Noh, who at age 18 placed second in this year's LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, was one of 45 players to earn her 2020 LPGA Tour card at the qualifying series, which ended last weekend in Pinehurst, N.C.

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