UP women's soccer gets 2-2 draw at No. 18 Santa Clara
Cleveland High's girls advanced in the postseason with a 3-2 road "play-in" victory Thursday at Hood River Valley.
The Warriors, who finished second in PIL 5A, will play in the round of 16 on Tuesday. Their opponent, site and game time have yet to be determined.
Portland State moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference with a road win Thursday night.
It took five sets, but the Vikings beat Southern Utah 12-25, 26-24, 25-17, 21-25, 15-6 in Cedar City, Utah.
PSU improved to 14-1 in the Big Sky with five matches remaining. Idaho State is 12-2 going into a Friday night match at Montana. Southern Utah dropped to 5-10. PSU and ISU will play in the regular-season finale Nov. 17 at Stott Center. The Bengals beat Portland State 3-0 in Pocatello on Oct. 12.
Standouts for PSU on Thursday included outside hitters Aubrey Mitchell and Jaklyn Wheeler (15 kills each). Wheeler added 10 digs for her league-leading 17th double-double for the Vikings, 18-8 overall.
Setter Garyn Schlatter had her eight double-double, getting 45 assists and a season high-tying 14 digs. Outside hitter Megan Ellis had 11 kills and 10 digs for her 15th double-double.
The Viks have a big match at Northern Arizona on Saturday night. NAU is third in the conference at 11-4.
The Portland Pilots women didn't get their fifth consecutive victory Thursday night, but they were able to draw 2-2 at No. 18 Santa Clara.
Amanda Frisbie got the equalizer for UP in the 82nd minute at Buck Shaw Stadium. It was her 12th goal of the year.
Michelle Cruz scored in the seventh minute to pull Portland into a 1-1 tie.
Both Pilot goals were unassisted.
Santa Clara led 22-14 in shots.
With one game left in the regular season, the Pilots are 10-4-4 overall and 4-1-2 (third place) in the West Coast Conference. UP plays Saturday night at San Francisco.
Santa Clara is 10-3-6, 3-1-3 (fourth in the conference).
Fourth-ranked BYU (6-0-1 WCC, 17-1-1 overall) has clinched the WCC title and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs.
The Pilots are in line for an at-large NCAA berth.
How the Pac-12 men will finish, according to media covering the conference:
Arizona, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Utah.
Â Portland's women are picked by the league's coaches to finish eighth out of nine teams in the West Coast Conference. BYU and Gonzaga were selected 1-2, with the Cougars getting five first-place votes and the Zags receiving the other four.
Portland opens at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 9. The first Pilots home game is Nov. 29 against Washington.
Â Oregon State has extended women's coach Scott Rueck's contract for two years, through the 2017-18 season.
The Beavers are picked for fifth in the Pac-12 this season by the conference coaches. Rueck was the conference coach of the year last season.
In a battle of former Portland Timbers United Soccer Leagues goalies, Josh Saunders and the Los Angeles Galaxy rallied for a 2-1 playoff victory Thursday at home over Brad Knighton and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
L.A. (17-12-6, including the playoff win) moved on to a Western Conference semifinal game Wednesday at West regular-season leader San Jose (19-6-9). Vancouver's season ended with a 11-14-10 overall record.
Saunders made three saves, while Knighton had five.
Vancouver led 1-0 at the half, but the Galaxy got the winning goal on Landon Donovan's penalty kick in the 73rd minute. L.A. had tied the game in the 69th minute on a volley by Mike Magee.