Perth, with Valley’s Stanton, to compete for Aussie pro women’s soccer title, plus the rest of this morning’s college news…..

Also this morning, we have news of a Valley athlete who now gets a chance to compete for a professional sports championship. Not here, but down in Australia.

The Perth Glory women’s soccer squad needed extra time to take down the Melbourne Victory 4-2 in the Westfield W-League playoff semifinals and advance to the Aussie women’s pro league’s Grand Final, where they will meet Sydney FC. Perth features North Bend’s Nikki Stanton, who played all 120 minutes of the contest last night with no stats of note reported. The 2008 Mount Si High School grad plays in the summer months here in the United States, for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars. Her Red Stars teammate Sam Kerr led the way for Perth, with a “hat trick” of three goals, two of which came in extra time, breaking a 2-2 tie and lifting the Glory to its third-ever finals appearance.

They’ll meet Sydney in Sydney next weekend for all the marbles. Were the Glory to win, it would mark the first pro sports title that a Valleyite was part of in nearly four years. 2010 alum Josh Kimborowicz was a pitcher for the Charlotte Stone Crabs minor league baseball team when they won the Florida State League minor league baseball title in 2015.

The rest of the college action now, and congrats Nikki!

Baseball
Occidental 12, Puget Sound 3 (game one, doubleheader): The host Tigers took the first of two in Los Angeles over the visiting Loggers. Sophomore Jake Brady, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, was 0-1 for Puget Sound in this one. He did not play the nightcap, also won by Occidental giving them a sweep of the twinbill.

Bellevue (NE) 5, Science & Arts (OK) 1 (game one, doubleheader): The NAIA’s Bruins opened the season strong with a road win in Chickasha, OK, over host S&A. Stats were not available for this contest. As noted later, Bellevue (NE) this season features Valleyite Cody Banks, who is new to the team this season after two years at Big Bend Community College over in Moses Lake.

Chapman 8, Whitman 5: The southern California team downed the Blues in the nightcap of day two of their season-opening weekend tournament in Tucson, AZ. Junior pitcher Collin Anderson was dinged up a bit by the Chapman bats, with the Whitman reliever, from North Bend and a 2016 Mount Si HS grad, allowing three runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning, fortunately receiving no decision. Anderson did not pitch the other Whitman game yesterday, a 9-8 walk-off loss in 10 innings to Redlands, also from southern California.

Science & Arts (OK) 7, Bellevue (NE) 1 (game two, doubleheader): S&A took the nightcap to split the twinbill. Banks, a junior this spring, was 1-2 in this one for the Bruins. He is from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad.

Basketball
Valleyite now among the 10 best scorers in University of Puget Sound women’s basketball history: Senior Elizabeth Prewitt scored 12 points last night, moving the 2015 Mount Si High School grad into 10th all-time on the career points list with the Logger program, and those 12 points proved important as UPS outlasted Willamette 79-73 in overtime last night down in Salem, OR, to move to 18-4 overall, 11-3 in conference play (NCAA Division III Northwest Conference). Prewitt also had a rebound and assist in the contest and was 4-10 from the floor and 4-4 from the foul line. She now has 1,223 points in her four years with the Loggers.

Multnomah ladies routed on road: The Lions finished out their I-84 weekend road swing with an 84-38 loss last night to Eastern Oregon in LaGrande, OR. Freshman Sydney Turner, from Carnation and a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, played limited minutes for Multnomah, with an assist and rebound but was 0-2 from the floor.

Swimming
Mount Si alum Crumb hits water at conference postseason meet: Pacific University-OR freshman Julia Crumb, from Snoqualmie, took to the pool yesterday competing for the Boxers at the Northwest Conference postseason meet in Federal Way. Crumb swam the 400 yard individual medley, but the 2018 MSHS alum came up short, finishing 21st with a time of 5:03.83 and missing the finals in the event. The meet wraps up today at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center.

Track & Field
Bronco Challenge, Nampa, ID: Duvall’s Ryan Abdalla ran the men’s 800m race for Northwest Nazarene in this meet yesterday hosted by Boise State University, and the senior finished 24th, clocking 2:03.39.

Lacrosse
Mount Olive (NC) women 18, Savannah College of Art & Design 6: MOU handled affairs well in their season opener at home in Mount Olive, NC, with the help of tough defense from Chaija Olsson. The sophomore, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, led Mount Olive defensively forcing five SCAD turnovers in the contest, and also had two ground balls.

Hendrix (AR) 25, U. of Dallas men 7: Dallas went on the road and was soundly defeated by Hendrix in their regular-season opener in Conway, AR, despite a “hat trick” of three goals by Snoqualmie’s Tyler Smith. Smith, a junior and 2016 Mount Si HS grad, had five shots, three on goal including the three goals, and he also had four ground balls and forced a Hendrix turnover. Dallas with the loss dropped to 0-1 on the season.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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