- Portland Tribune - Sports
Women’s soccer: Concordia University beat two higher seeds, including the No. 1-ranked team, in finishing second at the NAIA tournament in Decatur, Ala. The Cavaliers lost 3-0 in the finals last Saturday to Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn. A 4-0 win in the semifinals over Point Loma made Concordia 19-1-1 after its 1-3-0 start. The national tournament surge included a 2-1 second-round win over top-seeded Lindsey Wilson of Columbia, Ky. “I really thought from day one we had the talent to make a run at nationals,” Concordia coach Grant Landy says. “But talent isn’t enough. You have to peak as a group, both on and off the field, and I thought we played our best soccer in Alabama and were like a family off the field.” In the championship match, “Lee was the better team on the day,” Landy says. “I don’t have any problem saying that and congratulating them. “I always assess our seasons by asking if our team reached its potential. We were playing for a national title and put ourselves in that position, so I can say without a doubt we did. “This was one of the most memorable weeks of my 15-year coaching career. When you see the team come together and play well for each other, it’s really all you can ask of your team. We had this same run in 2008 and 2004 (both second-place finishes, as well), but this was more satisfying because we started 1-3 and really had to turn things around.” Men’s basketball: Warner Pacific climbed from 17th to 13th in the NAIA Division II poll after sweeping its Cascade Collegiate Conference openers last week. One of the wins was 89-78 at home over Eastern Oregon, which dropped from No. 21 to No. 24. Warner Pacific (7-2) began last weekend by beating College of Idaho 87-51 on a night when it dedicated “Bart Valentine Court” at C.C. Perry Gym in honor of Valentine, who coached the Knights for 13 seasons and recently retired. Men basketball schedule: Friday —Idaho at Oregon State, 7 p.m.; Portland Bible at Concordia, 7:30 p.m. Saturday —Ohio at Portland, 7 p.m.; Portland State at Utah Valley, 6 p.m.; Fresno State at Oregon, 7 p.m.; Linfield at Warner Pacific, 7:30 p.m.; Concordia at George Fox, 7:30 p.m. Monday —Portland State at Oregon, 7 p.m. Tuesday Illinois-Chicago at Oregon State, 7 p.m. Women’s basketball: Portland State’s Kate Lanz, a 5-10 sophomore guard, scored a career-high 26 points as the Vikings (3-3) snapped a three-game skid with an 80-73 home win over Eastern Washington last Saturday. Women’s basketball schedule: Friday —Portland at Washington, 7 p.m. Saturday —Portland State at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.; Oregon State at Pepperdine, 4 p.m.; Pacific Lutheran at Concordia, 7 p.m. Sunday —Portland at Seattle, 12:30 p.m.;Oregon at Denver, 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday —Western Oregon at Portland State, 7 p.m.; Oregon State at Cal State Bakersfield, 7 p.m. Wednesday —Oregon at Nevada, 7 p.m.