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Seattle Pacific men salvage a soccer tie in windy Bismarck
Richie Evoy converted an 87th-minute penalty kick out of the hold from teammate Ian Adams, a tactic necessitated by strong winds during...
BISMARCK, N.D. — Richie Evoy converted an 87th-minute penalty kick out of the hold from teammate Ian Adams, a tactic necessitated by strong winds during Seattle Pacific's 1-1 men's soccer tie with the University of Mary at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
Steady winds of 25 to 30 mph gave way to frequent gusts up to 40 mph throughout the Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest that went through two overtimes.
"We talked about it before the game that on goal kicks and any set piece we had to have a holder so the ball wouldn't roll," SPU coach Mark Collings said.
The Falcons (9-1-4) are 5-1-4 in the GNAC.
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Western Washington (5-7-2, 3-5-2 GNAC) remained winless on the road as it fell 2-1 in overtime to host Montana State University Billings. The Vikings have lost seven straight away games dating to 2011.
Seattle University (7-13, 2-8 Western Athletic Conference) got 20 kills from Kaytlin Dill but lost 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 to visiting San Jose State.
Host Western Washington University took over sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, defeating visiting Central Washington 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.
• The Vikings, ranked No. 15 nationally, improved to 16-2 overall and 9-1 in the GNAC with its sixth consecutive victory, all sweeps. No. 21 Central Washington fell to 14-5 overall, 8-2 in the GNAC, and had a nine-match winning streak snapped.
Megan Lindsay scored two goals as Seattle Pacific extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games by rallying for a 4-2 win at Saint Martin's in Lacey.
The Falcons (11-2-2) remain in second place in the GNAC with an 8-1-2 mark.
• Midfielder Kim Cooper's first collegiate goal proved to be the winner as GNAC-leading Western Washington (13-2, 10-1) beat host Montana State University Billings 2-0.
Cooper's goal came with eight seconds remaining in the first half. She chipped in a shot from five yards following a scramble in front of the net.
• Freshman forward Lauren Duty scored her first two collegiate goals in the second half, helping Central Washington (5-8-2, 4-6-1 GNAC) to a 2-1 victory over visiting Western Oregon.
• Mariah Nogueira's goal in the 62nd minute lifted No. 2 Stanford to a 3-2 victory over visiting Washington State. The Cardinal (13-1-1, 7-0-0 Pac-12) won its 38th straight conference match while holding a slim lead in shots (12-10) over the Cougars (9-5-1, 3-3-1 Pac-12).
Former Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien shot a 75 in the third round of the first stage of Champions Tour qualifying at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif. He is 28th heading into the final round and almost certainly will not advance.
Compiled from sports information reports